The first day of action for my online section of ds106 could not have been more impressive. A lengthly email went out last night, and as of a little over 24 hours later, 19 out of 25 of my students registered their domains, and most of them from what I have seen have installed WordPress.
As a matter of reference, last Spring, when UMW students had to buy their own domains and then set up there oen web hosting, it took three weeks to get to a similar number. This has a lot to do with the genius and energy of Tim Owens who devices and is running the Domain of One’s Own project.
From what I see, already 14 of my 25 students set up their twitter account, and they jumped right in (I am keeping a twitter list for my section). The posts from students will of course be coming in to the main ds106 site, but we have a tag archive page for my section (still working on some sidebar widgets to go a blog roll, and auto OPML generator).
And we got some gem tweets today
— Alex Spangler (@aspangle0629) August 28, 2012
Look how Haley creatively seeded her flickr account
They seem to like the quick response to help via twitter
@cogdog awesome tutorial! Thanks!
— Grace King (@gracek0) August 27, 2012
Past students want to come back
— Chanda Cowger (@chanda0703) August 27, 2012
and want more classes like ds106
— Kavon LeChae (@KavonLeChae) August 27, 2012
And it was not just UMW on the rocket, Michael Branson Smith started his class at York College with a photo blitz project- he asked his students to go outside and create an interesting shadow image, or shadow puppets. I see 36 of them on flickr
So on Tuesday, we have a Daily Create that we are asking all ouf our students to do (its a video one where people tell a story about an object)– this is intentional as we find there is a lot of power in getting to see and hear your fellow participants in the places they usually do their ds106 work.
And this is just the first day!