Week Ten: The Final Chapter

Well, campers, we’ve arrived at the tenth and final week of Camp Magic MacGuffin. Nine weeks ago, who knew what was in store?

For this final week of camp, your assignments will focus on synthesizing some of what you’ve done and what’s been going on around Magic MacGuffin. We expect everyone to bring their A Game this week!

Your Camp Story

You have one major storytelling assignment to complete this week: create a digital story that explains some aspect of what’s been going on at Camp Magic MacGuffin this summer. This is NOT supposed to be a story/post in which you recap your work. Instead, we’re looking for you to craft a digital story (that means create some interesting fiction) that includes yourself as a character and explores some of the camp narrative that’s been unfolding over the last nine weeks. If you haven’t been paying attention, that’s too bad. You’re going to have to spend sometime catching up with the story. To aid you in this endeavor, we’ve put together a “highlight” reel using a web tool called Storify that is able to collect material from multiple social media sources:

What Happened at Camp Magic MacGuffin

But this is just a highlight reel! If you’re looking for more fodder for your story, you may wish to review the weekly videos, check out the Twitter stream for the #ds106 hashtag, or check Flickr photos or YouTube videos that have been tagged #ds106. In addition, you may want to review the blogs of some of the most active characters at Camp: Alan’s Video Blog, Martha’s Camp Blog, Joe Beets’ Investigation Blog, and Counselor Zazzy’s Blog. You’ll find that these results contain all kinds of media created this summer (and in past iterations of the class); some are completed assignments, others are media that people have created as part of the Magic MacGuffin story. You can use anything (as long as it has a CC license) to tell your final story.

Your final story should be entertaining and it should make sense. It should investigate, explore, consider some aspect of the crazy stuff that’s been going on at camp this summer. Topics to explore might include Joe Beets, Slide Guy!, the mystery of CVI, the disappearance of camp counselors, the contents of Shed #4, the fate of Bunkhouse X, etc. Again, if you’ve been paying attention, all of these things will mean something to you. If not, then you’ll need to spend some time playing catchup.

The media you use for your final story is up to you. However, what you create must be of significant “size” to tell your story deeply and well, and preferably incorporate multiple forms of media we have studied. In other words, a single image or 5-second video will NOT suffice. Try to include as many different types of media as you can. Mix and layer images, audio, and video, if possible. If your dying to do something with just images or design, do a whole SERIES of pieces that add up to some kind of narrative whole that is told in the form of a blog post or some other means of connecting media sources. Use the skills you’ve been developing this semester and consider what makes a good story and what media do you need to tell it.

Share your final camp story on your blog by midnight, July 29th. Tag it: finalstory.

Final Letter Home

For your final letter home, we want you to create a final reflection of the work you’ve done for #ds106. Your post should be substantive and it should synthesize the work that you’ve done. We are not looking for a laundry list of your work; we’ve already seen all of it. What we want now is for you to talk about the process of the class, what you learned, what you feel you did well/poorly, what you will take away with you. Here are some prompts/questions to get you started:

  • What did you expect this class to be like? What did it end up being like?
  • What work that you did are you most proud of? What assignment do you wish you could do over?
  • If you could pick one thing you did and keep working on it, what would it be, and how would you expand upon or change it?
  • How do you think you will use the skills and ideas you’ve been introduced to in this class in the future?
  • What did you like about this class? What did you hate about it?
  • What was your favorite assignment? Why? What was your least favorite assignment? Why?
  • What is your fondest camp memory?

We’re not looking for you to answer ALL of these questions. Consider these prompts to get you thinking about how you want to reflect on this class. Then make your reflection your own, and be sure to include media where appropriate that supports your reflections.

The one thing that is REQUIRED in this post is that you create a piece of media to answer the question “What advice would you give future #ds106 students?” Embed what you create in your reflection post.

Due: Sunday, July 29th by midnight
Tag: finalreflection

Daily Creates

For the final week, we want everyone to complete three daily creates.

One Response to “Week Ten: The Final Chapter”

  1. […] our students often get stuck. For the summer class, we asked our students to make a story up for “What really happened at Camp Magic Macguffin” using media we collected and their imagination. Quite a few stumbled at first as they tried to make […]