PSA-Animal Welfare

This week’s DS106 Assignment Bank is from Design.

Animal welfare psa

I chose to do this assignment from the Design Assignment Bank. The assignment says:

Using Gimp or a similar program, create a public service announcement billboard on something that really aggravates you about people, society, the world, etc. It can be serious, goofy, but not offensive. Use a 680 x 300 work space in order to mimic the space of a billboard and have fun with how your positioning, font, colors, and images can help get your message across in a small space. Take it to the next level but superimposing it on a photo of an existing billboard!

In order to create my billboard I downloaded and used GIMP. Once I opened the application I sat there and stared at the screen for a bit and clicked all sorts of buttons to figure out how to get started. Once I figured out how to create the working space for the billboard I then played with all the tools to add the text and images as well as change the background color.  I would say that it took me about 30 minutes after I learned the tool to complete the assignment. I chose the color because it is eye-catching and the photo of the dog because it is sad looking and looks as if it might be a pit bull. I think my statement is straight to the point so that there is no confusion.

I chose this PSA because I think that there are many people who don’t understand animal welfare. I think it is important for people to become aware of animal welfare and understand where they are on the issue. Treating all animals humanely is not about captivity or not but really providing basic needs.


Reflection is deep-week 3

This has been a rough week for technology. First hypothesis had a bug and then Google Chrome decided to quit connecting to the internet. Then I tried to annotate with internet explorer and that was a fail. SO for this week I am currently short one story critique annotation I will try to find a way to get it done by the end of the day. Gotta love technology.

This week I learned a lot about myself as a digital storyteller and that if it has to do with my dog I am all for it! I had fun creating a video of a day in the life of my dog. After reading others’ blogs about the reading I feel that I came to a better understanding of DIY and how it applies to teachers in education. I feel that the saying “two heads are better than one” has shown to be extremely applicable to this course and for all my classes actually. I am really enjoying taking part in all the aspects of this course because it is not something that I would normally do and I have wanted to blog about my cooking projects but haven’t had the time or the want/willingness to do so. This class has encouraged me to do that and be more open to share about my life with the public. Although I am not sure how many people happen upon my blog or even care what I have to say but it has been encouraging to say the least.

In terms of doing things differently, I would like to get everything done by Thursday because it seems that I have the most tech problems on Friday through Sunday. This has happened two weeks in a row and it is annoying to have to uninstall Chrome every Friday and then reinstall it.

I found some good digital stories this week on animal rights but haven’t really figured out how to incorporate it within my reading for the week. I feel that my video assignment, even though about my dog, related be cause I ended up telling the story of his neglect at the puppy store. I learned that it doesn’t take much to be a digital storyteller but it does take time and consideration to do it well.

This week I have met the expectations despite some glitches but I am slightly a perfectionist. it did just take Chrome a whole 15 min to actually open a window to try again but it is still NOT connecting to the Internet…Yay! Thank goodness for other browsers to complete most assignments!

Responding to Reading-week 3

crafty_cultureDIY! This week’s reading was all about the DIY culture and how it started as a home improvement term for people who didn’t want to pay high dollar to have something done around the house. This concept applied to new media is new for more but has started to make more sense as I read.  We are in a culture where we have the tools to remix and create our own things in a DIY type of way. With DIY identity is a large piece in that you create and portray who you want to be and what you stand for. The chapter talked about how we need to encourage students to be DIYers and create their own identity within a community. I think we are all DIYers at varying stages of craft. This reading was slightly less engaging than other reading that we have done. I was able to make it through with the help of hypothesis discussions.

Another article I read this week is Introduction to DiY/Counterculture as a way to better understand different views of DIY. This article talks about how DIY came from the UK and counterculture is more US based and opposes social and cultural norms. It uses the term DIY to describe protests and activism and create a new reality. It also states that DIY culture is what has led to permanent culture to exist. This article was interesting to say the least, it gave some conflicting information and really took DIY in a different direction but still the same concept. I would not say that it was helpful to understanding this week’s reading better but for sure a new perspective. They continued to talk about how DIY was political and had motives of persuasion.

Overall I am still a bit confused about this week’s reading and fully grasping the DIY culture but I will continue to look for answers and maybe reading the other’s reflections will help me grasp this concept.

Animal Welfare Vs. Animal Rights

 This story is about understanding the difference between animal welfare and animal rights. I chose this story because I have chosen to focus on animal rights and wanted to see what it had to say about the difference between welfare and rights. After watching the story I have decided that I am actually more on the animal welfare side.

For the evaluation of this digital story I have decided to look at the traits of research, originality, voice, creativity, and flow and pacing. I chose these traits based on my first viewing of the story because of the way these three traits were displayed. I feel that when writing a comparison of terms it is important to back it with research.

Research: As you watch this story you can tell that this was well researched, she provides an explanation for both animal welfare and animal rights. She also provides examples of how each side would react to situations. Jessi even takes the time to find real life examples of how the different sides reacted to animal treatment and what it really means to be on the side of rights or welfare.

Originality, Voice, and Creativity: I think her use of real life stories and images was a nice touch to creativity and voice. She gave a voice to her view as well as sharing her own previous confusion about the terms. I think this was a beneficial video and helpful for anyone that is confused about terms.

Flow and Pacing: Man, I thought I talked fast. This is a 6 minute video but Jessi sure does talk fast. she gets her point across but I had to watch it a couple times to actually comprehend what she was saying. I think it would have been more engaging and easier to focus if she talked a little bit slower. I think her use of images was appropriate and at the right time.

Overall this was an informative video when considering the valuable information that is presented and explained in detail with examples.

The Secret Life of Beans!

Whew! That was a process but not too bad! This week’s DS106 Assignment Bank was Video. I picked the one called “Lfie a an animal” (I know life is spelled wrong but that is how it is spelled in the assignment.) So because I am an animal lover and have way too many videos and photos of my Jack Russell, I decided to do this assignment. Here is what the assignment says:

Create a day in the life as an animal. Pick from beginning to end pictures or videos of a perfect day in the life of an animal and create a video out of them. Be creative! Include music to go with the feel of the pictures or videos used.

Here is the video I created. Go ahead and watch it.

So, how was it? I know he is cute. This little guy has been in my life for almost three years and has given us some challenges and joys.

We purchased him from what I thought was a typical puppy store, and he was in this Plexiglas container at the back by himself. I asked why he was separated and the lady said his brother was picking on him as she pointed to another Jack Russell that was a bit bigger than him in a kiddie pool on the floor. I shook my head at this and asked if I could take him out and hold him. So I sat on the floor of this pet store holding this tiny puppy on my shoulder for probably an hour.1459739_728082950537254_560432780_n.jpg
I called and convinced my husband to buy me this dog even though he really didn’t want one and especially not a male dog. I took him home and the next day he got his check up that was covered by the puppy store. The vet said he had a respiratory infection and gave him some medication. We gave him his meds and kept an eye on him but the next couple of days he appeared to be getting worse so we had to take him to the after-hours clinic and they put him in an incubator with steroids. It was Thanksgiving so they kept him overnight for two days. He made it through that and then a month later broke his leg… All that to say that I thought I had bought a healthy dog that ended up not being and costing me over $1000 to make better. I would like to say that I saved this dog from death but I can’t be sure.

To create the video I took all the photos and videos I had collected and uploaded them to movie maker. I then downloaded music from Free Music Archive to add to the background. It is a little choppy where the tracks meet but I thought the instrumental music was fitting for the photos and videos. I then added captions and a credits scroll at the end. I then saved it as an MP4 and uploaded it to YouTube so that I could embed it in this post.

I can be Reflective-Week 2

Wow! What a week! I feel like this week was more structured on my part and I was able to complete everything. Oh except that I have not done ANYTHING for my other online summer class…oops!

Assignments this week are done and complete!2016-06-18 14.02.36 I worked hard to make sure that all the assignments were done and even implemented the use of a check list! Except that it doesn’t have any of the work for my other class on it!! I’m getting the hang of these annotations even though I frequently question if I am in the right spot because there are no annotations there or someone has put them in the wrong spot…

Because I have a free wordpress you can upload videos and audio the same way that you do pictures, so I had to learn how to HTML embed this week. it was fairly simple but new to me and it caused me some serious frustration when trying to do my Audio Assignment from DS106. But YAY I figured it out and learned some technical skills in the process!! This week I enjoyed reading others work and annotating, many people have found some interesting stories to critique as well as have differing views and take-aways from this week’s readings!

For the next week I am going to have to do better at implementing in my other class work. I will also have a visitor for the week that I will need to mange my time super well! I am still confused about interest based scholarship because some have done based on their focus them and others have done based on digital storytelling and the reading, which is correct? or are both okay? I am also going to assume that if I am doing something wrong I will know about it!

I don’t have any real issues this week but I did have an epiphany on how to incorporate more creativity in my classroom! This of course happens when I’m trying to go to sleep and my brain won’t turn off! I want to create a twitter account for my class and give them the opportunity to do the daily create or a version of it and I want to share them with DS106! I am not sure how practical this will be but I am willing to try and figure out the logistics! Let’s just say the wheels are spinning!!!

I am my harshest critic but I would say that I have met this weeks course expectations! Sorry for all the exclamation points (!), I am a little LOUD today!

Critiquing? Yes, we are! -Animal Rights

As I watched this Digital story about animal rights I was questioning, “why?”

  • Why these images?
  • Why this music?
  • Why so graphic?
  • Why no dialogue?

I’m sure the graphic part is to evoke some emotions and get people thinking about the things that happen to animals when they are slaughtered for our food. The images show some animals in bad situations and the initial song has an affect but does it all work together?

I will continue to critique based on Jason Ohler’s assessment traits. This week I think the traits of presentation and performance, media application, and story are the traits I would like to focus on. I think when presenting on a social justice issue it is important to look at the story for its quality and how well does it work to present the ideas. Evaluation of media application is fitting with this story because the story was only portrayed with media…so, was it effective?

Presentation and performance: This trait refers to how effective was the actual presentation. Well, it was put on the internet in hopes that many would see it and be effected. Seeing as there are only 21 views of it currently I would say that it was not as far reaching as it might have been intended. Don’t get me wrong it has a powerful message and may have met the assignment criteria of posting on the internet. I just wonder if it would have been more effective if it was embedded in a blog post or shared in a forum?

Media Application: The video starts out with a Nickleback song called “If Everyone Cared.” I think these are fitting lyrics for an animal rights story. “If everyone cared and nobody cried, If everyone loved and nobody lied, If everyone shared and swallowed their pride, Then we’d see the day when nobody died.” I think this was a great application of media but then it transfers to what I can only equate to as Titanic music. I am not opposed to this music and it doesn’t negatively impact the story but it is a drastic jump from Nickleback. The other media involved is images and videos of animal slaughter and animal testing. One of the images is a pie chart with animals and percents but not title to explain what the percents represent. This evokes emotion in the audience because the images are sad or graphic and can be hard to watch.

Story: How well does the story work? I would say that this is a somewhat weak story. It displays what animal abuse looks like but does not have a clear purpose. I feel that it needed an aspect of dialogue and to give me some of the statistics about animal abuse. Maybe the only purpose that this person had was to elicit emotion and show visuals of examples of animal abuse.

Overall, this was missing the call to change or action piece that I expect from most animal rights displays. The memes of animals holding sayings that say that humans have to be their voice are a bit too cliche.

Free Abused Animals

That was a challenge but also a learning experience. For this week we were assigned a DS106 Audio Assignment and I chose FlickrSounds. I didn’t think this would be too hard but I did get stumped at one point.

The assignment says:

This is a simple mashup that searches Freesounsd and flickr for the same word. It then display the sound and picture. You can reload either until you get an image and sound you like. This can be added to a list, and the exercise repeated. Once you have a set of picture/sounds you can grab an embed code to put them on a blog. A set of pictures/sounds could create a story, illustrate a quote, saying or slogan. Make flickrSounds .

Here is what I created! Go ahead take a listen it is entertaining.


photo by Chasing Light Photography (Chris Martin)
Attribution-ShareAlike License

fan abuse.wav

photo by 27Rose Photo
Attribution-NonCommercial License

My focus theme for this semester is animal rights and activism. Thus the reason I chose the phrase “free abused animals.” I have a passion for animals and don’t like to hear stories about abused animals and would ideally like to open my own shelter one day to take in abused or neglected animals. I am not a vegetarian or anything that extreme but I feel that pet owners need to be help responsible for their actions.
For me it was difficult to find an audio assignment I was comfortable producing. I don’t like the sound of my recorded voice and many of the assignments asked that of you.
It was fun flipping through the different pictures and sounds that popped up, some were a little crazy. So this is a combination of three sound/image pairs that represent the words “Free Abused Animals.” Once I created them on FlickrSounds in the preview section it gives you all these options on how to export. I tried just about everything until I was blue in the face. Then I learned how to embed HTML. This was a cool thing for me because I don’t like dealing with coding (I took a Python class in undergrad.) but this was made pretty simple.  The website creates the embedded code and then at the top of a blog post when you are editing you can click the HTML tab and embed the code! So cool! That was the largest challenge for me on this assignment.
Overall, this assignment was pretty easy but took me some technical know how to figure out.

Remix Reading-A response

This week’s reading was yet again robust but easier to process with the use of hypothesis annotation. The chapter this week revolved around remixing and what all is a part of remixing in the sense of new literacies. Overall, the chapter made me think about the ways that we are remixing everyday. It also made me reflect on my classroom and how I am giving students the opportunity to remix. In a sense everything that we do is in a way a remix. Someone else equated it to synthesizing what we take in and creating our own. I like this comparison because synthesis is one of the standards that I have to teach and if I think about remix as synthesis I can show my students how they are already synthesizing as an introduction to how I want them to synthesize.

This week’s reading gave me a new working understanding of the word remix and how it applies to a variety of concepts and content. I also enjoyed it’s example to creative writing and that our students learn how to develop characters and plots for their own writing from reading and remixing other authors ideas and descriptions. There is so much that can be done in digital storytelling by using a mash up of music and video or even just a remix of a song to portray a new meaning or story.

The article I chose this week is called Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship in a Digital Age: Web 2.0 and Classroom Research: What Path Should We Take Now?  This article describes how the internet has changed and how schools are connected and using it. It describes Web 1.0 as read only just like Lankshear and Knobel did in the reading, it also goes on to call Web 2.0 Read and Write as well. It references chapter one of Lankshear and Knobel (2006) and how collaborative and relationship driven Web 2.0 has become in comparison to Web 1.0. The article also describes how students are using tools to remix media and comment on blogs and that their interactions do represent intellectual activity. The article takes the students from just being recipients of knowledge on the web to being creators of knowledge on the web! I think this is empowering at the the shift is being made and in some places has already been made. We need to let our students create and put out on the web for others to view and critique. There are too many people who are afraid of what that means if their child posts something they have created on the internet for others to view! I say let them and let’s see what happens! I would say if you are curious about how school connectivity has changed and what researchers questioned about implementing it you should read this article. It is how digital storytelling is made possible at the school level.

Reflective summary week 1

Reflection on this week of so many challenges. I have created two Daily Creates, a visual assignment, web annotation, and a digital story critique. This was all new to me and at times I wanted to drop out of the course.

When trying to get everything done this week I felt overwhelmed and stressed that I would not get it all done, but I did complete all assignments. This week I feel like I got my feet wet in trying to figure how to do everything from twitter to hypothesis and making sure that everything has the correct hashtags. As a beginner I feel that I completed all of the assignments to the best of my ability. The course reading took some time to understand and grasp but I was able to make meaning of the text as a whole.

I had a difficult time finding a digital story to critique especially related to my focus theme, which makes me question if I chose a bad theme? The part that I enjoyed the most was creating the visual assignment from the DS106 Assignment Bank. This allowed me some choice to explore my creativity. This week I learned a lot about what digital literacies are out there and the definition of literacy has changed to be more than reading and writing. I have also had the opportunity to explore new literacies this week that I  otherwise would have been oblivious to.

As for the coming weeks I plan to set a schedule so that I can better manage my time and give myself time to produce my best work. As for questions that I still have: Did I do it all correctly? Is it too late to choose a new focus theme? I’m having a hard time with such open expectations, I prefer things to be explicit.

I feel that I have met expectations this week because I followed what guidelines were given and I used the resources available to me when I was struggling.