Ongoing engagement

Daily Creates

Provides a space for regular practice of spontaneous creativity through “mini” challenges published every day.

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Daily Creates
Educator prep: None
Student prep: None
Shared online space
Duration: 5-30 mins

Activity purpose

The Daily Create provides a space for regular practice of spontaneous creativity through “mini” challenges published every day.

(…also sometimes know as “Daily Digital Alchemy” or #DDAs in the context of #NetNarr)

Useful for

Encouraging fun, playful and creative approaches while building a sense of community in a learning environment. There are no registrations, no evaluations, no prizes, just a community of people producing art daily together. 


Developed as part of the ds106 open course on digital storytelling, the Daily Create is open to anyone who wants a regular dose of creative exercises. The assignments are designed to be quick to do. Link to explore is at New assignments are regularly posted, and there is a vast amount archived and ready for use at any time. Each assignment should not take anyone more than 15-20 minutes. Many take less time.


If you want to explore Daily Creates without using the networked context of twitter, simply link to The assignments vary in mode– photography, drawing, audio, video, writing, and maybe an oddball one now and then. You can select the Daily Creates you want to do with your students, and have them post their work in a common digital space of your choosing, or on their own blogs. It is up to you to manage where you want students to share their Daily Create work.

Or, you can Follow @ds106dc on Twitter. If you are doing the daily creates in the networked (Twitter) context, once you’ve completed your assignment, follow the instructions on the Daily Create to reply via Twitter. For your response to show up on the Daily Create site you must include @ds106dc in your tweet as well as the tag specific for that day, e.g. #tdc1666. That’s it! It may take up to an hour for your response to show up here.

NOTE: Your tweets will not show up if your account is protected; the API cannot access them.


The archive for the Daily Creates is so vast, and there are so many to choose from. It will only take a few minutes to select the Daily Create you would like to use with your students. It is as simple as sharing the link for the Daily Create that you have selected on a common forum you are using with your students. Make sure you are clear about where your want them to post their Daily Create work. It will take the students approximately 15 mins or less to complete a Daily Create and post it.

Technical requirements

The place where you have students post their Daily creates is up to you to determine. A common space (where they can all see their peers work) is most effective.  

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