Week 1 Summary

What a week! It feels like we have been in this course forever, is it really only the end of the first week?

Already I have learned so much. I had no idea that the UMW Domains even existed before, let alone how to create one. Yet now here I am, posting blogs. I didn’t have a Flickr previous to this class, nor did I ever edit photos for fun. After a little bit of trouble in the beginning figuring out how everything works and where everything is located, it seems as though I finally have the hang of things.

I am very excited to continue with the course. It seems as though we will be learning a lot on video and audio production, which I think will be helpful for other classes that I take in the long run. I am also excited for the videos and pod casts that we will no doubt continue to be assigned, as I feel like I learned a lot about opening my mind for this class from those that we watched this week. Without the benefit of meeting as a class, I feel as though they really helped to establish what this class is about.

For my assignments this week, I feel as though I did a pretty good job. I am not the most creative person,  but I worked hard to think outside the box, I am especially proud of the third daily create, when we had to combine two book titles into what the third would look like. After spending a little while thinking about it and looking through my book self, I felt like I came up with a creative picture.

Overall, I think that this week was a very good start to exploring digital resources. As I have come to realize this week, there are so many way for me to express myself and connect to others on the internet. I am excited to learn about other tools and continue to create throughout each assignment. I will, hopefully, soon have a better understanding of how I want to build my digital identity and how I can best expand my knowledge through internet tools. Then I will be able to show others and teach them all that this generation isn’t taking advantage of.

 

LoDown 001:

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/response-to-ds106zone-lodown-001/

Personal CyberInfrastructure:

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/response-to-no-digital-facelifts-thinking-the-unthinkable/

Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/response-to-knowledgeable-vs-knowledge-able/

Daily Creates:

  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/49319375@N03/14306536079/
  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/sids-last-day/
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/49319375@N03/14506146395/
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/49319375@N03/14335924250/

Visual Assignments:

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/ds106-visual-assignment-1/
  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/ds106-visual-assignment-2/

Participation:

  • http://www.umwdoug.com/uncategorized/gardner-campbell-personal-cyberinfrastructure-reflection/#comment-25
  • http://www.umwdoug.com/uncategorized/ds106zone-lodown-001%E2%80%B3-post/#comment-28
  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/this-class/

Response to Knowledgeable vs Knowledge-able

After getting over the initial shock of having to watch a 2 hour presentation and then slugging through the 8 minute introduction, I was very surprised to have enjoyed this talk so much.

I like how he started out the presentation explaining how everyone is trying to find their sense of self. The whole reason for receiving an education is to expand oneself so that we can enter society as a contributing member. I don’t think anyone wants to graduate to be a drone who just does that they are told in a very passive life style. Much of what we do in college is about discovering who we are, and I liked that Wesch connected this part of a student’s life into how education should work.

When I liked about Wesch’s ideas are they they could be easily applicable to almost any class. Any class and divide and look up current research on a topic to summarize and share to a class. Any class can look at how they can explore and change topics in order to inform others, not just at the university but around the world. Although every subject may not be able to work social justice into the curriculum, and anthropology certainly can, these are very real learning techniques that can be used.

The only problem, however, is that college is too late to begin learning how to use the internet to its fullest ability. Wesch addressed this during the question portion: he believes that children should start at the earliest ages to understand how to work the web. As he talked, it seems almost amazing that this has not already been done. Of course there are many financial concerns that come into play, but technology is extraordinarily underrepresented in the classroom. As a generation, we have an amazing opportunity to gain information that no one before us has experienced, yet it is being wasted. It will be interesting to see over the next decade how this changes, and how classrooms adjust to the ever growing presence of technology.

Response to DS106zone LoDown 001

First of all, it is once again reassuring to know that I am not the only one fumbling along. As the week goes by it has definitely gotten so much easier, but it is also comforting knowing that I am not alone.

I am excited at the number of people we have in very different areas that will be helping through the course. I’m learning more and more how technologically challenged I apparently am, so all this help will definitely be useful.

At first I was slightly overwhelmed (ok maybe more than slightly) at all of the different resources I would be expected to learn about. However, the more I think about it the more excited I get. I would like to think that as I move ahead, I will be able to use the skills that I will learn in order to help with other classes and beyond.

DS106 Visual Assignment #2

This is a picture of my beautiful little cat named Conway coupled with a Shakespeare quote from Romeo and Juliet. I thought that this quote seemed fitting, as he was falling asleep on my suitcase when I took this picture. He usually comes into my room to take his naps during the day, so I found this particular Visual Assignment a lot of fun. :)

To create this picture I again used Paint, simply adding text to create the image.

DS106 Visual Assignment #1

For my first visual assignment, I had a little trouble picking one of the many suggestions. Then I came across one asking to look through Boone B. Gorges’ tweets until I found one that could be used to create a message or propaganda. Taking a chance, I immediately found one tweet that jumped out to me.

“Thank you to the people who do invisible work.”

I often think about how easy my life is thanks to the work of other individuals. People who don’t know me are constantly working to ensure that my life is easier. They never receive thanks or recognition for their labors; a simple (and often small) paycheck and the knowledge that they have done a good job is the only job satisfaction they gain. Janitors, trash collectors, factory workers, and public transportation workers are only a few areas of work that are often overlooked. Yet they are vital to keep society functioning smoothly at the standard of living that we have all grown accustomed to. After finding images  and resizing them on Paint, I added the text that turned four pictures into a message.

The message is that nothing should be taken for granted. Of course no body wanted to clean up after people, or drive noise and impatient people around a city. But, as a function in this society, those jobs need to be done. Yet how often do you think these individuals are thanked? We have thinks just as “Teacher’s Week” or “Nurse’s Week” to appreciate the obvious influential forces in our life, yet everyone in a while it would be healthy to stop and think about those people who never receive recognition for the huge roles that they play in our lives.

Response to No Digital Facelifts: Thinking the Unthinkable

Campbell’s presentation was a very eye opening first assignment. It made me realize how close minded that I was coming into this class.

The student that Campbell was talking about, the student who simply wants to sit and learn and turn in assignments for a grade and call that an education, definitely describes how I have approached my education up until this point. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good thought provoking class discussion as much as the next person (probably more because I’m kind of a nerd). But I never enjoy having to think critically, or challenge, or create in any fashion. This class, ironically, was my excuse to get out of an acting or music class that would insist that I create and explore. I am what no one would call a creative person. I would much rather listen to a lecture, study the notes, and take a test.

As Campbell argues, however, this is no way for current and future student to consider a proper education. How are any new ideas formed? By questioning the present knowledge and exploring new ideas. Traditionally, I think about an old white guy in a lab coat when I think of new discoveries being made (shout out to public education and its horrible lack of diversity ). But as the world changes, learning and discovering also has to change. It’s no longer acceptable to sit back and wait for other to do the critical thinking. We, as a generation, need to be challenging what we put into our heads. Does this apply to every concept for every subject? Absolutely not! Where would I be if I constantly questioned my biological psychology professor when she taught about the functions of the brain. Probably no where, as there are some facts that we need as building blocks while we learn. However the entire construction of how medicine and mental illness work together is currently being redesigned all because people are questioning our current understanding of how the brain works.

Being critical and exploring new ideas is important. I hope that this class continues to open my mind and force me to understand my unique, creative talents. I want to be an individual who can both absorb information and question how to improve our current understanding of the world. As Campbell said, we are learning new things at alarming rates. To be close minded to creating new ideas and working with my peers is to waste this wonderful opportunity I have been given in attending college.

Sid’s last day.

Like any dog, Sid spends a majority of the day waiting for the children to come home. After a near death experience not 24 hours before, he has no idea that this will be his last day. With a long, relaxing morning under the sun behind him, Sid’s ears perk as the bus screeches to a stop. For the next several hours Sid would enjoy endless fun with the his two favorite people. After what seemed like not enough games of fetch and tug-of-war, it would be time for the children to eat and get to sleep. They would protest and fight for Sid to have a turn sleeping in their room. In the end Sid would spend time cuddled next to both before settling in front of the fire and listen to the parents as he nods off…

This class…

So far, so confusing! The theme seems to be that as I get excited that I am doing something right, I get an email to the class explaining how what I just did was incorrect. That or my posts/tweets just aren’t showing up. But it’s only day #2, so fingers crossed that it starts getting easier for everyone VERY soon! If so then I think that this will be a very fin, interesting, and informative class!

Video Response… Hopefully!

I think I have this FINALLY figured out. Fingers crossed.
To the point, the video was very helpful! I did not enter this course thinking that it would be that much work, nor did I realize how many different resources that we would be using. i feel kind of intimidated right now, but hopefully things will get easier (for everyone) as we all figure out how to use each tool. It will also be useful to correctly tag things for credit! I am definitely guilty of procrastinating and trying to get things done at the last minute, so hopefully this course will teach me how to finish schoolwork in a timely fashion.
Here’s to a great 5 weeks!

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