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This is my remix vs mashups reflection, which took me like a million tries! I kept stuttering over and over again. But I got it done and hope you enjoy it and get what I am trying to say. If you listen you will clearly understand the differences between the two. Well the person that I talked to about it did, so I’m sure you will too!

I used my own integrated mic to record this audio and uploaded it to soundcloud to embed it here onto my blog. Sometimes soundcloud works perfectly and then sometimes it takes FOREVER. Any idea why that is?

How To Be A Better Photographer









In this photo that I took, I used many of the key points mentioned. It is a simple picture but also has a lot in it, you can look far out into the distance or just look down at the beach, or just take it all in. Instead of taking a lot of different pictures, I slowed up and just took one photo, Which turned out much better than expected. I changed the lighting in it by focusing more on the sandy beach which brought out the colors in the whole photo. I would say that the 3 Key Points that I used were the “Get Pickier”, “Better Contrast Makes Better Stories” and the “Look to the light” but I also took a few more to make the picture even better. All of my resources came from the  “TEN: Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft. None of Them Involve Buying Gear” by David duChemin.



Listening to Stories

The podcasts begin with Ira Glass talking to different students of Columbia University and seeing how they got accepted to the school. Some of the students said that it was because of what their application was based on or a sport they played (gymnastics). Other students said it was because of their GPA or high SAT scores. While he was introducing the story you could hear the background music playing, and they let the guy tell the story himself. But also while the story is being told you can hear random sound effects that don’t really go along with the way they are speaking. The voices change between a man and woman giving you better perspective so you can hear it but also get a visual of it in your head.

The Shape of Stories

When Vonnegut was explaining the most popular story of having highs and lows. I immediately thought of A LOT of movies that I had seen with the same exact plot. The movie I chose is one of my favorites, “Coach Carter”. It’s about a group of high school kids that live in the projects, they don;t really have much, the only thing they can count on is basketball. They never won many games but that didn’t matter because being on the court was their only get away.  Then Coach Ken Carter comes along as a brand new coach and turns them into winners and helps them see the light, that they can do more in life and get out of the projects and make their lives better. This is a perfect example of what Vonnegut was saying in his exercise.

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A different example of Digital Story telling that I recently seen is a video on YouTube describing how the basketball life goes in Washington, DC and the DMV area. Devin Williams a famous basketball trainer travels around the U.S going to different states, learning how the basketball scene goes. Here is a Link to the video, Check it Out!


Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able

Wesch thinks that the Superlative way we can teach students is to make them “Knowledge-able” instead of just Knowledgeable. And to have them attack real life problems, and things that we don’t have the answer to, and direct them in figuring out those problems, while simplifying their use of the best existing tools like YouTube, Twitter, or SoundCloud to figure out the problems.

He speaks about being “media fluent”, which means taking all of the tools of technology you have to make it easier for you and it would be more effective in the learning process. Many people do not understand that every day they are learning something. Those going online and reading knew tweets or blogs they are learning something new but they don’t realize it because they have become fluent online. And in having that ability they are already a step ahead of others that are not.

“A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” Reflection

After reading Campbell’s “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” and watching the video I love the way his mind works and what he thinks about the whole world of technology. Kids my age and younger are all taught from when we enter elementary school how to use and work a computer. That is all we know and to this day all of us stay connected to one and other online. Whether it is searching online, downloading music, or on social media, we are on the web doing something. But our elders like our teachers or parents didn’t have that resource that we had so if they don’t learn about it then they don’t know about it, so they teach us the way that they know.

Some teachers do not even go online and connect with their students unless they have to. But for others, much like “DS106” it could be the total opposite and everything that they would do in class is online and students can have that resource. That is where cyberinfrastructure comes into play, it opens a door to a whole other world for students. Not only lets them be inspired and acquire different lessons but it would help them in the future.

Cyberinfrastructure paves the way for how the future is going to go. Campbell is speaking on behalf of everyone who is technology savvy but to those who are not yet quite there, he shows that with little effort they could also become pros of using technology. Sooner than later the classrooms will be totally empty, the world will change and all classes will be taught online. The in class meetings will start to fade away and Campbell knows that.