FAQs for the Kit 'D:coding Digital Natives'

Hello everyone! We have created FAQs to try and answer questions that you might have concerning your contributions to the kit D:Coding Digital Natives. Though we have anticipated most of the questions, do email me, or post a comment if you have any additional queries pertaining to your contribution. Looking forward to your thoughts!

A.    Is there a word limit?
Yes, there is. For the kit, in case you are sending us written words, the maximum limit is 600-700 words. Anything more than that might have to be edited to fit the page.

B.    What kind of content can I send in?
As mentioned during our many email conversations, we are open to any kind of content from your side – digital, interactive, print. In fact, try not to stick to written text only, since that is such a blinkered form of expression! Give us multimedia - podcasts, games, videos, photographs, interactive maps, graphs. Think innovatively. There are many online ways in which you can say what you mean to. Since the print medium has its limitations, what we cannot use there, we will put in the CD. The transcripts of the video or the podcast will come into the tabloid. If you don’t know how to get started, read Annexe 1

C.    I am reworking on my blog. What exactly do I have to do here?

Start by reading up the synopsis we have sent to you. An online blog is a short spurt of writing. For the kit, we are looking at a casual voice, but you have to shape it, structure it into a more meaningful piece of work. Read your blog and think up of a theme, a question or an idea that you are proposing. The submission cannot have more than 2-3 ideas/themes. Then divide these ideas by subheads and flesh them out more. There needs to be clarity. Also remember, the readers of this piece are not your fellow DNs but more. Think of how you would describe this idea to a friend. We suggest you to read up Annexe 1 before starting out.

D.    How can I make my contribution more interesting?
In one simple way. Give us visuals and interactive media. You are a DN! Give us your creative inputs. Think of ways to express what you want to in the kit. For the print paper, we need visuals which are the perfect medium to bring your words to life. They help sustain interest of the reader clued into your work. Some visual elements you can send to us:
a.    Photographs
b.    Comics, sketches
c.    Tables, flowcharts,
d.    Screen prints of online spaces you are talking about, etc.  

* Try to send in photographs which are atleast 300 dpi or have a size more than 2 MB. Anything lesser might be a problem in printing.
**Please keep in mind that the printed edition is to be black and white only. If you send us coloured photographs, they might come out as black and white, though we will make sure that the online version has a coloured snapshot.

E.    I have things that cannot be printed? Should I send them in?
Of course! Did we tell you that we have a CD coming in that kit we mentioned as well? The CD will have everything multimedia! We will put all your podcasts, online discussions, videos, powerpoint presentations in that one.

F.    Who’s my target audience?
Our book will be read by academicians, students, online wayfarers, young and old people across the world. They might or might not know what the concept of Digital Natives are. So when you write, think about addressing that woman on the road. How will you explain her what you are writing on?

G.    What kind of language should I use?
Keep it light. When writing, think that you are talking to someone over a cup of coffee (or milk). Be conversational in your style. Imagine a friend who doesn’t know anything about Digital Natives. How will you explain your chosen topic to her? What are the things you want to include. What we are interested in is seeing your voice, your style in the kit. Tell the readers about your local experiences, your research, your thoughts.

Annexe 1
Steps to your contribution
In case you don’t know how to start working on your contribution, follow these simple steps.
1.    Jot down the points you want to bring out in your blog / interactive media. Or think of questions you want to address in your contribution. These will become your subheads. Each subhead can have one or more questions answered.
2.    Now write down what you want to say under each of your subheads. Do you have answers to the questions you raised? Or do you have more questions? List all these down. This is a skeleton of your submission.
3.    You are now ready with a basic synopsis or a plotline so to say.
4.    Approximately think of what length each section will be. We would suggest anything between 100-200 words should be enough.
5.    Start working on each sub-section and flesh it out by answers questions or raising more questions.
6.    Remember, as Aristotle said, every story has a beginning, middle and end. Till now, you have worked on your middle, the core of the book. Give your story an introduction which is a summary of your contribution and at the same time excites the reader to read more. The ending is a cover on all that you have said. Do you want to leave it open for the readers to think about it more or do you want to give it a closure with a conclusion you have drawn? We leave that upto you.

7. Add in some rocking visuals which help what you want to convey and email us the whole thing.
8.    In case you are stuck at any point, buzz us and we would be happy to help you J

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