Learning is Social-Reading Response week 5

a-mmscr-p-lIt is time to be a participant, and not just the ones that get a participation award for showing up. The reading this week was focused on being an active participant in one’s learning environment. This means collaborating and discussing learning and how teachers need to do more than bring in the Web 2.0 tools but actually create a space for students to participate. I like the way this chapter talked about how its not about watching the professionals do the work but to get your hand dirty and try it yourself, which doesn’t have to mean alone. The DIY movement was to get people to try things but to use their peers and others in an affinity space as resources and support. The main thing I took away from this chapter was learning is doing and if you are not doing there is really no learning. So much like this course and digital storytelling, if you sit back and are only told how/what to do but never really do it yourself then you are probably not likely to do it later.

That is one thing that I truly appreciate about this course is that I have to try and it has caused me to think about ways to make my students try. I don’t want to just change up assignments to be digital but help the students to get into the work and design things with peers and work together on a passion project or something to that effect.

This week I wanted to read something from someone who does not agree with animal rights and surprisingly that wasn’t hard to find. The article, “No, Animals don’t have rights” does just that. The article is an opinion article but I think it is important to hear all sides of an issue. The author of this texts is not against humane treatment of animals but is against humans and animals being equal in all senses. SO this was not completely against Animal Welfare but it was against animals having the same equal rights as humans which I can see as a bit overboard and agree with some of the points he had to make.

Being a part of the digital storytelling world is interesting, I learn something new with each reading and creation of new media.


Schwarzenegger And Stallone-Mashup

MashUp was the name of the game this week and to go along with our reading and creating a participatory learning environment I enlisted the help of my husband. When I saw this Mashup I immediately thought of my husband and his affinity for movies. So he helped me come up with the two lines to mash together. Then I got to teach him some tools that he didn’t know (this shocked me since he is techy.)  The assignment reads:

For this mashup assignment, you must pick one line from two movies and combine them into one line. You can choose to have one line be a response to the other. You can follow the example video and start the second line on the last word of the first line. You can choose to do this assignment in any way you want, just be creative with it.

Because me husband is obsessed with Arnold I knew he would be part of it. So here you go!

In order to create this assignment I had to determine what lines I wanted to put together, then I found the video clips on YouTube. to use the clips I put them into KeepVid and downloaded them to my computer. I then uploaded them to movie maker and trimmed them so that it flowed. When I liked the way it sounded I saved it and uploaded it to YouTube so that I could embed it in this blog post.

I chose this assignment to engage my husband in some of the learning I have done this summer. He was excited to be part of it and had fun contributing ideas. I also saw it as an opportunity to try out social learning and involving others in the creation instead of just in the product. This might be against rules but it was fun for us to do something together.


Animal Testing-Digital Critique

Looking around the internet for a digital story to critique is sometimes hard.  I want to find a quality one but I also want to stay away from my gravitation towards videos. This week I went back to a video after I found it while reading this article, about musicians who support animal rights. One of the main points that is made in the video is about animal testing and how horrific it truly is. He focuses mostly on cruelty-free cosmetics.

This digital story is done by musician Dave Navarro, and he was unaware of what Cruelty-free cosmetics were until someone told him what they were.

What types of “involvement” – and by the author/creator(s), participant(s), and/or audience – are apparent in this story?

This story is meant to provoke emotion and it is factual about what animal testing really does. There is a mix of videos and music that the author had to think about and connect to each other. Dave Navarro had to prepare what to say and take part in the video to represent what it would look like if you test products on a human. It is a call to action for the audience to stop using products that are animal tested.

How would you characterize the “literacy dimensions” present in this story?

This musician had to be familiar with the issue and understand it before he could just speak about it. He had something to say that other would care about and take action towards. He also shows the graphic images of animal that have been tested on. I think the one line that really grabbed me was about them not putting mascara on a bunny to test it but injecting it’s eye with chemicals to see the reaction. This resonated with me because I think people that don’t know the facts behind animal test believe that is what is happening. That they just put some lipstick on an animal and it’s not hurting them.

What are the online spaces and sites that bring this story to life? Why do these spaces and sites matter to the impact of the given story?

The main online space that brings this story to life is PETA, as well as the article that featured 5 different artist that support PETA. I think if this was just created and put on YouTube that it would not have as much of a following, but since others have compiled videos like it and it was sponsored by PETA it has a greater impact.

Based upon your assessment of involvement and literacy dimensions, what modifications and changes to this digital story might improve aspects of narrative, production, media usage, and/or audience engagement?

Honestly, I don’t think it needs any improvements because it is powerful and engaging to the audience. The narration is pointed and concise as well as the flow and production. I would say it has affected me in it’s current form without any alterations.

Thinking about thinking- week 4


This week I have lacked serious motivation! This week I feel like I just checked off tasks and didn’t put a lot of work into my creations. Life got in the way this week with a visitor for 9 days who left Wednesday and trying to get everything done before more visitors get here Saturday. As well as preparing for and partaking in two interviews this week (shhh keep that on the down low..).  So yes I completed all assignments but did I do my best…well I’m not proud of my efforts.

The biggest thing that gave me trouble this week was myself. I didn’t want to do anything and therefore put me behind and gave me a sense of needing to cram everything into two days. This worries me for next week because we will have family in town and I have Jury duty this week. I need to get back in the swing of things, I am having a mid-semester crisis. This week I enjoyed everyone’s open honesty about the fear of public profiles and posting in a public space. I think as educators it can be scary how what you post can get you in so much trouble. Just like a former classmate, and hers wasn’t posted by her.

I feel that each week I say I need to manage time better and that is what I plan to do differently each week but it appears that I am not able to do that so here is to another week of trying. I struggle with find a digital story to critique and  I don’t feel like I have a grasp of this new way of critiquing based on remixing so I hope that next week will be better after reading other critiques using this model.

This week I think I am meeting expectations but at a slightly lower level than previous weeks. I have done the work and I have gained knowledge and isn’t that the main goal in doing work like this..Just keep trying and creating unique things outside your comfort zone.

Meme Catastrophy

When looking for a digital story to critique this week I wanted to try hard to stay away from videos because that is how I have stereotyped digital stories. I am going to try to take my new learning and step out of my comfort zone to find a different type of digital story. I really wanted to take the remixing practices seriously so lets see what I have found.

Well, the remix I found is interesting to say the least. (Image is link to posting)PETA

There is political involvement associated with this display of images and texts that can only be described as a meme. This definitely involved the use of compiling images and adding texts. I think it has a purpose to evoke some emotions in the audience and question what they know about PETA. The creator of this meme would have to hopefully have researched this and it be based in fact as opposed to fiction.

The literary dimensions that this entails are the fact that there was something to say that appeals to others and getting a point across in a confined space. I do question the validity of what it says  and wonder what initiated this media to be created. I would say that it lacks the dimension of posting it to a place that would receive widespread attention.

I think if this was housed within a blog or an actual educational site as opposed to just a photo sharing site like rebloggy. This site is somehow linked up with tumblr and shows its popular posts.

Blogging- A new Literacy

This week’s reading “Academic Blogging as a New Literacy” was interesting and I think directly tied to the work we are doing in ILT5340. I gained some familiarity with some terms such as autoethnographic and hypertext.Our blogs are all hypertexts because we link to other material and each post is linked to our blog. It was interesting to read the annotations of varying comfort levels of public blogging and putting oneself “out there.” I was glad to see that I am not the only one that struggles with what to put on my blog and how to be appropriate with it for its intended viewers.

The way that the research was done for the text was intriguing. Using blogs as a text source was an interesting concept for me to read about. I see that blogs our the way in which we connect our public and private lives. We are sharing our story out in the world for others to build on by commenting and adding to the story. I concept that I struggled with was having those who comment be considered co-authors. This is hard to wrap my mind around.

When it comes to digital story telling I have a hard time stepping outside of it having to be a video production of sorts. I know this to be wrong of me but I continue to go back to videos. So seeing a blog as a digital story is quite intriguing.

My choice article focuses on my theme of animal rights/welfare and is titled, “What is Animal Welfare and why is it Important?” One key principle that governs animal welfare is called Five Freedoms and it is well known throughout the US and UK. The Five Freedoms are as follows:

Freedom from Hunger and Thirst-by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.

Freedom from Discomfort-by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.

Freedom from Pain, Injury, or Disease-by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.

Freedom to Express Normal Behavior-by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.

Freedom from Fear and Distress- by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

I feel like these are relatively easy to follow but yet there are places that still struggle with this concept. The public’s concern for animal safety has caused there to be multiple agency that service each animal industry. There are federal regulations and then there are local regulation on top of those that require an additional inspection of safety practices.

It is interesting to see the debate between animal rights and animal welfare issues. Animal rights activists are against having pets or keeping an animal in a zoo to maintain a species. They are for animals not being apart of anything from pets to research to even controlling populations and endangered animal safety.  They are too very different things and I think it is important to know the difference so that you can truly express which side you are on.animal-welfare-goldenmean-moderation-philosophy

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.