This week we embark on our first Studio Visit, learn about E-Literature, and get our web annotation skills into full gear. And more Daily Digital Alchemy…

Our First Studio Tour

We had our first studio tour visit with Leonardo Flores– please try to review the video archive before class and take note of the resources added to the event page.

Our in class activity Wednesday will involve using a web annotation tool to have a real-time discussion of the tour.

Tool Time!

Lining Up Your Links

Your work in this course is spread out in so many places (and we have just gotten started). By sharing your work public, you can take advantage of the way our tools work to have direct web links that show what you have done. Using the guides below, create your own collection — these are things you might add as menus on your blog, or maybe put on the sidebar. If anything, keep track of them to match up to the criteria of your grading contract.

Your Very Own Blog Links

Hopefully by know you know that all the posts from Kean University bloggers synidcated to this site are at

We have a list of all the blogs that are connected to the site at — is yours not listed? Uh oh! Have you connected it by the Labyrinthus??

The first link there goes to the blog itself, but the second on shows all the posts from your blog that have been syndicated here. Mine are at (that’s Link 1 Worth Having).

Your Very Own Twitter Links

Of course you know the link to your own twitter account, it should like like (except yours are not “cogdog”). You can use the twitter search to construct a URL that shows your tweets that have used #netnarr:

So just copy that link and put your twitter name in where it says cogdog.

Your Very Own Daily Digital Alchemy Links

You can also find your own link that shows all your responses to the Daily Digital Alchemies. One way is to find your entry on the DDA Leaderboard (YES WE HAVE A LEADERBOARD!).

You will find that your very own personal DDA link looks like — any guesses how to make your own link?

Your Very Own Links

We are just getting started using the web annotation tool — as you annotate and highlight the web, the tool is keeping track of your work on one handy URL. You will find the link in the “drawer” under the person icon — but it’s easy to guess.

Mine looks like What’s yours?

That All Powerful Tag

Speaking of links… on many of your assignments we will ask you to “tag” your own blog post with a special tag (If you use Blogger, theses are called “Labels”). For last week’s class, we asked you to tag your blog post about the Four Elements challenge with the tag 4elements.

This is not just because we like tags. Or giving busy work.

It’s because we can see everyone’s Four Elements blog post at one link! Amazing!

All posts tagged / labeled “4elements”

If you forgot to do this, all is forgiven. No better, you can re-edit your post, add the tag/label, and within and hour, when we check your site for new posts, the syndication should update and bring your post into the mix.

Got Comments?

Writing blog posts is an important part of this experience, but the other activity we are looking for is participating in other people’s blogs through comments. Comments are more than just “liking” or saying “nice post”. Think of comments as conversation.

Look at some posts in our class that have rich comment activity:

Comments need not be as long as blog posts, but it helps to say more than what would fit in a tweet. See some more suggestions in our Book of Stuff’s On Constructive Commenting.

How do you know what to comment on? You can:

If you truly want to geek out, I wrote a blog post that shares some technical alchemy for how to scan all the blog posts and comments in one interface.

Making Margin Notes Together on the Web: Meet

Official Whitehouse photo by Pete Souza

For this week’s real time discussion activity, we are going to make use of the web annotation tool to annotate and share discussions right on the page for this week’s studio tour visit with Leonardo Flores.

Learn more about and/or see the Quick Start Guide for students and more in the Student Resource Guide.

If you have not done so already, create an account on

Many of the pages on this site will automatically load for you. Look for the little buttons in the top right corner, and use the top one to “open the drawer” features are on

With activated, you can see the tracks of others by the text segments highlighted in yellow- clicking an established annotation will show you in the window on the top right what others have written about this selection. You can reply here.

Or, returning to the web page you are viewing, you can select a portion of a sentence and start a new set of notes.

We are going to base our activity on the information page about this week’s studio visit. A few of our students have tweeted direct links (they are embedded in the page) to topics within the hour long conversation we had with Leonardo. Or you can review any of the other links, and add comments or more related resources.

By the end of our class, the layer should be a rich level of information and discussion about our conversation with Leonardo.

Media Assignments

Oh boy, assignments!

Get to Know Some Twitter Bots

In this week’s studio tour Leonardo Flores shared his interest in Twitter bots, we took a quick look at Regrets to Egrets.

We’d like you to meet and follow a few more bots that Leonard recommends. Get to know how they converse and what the react to. How will you find bots? There is a bot you can ask!

That’s right, send a question to @KairosHotBots including some of those words. I tried it a few days ago:

and got a reply:

It may take up to an hour to get a response. If you do not get one, contact us!

Follow the accounts this bot suggests. Over the next few days, pay attention to what kinds of messages the bots respond to. Is there a narrative element to the messages?

Or look at the I Love E-Poetry listing of posts about bots.

Write a post about your experience of interacting with bots and tag it twitterbots.

Five Card Flickr Stories

Can you tell a story in five photos? What kind of coherent story can you tell with five random photos? That’s the premise of a site I (Alan) built a few years ago. Since 2008, some 18,000 people have tried it!

The site delivers you five random photos from the flickr photo site (these are all from a collection of photos tagged netnarr in flickr). You get to pick one to be the first image in your story.

Then you get five more. Pick one again. Repeat until you have five photos. Hopefully they tell a story. If not, you have a chance to write the story that ties them together.

Most people write stories that are more like captions. How can you weave a narrative that is maybe a bit more?

Are you ready? Play Five Card Flickr Stories for #netnarr.

When you are done, you have the chance to save your story. You will get a permanent link to your story (see an example) as well as HTML code to copy if you want to embed it on your blog.

All of the stories created from the #netnarr pool of photos will be listed at

Create at least one story of your own that gets added to that list.

Then… here comes the twist! Find someone else’s story from the collection. Scroll to the bottom…

Yes, see if you can tell a different story from the same set of photos, and publish that as a new story.

Write a post about your two stories, and reflect on the experience. Is this too constrained for a story process? Might you make a story with no words? Tag your post 5cardflickr.

Week 3 Checklist

Check them off!

  • Collect your tool links and add them to your blog, either as a post, or somewhere as links (menu, widget, sidebar). These are the ones that show where your work is distributed.
  • Submit your choice for the grading contract by end of the day Friday (Kean students only, a link to the form is in an email)
  • Do your daily digital alchemies! (the number according to your contract agreement) (but do more if you are enjoying them)
  • Do you have am idea for a new Daily Digital Alchemy? Send it to us here.
  • Look at the schedule for the next three studio visits — if there is one you want to join, look for the orange button in each event page that leads to a sign up form.
  • Take some time to read and comment on other blogs within our class. On your weekly post, reflect on what you learned by visiting other blogs and sharing what kind of feedback you got on your own blog.
  • Continue your annotation activity on the Leonard Flores Studio visit page (or anywhere else you go)
  • Write a post about your experiences with Twitter Bots. Tag/label your post… twitterbots!
  • Write a post about creating stories with Five Card Flickr. Tag/label your post… 5cardflickr!
  • And write a reflective blog post for all your work this week; Tag/label your post… weeklies.

Are We Done Yet?


For this week.

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Featured Image: screenshot of the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3

Alan Levine
Alan Levine feels weird writing about himself in the third person. A 1990s pioneer on the web and early proponent of blogging, he shares his ideas at His interests include web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), mocking MOOCs, daily photography, bending WordPress, and randomly dipping into the infinite river of the internet. He and his dog enjoy the peace of a little home in Strawberry, Arizona.


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