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Reflection

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

For me, Digital Storytelling turned out to be a wild ride. I remember that in the first week or so of the semester, I had to Skype Mr. Groom when he was in Puerto Rico in order to receive help with getting my website started. At that moment, I knew this class would be different. Just think about it: how many times have you Skyped your other professors when they were on a tropical island? Since I am on the subject, I will give my assessment of our beloved instructor, Mr. Groom. I found Mr. Groom to be unbelievably accessible; I could always get a hold of him. And from my experience, he was able to help me solve my problems 99% of the time. Those things being said, Mr. Groom is a human-being and like all of us, he has certain shortcomings. His lack of organization proved to be my main complaint. A reoccurring example of this was that it usually took him a few days to post the directions for the assignments we were given in class. Another thing that perplexed me a little was the whole scenario about the “Social Network” movie. Mr. Groom wanted us all to see the movie so that we could have a class discussion about it, but that discussion failed to materialize. And, for the record, I am not trying to smack talk Mr. Groom here; I think he is a great guy and I just want to give an honest interpretation as to how things played out in the class.
My favorite assignment of the class was, incontestably, the daily shoot series. Although the shoots required a fairly large time commitment each day, they were so much fun to do! During the shoot every day, I thought of what would make both a good photo and fulfill the demands of the prompt. Overall, I think my photos turned out fairly well and if I could reselect my semester project, I probably would have chosen to do the daily shoot every day.
Another assignment I really enjoyed was the two-part fan fiction segments. Before working on my own tribute, I did not realize that fans were paying homage literally everywhere on the web! And paying homage is relatively easy to do; you simply need an idea and you are off rolling with it.
The video projects were my least favorite part of the class. Making the videos was interesting, but it was also so incredibly frustrating at times! In addition, video production requires significant amounts of time to complete. My mashup of the Office turned out to be a little off the mark from what I initially imagined. I had found a sound board that had audio clips from different movies, but I realized too late that they were of pretty low quality. Sometimes you just have to go with what you’ve got and that was what happened with the mashup.
My semester image story started off a little slow. At our mid-way meeting, Mr. Groom kicked my butt and told me to step up my project. I failed to explain something at the meeting though and I will give the details now. I call my mom pretty much every day without fail. For the few weeks before our meeting, it seemed like every time I talked to my mom I wound up saying, “yea, I just finished working on some Digital Storytelling.” It got to the point where my mom eventually asked me multiple times, “do you ever work on anything besides Digital Storytelling? Why don’t you put some time into your other classes?” This background story explains some of the reason why I didn’t post for my image story for two weeks towards the beginning of the project. After my meeting with Mr. Groom, however, I definitely recommitted myself to the project. As soon as I left our meeting, I sat down and spent a few hours writing a new post for my semester project. And since the meeting I have stayed on track as to what I put forth in my proposal; I have published a post every week and, for a single week, created two posts. I realize that the topic of my semester project appeals to a select audience. That said, I found my research to be extremely interesting and I definitely connected with the material. For those who were less inclined to read, I made sure to include visual images in all my posts and I even have a video of Trafalgar! I tried to cover Trafalgar from multiple angles and get into the depth of the subject that would not be present in a history lecture or school textbook.
Overall, Digital Storytelling was a class that both interested and challenged me. For some of the things we talked about in class, I had no idea they even existed, so I was sometimes greatly surprised. Through the class, I learned things about myself, my fellow internauts, and the world; it doesn’t get much better than that!

Farewell DS106!

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Ugh. Time to choose another gen. ed.

After successfully avoiding ALPP classes for three years, this thought lingered in the back of my mind last August. Of course, being a rising senior, I waited until the last minute to do anything about it–and the thought of taking a gen. ed. during senior year made me wonder why I hadn’t done anything about it sooner. This isn’t to say I’ve disliked my liberal arts experience, but by the beginning of my fourth year, I was ready to break free from these requirements. Knowing my dilemma, my roommate, a CPSC106 alumna, recommended that I attend a digital storytelling class during the first week of the semester. I missed the section she’d actually suggested and found myself in Jim Groom’s class instead, anxiously awaiting whatever challenges an artistic “performance” course would throw my way.

In retrospect, I have no regrets about waiting to finish my ALPP gen. ed., because, fortunately, DS106 was nothing I’d anticipated. At all.

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I have few complaints (if you’d really call them that) with how all the assignments went in class. I enjoyed the time I spent working on them, and usually this homework didn’t feel like work at all. It was a nice break from the monotonous routine of regular college classes. Occasionally, I found myself struggling to keep up learning about and producing with the tools required for projects, but a little planning went a long way, and I think the assignments were staggered at a manageable pace with a logical progression. Granted, some weeks were more successful than others, but as I sift through both my project and digital story posts, I can’t pinpoint anything with a truly disappointing outcome.

In particular, the challenge of understanding audio and video tools offered a welcome break from more traditional assignments. My two favourite projects were “El Mashup” and fan fiction. While these assignments were time consuming, they forced me to think critically about and work creatively with media with which I have no prior experience. From these assignments I gleaned the satisfaction of creating new from old, which is also something my traditional coursework has never covered.

That being said, I think more emphasis could be placed on image and audio storytelling in lieu of video. More specifically, while the group videos were fun to make, I think I learned more from the commentary, mashup, and screencast assignments since the group video didn’t require me to try tools or techniques that I hadn’t used in the other assignments. Perhaps this project could be replaced by a graphic design assignment? After trying my hand at fan fiction postcards, I felt like I was just getting started with design and wished we’d had more direction with it in class. Actually, thinking of it, I think graphic design would follow image stories and photography quite naturally.

Although Gardner Campbell’s article and presentation took awhile to digest, this early exposure to the notion of a “personal cyberinfrastructure” gave meaning to our blogs, and particularly blog customization. For this reason, I think WordPress itself was the most important tool I learned to use this semester. At least for my major, I may never again need MPEG Streamclip or Audacity, but it’s likely that I’ll have to establish and manage personal Web space somewhere down the road. Additionally, I now have a better understanding of the Internet’s helpful and harmful capabilities, as well as how to use this powerful tool to my advantage. In a similar vein, while there weren’t any tools that I feel a need to specifically criticize, I recommend telling future DS106ers to keep track of all downloaded programs for purging purposes come the end of the semester.

Another suggestion I’ll make is the use of a syllabus (if only a loose one) to help students plan ahead. At the beginning of the semester, it was difficult to gauge how much time I’d have to allocate for DS106 assignments without a basic syllabus and outline of course expectations. (I did find one posted to the Spring 2010 course blog, but was unsure of its relevance to the upcoming weeks.) Fortunately, I didn’t waiver at the prospect of work-intensive weeks to come, and had no qualms about making time to complete the assignments thoughtfully and thoroughly. After all, this is what college-level learning is about. I’d recommend that students considering DS106 in addition to a heavy workload should probably wait on taking the class to make the most of the assignments and digital story, and, again, an up-front syllabus would help them make this decision.

Way back in August, I seriously considered Jim Groom’s warnings of uninteresting or unmanageable blogging topics, and was running low on ideas until Daily Shoot miraculously inspired my project. Like the official assignments, my digital story required substantial forethought to successfully keep up, but my genuine interest in photography made it relatively easy to maintain weekly posts. Without a doubt, I consider my digital story a narrative of my progress and interest in a new hobby. Moreover, the most satisfying facet of my digital story is that it will not end with the semester; it would be a shame for the journey to end simply because I’ve stopped earning grades for it.

Lastly, I’ll admit that my primary weakness was in commenting distribution. I often found myself commenting on the same blogs over and over again–but not consciously; it just sort of happened. There was a clear set of digital stories that held my interest, and kept drawing me back for more. My suggestion for future classes is to require installation of the Subscribe to Comments plugin at the beginning of the semester. Once I could track my comments on other blogs, it was much easier to engage in online discussions. I think this plugin, or something similar, is an essential part of Internet-based discussion since remembering to check for new comments on a post you’ve already read is fairly unlikely.

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Maybe my right brain’s been starved for attention, or maybe it was the unstructured, self-driven nature of DS106 that made this semester a success. Regardless of what “it” was, I’ve found DS106 to be definitely what you make of it; and after seven semesters at UMW, I struggle to think of a more enjoyable gen. ed. course to round out my liberal arts experience.

The time has come for this Internaut to leave the nest!

buna

Reflection

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

I found DS106 to be a surprisingly informative class.  I will admit that I signed up to fill up my schedule, being a senior I had options but was looking for something easy.  At the beginning of the semester I couldn’t help but think that it was a little annoying, the reading and setting up a website on my own, but in retrospect it was a lot information that I can actually see myself using in the future.

Let me also say that I wasn’t too keen at first on the idea of keeping a website up by myself.  I’ve avoided it at all costs in the past, in fact I have a friend who had been keeping up a website of mine for me just so that I didn’t have to handle it.  I was so afraid of ‘breaking’ it after I paid money and being unable to fix it.  Part of this paranoia sprung from the fact that I literally knew no one who knew enough about websites that could help me, so I had this little vision playing in my head of me behind my computer crying while I couldn’t figure out how to make the little block of text gray instead of black.  It turns out my fears were unfounded, I didn’t even need help to do the more basic things.  Even more surprising I found out that I already know just about anything I need to know about HTML, and that it’s not some robot language that is unintelligible except to programmers.

As I progressed more in the class I also couldn’t help but think how useful a lot of the knowledge could be for future job opportunities.  Not only does it offer possibilities for sharing on the internet, but many things it’s possible that someone would want me to do in a future job.  Being able to edit a video or sound clip even a little could be the difference between a good business presentation and an amazing one.  And again learning these things brings it back to the fact that if something went wrong I didn’t simply have to go weep in a corner until I was able to figure it out, but before it got that point there was someone more knowledgeable that could help.  Even if I didn’t need the help it was good for my mental health to know that there was an option for assistance.

I’ve never taken a computer science course, to be quite honest I almost never hear anything good about them.  I’m not sure just what made me take this course, other than narrative ties in to artwork as well.  So I thought that maybe it would teach me about narrative from a different view than the art department.

I will say that I very much enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the class, and that the assignments weren’t always busy work.  It would be so easy to give everyone the same assignment to teach them to use a program, but instead we were given the creative aspect to do what we wanted, and not only learn how to use the programs, but how to work in groups successfully while brainstorming.  So I think it was important that the class had almost a ‘studio’ atmosphere where we worked together, showed our work and then gave critique.  What made it different from a studio course is that it was so much less formal.  In critiques all the time we have troubles getting people to speak up, it gets so quiet and we’re all afraid of hurting each other’s feelings or just ‘patting each other on the ass’.  So we’re all so careful to skirt the line between unfounded praise and hurting someone’s feelings.

In terms of my digital story, it wasn’t too hard for me to blog about it not only fairly regularly, but to keep my posts informative.  I’ve actually been blogging regularly for years(since 2004) so it’s not that strange an activity for me.  It’s not hard for me to have a thought and say “oh, I’ll go tell people about this on my BLOG :B”

I think my digital story may have started off a little slowly in the early stages, just because I was having trouble starting on the project itself.  For my individual study there’s no one there giving me due dates but myself.  There’s no class meeting time where I have to be there to work or I get in trouble.  There isn’t even really a professor always there breathing down my neck and asking “So… what are you doing now?”  I’ve considered myself a fairly self driven person for a long time, my high school taught me to be self motivated because there isn’t always going to be someone to motivate you.  Once school is over there aren’t going to be tests to study for so that you know material.

Once I made it through the first few weeks of my digital story and my individual study I think I picked it up, and was glad to hear that it was evident that not only is this something I like doing, but it’s something that I’m interested in.  Sometimes it’s so hard to get what you’re saying through text, so I couldn’t tell if I was regurgitating facts at you or sharing my interest.  It’s nice to get feedback through comments, even if I know that people were doing it mostly because it’s a grade.

I said to to professor Groom already, but I was a little bit surprised that this course is not a general education requirement.  I think in the future it will become more and more useful to know how to and be able to run your own website.  Either for personal business, a resume or a portfolio, it shows not only that you’re professional but that you’re also innovative in using technology but also that you have the knowledge to do it yourself.  I look forward to not only running an online business next year on my own website, but also working on creating an online portfolio for my artwork.

Reflection

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

I found DS106 to be a surprisingly informative class.  I will admit that I signed up to fill up my schedule, being a senior I had options but was looking for something easy.  At the beginning of the semester I couldn’t help but think that it was a little annoying, the reading and setting up a website on my own, but in retrospect it was a lot information that I can actually see myself using in the future.

Let me also say that I wasn’t too keen at first on the idea of keeping a website up by myself.  I’ve avoided it at all costs in the past, in fact I have a friend who had been keeping up a website of mine for me just so that I didn’t have to handle it.  I was so afraid of ‘breaking’ it after I paid money and being unable to fix it.  Part of this paranoia sprung from the fact that I literally knew no one who knew enough about websites that could help me, so I had this little vision playing in my head of me behind my computer crying while I couldn’t figure out how to make the little block of text gray instead of black.  It turns out my fears were unfounded, I didn’t even need help to do the more basic things.  Even more surprising I found out that I already know just about anything I need to know about HTML, and that it’s not some robot language that is unintelligible except to programmers.

As I progressed more in the class I also couldn’t help but think how useful a lot of the knowledge could be for future job opportunities.  Not only does it offer possibilities for sharing on the internet, but many things it’s possible that someone would want me to do in a future job.  Being able to edit a video or sound clip even a little could be the difference between a good business presentation and an amazing one.  And again learning these things brings it back to the fact that if something went wrong I didn’t simply have to go weep in a corner until I was able to figure it out, but before it got that point there was someone more knowledgeable that could help.  Even if I didn’t need the help it was good for my mental health to know that there was an option for assistance.

I’ve never taken a computer science course, to be quite honest I almost never hear anything good about them.  I’m not sure just what made me take this course, other than narrative ties in to artwork as well.  So I thought that maybe it would teach me about narrative from a different view than the art department.

I will say that I very much enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the class, and that the assignments weren’t always busy work.  It would be so easy to give everyone the same assignment to teach them to use a program, but instead we were given the creative aspect to do what we wanted, and not only learn how to use the programs, but how to work in groups successfully while brainstorming.  So I think it was important that the class had almost a ‘studio’ atmosphere where we worked together, showed our work and then gave critique.  What made it different from a studio course is that it was so much less formal.  In critiques all the time we have troubles getting people to speak up, it gets so quiet and we’re all afraid of hurting each other’s feelings or just ‘patting each other on the ass’.  So we’re all so careful to skirt the line between unfounded praise and hurting someone’s feelings.

In terms of my digital story, it wasn’t too hard for me to blog about it not only fairly regularly, but to keep my posts informative.  I’ve actually been blogging regularly for years(since 2004) so it’s not that strange an activity for me.  It’s not hard for me to have a thought and say “oh, I’ll go tell people about this on my BLOG :B”

I think my digital story may have started off a little slowly in the early stages, just because I was having trouble starting on the project itself.  For my individual study there’s no one there giving me due dates but myself.  There’s no class meeting time where I have to be there to work or I get in trouble.  There isn’t even really a professor always there breathing down my neck and asking “So… what are you doing now?”  I’ve considered myself a fairly self driven person for a long time, my high school taught me to be self motivated because there isn’t always going to be someone to motivate you.  Once school is over there aren’t going to be tests to study for so that you know material.

Once I made it through the first few weeks of my digital story and my individual study I think I picked it up, and was glad to hear that it was evident that not only is this something I like doing, but it’s something that I’m interested in.  Sometimes it’s so hard to get what you’re saying through text, so I couldn’t tell if I was regurgitating facts at you or sharing my interest.  It’s nice to get feedback through comments, even if I know that people were doing it mostly because it’s a grade.

I said to to professor Groom already, but I was a little bit surprised that this course is not a general education requirement.  I think in the future it will become more and more useful to know how to and be able to run your own website.  Either for personal business, a resume or a portfolio, it shows not only that you’re professional but that you’re also innovative in using technology but also that you have the knowledge to do it yourself.  I look forward to not only running an online business next year on my own website, but also working on creating an online portfolio for my artwork.

Reflection

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

This semester has proved to be interesting and I admit I did learn a lot about creating your own presence on the web. I signed up for this class last semester after taking Dr. McClurken’s Digital History class. (Which by the way if you are a history major you should definitely look into taking :D ) I would say this class kind of inspired me to take a new look at how history can be presented. I know I had long grown frustrated that there aren’t that many valuable history sources available online. They are usually hidden behind subscriptions and things which aren’t easily accessed by people not affiliated with a University. So when we were asked to create a website on Mary Ball Washington one of the things we had to consider was making it easily accessible to anyone doing research. Or anyone who is interested in our president’s mother.

So after that class I decided it might be useful to learn more about such things. A friend had taken the class in the spring and I always heard her talking about it and she said it was a really good class. Though she warned me to be prepared that it wasn’t like any other class I have taken. However, now that the semester is done I have to disagree with that statement, because I had already gone through a class that was not like anything I had taken. :D However this class did provide a lot of useful tools which I will continue to use next semester, and possibly after. This relates directly to my digital story, which was about my 485 research on the Mafia. In the beginning of the semester I had suspected that there would no be that many posts on the Mafia in the fall because I wasn’t actually writing the paper till the spring. So next semester will be more intensive in that respect. Also there will be more research to come!

However, I did use this class to experiment a lot with blog formating and just figuring out a writing style for the internet. While I didn’t have a Mafia post every week, I tried to write at least one original post, along with whatever assignment was due that week, every week. I think I succeeded in doing that, and you guys were also able to learn a bit more about who I am. (I hope!)

As for the class assignments, I liked them. I will probably use the video commentary in the future when I talk about other Mafia films. It is an interesting way to analyze something. However the one assignment I struggled with was the Google Maps project. The reason being that every place I affiliate myself with is simply not on Google street view. I know Jim Groom made a comment that you must live under a rock for this to happen. But I assure you I did not! I simply lived on base (where they can’t be) or overseas. Even places where I went on vacation were so obscure they weren’t on street view. Same goes for where my relatives live. I will probably make up for this assignment in a post sharing random family stories (ones I wanted to share with Google street view!) through pictures or video. So yeah, that bit was frustrating. My roommate and I spent 6 hours brain storming ideas and checking if they would work one Saturday, only to have them all fall apart.

However I still learned a lot, and I enjoyed this class. If nothing else, this class taught me (like Digital History) that the internet is not unconquerable. It just takes time and patience, and also an open mind, to familiarize yourself with the vast amount of tools provided. All so that you can use them to create your own Digital Story.

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DS 106- Its Been A Good Run!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

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Hey everyone! This is my final assignment for my Digital Storytelling class. For our final assignment we were asked to write an assessment of the course and our reflection of the work and projects that we have covered during our time in the class. Just as the picture suggest each of these elements were all integrated into the DS 106 course.

I must say that I have been in DS 106 now an entire semester now and I can honestly testify that I have gained more knowledge about the course matter than I could ever have imagined. I was tested on not only my current knowledge of basic computer science but also challenged to be creative and diligent on a daily basis. Professor Groom’s teaching style was very different from most that I have experienced. He allowed each of us to get exactly what we wanted out of each assignment and continued to set the bar higher and higher, while challenging us to exceed his expectations again and again. I have enjoyed the tremendous effort and copious amount of time he has poured not only into this class but into each student as well.

He made himself more than available to each of us and for this I greatly thank him. Professor Groom unknowingly has set the standard for any other Computer Science Professors I may have for the duration of my studies here at Mary Washington. Every teacher from now on will be held to his standard and I can only hope that they will be able to meet.

As for the actual material that was covered during the class, I can not begin to illustrate. We covered just about every medium possible. Along with this wide array came many challenges. For one, I got off to a little bit of a delayed start, because of a freak health emergency, I missed the first two class and accordingly started off behind my classmates. However, I was determined to get back on track and with a little extra reassurance from Professor Groom I was able to catch up with the rest of my class in a few days time. Little did I know my next challenge would come slightly later on in the course. Before I knew it we were covering Audio. I found audio difficult at first because I was having the hardest time adjusting to the AUDACITY program and exactly how it worked.

I went to Professor Groom for a little extra help and was able to get the hang of it. In fact the next audio assignment titled UNINTERESTING STORY, an assignment in which we had to record an uninteresting story told to us by a friend, family member, or loved one and make it interesting by adding sound effects or our own narrative, proved to be one of my favorites. However following soon after came another challenge, video. This particular section came with a disclaimer. Professor Groom warned us that his last class had completely misdirected their understanding of the challenges that video introduced and  had a very difficult time grasping the assignments. With this warning came an added bonus, we had someone to come in and speak to the class about his extensive knowledge of video. The various tools he provided us with were so very helpful and made the task a little less daunting. Though I originally had difficulty with video, I soon got the hang of things and was even able to produce some pretty good works using it.

Another one of my favorites was the DAILY SHOOT assignment in which each student was asked to follow the prompt giving by the Daily Shoot website and take a photo. In conjunction with this assignment we were each asked to create a twitter and flickr account in which we could store the images and link back to the Daily Shoot site in order for our images to be pulled into its database. I loved this assignment because it allowed me to take a little bit of time out of my normal day and be an artist. I would find myself checking the Daily Shoot site each morning right after I woke up so that I could meditate on how to capture the prompt in an effective and artistic manner. I love the amount of creativity that was infused into this course. It truly gives students a chance to think outside of the box, a concept that is not really well received in most of our other classes.

At first I was some what concerned about this class as a whole. With no prior computer science knowledge and my basic understanding of the Internet, I wasn’t really sure how much I would get out of this class. However, this class has offered more to me than I ever thought possible and has even inspired me to consider computer science as a very probable minor for me. I was even given many wonderful tools for producing wonderful works, tools I may not have other wise found or even used.  In conclusion, I will and have recommended this class to many others. DS 106 offers you a chance to think outside of the normal constraints, improve your knowledge of the Internet and all it has to offer, inspire you to step up and speak out for your goals, and even learn loads in the process.

DS 106 ITS BEEN A REALLY GOOD GO! I AM TRULY GOING TO MISS ALL OF IT! THE KNOWLEDGE YOU HAVE GIVEN ME WILL BE USED AND EXPOUNDED ON IN THE FUTURE.

Reflection

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

DS106 was a class that I never saw coming when I signed up for it in the summer. I was shocked when I realized that it was not about video games, since the book had a lot on creating stories for video games and such. After that shock, I was kind of disappointed that it was going to be about the web and that we had to read or listen to long articles or speeches about Web 2.0 and how it came to be and how it eventually died (I don’t think the web is dead though). But it was after those couple of weeks when the fun and cool stuff starting rolling out in front of me.

We started experimenting with our blog and changing things on it with plug-ins and personalizing it to our tastes. We did things such as taking pictures, which I have not really done before, and messing with audio with Audacity. These were things I never imagined I would ever do in a class, let alone in my free time. Then when the video experimenting came in, I had a blast as I could use video games in my work and express them to other people. The Videos were the best part for me (except the screen casting one, because my town was pretty much a big corn field and that was it) but the  mash ups were the best  of the video stuff though I admit I wished I could tamper with mine more to fix some of the audio problems that I had. I was even encouraged to pick up my guitar and learn how to play it and teach some of the things I learned to my fellow peers in the hopes of getting them to start guitar or picking that dusty guitar back up and messing with it once again.

Though DS106 was pretty much overall an awesome class, there were some problems I had which dealt with the blogs in particular. When I learned that it was going to cost me about 50 dollars for this class, I almost decided to leave especially because I did not have a credit card. But Grooms was nice enough to help me get through that problem to start the blog so that was a relief in the class. Another problem was in my computer itself which led to some frustrating problems with editing videos such as the mash ups. But other than those small issues, the class was awesome.

I have to admit though that in the beginning of the class, I was kind of in a slow start in my blog  progress but I caught up to speed during the audio parts and the video parts. My Digital story also was suppose to be around 8 – 10 videos but in the end I only got about 5 or 6 which meant the project became more of a bi-weekly thing than a weekly one. But I think I managed to get some of the more important parts of the guitar and I showed how the Web and its guitar community can help you learn how to play guitar in ways never before possible. I was probably horrible though at commenting on other people’s blogs as I did about an average of maybe 2 comments a week. Commenting was bad for me because I would have trouble giving people comments that have not already been said  to them. Also the fan fiction one was kind of a low point for me since all it was, was a list but some of the other things I had planned ending up not working for my taste.

DS106 was a pretty cool class in the end and I was amazed that on some of my work I was praised for it by Grooms. I thought a lot of people did amazing things such as Kevin’s mash ups and I wished I commented more on them. But I’m happy with my results in this class as I learned things that I never knew and during this semester I actually became a go to guy for my friends when it came to videos and audio, which would have never happened if I did not take this class.

DS106 Reflection

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

At the beginning of this class I was a little freaked out about all the work we were going to have to do. However, many of these assignments were fun and interesting so they did not seem so scary when I was actually doing them. That being said, the beginning of the semester was pretty boring with the incredibly long articles we had to read and write about, about a lot of things that I did not understand at all. After we got trough that section of the class, the actual assignments were really interesting. I would have to say my least favorite one was the screen shot with google maps because I had a really hard time finding a place that had street view, and I couldn’t think of a funny story to talk about. The one main problem I had with the assignments was that not a lot was explained in class on how to actually do them, it was mainly just a bunch of examples that we watched in class. You were very available outside of class however, which helped a lot. I just struggled sometimes because computers really aren’t my thing, and I felt that I was expected to know a lot already. My favorite assignment was probably the mash up because I had a lot of fun creating that. Overall I enjoyed most of the assignments, just a little more instruction would have been helpful.
On my own digital story, I had some problems at the beginning. I guess I did not fully understand the project at first so it took me a little while to get started. I was not aware we had to teach something to the class, so I was just going to blog about all the reality TV shows I watch, but then I realized I had to learn something and share it on my blog. This is when I decided to connect the reality shows to my psychology major. Once I figured this out, I pretty much blogged consistently every week on my favorite reality shows.I’m sure I could have posted more about my subject, but writing aobut every single reality show I watch would have taken just about all my time. Singling out a few shows that I felt were important seemed like the best route for me. As for commenting on other people’s blogs, I also started off a little slow with that. I got more into once we had more assignments and other people started blogging more. I felt weird commenting on a post if I had nothing really important to say, that’s why it took me a little while to get used to it.
Overall, this class was a lot of fun and I did learn a lot about different programs used and things like that. I really enjoyed having a class based around the Internet because it is so much different than normal lecture classes that can get really dull and boring. This class kept me interested and since it changed pretty rapidly, I didn’t really have to worry if I did not understand a certain subject. Basically, this class was pretty awesome ?.