Thing 22: Fun and Play
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. Select one, or all, of the below apps and have fun creating something to share with us on your blog.
Vine is to YouTube and Vimeo what Twitter is to blogging. Vine is short-form, or micro-vlogging (blogging via video), video sharing service where users can share six-second-long looping video clips. Anyone can download the app, create a video, and share it on blogs and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The app can be used to follow friends and browse Vines created by other people.
For some great examples of what can be achieved in six seconds of video I recommend browsing through 6secondscience.tumblr.com.
Lynda.com has created an excellent video tutorial on how to create and share videos using vine: Lynda Vine Video Tutorial
Or, try Mashable’s Beginners Guide to Vine.
NOTE: Twitter recently announced it’s intentions to close the Vine service. If you would prefer not to learn a new tool that may only be around for a short while longer (even though it’s a really fun tool), an alternative would be to experiment with recording and sharing videos using the Twitter tool itself.
More information available in The Guardian article, Twitter Vine video-sharing app to be shut down.
Guidance on creating and sharing videos on Twitter can be found on their support page, Sharing and watching videos on Twitter
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.
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).
Lynda.com have created a great Up and Running with Snapchat Video Tutorial.
Another great guide can be found on Mashable’s Beginner Guide to Snapchat.
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!
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