Week Five Assignments

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  • Reading/Viewings/Listenings:
    • RADIO, an Illustrated Guide. Read RADIO (which you’ll need to have purchased from the bookstore!) and then share your reflections about the reading on your blog (tag: radioreading). Be sure to read your classmates posts and comment and link to their responses, when appropriate! In addition to your reaction to the technical and philosophical approach to storytelling that this text describes, I’m curious to hear how you think this format (the graphic novel) worked as a medium for conveying the art of radio storytelling.
    • Watch Ira Glass’ four-part series on storytelling: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4. Then, visit the This American Life web site, and listen to at least one of the following episodes (you can listen to these through a stream or or you pay $.99 to download one):
      • Kid Politics
      • Scenes from a Recession
      • Heretics
      • Switched at Birth
      • First Day

        On your blog, reflect on the episode you listened to, the videos by Ira Glass and RADIO. Describe how Glass’ vision of storytelling played out in the episode you listened to. From a technical standpoint, could you hear elements of the production of the story, particularly with regards to what you read in RADIO? Were there anythings that didn’t work with the stories? What role, if any, did music or ambient noise/sound effects play in the story? (tag: americanlisten)
  • Technical Exploration:
    • If you have not already done so, download and install Audacity and the LAME MP3 encoder on your computer. Explore the Audacity tutorials and experiment with recording, editing, and exporting audio.Alternatively, you may instead explore Aviary’s online audio editing tool, Myna.  You don’t need to install anything to use it (you will need to set up an account with Aviary), and it does a lot the basic things that Audacity does. Here are some video tutorials for Myna to get you started: Part 1Part 2Part 3
  • Storytelling (CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING “TRACKS”)
    • Visual/Design Bonus Week:
      • Continue Daily Shoot for one more week. Continue to tag and share your photos on Flickr.
      • Choose one more visual or design assignment from the ds106 course site and complete it. Post it on your blog and narrate the process you went through to make it. (tag: designpick)
    • Audio Intro Week: Spend one day paying attention to all the various stories around you (stories your friends tell, stories that frame your class lectures/experiences, stories in commercials/advertisements, stories that you witness simply walking down campus walk, etc.) Pick one of those stories, and retell it by recording it in Audacity. Export it as an MP3 file, and share it on your blog (you can simply upload the file like you do an image and insert it into a post OR you can look around for a WordPress plugin that allows you to more elegantly embed audio files). (tag: firstaudio)If you feel totally overwhelmed getting started in Audacity, here’s a tutorial that covers a lot of the basics.  Sorry, I can’t find a similar tutorial for Myna, but a lot of the concepts are the same!