Many of these come from the DS106 Open Digital Storytelling course and specifically it’s unique platform of an Open Assignment Bank.
I was asked once by a fellow educator for recommendations in tying these to school subjects
not at all an unreasonable request. My response to Dean was more or less, “not off the shelf, but it does not take much to recast them into contexts a teaching might need.”
The other bearing is most of DS106 is aimed at post-secondary students; but we have plenty of examples where teachers have adapted one such as the four icon story assignment for primary level students. I’ve done it myself…
I was asked to devise a story telling activity for 2nd graders. It dawned on me when I got to the classroom that the last time I did anything with grade 2– I was one of them! What would I do? I riffed off of a classic ds106 assignment that other educators have already shown works well with elementary school students- the four icon challenge.
Modified of course – I called it Telling a Story in 4 Pictures and 4 Sounds
Thinking on hundreds of DS106 Assignments and Daily Creates I have seen, below are six broad “families” of activities with examples linked. None of them are specific to a tool or platform, and all are potentially remixable. And these do not completely represent every activity type!
Noticing the World
Public Domain Pixabay photo by vborodinova
With our faces often buried in our phones or solely aimed at our destinations, we move through a world rich in detail, texture, subtle sounds, motion most un-noticed. Through activities aimed at paying more attention to these elements– patterns on flooring, ambient sounds, we can gain a greater sense of awareness and care for our local environments.
Creating / Understanding Character
Public domain Wikimedia Commons image
Characters are central to stories; these activities are aimed at creating media to give characters voice, presence, or to explore possible aspects into them.
“2010/365/91 I Can’t Work Under These Conditions!” flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using (CC0)
These are the creative acts such as placing media together not normally found together Creative Combinations (Juxtaposition), assembling into collections / collages (Curation), changing meaning or message (Riffing & Remixing).
Say it With Media
Public domain pixabay image by geralt
These activities all engage in communication of ideas, messages in any medium but text.
Alt-ing The Story or Reality
Public domain pixabay photo by andymeyer67
Remix or re-edit something from the known world and cast it into a different meaning, time or place.
- Wait, Where’d That Guy Come From – Edit a single movie frame or photograph to include something from out of context or frmo another time
- Messing with the McGuffin – create a single image representing the key turning point of a film or novel, and add a caption that would completely derail the story
- READ poster – create a poster in the style of old time ones that encouraged people to read
- Computer Books for Kids – design the cover of a known children’s book character that is changed to represent a
- “how to” guide for computers
- Alternate Book Covers Take a title of a well-known book and re-design the cover to suggest something entirely different.
- Vintagefy a Place – make a modern photo look like it is from another century
- Rebub The Audio – Take a classic movie and record your own recorded dialogue to change the meaning of a key scene.
- Return to the Slient Era – take a clip of a modern movie, remove the sound track, and add effects to make it look like a silent era film
- Splash the Color – convert a photo to black and white, but selectively color just one element to add emphasis
- Parent Child Head Swap – create a bizarre image by editing the photo of a parent and child where the heads are swapped
- Color Changer – change the feel or meaning of a photo by altering it’s color tones
- Charlie Chaplin’s Foley Artist – Use foley effects to add sounds to a segment of a silent era flim clip
- Swede a Scene – re-enact a key scene of a movie using friends for actors and cheap imitations of props
What if? (Pure Experimentation)
Activities where you may not even be able to guess the outcome until you experiment.
Image credit: Pixabay photo by Free-Photos placed into the public domain using Creative Commons CC0