Thing 22 & 23: Fun, Play and Reflection

Thing 22: Fun, Play, and Create

As we come to the end of our 23 Things I hope you’ve enjoyed the course and that a sense of exploration and adventure, balanced with critical thinking and knowledge, will encourage you to continue with further online and digital learning.

To this end we’re wrapping up with a fun challenge and asking you to create and share a fun digital object. Select one or all of the below apps, or another creative app entirely, and have fun creating something to share with us on your blog.

Just a line

Just a Line is an app that lets you make simple drawings in augmented reality, then share your creation with a short video. Touch the screen to draw, then hit record and share what you made with #justaline. You can pair your phone with a friend and co-create drawings, digital sculptures, games and more.

Just a Line works on any Android phone that supports ARCoreand latest iOS devices.


Dubsmash is a lip-syncing video creation and sharing app on iOS and Android. Users can select from songs, sounds, and famous quotes, or create their own sounds, and then record a video of themselves lip-syncing to the audio.  Edits can be made to the video including colour filters and text animation. The videos can then be privately shared with friends directly via message or text, or more publicly over social networks.

For more information on the rise of Dubsmash, read The Guardian article Dubsmash: the viral app turning mimes into memes is singing – and winning  by Hannah Jane Parkinson.

Warning, Dubsmash can be addictive and lead to (friendly) battles between friends. See the Agent Carter vs. Agents of Shield Dubsmash battle below.

Go and play with Dubsmash


Snapchat is a selfie app which allows users to share images that are explicitly short-lived  and self-deleting.The images can be modified with filters, text, emoji, bitmoji, drawings, and lenses that actively overlay over the face and move with it to create special effects.

Due to the short lived nature of the images, pictures tend to be frivolous and users delight in taking bad, face-pulling or unflattering pictures, to share with close friends for fun. Users can set the time limit for how long the image will last before self-deleting. The app does make the saving of images possible for both the sender and the receiver though, and senders are notified if the person the image was sent to has taken a screenshot of the image.

Additionally users can choose to share their snaps on a Story which can be available to specific followers or to the public.

Here are a few I created earlier:

The above video was created using a lens. Lenses can be activated by touching the screen where your face is and then swiping until you find a lens you like.


This picture was taken using both a lens (the bunny ears, nose, whiskers and carrots) and the drawing tool (the text). have created a great Up and Running with Snapchat Video Tutorial.

Another great guide can be found on Mashable’s Beginner Guide to Snapchat.

Go to Snapchat and start playing

How to complete Thing 22

Select one, or all, of the above apps and have fun creating something to share with family or friends and write about the experience on your blog. If you’d like to share your creation on your blog that would be fantastic too!


Thing 23: Reflection

As we wrap up with the last of our 23 Things, for this Thing  we’d like to hear your thoughts on what you feel you have gained, learned, explored, and discovered throughout the course:

  • Were there Things that you particularly enjoyed?
  • Was there a Thing has has either had something in it that surprised you, or one you particularly enjoyed?
  • Have you been reading the community blogs? How did you find the blogging aspect of the course?
  • Did you have any difficulties completing the Things?
  • If you were to do a course like this again is there anything you would change, or additional support you would like to see?
  • If you wrote a blog post at the beginning on what you hoped to gain out of the 23 Things course, looking back on the post do you feel you achieved those goals?

Most of all we hope you have enjoyed the journey and  that we have been able to provide you with a sense of adventure and exploration of digital tools and knowledge.

Thank you for participating!

Are you a 23 Things Winner?

If you have blogged about all 23 Things for Digital Knowledge and would like to receive an Open Badge to prove as a record of your completing this course, please complete and submit the form below.

On verifying your blog posts we will add you to our Winners list and award you with the 23 Things Open Badge.

Well done!

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