Ds106 is a really neat concept. As an art education major, I can really see the benefits of this website. Ds106 is basically an open online class for people to jump into, complete assignments, and build up their creativity while learning new techniques and technology.
The “DS” in ds106 stands for digital storytelling. Digital storytelling is kind of like a digital archive of whatever you want it to be. In our case for our class, our digital storytelling will be of our thirty day challenge. As it says in one of the descriptions about ds106, it is referred to as a “non-course course,” and is more of an experiment than anything. Being an art major, I’m pretty psyched to learn about this site, and continue learning about it over the next month (or more if I really enjoy it!). So far, I’ve looked at some of the artwork that has come out of some of the assignments, and it is great to see people being creative. Even if it is something as simple as a picture with some text over it or a filter, at least people are being motivated to be creative at least once a day. This website seems to be a really good tool for creating a starting point for people to explore tools or methods they wouldn’t have otherwise.
I can see using ds106 in my classroom someday. I might not use it on a regular basis, but I will definitely use it when I find relevant projects. I am definitely going to use the digital storytelling concept in my classroom someday. I think it is really important for students to document their work, even if it is not an assignment. Even keeping a private account of ideas, drawings, or concepts to go back and revisit is really important. It’s kind of like having a digital diary. This way it is always accessible. Keeping a digital story can also help students and their teachers look back on what they’ve done to see progress. It is amazing comparing someone’s starting point, midpoint, and end result. Over time, you might not realize how much progress is being made, but having that comparison can be a great way to keep yourself motivated to keep going and get even better.