Would you look at that!!!!
The first week is over!!!
It’s hard to imagine that not only the first week of this
Week one of DS106 was labeled as Week 1: Bootcamp and for good reason. When Professor Bond sent out the syllabus, my immediate response, which I’m sure was the same for many of you, was panic. I have taken a couple of digital studies courses that required me to use WordPress, domain, and subdomains. H
Now that the week is over, I can breathe a sigh of relief because not only did I finish, but I feel a lot more comfortable with using my subdomain to complete the assignments for this course. With that being said, Week 1 was spent mainly for me refamiliarizing myself with how to create a subdomain, how to install WordPress, how to style my blog, and finally, how to post to my blog.
The first part of the week was spent setting up my domain/subdomain and registering it for this class. I’m sure like many of you, I previously had a domain and subdomains from taking prior Digital Studies classes. For every digitals studies course I have taken, I have added a new subdomain for each class where I am able to post my work. Sticking to that, I decided to use create a subdomain specifically for this class where I could post all my assignments and everything that I created.
Having fun with the Secret Agent theme, I decided to name my subdomain for this class as Mission Possible.
I decided to name my blog MISSION POSSIBLE because I thought it reflected how I was feeling about this course so far. Sticking with the theme of secret agent, my initial feelings towards this class was that it would be “Mission Impossible,” because I felt so overwhelmed with the class assignments and tasks. However, I decided that despite the challenges I may go through in this class, I am determined to make it so instead of assignments seeming like “Mission Impossible,” I complete them as Mission Possible and create things I am proud of.
Once my subdomain was completed and registered for this class, I decided to explore the secret agent theme further in my first blog POST.
When I first heard of that the theme chosen for our class this semester was secret Agent, I was a little disappointed. When I think of movies, books, or characters I am interested in, secret agents do not come to mind. Furthermore, I would consider myself to be not worthy of being a secret agent (for my details on my unworthiness, check out my blog). However, after exploring the links that Professor Bond provided about the genre of Secret Agent, I have to say I was surprised. The main link that surprised me was the Wikipedia link that listed characters that were defined as Secret Agent. Looking through the list, I recognized a lot more names than I thought I would. For example, I saw characters from Harry Potter, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Austin Powers, and many more. These are all characters that I am not only familiar with, but love! Therefore, seeing this list got me more excited for the Secret Agent theme this semester.
The next task for this week was to make some INTRODUCTIONS to the class using various social media platforms. Sticking with the Secret Agent theme, I decided to have fun with these introductions and turn them into a game for my classmates to practice their secret agent skills to get to know me. The game I decided to play was two truths and a lie, in which using my Instagram introduction, I wrote three statements about myself (two of which were true, one of which was false) and tasked my classmates to decide which statements about me were true and false. Using my Soundcloud and Twitter introductions, I provided clues to my classmates to help them discover my truths and my lie. Finally, I used my youtube introduction to reveal to my classmates my false statement.
I had fun creating my introductions for this class as a game! I use social media a lot, but this post was helpful because it refreshed my memory of how to embed images, videos, and sound recordings into a post which I’m sure I will do a lot over the rest of the semester.
Now that it is the end of the week, I can honestly breathe a sigh of relief. As I stated at the beginning of my post, I looked at the list of tasks for this week and immediately felt panic. I think that my biggest fear fo9r coming into this week was that I would fall behind, or that I wouldn’t know how to do something. Looking back, I was definitely stressing out for no reason. This week was spent mainly getting myself refamiliarized with things that I already knew how to do but just haven’t done in a while. One thing this week has definitely taught me is not to wait to the last minute to do this class work, not to panic, and to just keep practicing. This initial week was a way for me to practice the skills I already know that I know will also be useful in