This program looks amazing and I cant wait to begin my own soon. I think it will be fun and exciting to create my digital Identity. The best part about this program I believe is the ability to look back and watch yourself and read your writings to watch your identity grow. There are so many interesting and fun ds106’s out there. One I am definitely going to do in mine is a collage of the spots you feel relaxed or at peace. Its a fun thought, its doesn’t take long, and it helps provide an image of the type of person I might be.
I think these can help students excel at being creative in class. There are so many options and different paths students can take to complete these and as a teacher observing it can truly allow you to learn about your students interest and who they actually are outside of the classroom. I feel like all teachers should understand their students and their lives. Teachers are very important in their students lives and will have long lasting effects on all their students. Its our job to make sure we are a positive encouraging impression on our students.
I feel like these could also be helpful if you took the outline of it and applied it to more specific organized subject to allow students to create presentation projects in class. Utilizing the ds106 in the classroom can open open so many options to let your students take control on their own but still in a structure that will keep them focused on their work. You can even use this as a form to teach in the classroom. Setting up little projects like this as a way to focus your class and prepare them for the information your about to cover.
Giving your student the ability to be creative and experience working on their own will also help them develop into stronger learners. None of use can say even half the things we have learned have been in school. We learn most based off our curiosity and willingness to seek answers to it. The things that interest them will grasp their full attention and if we give them a structural environment in where they can do their own work they can possibly find it easier to connect to they projects they are working on.
Overall I think this is an amazing tool that all of use should strongly consider using in one way or another in our class rooms. it has the ability to help us teach and use creativity at the same time. We should all be jumping on this ship.