I’m bringing ds106 to the 2013 TCC Online Conference (the 18th Annual “Technology, Colleges and Community” Online Conference).

This keynote session (look at my along side Terry Anderson, I cannot wait for some of his trademark jokes) is listed as Dim the Lights: The ds106 Show. My original thought was to build a presentation metaphor around the weekly live Google Hangout shows I have been running for my ds106 class at UMW.

Dim the lights, cue the music, roll the open credits”¦ but the ds106 show is not one where the audience just sits quietly in their seats. You will not only learn how this open online course in digital storytelling works, but have a chance to try a few of the creative challenges and assignments we give to our students.

Digital storytelling 106 (ds106) offers a versatile opportunity to create a learning community. This open online course in digital storytelling is part of a networked architecture built of participants’ own blogs to which our web site subscribes and shares back content published by individuals. Special features of ds106 include an open assignment bank that participants populate, a daily creative challenge, and even its own internet-based radio station. You can tune in to the show at any time; we are located at http://ds106.us/ on your Internet dial.

After watching the archive of the keynote Jim Groom performed yesterday for the Ohio State Innovate conference, I was energized maybe to amp it up a little bit. Not that I can do the Bava on stage act (NOBODY can, did you catch his movie references and the ponies?)– but I have an idea to bring some heat to my presentation– it may be the most unhinged thing I have ever done.

So instead of the 1960s talk show theme I have been trying to emulate in my ds106 show Hangouts (black and white, and me in a tie)- I am thinking a little more ahead, maybe to 1978– and hence I am up til 2:30am making a poster:

(click to see all the detail of this fine poster, check it out!_

(click to see all the detail of this fine poster, check it out!

Howard will make an appearance for sure.

If you want to catch this conference, register before April 2 to get the early bird rate.

I have a long history with TCC- I first met Bert Kimura at a League for Innovation Conference in 2003 (Milawauke it was). Bert was very gracious and invited me to be a part of the conference planning team. This conference had already been going a long time; it started in 1995. I am thinking they did it then on 28k modems.

In 2004 I did a TCC presentation on photoblogging, Publish and Build Communities Around Digital Images — I was promoting a service called Buzznet, but mentioned one that i had just started dabbling in in March 2004, one with the odd vowel missing name of “flickr”.

The next year, bert invited me to do a keynote– it was all about the unevenly distributed future, etc, and for some reason, I maintained a metaphor based on a character from Star Trek — Harry Mudd, Small Pieces, and that Not Widely Distributed Future


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There is

even an audio recording

— I think this is the one I had to do from a San Francisco hotel where I was at a meeting. I was doing this in the hallway, talking to my laptop, and all of a sudden another meeting room emptied and the hall was full of people chattering, and I think the audience even heard the sounds if toilets flushing in the bathroom. I never stopped talking.

Bert has been a great friend and colleague- he tok me hiking when I was in Hawaii in 2004


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and he hosted me for a week in Japan for a visit in 2008


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So it was an easy yes when he asked me to keynote this year’s TCC conference.

If you are not at the conference, you will be aware of it via what I have planned, and you will asking yourself, what the heck is Alan doing?

I do not have the answer yet, except it is going to be loud and over the top.

You have been warned.

I hope I don’t become the second known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy presentation ratings.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com 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.

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