ds106 Explained

Digital Storytelling (also known as ds106) is an online, educational course that happens throughout the year at the University of Washington.  However, you can join in whenever you like and leave whenever you need.  ds106 is free to anyone who wants to take it, and the only requirements are a computer, a good internet connection, and some web hosting.


Here are some of the objectives from ds106 website:

  • Develop skills in using technology as a tool for networking, sharing, narrating, and creative self-expression
  • Frame a digital identity wherein you become both a practitioner in and interrogator of various new modes of networking
  • Critically examine the digital landscape of communication technologies as emergent narrative forms and genres

One cool thing about ds106 is that you can create an online identity for storytelling over a 15 week period.  Another cool thing is that you are able to collaborate with others in a discussion board.  Just like CSC online has forums, ds106 has discussion boards.  However, they aren’t always set up telling you exactly what do talk about.  The final cool thing I found out about ds106 is that you can pick and choose which assignments you take part in.


I had never heard of ds106 before this week and I’m sure there’s a lot of others who haven’t either. According to, Connected by Learning, ds106 is:

  • Interest powered
  • Peer-supported
  • Academically orientated
  • Sharing a purpose
  • Production centered
  • Openly networked

I am not sure how I will use ds106 in my classroom because I’m not sure what age groups would be able to use it.  However, I will use ds106 in my personal life to read what others are doing and find assignments I could tweak to incorporate into my future classroom.


Featured image photo courtesy — https://thecurrent.educatorinnovator.org/resource/ds106-enabling-open-public-participatory-learning

Computer photo courtesy — computer picture

Storybook photo courtesy — https://www.istockphoto.com/illustrations/storybook


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  1. Hello Christa! Great post this week on ds106! It was amazing to see all of the possibilities that are available with ds106. I am most excited to participate in the open assignments and pick and choose the ones that interest me the most. It’s nice that this is free and open to anyone who would like to join. Before our class at CSC, I have never heard of ds106. How about you?


  2. Hey, I think that it would be a good idea to take some of the drawing or writing assignments they have and put a twist on them for your classroom. It doesn’t have to be the exact same, but it could be something pretty similar to it. I think that it would be a great way to have the kids to something different and if you use one that is pretty close to one that is on ds106, then you could show them one of the submissions that someone had on the website. I think that it would also be good for students who are interested in digital story telling and they could really become more efficient at using certain medias by doing assignments or a 30 day challenge.


  3. Ds106 can be kind of tricky to work into a classroom setting depending on the subject you want to teach. Plus, you have to factor in the possibility that students could abuse the option of doing it when they have the time by just not doing it. Great insight on ds106!


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