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!

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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.