Assignment Guide

Week 1: Beginnings...

Welcome to DS106! This is a wild, fast-paced, wonderful, stressful, inspiring course. Because of that, I both love and dread teaching it. :) I think you'll find that you'll learn a lot, enjoy a lot, but also break things a lot, ... and fix some of them. But you'll also have a lot of support.

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Week 2: Breaking & remaking text

This week, we begin the "content" of the course! We start with text: reading, writing, breaking, remaking, reflecting, and writing again. How do digital tools enable us to do new, creative things with text?

For some inspiration, check out a text bot my kids (age 7 and 5 at the time) and I built, Green Eggs and Spam, as well as one of my favorite Twitter bots, House Hunters Plot.

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Week 3: Breaking & remaking text, part 2

This week, we continue our work with text, applying what we read about last week to the creating of a Twitter bot. These bots will take existing text ― in the form of a list, a spreadsheet, or existing prose, poetry, or song lyrics ― and remix that text in interesting, surprising, and sometimes non-sensical ways.

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Week 4: Sherlock, part 1

This week, we move from remixing text as text into remixing text with other media. We'll explore Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles (one of his Sherlock Holmes novels) and various radio, audio book, and film remakes of the novel. We'll make our own audio "cover" of Baskervilles, as well as write some fan fiction.

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Week 5: Sherlock, part 2

This week we take our exploration of The Hound of the Baskervilles, as well as our major creative work, to the world of radio! We'll find and explore existing audio books and radio broadcasts, and even make our own mini-episodes.

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Week 6: Sherlock, part 3

This week we wind up our exploration of The Hound of the Baskervilles with film adaptations and fan fiction. You'll have an opportunity to watch multiple film "covers" of this novel, as well as take a stab at making your own text- or multimedia-based "cover".

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