Looking back at the beginning of week one, I remember feeling so anxious and nervous about this course. I feared that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the assignments and that I wouldn’t have enough knowledge to even be able to complete the assignments that we were to do. However, after week one, I was able to go into this week feeling much more
The first thing I did for this week
And I have to say, I HAD SO MUCH FUN COMPLETING THE WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS FOR THIS WEEK!
For my first assignment, I decided to do something really out of my comfort zone and create an image out of running using the Under Armour app. I have always seen images online of people creating art out of their runs, but I always thought it looked extremely hard and challenging to do. This assignment from the assignment bank gave me the chance to combine my love for running with the opportunity to create some running art of my own, which with the help of my Under Armour “MapMyRun” app, was a lot easier than I expected!
My final assignment for this week gave me the opportunity to once again try something I have always seen but never knew how to do. For my final assignment, I was to create a collage of four pictures that come to mind when I think of peace. When creating my collage for this assignment, I wanted to post it in a creative way. That is when I came up with the idea of breaking my collage into individual pieces that would connect on my Instagram to show one giant picture. Now, I can’t take full credit for this idea, as I have seen a couple of Instagram accounts utilize this concept. But seeing these accounts always sparked my interest in how they create those posts which. To create my own post, I used another app I found called “Grids”. This app allows you to upload an image and then it individually breaks it down into individual posts for you and then tells you what order to post them in to create one final image. Using this app once again showed me how easy something that looks so difficult on the surface could actually be.
Looking over my three assignments, I am proud of the work that I created. As I said, I was initially really nervous exploring the assignment bank, as many of the things I saw seemed to advance for me. But instead of avoiding the hard assignments, I decided to tackle them head on and much to my surprise, they were not only easier than I originally expected, but I also had a lot of fun creating them! I was able to experiment with different apps and programs, and to create versions of things that I have seen before, but never previously known how they were created. I feel like by completing these weekly assignments, I have added to my level of expertise and set of skills that will be helpful in the rest of this course to create fun projects, and possibly even beyond this course in the real world.
Another important part of this week’s assignments was further exploration of the secret agent theme through a class discussion on our slack board. Starting this course, I have to admit, I was a little hesitant about a secret agent theme. But these last two weeks have really opened my eyes regarding key, storytelling characteristics of the secret agent theme genre.
Here were my thoughts on one example of storytelling of the secret agent theme through the movie The Bridge of Spies .
When people hear secret agent, I think their minds immediately jump to action, adventure, high tech gadgets, and big, strong, handsome, male leads. But based on the discussions in slack, my classmates brought up a lot of examples of storytelling in the secret agent theme that really expanded my understanding of the secret agent theme.
While action and adventure are definitely important to the storytelling genre, the secret agent theme takes so much more than high tech gadgets and fight scenes. Storytelling of the secret agent theme can deal with a multitude of storylines, either fictional or realistic, for the basis of fantasy, humor, suspense, drama, and/or adventure. The endless possibilities of the secret agent theme made me realize more than just
The appeal of the secret agent theme comes from the viewer wanting to be involved in the action and adventure of being a secret agent. Whether a viewer is drawn to a funny secret agent like Austen Powers, an intelligent secret agent like Sherlock Holmes, or a strong secret agent like James Bond, the action, adventure, there is always potential for anyone to find a secret agent movie that they enjoy. And with so much potential and differences in the secret agent theme, I am excited to explore it more over the next couple of weeks!
Another part of this week’s assignments was to participate in four Daily Creates. This was the first week doing the Daily Creates, and I have to say I really enjoyed doing them! Here are my four daily creates for this week.
The Daily Creates was described as a way to to get in the habit of doing creative work daily, which it definitely was. But the main reason I enjoy doing the daily creates is that I got the chance to get to see and interact with other people in my classmates! I’ve really enjoyed and had fun creating the daily creates, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing my other classmates do the same. It’s tough on an online class to get to interact and know your classmates, but I think the Daily Creates have been a way to build participation and somewhat mimic real class interactions and get to communicate and share each other’s ideas.
Speaking of building participation, another big part of this week was spent interacting with my classmates more and building my participation. As I said, when taking an online course, it can be very difficult to build participation through interaction with your classmates as you don’t physically see them. However, one thing that I know to be true from the various computer science and digital studies courses I have taken over the years, participation and interaction with my classmates is vital to the learning process. In any class really, there is always projects or assignments that can be difficult to complete or you may not know how to complete. The ability to learn from your classmates by commenting on blog posts, sharing tweets, or responding to comments and questions on your own blogs can help all of us, myself included, by teaching us new things or exposing us to projects we wouldn’t otherwise know how to complete without the help of our classmates.
With that being said, this week I focused on building my participation through commenting on my classmate’s blogs and responding to my classmate’s comments on my own blogs. By actively checking my classmate’s posts, particularly posts about assignment blogs and daily creates, I learned a lot about my classmates and about new technologies I hadn’t known about to complete creative and fun projects! Likewise, by actively checking and responding to comments on my own blogs about my assignments, my classmates exposed me to a lot of new ideas I hadn’t thought about making my assignments better. Their comments were really helpful and definitely things I will keep in mind for future projects that I complete for this class!
With my assignment finished and my relationships with classmates built, my final task for this week was to personalize my blog. When I originally created my blog, I decided to go all in with the secret agent theme. I made it super dark with a black background, white text, and green accents. However, looking at my blog at the end of last week, I realized how visually it didn’t represent me at all.
So for this week, I wanted to update my blog to represent more of who I am. However, I also wanted to make sure that my blog tied to the secret agent theme for our class. With that being said, I decided to really take time this week and transform my blog to reflect not only the secret agent theme but who I am and what I like.
When I think of secret agents, one secret agent that jumps to my mind is Nancy Drew. Growing up, the Nancy Drew books were some of my favorite books to read. To this day, if you go into my dad’s library, you will see two full rows of the classic looking yellow and blue Nancy Drew books. So, when it came time to update my blog, I felt modeling it after the cover of Nancy Drew books was the best way to not only reflect my likes and interests as an avid reader but also tied in the secret agent theme pretty nicely.
Now that I have a more personalized blog, I am excited to fill it with more of my creations over the next couple of weeks as I continue trying to turn DS 106 into Mission Possible!