Week 2 Reflection

Week 2 has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Things this week have gone much smoother as I knew they would. With any new course, new instructor, and new procedures, there is a learning curve. I’ve adapted to the procedures of the course, and feel confident and excited for the remainder of the course.

Besides being a mouthful, constructivism, constructivism, and connectivism are three theories that have and continue to have an effect on education. Each of these theories is learner-centered, where the teacher has become a mentor/facilitator, and the students have made interactions and connections. For this class INTE5340/DS106, I believe constructionism is the best fit. This theory focuses on making and building things. Weekly we are challenged as students to create stories, but we are not told how we must create the story. We are learning to learn. We are discovering different types of digital stories, producing digital stories, and sharing our stories with the class.   

Check out my photo below for the Daily Create of creating a picture using Fotogenerator.  Fotogenerator allows you to sketch a picture and then it turns it into an actual picture. It was fun, but also challenging to sketch using a computer.

This week I chose to critique Conducttr using the Mountain Rescue scenario. Conducttr is a platform that brings together storytelling, gaming, and real-life scenarios. From the get-go I was hooked and loved the engagement. It used a story/problem combined with technology (what students wouldn’t love it). I immediately was trying to think of ways on how I can incorporate tool this into my math classroom. I still haven’t been able to relate the two, but hopefully this summer I will be able to find a way. Find my full critique here.

One of the things I love about this course is the opportunity that I get to play with different tools. For my assignment this week, I chose to create a timeline by forking an open source project. I’ll be honest, I did not know what it meant to fork a project, and what I found out is that you edit a project to make it your own. What is nice about editing the project is that someone else already did the background work for you. Following the directions from TimelineJS and simply editing a google spreadsheet, I was able to create a timeline about my summer, both past and present.

As you see in the interactive timeline, TimelineJS allows you to use a variety of media (instagram, youtube, flickr) to tell your story. This also relates to our weekly theme of multimodality. TimelineJS allows the designer to use different media to keep viewers engaged throughout the timeline.

There are so many ways to tell your story, and I love them I am getting to learn about these platforms. I enjoy seeing my classmates work, everyone is so creative and honest.  Even though I am not a big fan of tweeting, Twitter has now become a go-to social media app. I would hardly use Twitter in the past, but now I am looking at it daily to see what has been posting by my classmates. It truly is a way to tell a story as my class is telling our story using #inte5340. I look forward to creating our next chapter in Week 3!

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