Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Final Assessment

I know I started this course with little or no ambition in writing. As you could see in my first couple of blog post. Then a week or two before midterm when we got the go to "teach" about stuff we liked in the blog post my process changed. I started brainstorming ideas to write about, I also started composing rough drafts and editing my writings. I did revise my writings but I could have used peer help on them. I had a lot of consideration when I really started writing, and my main role as a writer was to explain or teach about subjects I cared about. I learned about developing a thesis and i did support my thesis in the writings. The one thing was integrating other people's ideas into mine was a little bit of a challenge but I found a way to do it.

I know i should consider my audience a little more clearly but I will continue to learn more about who I am writing for and I will strive to do so in a way that makes me a better writer. I also need to read up and study more on documenting other people's ideas in my writing so that I do not get caught for plagiarizing anyone else works.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mashup - Remix of an Album Cover

I did the DS 106 Mashup assignment. It was to create a remix of an album cover. I choose to do the album cover of 30 Seconds to Mars - This Is War. I personally love the album and the songs on it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

DS106 Audio Assignment.

I chose to do the Radio Bumper for DS106. Its taken me a few minutes to figure out what to say and do. My DS 106 Bumper

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Audio Video or Mash-ups

            I think that the DS106 website really gives you a way to learn in your own manner. At the same time you are learning digital storytelling like it implies. I personally think I will stay in three categories and they are the video, audio, or the mash ups. I may venture out to the visual or the web but I'm not so sure on those.
            The video category would let me implement some of the talents I have already in computers. I know how to make some videos and I know how to do some editing. I just think having ideas from other people will really help me work on them. It also gets me over part of the brainstorming process. I can “get my hands dirty” quicker so to speak.
            With the audio category I have wanted to try out some of the audio programs I have on my computer. That allows me to do it while doing my assignment. It allows me to work out kinks I may have and it wouldn’t be cutting into my school time it would actually be my school work. I can also just do some of the assignments to sharpen the skills and improve.
            The mash ups category would be a fun category to play around in. Buffalax! Assignment looks fun it wants you to take a video that’s not in English and caption it into the English language. It’s a way to hone in more than one of your skills not just your video or your audio. I think this way I personally think that mash ups is a great category just to have fun with.
            The DS106 website will take learning to a new level allowing students to learn and work on their skills that they are already good at. I personally would love for this class to be offered at JSU so that we could have been doing this the entire semester.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kony 2012

Kony 2012
            I know a lot of you have seen the Kony 2012 video but it seems to most of us it was just a video and now some of us don’t think about it anymore. I’ve actually been thinking more and more about it. I’ve read about it being a scam on some sites and then it seems legit on others. I personally think if it’s legit its worth investing in.
            The Kony 2012 issue is a big issue that impacts a lot of lives here on this planet we call Earth. I know some people don’t like it or just forget about it because it’s not here in the U.S. happening. I personally think that everyone that hasn’t seen the video should watch it and participate with it. I think this guy should go down for the crimes he is committing. I say we should all band together and take him down.
            I personally don’t think it’s a scam but there are certain websites that say it maybe. One of the websites is 9gag. The website has a lot to say about the movement in a negative manner. It does make me wonder about everything that’s going on with the movement. I still think the movement is a legit thing to be a part of.
            If I had the money I would personally invest in at least the kit. I think it’s all for a good cause. If you have not checked out the Kony 2012 movement then please do. I feel that it is a very powerful movement and it could make a very big impact on the future. Check out the website for it here at Kony 2012.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Blank Canvas

            What is one thing that makes this world great? I think one thing that makes this world great is the great freedom of expression that exists in our world. I personally think that the world wouldn’t be what it is today without art, music, sports, and just the many other things you can do to express yourself. Another great thing is what I want to call the Blank Canvas.
            The Blank Canvas to me is the human soul. I think without expressing anything you like it will stay a blank canvas. The expression of one’s true beliefs, feelings, and overall actions that define that one person “paints on that canvas.” I feel that ever action I take such as the action of me liking skateboarding has added some vivid color to my soul. I also believe that no two people’s canvases are “painted” with the same colors or have the same “brush strokes.”
            To me expression should be a proud thing and it should not be hidden away. I think that expression should be allowed. I know that people automatically have a bad thought about skateboarders. I never personally had anything against them and well now I am one. I usually say what is on my mind and express my thoughts or feelings in some creative way. But I don’t think that anyone should walk around with a “Blank Canvas.”