My Story – A Semester Summary

As I embarked on my journey into ds106 and the creative world, I was contemplating what I would do for each of these assignments and if I would be able to do them. At the start of the semester, I was weary, shy, and did not know much about creativity. I was so hyperfocused on making sure I did the work correctly that I was not letting my creativity flourish. Starting the semester by watching a Bob Ross video and reflecting on his ideology on life seemed to help me broaden my horizons. I started my projects by trying to pick the easiest skill level and keeping in my comfort zone of what I already knew how to do. One of my favorite parts and one of “the things” that made me expand my creativity was working on the daily creates on Twitter @ds106dc. Reaching the photography week was probably one of my highlights in the whole class. I was able to be comfortable and yet uncomfortable at the same time. I spent more time behind the camera and focusing on how to tell a story through images that I see photos differently know. This is also one of the weeks that I feel will stick with me for a long time. I will be using photographs all the time as a teacher, especially in history. Now I know what to look for and how to examine photos to get a story and understanding; I think this will be something that I share with future students. One of the most challenging aspects of the course for me was editing software. I really had no clue how to edit photos and how to adjust things, other than my mediocre use of Canva so I took some advice from the class. Analyzing videos was also a huge challenge for me as we moved through the different aspects of storytelling. My mind wanted to go to how I see the characters and see the story, not the actual aspects of the video work. My video essay is probably one of my worst assignments. I wish I had time to go back to it and focus more on the actual filming. Then… enter the radio show. This was my favorite assignment of the course. Reason 1: I was able to let my thoughts be heard but not show my face. I feel like I really flourished during this assignment, I got to sit back and relax and just talk. I also really enjoyed listening to ds106 radio where my story played and my classmate’s stories. All of this being said, my work in this course allowed me to grow as a creator and learn skills that will be useful to me in my career. I was able to make “happy accidents” and learn more about myself.

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