Unit 8: Connecting Doors

This Unit moves to a different kind of storytelling, one that uses the space of existing web sites as a place for you to create your own stories. They are not just stories on the web, they are of the web. They use the affordances of the web as its own genre.

A bit of inspiration

Rather than doing a standard textbook CV, Philippe Dubost created a site to feature his skills and experience formed and functioning as an Amazon product page where he himself is the product.

If you examine the page, every bit has been re-crafted to fit the story of Philippe as well as both the style and features familiar to Amazon shoppers. A CV not ON the web, but OF the web.

You are not being asked to code web pages; but use tools that you can use in a web browser to modify the content of an existing web page, change the text, images, and links, so that it has different content and meaning. You do not have to worry about defacing another web page, you are just re-crafting a copy of it.

The creative part requires that you find an existing web page to work with as raw material. Good candidates are news, paper stories, product entries in sites like Amazon or eBay, movie/book reviews, but potentially anything can be modified to create something new.

The tools you can use allow you to, in a web browser, actually modify the content. The end goal is to have both a screen shot image and a real working web page you created that you can link to in your unit summary blog post (and heck why not tweet what you did?)

Use the Mozilla X-Ray Googles tool to help you see (like an x-ray) how web content is structured:

X-Ray Goggles allow you to see the building blocks that make up websites on the internet. Activate the goggles to inspect the code behind any webpage, then remix elements with a single click, swapping in your own text, images and more.

What you should do is review the X-Ray Googles instructions and install the tool in your browser bar. This can be invoked directly on any web page you want to explore and change. Goggles provides an overlay interface to change text, formatting, even images — essentially to rewrite any web page.

When you are done, you’ll need to save your changed code – click ‘P’ in the bottom left when the X-Ray Googles are activated. The easy way is to publish it on the Webmaker site (you will need to sign up), and from which you will get a URL of you remixed web page publication. Here is one where Andrew Clay changed a UKIP web site. You should also capture screenshots of your work so that you can put them on Flickr or embed them straight into a blog post.

When you have practiced with the Goggles tool, do the Storytelling Within the Web assignment where you will alter the content of a web page to make a new story. Write a blog post with the usual write up champion components, and include both a screen shot of your reworked page and a link to a live web version on the Webmaker site. This is a five star assignment.

Web Assignments

In this Unit, complete 5 more stars of Web Assignments to add to the five stars of the ‘Storytelling Within the Web’ assignment, making a total of 10 stars.


Unit 8 Summary

During this Unit you should have:

Completed 10 stars worth of Web Assignments (including the ‘Storytelling Within the Web’ assignment) and created a blog post for each assignment following the criteria used by ‘blogging champions’ and the appropriate tags.


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