ds106 Reflections

April 25th, 2012

I originally signed up for this class as a Gen-Ed requirement. I cannot draw or paint, as I am not very artistically inclined, but I had experience in computer programs like Photoshop and WindowsMediaMaker, so I figured that this would be my best bet. I found that during the first class I was a little concerned as to what I had gotten myself into. The whole introducing yourself via Skype was pretty weird. Now, reflecting on the course, I am glad that this is the course I chose. I think that I  gained something out of the class other than just a grade, which is not what I have expected for other gen-eds. I enjoyed doing a lot of the assignments and I can use these computer skills outside of the class. The most important thing I gained from the course is building an online identity. While I still only think of my blog as a place to hold assignments, I think I accomplished a lot on the blog, and I am glad that I have something to show for a class rather than a stack of graded papers.

I found that  the beginning of the semester was my favorite part of the class. I enjoyed the design and visual assignments, I think I was much better at them than the audio and visual assignments. I think I did my best at the beginning of the semester doing design work. Video was my least favorite part of the course, as while all of digital work can be tedious, I at least enjoyed design and was pleased with the final product. Video work was not really enjoyable for me, and I found that I was not entirely pleased with the end result. I think that we had fewer stars on the design assignments as well, and I could put more effort into one assignment, while with the video assignments I could finish one assignment, and then feel like I still had so much more to do.

As for the title of the course, I am still not entirely sure why it is called a storytelling course. I may be confused still on the idea of this, but throughout the course I did not really feel as though I was telling a story. I feel like we only touched on storytelling at the beginning of the course, and when were wrapping up the course. I understand that the idea of digital storytelling is still under construction, so to speak, but this is not what I imagined. When I signed up for the course, I imagined a type of photo journalism I guess. Taking a story and using pictures or videos to tell it. The syllabus outlines the definiton as “using digital tools so that ordinary people can tell their own real-life stories.” I don’t know that this is what I did. Is making minimalist posters, adding a splash of color, or defamiliarizing something telling a story?  Other assignments, such as “A Day in the Life,” or the “Sound Story” are applicable to the title, while I don’t see the connection in others. I realize that students compose a lot of the assignments, should we have to make it fit more concisely with the storytelling concept. I admit that when I submitted my assignments, I was not thinking of storytelling at all.

These are just my thoughts as I reflect, I’m not staying that the course is not a storytelling course. I’m just pointing out that it’s not what I expected, and I don’t think that the idea of digital storytelling was fully developed as we were doing assignments. In the beginning of the semester we talked about what telling a story is, I think that during the transitions between digital mediums there should be more discussion on how these things do fit into the digital storytelling realm, because I think this fell off in the middle of the semester.

As for the idea of a cyber infrastructure, I still think that the idea of college students creating a sort-of online portfolio is the most compelling part of the argument. I’m not sure that I completely understand that goes into Campbell’s argument or in web storytelling in general, but I agree that having something to show for your work is important. I still like the idea that students can engage online with things such as UMWBlogs and other websites. I am glad that this was a big feature of the class, because many classes, particularly lower level courses are not entirely concerned with anything other than tests. I have found that I have gotten more out of the courses that require online participation and reflection on a blog, rather than lecture notes and tests.



April 24th, 2012

In order to fulfill the participation requirement I have done several things:

1. Inspire Submissions

  • http://inspire.ds106.us/minimalist-tv-poster/
  • http://inspire.ds106.us/hugo-meets-inception/
  • http://inspire.ds106.us/its-no-way-to-be/

2. Commenting

I think I have done a fair amount of commenting. I have the links to everyones blog on Google Reader, which is also a widget on my iGoogle homepage, so everyones work shows up everytime I open the internet. If I see a new blog post with an interesting title I usually comment on it. I admit that I commented more in the design and visual assignments, because that was my favorite part of the class.

3. Suggesting Daily Creates

I submitted two Daily Create Suggestions

  • Experiment with your camera. Take a photo using a setting you are unfamiliar with.
  • Record yourself singing the theme song of your favorite childhood TV show.

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April 23rd, 2012

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Familiar Sounds and Famous On YouTube

April 17th, 2012

I created two new assignments today, making this three submitted assignments.

The first one is an audio assignment, called Familiar Sounds. I was in my my room thinking of an assignment and because it’s so hot, I have the window open in my room, so I noticed all of the traffic noise coming off College Ave. I had a thought about all of the noises we consider normal, but when we enter other peoples “normal” they are often very different. We may know that the third stair always makes a creaking noise, but for others that is not normal. So, here sparked this assignment. All you have to do is record some of the “normal” noises you hear.


My next proposed assignment was a video assignment. I remembered talking in class about why we watch YouTube and what makes YouTube videos become famous, so I thought it would be fun if ds106 students attempted to use some of the techniques to see if they could get famous on YouTube. Try It here.

Week Eleven Recap

April 15th, 2012

After a week or two of not doing any Daily Creates, I figured I would give them a try this week. Although, I found that I did not like any of them offered this week, but I did work on my final project. I think I’m doing pretty well so far, and I’m enjoying it.


As for the assignments, I got my 15 stars done. This week was pretty easy compared to other weeks. I liked the idea of remixing assignments, but I guess the system still needs to be perfected. As we have pointed out in class, not all of the assignments make sense, but I’m not exactly sure that there is a way to fix that.

For my 15 Stars I did remixes for:

A Day In The Life

One Archetype, Five Movies, Five Seconds


A Day In The Life [remixed]

April 15th, 2012

For this assignment, I used MuZZums video.

The “Media Bender” card was given with this assignment, so I decided to change the video to audio. I found that this video worked best with the idea. I would have liked to change it to a design assignment, but I don’t know how to achieve that. So, I used a video to mP3 converter, and uploaded it to SoundCloud.

One Archetype, Five Movies, Five Seconds [remixed]

April 15th, 2012


This assignment combined the One Archetype, Five Movies, Five Seconds Assignment with the Media Bender card. I used Michael Branson Smith’s example of “Five Fish In Their Little Ponds” to  turn this assignment from video to design.

I think any assignment with the Media Bender card is simple to interpret.

We are supposed to keep these assignments simple, so I just made them into a collage with the Collage Creator App for Mac and added text in Picnic.

Word [remixed]

April 10th, 2012


I did an assignment that was proposed in class, to take the word and use fonts to visualize it and put it in another language, which created this assignment. I decided to use a word from another language that we don’t have in English. I chose the word “Espirit d’escalier” from the French language. This is the term in French for that moment when you think of a good comeback, a while after you actually needed it (which should have a word in English!).


There weren’t many examples of this assignment, so I just started from scratch. It would be difficult to make this into a visual, so I just played around with some fonts. Quick and easy assignment!

Movie Scenes That Changed My Life

April 4th, 2012


My dad and I have always been close, so for this assignment I chose some of the movie scenes from the movies I remember watching with him as a child and some of our favorites.

A Little More About the Movies I Chose:

1. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Of course, we watched all of the Stars Movies, but I chose Episode III: Revenge of The Sith because it has one of my favorite scenes, the scene where Anakin and Obi Wan fight and Anakin becomes Darth Vader.

2. Men of Honor

The “Twelve Steps to Honor” scene is one of my favorite movie scenes ever, and I can remember the first time I watched this movie with my dad. Even now, he will turn it on every time it’s on TV and recite the lines from this scene.

3. SpiderMan

I was about 10 when we went to see this movie in the theater. While I know it’s not the first movie I went to see with my dad in the theater, it’s the first one I can remember right now.


The process was simple, I just used the basic of iMovie to create it, cutting, adding transitions, and titles.


April 2nd, 2012


For the numbers assignment, I chose to use the number 3 because it is a number that I notice is commonly used. From American culture, the hamburger, fries, and a drink, to political movements, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” in The French Revolution, to series, like The Three Musketeers and Star Wars, the number 3 is prominent everywhere. I used a variety of images to show where the number 3 occurs naturally, such as with triplets or clovers, to where man uses the number to achieve its goals. 3 is a simple number and can be remembered easily, so it is found a lot in life.