How well do you feel you completed the requirements of the week’s assignments?

There were quite a few assignments this week compared to the past couple of weeks but I feel like I met the requirements for each one. I used slickr-flickr this week even though it took forever to get the plugin to work, but it was absolutely satisfying once I saw the slideshow working. I also did all four daily creates this week and had a great time working on the Twitter Poetry collaboration because that was such a cool idea to me.

Working on the shapes of stories assignment was considerably fun because I had the chance to sit down and thoroughly think about the shapes of all the stories I’ve heard, the movies I’ve seen, and the books I’ve read. This was particularly fun because I had never thought about stories having different shapes before, but now that I have seen Kurt Vonnegut’s video I try and decide what the shape of each story I hear or see has.

I also looked at several classmate’s blogs and was able to learn quite a few things from them. I learned how to make a gif online rather than downloading a host of programs. The biggest take away from looking at others’ blogs was that I do not always need to just post the assignments. Since it is my own website I have the freedom to post whatever I want and for some reason, I never thought about that before.

In general, I feel that I met the requirements for each assignment to the best of my ability.

What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn?

Slickr-flickr gave me the most trouble. It took a few hours for me to realize what the actual problem was and why the plugin refused to work on the website. However, I learned that I always need to double check the settings of plugins I use and that default settings are not always going to work.

My favorite assignment from this week was creating a story with five photos because I enjoyed writing about my brother’s triumphant story and  it has a great shape to it as well. I learned that there were groups on Flickr that you can join, which I had no knowledge of before. I am going to start looking at other groups that my interest me on Flickr and join those.

What would you do differently? What questions to you have?

One thing I would like to do differently is to actually go to the Digital Knowledge Center so I do not have to spends hours trying to figure out the issues to each problem I have by myself, even though it is incredibly satisfying when I do finally figure it out on my own.

Will we have more assignments that require photos? (I only ask because I am quite passionate about photography and have so many photos I would love to use!)

Is there anything I could do that would improve my website and blog more? I haven’t been getting comments on here so I’m not sure what I could improve on.

What are some of the larger issues surrounding your work? Cultural/Societal implications?

When reflecting on the blog post called Mirror, Mirror, it made me realize how much digital storytelling can form communities. People share so many commonalities across the globe but until the Internet, there was never a way of knowing that. It’s amazing how one story can cause a ripple effect of formed communities.

How is your experience of ds106 going? Are you feeling more comfortable with your blog? What do you need help with?

So far I’ve noticed how much time this class really does take. I am sure if I had more of an idea of what I was doing and how to use WordPress it would take a lot less time, however I do not have that luxury. It does concern me that it does take me so long to accomplish all of the assignments, despite the fact that I work on them all week. I am hoping as time goes I will be able to get through the assignments faster as I learn more and more from each one.

I am feeling more comfortable with the blog and writing about what I am thinking rather than attempting to always write something that I believe everyone else wants to hear. I just need help with figure out more about the ins and outs of WordPress, which is why I plan on making an appointment to the Digital Knowledge Center ASAP.

Although there is a lot of work required for the course, I am still really excited about how much I’ve been learning. I’ve learned how to make a gif, that there is such a thing as Twitter poetry collaboration, that stories have shapes, and that the definition of digital storytelling can be almost endless due to endless possibilities that Web 2.0 has provided for us. I realize how vital these skills I am learning in this class are for the working world that I will be dumped into after graduation.



What is digital storytelling?


Daily Creates


Shapes of Stories


Appreciating Past DS106 Stories


Commenting + Twitter


Telling Stories with Photos



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