Week 10 – Free Write and Develop a Digital me

Dom’s Story

This was a different week compared to the monotony of going to university and learning from lecturers for I had a different role today, I was not in fact going to be sitting in a seat listening to a lecturer but instead become the lecturer. It struck me this was a reason I got myself onto a course like this because I wanted to become an educator and right here was the first big step.

The lecture was designed to recap the idea of free writing from last week, using the zig zag method – where one member of the group starts to speak – points to another – and the conversation continues around the room in this free form way.

Educationalists can utilise this zig zag method when free writing a creative story – which is what we did today – and it can also be used as yet another creative, qualitative research method.

The zig zag in research

If gathering data through interviewing people, rather than interviewing people one at a time, in isolation – you can set the interview in motion with a group of people – and ask them to point to the next speaker – and let the interview zig zag around the room.

It can start with the interviewer asking a question, one person answers the question and then in quick succession points to or names another individual … who also answers the question, or responds to something someone else has said, and points on. This goes on until all the interviewees have answered in a random order.

The zig zag story

I (Dom) used this method with some success with the 2014 ‘Becoming an Educationalist’ students. With the 2015 students a more than interesting story emerged:

 “There once lived Lucy in Madrid and she was 25 years old and was studying Sociology and she hated it so she drank Sangria.  One night she got very drunk and she called her boyfriend from the other side of the world but unfortunately he didn’t answer she didn’t know what to do at that moment so she began to play Adele song (Hello). While she cried, she took time to compose herself and then she woke up from this terrible dream where she found her boyfriend decapitated, with a bloody knife in her hand.

Then David Beckham walked in his boxers looked at the dead body and walked out again and she decided to follow him, and she questioned him what they did last night.  Then David Beckham grabbed the knife and stabbed her so she got the phone and call the police.  The Police comes rushing down and David Beckham said it is a fair cop it I can’t tell a lie, and pointed at Lucy she did it.

The police officer brutally murdered Lucy. The End!”

An interesting story to say the least, Stephen King should fear the stories these students could bring to the creative world! I wonder if it had anything to do with the fact that their/your first formal assignment was to be handed in the next day?

Develop a Digital Me

After a quick break we plunged into the most important aspect of the day – the Digital Me!! As you know everybody is supposed to get involved and produce some sort of Digital Me artefact: animation, video, Zeega… and in W12 there is to be an Exhibition with Posters that reflect on the process of being involved with Developing a Digital Me – and an opportunity to showcase this year’s digital artefacts.

Here are some examples from last year’s Becoming student;


This week’s task:

Using a selection from the sites listed below, find the perfect digital form to use to present a key aspect of yourself and the course, or an area you have struggled with and then overcome. Share with everyone! Help your peers with their own journeys on the course.

We’ll be working on the Posters next week – and you can use those to represent your digital ‘journey’ – introduce your artefact, give reasons why you choose that particular topic, mention how you went about it and why you chose that format to present it to the class.

Websites used by Previous Years:



I’ve been Dom – you’ve been great. Thanks for having me and good luck with your Develop a Digital Me’s!!


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