A roller coaster of emotions …

So before I took this class to be completely honest, I saw the schedule and I thought it would just be ok because five hours is enough to be on computers and then form some type of carpel tunnel syndrome afterwards. I liked the schedule because I only had class two days but that was a dream to me. LOL. Well little did I know, my entire mindset of the class would change from start to finish once I entered that computer lab.

 

So I gave the course a try at the first day and that same first day, I learned so much about tagging, about html brackets, about the true meaning behind a blog, and so much more. I felt like a butterfly that had been let out of a jar and definitely let out of my comfort zone because I am so lazy to learn anything about technology. I feel like the butterfly represents me in the fact that I have grown from a small cocoon in the beginning to semester until now the end of the semester. I have become a full-grown butterfly and I am able to spread my wings and use the useful information I have learned here and adapt it into my everyday life. You can say that because of this class I have become a “tech nerd” in some odd way. I actually enjoy going on my laptop for things other than Facebook and checking my AOL e-mail.

I also have a Macbook Air at home that me, myself wasn’t completely familiar with all the amenities it has including programs such as Photoshop, iPhoto, PhotoBooth, and the elusive digital HD camera. I learned how to make videos in video player and other programs and edit my ugly-looking saturday morning face in photoshop like the photographers to do the models to make them look extra skinny. LOL. I basically learned so much and I enjoyed the DS106 activity which opened up a new window of learning how to use the program Soundcloud which I have never used before and I am a happy and proud user of it. This digital voice recorder has helped me to  have fun and aid me in altering my voice and doing other funny things. Photoshop helped me to  basically change the imaging quality and fix things that I never even knew I could.

So now its the end of the semester and today is our maker faire to display our ideas for the future, etc. I feel so wonderful after a great four weeks of class and meeting some very interesting and great people who I will always keep ties with. I have learned that I can do anything I want, I just have to put my mind to it. Now that this course is over, I’m not going to lie, I will really miss it and look forward to coming to class and being happy and learning more and more. This is just the beginning.

 

The link to my personal blog is as follows:

http://likaliciousss24.wordpress.com/

Thank you so much everyone for such a wonderful class and being great and helpful class mates. You guys really rock and I hope it’s a truly wonderful summer for everyone =)

 

What’s Next After This Class?

In the above presentation at 2010 OpenEd Conference, Gardner Campbell asks you to “think the unthinkable” about the future of education and in particular takes to task the use of educational technologies designed to mimic the old model of classrooms. He also presents these ideas in his essay, “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure.” Both of Gardner’s texts are in part inspired by Jim Groom’s “A Domain of One’s Own.” Jim aks the question, why not give everyone their own domain, from which all of a student’s academic endeavours will be aggregated to a variety of places they inhabit during their time in college. It would become a space that a student would be,

…crafting of an identity with a purpose, the conscious consideration and creation of one’s professional/academic identity online: a domain of one’s own!

To Jim and Gardner, the need to stop fashioning for students special spaces for teaching and learning is a principal problem. They wish for educators to start looking to the internet itself as it’s classroom, where you carve out your own space to teach and learn (a bit like what we’ve done here with apopcalypse.dewlines.org).

For this summer session you’ve been given a space to contribute to as an author, but now it’s time to take your work and place it into your own domain. To do this you are going to need to export your posts through the Dashboard’s Tools > Export function which will give you an .XML file that includes all of your work.

After that you will need to create either a free WordPress.com blog, or step-up and buy your own webhosting plan and with WordPress installed. Either is fine, though commercial hosting plans give you a lot more flexibility and control. Here is a link to how to create your on blog with a commercial host, and the WordPress.com option is pretty self explanatory (the site guides you through the process).

So there are two assignments for your last efforts in this class:

1. Create your own blog:

  • Export your posts from this blog and import them into your own blog.
  • Create an “About” page on which you give a brief description of yourself and your professional goals. You are also welcome to create additional pages and include any kinds of materials you’ve created in other courses or on your own.
  • Pick a theme for your blog and customize it. Add any plugins you’d like. Remember, this is now your space, it’s up to you to cultivate it!

2. Make one final post to apopcalypse.dewlines.org. In this post please include:

  • a link to your blog;
  • and finally describe what you expected to get out of this class, and if that changed as the course proceeded. What was most important to you? What was least important?

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