I am sure you are wondering what ds106 is, I sure was when I first heard of it. To me, it sounded like some computer programming slang of some sort. I am glad that it turned out not to be that, it seems a bit over my head at the moment. It turns out that ds106 is a course you can enroll in at the University of Mary Washington. The ds stands for Digital Storytelling. I know what you are thinking now, well what exactly is digital storytelling and why would I want/need to take a course in it. Digital storytelling, as the website describes, is using digital tools so that ordinary people can tell their own real-life stories.” The course is open for anyone to take and it is free. Oddly, it has no instructor so you are free to work as you please. The purpose of this course is for you to build and design your online identity.
The objectives of the course are as follows:
- Develop skills in using technology as a tool for networking, sharing, narrating, and creative self-expression
- Frame a digital identity wherein you become both a practitioner in and interrogator of various new modes of networking
- Critically examine the digital landscape of communication technologies as emergent narrative forms and genres
This course is a good idea for teachers to take because it opens us up to new and creative possibilities we can use technology in the classroom. It is also great for our professional development. This will help give us new and interesting ideas to collaborate with other educators all over the world.
I think this course could be a big help to me for my classroom and my students. I have struggled to come up with new and engaging activities that involve the use of technology for students. The course can help our students to learn how to collaborate with other students online and how to positively represent themselves online. This is something that all people need to know these days. It has become our norm.