I think it’s time I said thanks to DS106 and to list the things it has done for me. Not that I’m stopping. I’m just getting started. And who doesn’t like a good list? #46 will shock you!
Actually the list has only 3 things. But they’re biggies! I’ll keep this short and sweet so that people with short attention spans like me might read it.
- Learning how to tell stories better. Shocking that a course on Digital Storytelling would help with this, I know. But it works as advertised. Also, with the lovely openness of the set up, if I forget how to do something or don’t get to everything, it’ll all be there for me when I need it.
- Seeing just how far a learning community can go. Again, with an open set up as well as extensive attention paid to how to set yourself up in the community, something that started as one course in one school can become something people all over the world commit to #4LIFE.
- Finding new inspirations. The characters that one comes across because they are directly or indirectly tied to DS106 are people you might look up to for the following reasons: sharing, critical thinking, creativity, selflessness, DIYyness, leadership, commitment, inclusiveness, risk-taking, piss-taking, and you know, other good stuff. Alan Levine, Audrey Watters, Jim Groom, Paul Bond, Kin Lane, Gardner Campbell to name just a few. And there are a whole lot more amazing people in the community that I am still sifting through. You can decide for yourself which reasons you might look up to these folks.
I’m plenty happy to be a small part of the community, so thank you all and see you out there!