Our goal this week is to transition from individual digital storytelling to participatory digital storytelling.
You will complete your first digital story project. (due Sunday)
We will begin your second digital story project. (due July 26)
We have reached a point of ACT02 where you are given greater student agency and independence - - and responsibility. There will be fewer specific tasks and more broad expectations. WHAT you do, is largely up to you. HOW you do it is largely up to you. You are more accountable to your teams than you are to me.
Your team has expectations to fulfill and a timeline to follow, and how you get there - is up to you. Just get there. I will not be prescribing details, just outlining expectations and timelines.
Incubate. Activate. Participate. Don't let your team down.
The gist of this project is to (a) articulate a storyworld with your team and (b) create intersecting stories within it.
As a team you will do something with a participatory storytelling project of some sort, e.g. the Harry Potter Alliance, Hermoinie Granger 2020, World Without Oil, or any storyworld you like. You can spin-off an existing fiction or non-fiction or you can create your own storyworld if you so desire - - - Shakespeare, Zombie Apocalypse, or a What-If rewriting of history. It is your choice.
Because summer runs quickly, I will be offering each of your teams a jumpstart option, i.e. an optional premise to help you get going. I'll post the jumpstart to your Slack team channels later this week.
Each team has expectations to meet and decisions to make - outlined below. We'll spend this week with a bit of reading, and activating our teams.
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." --Henry Ford
Leads. Each team will have a lead who organizes and guides teamwork. These are not decision makers, but organizers. Initial leads will be randomly picked and identified. Teams govern and organize themselves. Teams may reassign leads or assign other roles as they like.
Tools. Each team has it's own Slack channel to get organized and make decisions together. Each team has its own hypothes.is group. Each team may use additional collaborative and project management tools if they like, e.g. Padlet, Google Docs, etc. You must include me and Paul in any "places" you choose to work, so we may follow along.
Storyworld. Each team will select or create a storyworld as their context. You may spin-off an existing genre or popular story; you may participate in an existing storyworld or story community; you may create our own world from scratch. Whatever you choose, stay true to it. A few examples and inspirations are linked below.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (article / lesson plan)
- Robot Heart Stories (video / lesson plan)
- Stranger Things (video / ARG - game)
Individual media. Each team member should make an individual creative contribution to the project. Tell a story. Play a character. Produce a spin-off. You cannot reuse the same platform used in an earlier project, i.e. if you did a video in for your first project you cannot do one here. Choose something else.
Transmedia. Each team project will be a transmedia project, i.e. use a variety of media and narratives. Each member of the team is expected to produce and contribute digital media in some capacity. Your story, or stories, must have a cohesive aesthetic and affect, i.e. it all should make collective sense.
Participatory. Your audience should be able to contribute, participate, or influence the story in some way. They should be a part of it.
Dialogue. A synchronous team dialogue is required at some point. This could be Zoom, or some other platform - but it must be synchronous and recorded. Meet. Dialogue. Record. Post the dialogue to the appropriate #week-xx Slack channel.
Assessment. There will be some component of peer-review in this project, as I will be asking you to evaluate equity of workload and contribution across your team. You are accountable to one another.
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