This week in a nutshell

So. I approached this class with fear and trepidation (I’m not tech savvy, see), and the fact that ds106 is completely online also seemed a little ironic (doing DIGITAL studies… ONLINE….. okay never mind). But with careful instructions and time to adequately stress and bemoan my life, I accomplished all of said tasks. Creating my domain and registering it went smoothly, along with installing wordpress. I also had to set up twitter, flikr, vimeo, and soundcloud accounts, cause up until now I’ve lived a life ignorant of social media outside of Facebook and Pinterest. It turn out, I actually think I can enjoy those sights I wrote off before, although my favorite by far is Flikr :). Then frustration set in. Even thought INSTALLING wordpress went good, figuring it out was, and still is frustrating. My frustration came from not knowing the right link to click on, where to paste the URL, etc. and being scared that if I did click on the wrong thing or paste in the wrong place, I’d ruin whatever I’ve been working on. This place still intimidates me (told you I’m not tech savvy). When collecting from my various social media sites, I found tons of memories surrounding what I was posting. I really am putting myself out on the internet for people to find, judge, and potentially use (although the chance of that happening to me is 0.01%). I really enjoyed exploring the culture of noir (it still sounds like a perfume brand though). I didn’t realize how many movies have noir film undertones, and how we embraced it as a culture,  And I’ve found a new appreciation for those of you who make it a habit of indulging yourselves in this art form of digital media. I’m looking forward to stretching myself this semester and dipping my toes into some very useful knowledge!

One thought on “This week in a nutshell”

  1. Okay. A couple of thoughts. :-)

    I refuse to ever believe students who tell me they’re not “tech savvy.” You just haven’t had a chance to build and develop those skills. I know you can do it — just the fact that you successfully tackled all of these tasks this week is a BIG accomplishment. Keep up the same attitude you used to get through the work this week, and you’ll be fine.

    WordPress can seem a little daunting at first, but it’s actually pretty intuitive and it’s very hard to break. :-) In fact, when you’re writing a post in WP, it’s constantly saving a copy so that it’s even hard to lose your work (like if you suddenly lose your internet connection). That said, I do know some students are just more comfortable drafting (and saving) their work somewhere else (like Word), and then copying and pasting it into WP when they’re ready (don’t forget to format it and add links, etc. if you use this approach). WP also has the same handy “undo” button that Word has, so if you DO make a mistake you can revert.

    If there are other things that you’re confused about in WordPress, feel free to blog your questions/concerns or ask for help on Twitter (using the #ds106 hashtag). Very often, students get lots of assistance from the larger community, and I’ll be monitoring those spaces, too.

    As for putting yourself out there, I do understand. And, actually, part of ds106 is about getting students to think more deeply and critically about what they’re sharing, where they’re sharing it, and whom they’re sharing it with. I definitely don’t want you to feel uncomfortable with “oversharing” for this class. Your work need not included any thing that personally identifies you, if that makes you uncomfortable. If you want to talk more about how to manage these boundaries, let me know.

    Finally, if this post is going to be your Weekly Summary post, a few pointers :

    * Always, always, always link to the other work you’ve done this week in your Weekly Summary post. I will depend on this post to find the work you’ve done, and if you rely on me to go hunting for other items, I may miss them.

    *Also, whenever possible try to embed any media you created this week. We didn’t do any explicit media assignments this week, but you could use this as an opportunity to share a photo or two from Flickr or a Tweet. Visual elements always make your post more interesting, and they help you to tell the story of your week in the class.

    And another small piece of advice (that I’m sure I’ll be repeating for other students!). When you’re writing on your blog, paragraph breaks are your friend. Try to hit “return” or “enter” for new sections/ideas in your post; it will make it easier for us to read. :-)

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