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Kean University, The Network

A David Reading

File this as another lesson in being part of the Networked Narratives class — writing something personal is one thing, but reading it out loud another, and the third (still on my list) yet beyond that. This again like we are finding this course, is something that happens when we let loose a little from the pace of a class defined by objectives and the beat of the syllabus drum, and make room for the unexpected. During our second “bus […]

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Kean University, The Network

Break Away (3 sound #netnarr story remix)

This is somewhat for Alex, who asked for an example on how to do the 3 sound remix assignment for Networked Narratives. He’s spinning his audio wheels, which I said would likely happen. DONT PANIC! We asked students to record and share three sounds of their morning routine, representing their preparation, transportation, and arrival at school or work- a transition from home to where they spend their days… These were to be shared as a response in the Sounds Tab […]

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Cowbirding to the End

A tweet of ends #digitalstorytelling gem @cowbird to shut down: https://t.co/IRIyymTJcYThis makes me so sad. — Bryan Alexander (@BryanAlexander) February 8, 2017 The standard opening lines here would be my woeful admission of how little I had written in that special storytelling space. It would be wafted with moth-ball scented excuses. You can more or less see the words without me writing them. Even before a click the “next” button to read the eulogy by it’s first sprouter Jonathan Harris, […]

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Kean University, The Network

February 8’s Wondermug

Oh that calendar. After the evening dog walk (where solitude yields thoughts that solve most of the world’s problems, though solutions vanish in passage through the front door) I return maybe to tinker in some code or blog something… and a pop up reminder. Tomorrow is February 8. With arithmetic, on February 8, if Mom were here, we’d be celebrating her 88th birthday. Symmetry. Instead I am rummaging around my house for the reminders. I eventually find searching in my […]

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Kean University, The Network

The #netnarr Twist on Guest Speaker Videos and Annotation Thereof

I will make a grossly sweeping and unfairly generalized stereotype, but in my mind alot of time courses use two way video to bring in guest experts, comes across as central casting “Confident professor. Confident grey hair senior man in formalwear keeping arms crossed and looking at camera while leaning at the table and with bookshelf in the background.” Screen shot of copyrighted Shutterstock image, reuse here highly questionable, but done in name of parody / commentary. Always talking in […]

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Kean University, The Network

The #netnarr Twist on Guest Speaker Videos and Annotation Thereof

I will make a grossly sweeping and unfairly generalized stereotype, but in my mind alot of time courses use two way video to bring in guest experts, comes across as central casting “Confident professor. Confident grey hair senior man in formalwear keeping arms crossed and looking at camera while leaning at the table and with bookshelf in the background.” Screen shot of copyrighted Shutterstock image, reuse here highly questionable, but done in name of parody / commentary. Always talking in […]

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OPML Is the Alchemy of Following Blogs in an Open Networked Course

This post is meant primarily for participants in the Networked Narratives course I am co-teaching with Mia Zamora, where everyone is publishing in their own blog space. Everything here applies as well for the Open Learning ’17 course led by Gardner Campbell; I’m working on both sites at the same time, so things I do on one cross over. In terms of staying tuned into news and current interesting information, many people these days rely on social media. For me, […]

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Kean University, The Network

Four Elements Inscribing Four Elements

In the second week of Networked Narratives I introduced a small visual assignment. My intent was to ask students to use their cameras not their google, and also to do so a bit more deliberately than snapshots (the assignment links to resources under On Becoming Better Photographers). With the alchemy theme in mind, I asked them to take photos of the four classic elements (you know the, right?) — fire, air, water, earth. The first four are literal, like a […]

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Kean University, The Network

Loosed to Imagine Worlds

Unexpectedly (which is nearly always the best way) the forward of a science fiction anthology jumped out at me as almost the underlying theme of the Networked Narratives course I am co-teaching with Mia Zamora. A friend Sarah gave me a copy of Loosed Upon The World when I was visiting last August (she has a story in the book too). This was because we were discussing Paolo Bacigalupi who’s work I got hooked into because of Bryan Alexander’s “near […]

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Kean University, The Network

The Evolving #netnarr Twitter Shape

As that guy Neo profoundly said… woa. Today was our Networked Narratives twitter chat on What is Alchemy?. I admit I’ve never even been fully on in a twitter chat, sometimes it looks like a lot of Hey the sky is really blue #obviouschat. That’s likely an unfair characterization. We had our 19 or so Kean University students in the classroom with Mia Zamora. We had done a first activity of doing a Daily Alchemy right there in the moment […]

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The #netnarr Labyrinthus, Intercepted Videos, and oh yes, Students

It’s open and out of the gate. That is, the open, connected Networked Narratives course I am co-teaching with Mia Zamora. My paranoid self thinks all the colleagues I have talked to about this, and badgered into a slack Slack, are secretly shaking their heads at me. But with some early openings of a Daily Digital Alchemy, and rabid participating by folks like Kevin Hodgson, Terry Elliot, Laura Gibbs, Sandy Jensen Brown, we have a flow in the twitter waters […]

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Who Wants to Walk Through the Strange #NetNarr Doorway?

We must be off our medicine. Or on some new one. Or breathing strange vapors. Mia Zamora and I are ploughing ahead with an open connected course we call Networked Narratives with a door that opens January 16. We do have a full class of undergraduate and graduate students at Kean University who are even more strange, because they are taking this course for credit (there it is identified as “digital storytelling”). We’ve been talking to people about it since […]

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Hacking a WordPress Theme from HTML5up Template with some API goodies

This is a hastily written description of a little mystery site I put together at http://arganee.world. The sliding images in the background are done by an HTML5up template called Eventually, but the dynamic text in the middle is done via some calls to the WordPress API via jQuery. The whole thing started when building out a WordPress multisite where the main site I was working on at the time was one of the subsites- This is for the NetWorked Narratives […]

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When You Stay in Neutral You Never Go Anywhere

You get inside your car, turn the ignition switch, hopefully put on the safety belt, maybe turn on the radio or some kind of music player. The engine warms up. When you want to do, which gear to you put it in? A tad obvious, right? Within a few pages of Chapter 3 (“Ideas”) We Make the Road By Walking, I am highlighting the sections I bet almost everyone reading now is doing (the person who owned the book before […]

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Networked Narratives Open Course? Nurse Ratched Sez “CogDog, Time for Your Medicine”

Did you ever have an idea you were so excited about that you feel like your head my burst? When you try to share it with your friends, colleagues, it comes out sounding like a random burst of mashed up radio transmissions? Maybe you are a resident of the Cuckoos Nest. In a break from form, I am skipping my long winding, meandering openings and get to the ask. In Spring 2017 Mia Zamora and I are running an open […]

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