The ds106 classes at University of Mary Washington are underway this week- I had my first class last night (with assistance from the Reverend), and I have set up a new blog for ds106 teaching posts (and just to go through same steps I am asking students to do) see I will next start pulling in those posts using FeedWordPress. Maybe.

But I will continue to do my assignments here. My students are charged with doing 3 Daily Create assignments a week, and given this first week’s timing, I am having them do only one before Monday. What is this about? Why do this?

Doesn’t this speak for itself:

1 Take Tongue Twister:
Below is the tongue twister you will recite. Record a video of you reciting it in one take (honor system of course) and upload it to YouTube with the tag tdc011. Remember: BE CREATIVE! Thanks to Noiseprofessor for this assignment.

Luke Luck likes lakes.
Luke’s duck likes lakes.
Luke Luck licks lakes.
Luck’s duck licks lakes.
Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.
Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.

Of course, I rushed out and did mine, using the record from the web cam option in YouTube

Are we serious? Hell yes.

As a low minimum, this activity, which should be done in 15 minutes or left, from record to publish, gets you some proactive in basic video recording/uploading (as well as adding description info and tags).

But there is more. In doing this, you are going to be performing. You are going to want to find some original way to represent yourself. It has those elements of improv I think are important, learning how to be a personality in front of an audience (in this case, the internet is your audience).

Yet there is more- this is your community already rising to A-Game status:

We are seeing people in their spaces- with pets or kids. We hear the ambient sounds of where you are (laughter in the background). People are already augmenting the format- doing it graphically, or introducing Mt Bag Man as a speaker.

This is the infectious nature of ds106. I would suggest checking out the assignment when tweeted at 10am EST. You might want to rush out and do it, be first. Get it done. If you have that vision. Sometimes it is better to let it percolate, and be in the background as you go about your day. Or you may want to see what others have done as inspiration.

Copying, riffing, remixing- those are all game in the Daily Create- heck you can even do it as an interpretive dance.

And look, those people in my class that recorded a 20 second video and shared it? Consider your Daily Creatr work done for the week (but nothing stops you from doing it daily- I am at it 7 days a week).

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. Alan,
    I don’t know why your tongue twister video was so hysterical, but I couldn’t stop laughing! Looks like you have a nice ponytail–very Eugene if you ever want to work in Duck country.

    My husband, who is a Shakespeare professor, has a blond ponytail all the way down his back.

    I mean, if we’re going to go public with Licking Luke, I can make random observations on male hairstyles. :)

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