Looking back over this semester, I don’t really know what to think. I still view storytelling as a process that can be told in many different ways and can tell many different things. It really is surprising the amount of things that can be told in a simple video or a picture compared to the amount of things that have to be told in words. Of course there is always the things that are inferred from videos with visual cues, facial expressions, or a falling leaf that could change your opinion.
Making my final story was an interesting process. I wouldn’t say it was hard–I didn’t really use any things I hadn’t done before, but the process of going about the assignments was different. It was a lot easier to do because I have experience with everything and a better understanding of what works and what does not work. Connecting all the individual parts was the only thing than was different than normal. Obviously, all the different media was not connected because they were all different things that cannot be connected normally. So I had to improvise and used a couple words to connect the dots and everyone knows what I’m doing. I don’t think I would have done anything really differently. I would have liked to include some more assignments maybe from different genres. That’s about it. As for the individual parts, you can look about all the individual parts down here.
The ds106 community. I honestly don’t even know what that is. But the twitter thing, I was very active in up to the radio show. After the radio show it was annoying me way too much because of all the faulty communication that was going on, so I quit looking at it. I loved blog comments, although I’m not always sure how helpful I was. I tried to give constructive comments on things people could improve, but that didn’t always come into fruition because some of the things I saw were just so cool that I was speechless.
I hosted the ds106 show once and that was about all I got into it. I tried to participate in the beginning, but during the year I had lacrosse practice almost every time the show was being hosted, so I was unable to participate.
As for the assignments, tutorials, and daily creates I participated in, I made two assignments, one gif assingment, one remix, and three design tutorials (first here) (second here) (third here). I’m not really sure how to attach the daily creates, but I have 2 done…
All my best works. I don’t even know. They were chosen for lots of different reasons. I enjoyed the Welcome to Goodburger one just because it made me laugh. My disney world assignment was amusing to me because it was just shoving Joe Flacco in there and I tried to hid him. It also looks very good and I’m a big Ravens fan so there’s that. The Minimalism assignment was also cool because I was very happy with the product that I got out of it. The Django assignment I did… I don’t even know why it’s my favorite, but I really enjoyed putting it together and how it ended up. It was also definitely my best remix that I completed.
MY PIECE OF ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
In final thought about this class I’m very happy it’s over. I hate busy work and that’s really all this class was. I don;t think I learned anything but how to operate my computer and phone better. I thought this was going to be an easy class, which it really was, but I spent more time working on this stuff than I did in my 400 level English seminar, which is just bullshit. This is a 100 level class. There is no excuse for that. And despite whatever you may say, I will be leaving ds106. Very happy to do so as well.