When Dean Shareski asks a question, my ears perk up, cause the guy shares so much back (it is in his name after all), I have to oblige
— Dean Shareski (@shareski) February 28, 2012
The thing is, there is nothing too inherent in the ds106 assignments that are discipline specific, so I balked at first. But in looking over a few, its just a matter of interpretation. Actually, the notion of the assignment bank is powerful that could be modeled in any discipline- the key is that the people who do them also create them.
But there is nothing to keep you from just twisting these a bit.
So here are a few ideas and thoughts for you Dean…
Postcards from Magical Places
Design the front and back of a postcard that might be sent from the location of a movie or a work of fiction. Both sides of the cards must be created as graphics.
The fornt should use graphic design elements that provide a sense of place or use the classic motifs of old postcards (“Greetings from ______”)_, both pictures and text. The back of the post card should contain a stamp and postmark that fits with the theme of the movie, as well as an addressee and a message that fits the plot as well.
Rather than places from movies or books, the assignment could be from the places where science or math took place- e.g. a postcard Einstein might have sent from where he came up with his theory of relativity, or maybe it would be the postcard Newton sent from under the tree.
Cover of Autobigraphy
Design (using any programs you want) the cover of your autobiography. What pictures would you include? What would you title it? Make sure it really shows off who you are what you want your audience to see in you by the cover.
Rather then your own biography, develop the cover for someone in the field of math and science. Sure they might exist, by the gola here is to research the person, say Richard Feynman, and select grsphic elements and a title that capture the essence of their life.
Tell a Movie in Four Icons
The assignment is to reduce a movie, story, or event into its basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons, four of them. Write your blog post up but do not give away the answer, let people guess! The challenge is to find the icons that suggest the story, but do not make it so easy.
Instead of a movie, explain something like a physics phenomenon or a geometry solution n four icons- not literal, but representational.
Make a super-hero origins strip about your online persona, or the persona of someone else. You might want to use Pixton (http://www.pixton.com) – you might want to use something else, or draw it freehand if you are super-talented. But capturing the mood and making the story “feel” right are key, you might want to track down some super-hero origin strips to get the idea.
Instead of online personas, use the comic form to tell the origins of say, fossils, or the fiboniacci sequence.
Animated Movie Poster
Pick a movie poster and animate it.
Create a minimalistic travel poster for a location in film, TV series, etc. Look at these awesome examples using the various locations in the original Star Wars trilogy: http://screenrant.com/sr-pick-minimalist-star-wars-travel-posters-robf-44551/
Make minimal or animated posters that could depict things like carbon decay, crystallization, long division, limits as if they were movies.
DaVinci invents the Kitchen Sink
Tell a story by breaking it down into the common elements and themes and recreating it as a sketch. What would a laptop designed by Alexander Graham Bell look like?
This one might work out of the box- the work is in figuring out the Davinci style and recast it into another object or item.
First, begin by spending a set period of time documenting things about your life. How much coffee are you drinking each day? How many miles do you walk/ride/drive to work/school/bars? You can use http://www.daytum.com to capture this data, or go old school with pen and paper. Now, take inspiration from infographics all over the web, including the Feltron Annual Report, and create something beautiful and interesting from all that data.
This one too would work as is.
Use The Voice
Don LaFontaine was legendary for hos deep voiceover intros to movie trailers (“In a world…”). Make a recording that uses his style that describes something ordinary or everyday. See the TV tropes listing for ideas or expressions or model it after one of the thousands of examples he left out there — see his video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QPMvj_xejg If you lack The Voice naturally, use your audi editor’s shift pitch tools to deepen it.
For this one, the movie announcer voice could use dot make promos of things like titrations or ant science experiments, or proofs to equations, or solutions to math problems… or….
Take one open ended question. Ask a bunch of people. Mix and compile. This could be video or audio onlyThis could be video or audio only
Run this as a way of seeing what people think about science and math. Ask “Do you know how nuclear fission works? Can you explain how to solve a quadratic equation” (oi my ability to make up examples are getting weak)
Speed Up Your Work Day
Take video of yourself doing what you typically do on an average work day, and then speed it up! Start with at least 30 minutes of footage at a minimum, so as to get a good amount of video to share. Challenge yourself to complete the assignment in one single shot, then speed it up to ridiculous speeds, and toss in some music that fits the mood.
Rather then a work day, it could be speed up of any process that takes place over a longer period of time.
Play by PLay
Take any real life video and give us a play by play commentary on what we see. It can be a sports event, funny video or videogame gameplay. Make it funny, make it real, make it anything you want to be. Lets hear what you have to say about the game!
DO a play by play announcement of say natural observation video of animals, a landslide, or maybe the graphing of a curve. Lots of potential.
Use the Twister tool from ClassTools (http://classtools.net/twister/) to generate a series of images representing the voices of past figures if they could express themselves in twitter. Notch it up, and recast a historical event with a new plot line, and notch it up again, but making it a back and forth between two figures (use @person!) – my example is not developed as a fanfic, but should give you an idea of what to do (okay, okay, I will do a real assignment, sigh).
What would Darwin, Pythagorus, Pascal, Avagadro have tweeted?