Open Participants 2018

Unaffiliated, but definitely not unconnected, individual digital alchemists (see all Open Alchemists)

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View from the Seats: Watching Ready Player One

via Warner Brothers Ready Player One could have been worse. A lot worse. It also could have been better. A lot better. Split the difference? It was an entertaining movie with, as my older son noted afterwards, “more holes in the plot than you could poke a stick through.” My younger son, who has read the book by Ernest Cline at least six times in the past two years, added, “The book was better.” I was more charitable with the […]

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NetNarr: Getting My Alchemy On

Each day, I continue to use the prompts from the Daily Arganee of Networked Narratives to write a short poem or piece as a creative exercise. I am more apt veer off-topic than to stay on-topic with the prompts, but I aim to go where the muse takes me. Periodically, I’ll go in and gather and curate them into a short video.  The one above is my recent collection. These down below are some of the past collections of the […]

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#NetNarr: Hacking/Remixing the Game of Chess

A few years ago, for DS106, I was part of a group that did a collaborative radio project that centered on the art of remixing. My segment centered around an activity I do with my sixth grade students, remixing and hacking the game of chess to create something new altogether. It is part of our Game Design Unit. Here is the radio segment I did: Peace (hacked for greater good), Kevin PS — here is the entire Merry Hacksters Radio […]

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Six Word Slice of Life: From Design Flow to Interactive Story

(For this month’s Slice of Life Challenge with Two Writing Teachers, I am aiming to do Six Word Slices most days, with some extended slices on other days.) Context: I wrote the other day about the ways my sixth graders were making design plans to create Interactive Fiction stories inside Google Slides. Since then, they have been working hard to bring the stories to fruition, and by yesterday, many were finishing up the writing and proofreading of their stories. I enjoy […]

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#NetNarr: GameLoop GameSounds GameOver

This week, in Networked Narratives, the theme is on games and one of the challenges is to use audio to tell a story, and the audio should be game-themed. I decided to try to make a short song loop, with game sounds. No story except, there’s always a “game over” moment in a game. By the way, if you want to join me in annotating the video hangout session that the NetNarr folks and guests did on the topic of […]

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Enough

I made a digital postcard to commemorate the students from Granada Hills High School in Southern California (and in cities in all fifty states) who walked out of their classes, staged demonstrations and observed a moment of silence in honor of the fourteen students and three adult staff killed a month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. I’m proud the students are politically savvy and followed what Granada Hills alum John Elway does, not what he says, […]

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Next Gen LMS

Photo by NASA on UnsplashReading the ever-exciting New Media Consortium 2017 report, it lists Next Generation Digital Learning Environments (NGDLE) on the 2-3 year timeframe for adoption. I'm thinking about Network Narratives in this framework and realise that what we have in the various resources of this course, makes up a learning 'portal' (pg 45). Whether this provides a deeper learning experience than signing up for a Learning Management System (LMS) experience is something that I am pondering.A portalthat allows a different viewfrom sea to sky, […]

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Game it – Week 8.0

In this segment of Netnarr we are being asked to think about games. Here is a short reflection on two of my fave games at the moment.Mahjong - the board gameThis is nothing like the 'match the pair' version that is popular on computers. The goal of the game is to be able to make a certain pattern of the tiles (like cards) in a throw out/pick up routine. I like the routine and process of this game which starts […]

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#NetNarr Post-Hangout: Sending Gifs

via GIPHY I could not attend the online Google hangout the other day for Networked Narratives, which featured guests Amy Burvall and Michael Branson Smith on the art of the animated gif, and the possibility for expression with the social media photo formatting. My friend, Wendy, suggested on Twitter that we make gifs from the hangout video, and well, that sounded like a fine idea. I did all of this within Giphy itself, which has stickers (which I keep forgetting […]

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Abstract, repeat, emote

This post is inspired by a phrase Amy Burvall said in the latest netnarr hangout : Abstraction Repetition Emotion I took one of Susan’s pictures and abstracted the star from it by using Paint: Then I used the star to create nine images – first with one star in a white square, then two, then three, right up to nine: Next I launched GIMP and opened all nine files as layers, exported as a gif, and uploaded the result to Giphy.com via […]

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#NetNarr: Patent Entertainment With Animated GIFS

Original Patent: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/16972882 The folks over at Today’s Document surprise me now and then when they slip an animated gif into their RSS feed, usually in the form of an item about one of the patents in the Library of Congress. (They also will regularly convert video archive moments into animated gifs, but I find these illustration remixes to be the best to enjoy). Original Patent: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6277655 I’m always fascinated by the old drawings in the patent applications, so the […]

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#NetNarr: Getting a Bit Crazy, Making GIFS

Over at Networked Narratives, the theme is now shifted into GIFs, and all the wacky things you can do with them. Alan’s assignment calls for a GIF storm of sorts in the #NetNarr hashtag, including GIFs that connect with the Digital Life underpinning and finding narrative points in the clip from the Western movie The Big Country to pull out as animated moments. So … First, I went in to the clip and found the dramatic scene where the rider […]

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#NetNarr Discovery: Lost In Hyperland (A Fantasy Documentary)

Hypermedia flickr photo by Dominik W. Neuffer shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license Thanks to some sharing of an article by Wendy in Networked Narratives a few weeks ago, I stumbled on this 1990 film about where hypertext might be going, with novelist Douglas Adams. The Internet Archive site explains a bit more about Hyperland: In this one-hour documentary produced by the BBC in 1990, Douglas falls asleep in front of a television and dreams about future time when […]

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In Celebration of Reading and Writing: Mobile Storytelling

In a time when so many of us bemoan a seemingly apparent decline in writing and reading in young people, this video reminds us that maybe we are looking and observing in all the wrong places. Check it out. Candice Faktor shows us where and how young people are engaged in stories and fiction. This is part of a cool video series I found that dovetails nicely with my thinking of how to use technology to transform writing and literacies. […]

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