The final weekly summary- Week 14

This is crazy fourteen weeks done, ds106 is over! This past week Alaina, Ashleigh, and I finalized our project! Our project continued our radio show theme and content.

For our final project we created a tumblr that served as our radio show Distress Signal’s online news presence. This week we proof read our news articles which consisted of a post introducing us as hosts, and introduction article, an article for each of our superheros, and finally a concluding “where are they now” article. Then since tumblr works as the most recent post goes to the top we had to carefully organize the order of our posts. Then mainly this week we filmed and edited our video interviews. This was a major component of our project so we spent a lot of time making those center pieces for our “website”. We met three times this week to really help create a cohesive flow for our interview videos even though we all filmed them separately.  We did this by having the same intro/outro and also by having matching text subtitles on our videos.

Overall our tumblr looks very official, and the content on our page is extremely thought out and related into not only our characters but our radio show project as well! I love our finished project because it incorporates so many different aspects of the topics we covered throughout this course!

Special shout out to Alaina and Ashleigh for helping make both of these projects so awesome!

Check out our tumblr here: Distress Signal News



Ds106 Final Crisis -Progress Post

For this final crisis the distress signal radio show team decided to team back up! That means Ashleigh, Alaina, and I are working in a group for this final project!

For our final crisis we decided to continue with our radio show Distress Signal since we loved our story line and final product so much.

Basically our idea is to create a tumblr page that acts as our radio show’s online presence! Our plan is to create a news web series that follows up the aftermath of Dr.Evil’s attack on the city that occurred during our radio show. This will include 5 news article posts. Each news article will contain a writing element, a video element, visual element, and an audio element embedded within the news summary.

The first news article will state a more general summary such as a recap of the events that took place during our radio show when Dr.Evil attacked the city, and will incorporate all three of our class characters who loose their powers due to Dr.Evil’s attack on the city. The the following three news articles will be exclusives with each of our superhero characters. These news articles will incorporate interviews about the actual event that took place and how they are doing now without their super powers. The final news article will be a “Where are they now” 5 years later follow up piece. This will give brief summaries about what are all of our characters doing now with their lives.

Our project will incorporate the following elements from our class:

  • Web Storytelling
  • Writing
  • Video
  • Visual
  • Audio

Weekly Summary- #12

The first thing I did this week was my Mashup assignment stars!

First: I’m Ready for My Closeup (4 1/2 stars)

I’m Ready for my Closeup

Second: Holiday Mashup (4 stars)

Little Brain’s Fav Holiday Mashup

Third: Photo Mash (3 1/2 stars)

Photo Mash

Then I decided to create a tutorial right after completing a new assignment that way the steps and process I followed were extremely fresh in my mind! So right after I finished my first mashup assignment I completed my tutorial as well! Hope this helps any future ds106’ers with Mashup week!

I’m Ready for My Closeup Tutorial

Then I did my first remix assignment of the week! I remixed Places of Peace assignment and the remix card said “subtle swticheroo”.

REMIXXX! Places of Peace

Then for my second remix assignment I decided to remix a new assignment one I had never seen or done before! I remixed Destination Post Card assignment! The remix card said “Stache It”, can you guess what that means?

REMIXXX #2! Destination Post Card

Lastly this week I completed my two daily creates!

First: 1 Red element

To complete this assignment I first took a picture of an object that is red, so I decided upon an apple! Then I used the app color splash. This app makes it really easy because it turns the image all black and white, and then you get to highlight the parts of the image you want to revert back to its original color! Resulting in a color splashed image!

Second: ds106 in real life

And finally commenting!!

Remix #1

Jokers meet Pollack

Ramsay is ready for his close up



REMIXXX #2! Destination Post Card

So the original point of this assignment is to create a post card for some travel destination! Since I love to travel I decided to chose this assignment to remix! The remix card read: “Stache It”. The goal of the remixed assignment is to add a mustache into the assignment somehow. To complete this assignment I first decided to just create a normal post card and then add the mustache in post card creation! I created my normal post card by editing an image that I had in my camera roll from a previous trip I had taken. I edited the image in snapchat by adding text onto the image, and a few “sticker” icon images to add to the post card vibe. Then to incorporate the remix aspect of this assignment I used Pasteify my favorite cropping/photoshopping app to overlay a mustache image into my destination postcard! Then I shared my final image on twitter! Hope you consider Costa Rica for your next vacation!

REMIXXX! Places of Peace

For my first remix assignment this week I chose an assignment I have previously completed. I loved completing the original so I decided to remix Places of Peace! The remix card read “Subtle Switcheroo”. Its goal was to just make one or two slight subtle changes to the assignment. I decided to complete 2 small changes to the assignment, see if you can guess the changes based on my completion of the remixed assignment!

People of Peace #ds106

Here were my two subtle switcheroo’s: Places of peace were changed to people that make you feel at peace, and instead of posting it to twitter you need to share it to flickr! Very subtle changes, did you guess them correctly?

Photo Mash

The last Mashup assignment I completed for this week was the Photo Mash assignment worth 3 1/2 stars! The idea of this assignment was to combine 2 different actors into one image that actually makes sense and looks normal! For this I chose to pick two classic “School Mean Girls” and have them competing for Queen of the high school halls.

To complete this assignment I googled image searched classic movie mean girls and came up with two of my personal favorites, Regina George from Mean Girls and Lana from Princess Diaries. Once I had my two mean girl pictures I used photo shop to add them both to a background image of school lockers. To make the photo look realistic as the assignment wants I carefully chose two images that look similar. By this I mean I picked images of the two girls posing similarly, looking in the same direction, and had similar coloring allowing for a much simpler edit. I also chose the background image as a background that they have in common, high school hallway lockers! Then I tweeted my final product!

Little Brain’s Fav Holiday Mashup

Since the holiday season is about to be in full swing I thought what a perfect time to do this assignment. It is worth 4 stars, and is super fun!

To start I picked my character Little Brain’s three favorite holidays to mashup. His favorite holidays are Christmas because he can always read his parents minds and figure out his presents. The Forth of July because he is amazed by the chemistry of the fireworks. And lastly Halloween because he can read the people’s minds to figure out who they are even though they are wearing masks and costumes! To start I googled images for each of these holidays to crop together. Here are the originals…


Then I used my favorite editing app Pasteify! Although this app only allows you to crop two images together at one time it is so simple and easy to use that I often use it multiple times!

First I combined the Christmas tree picture and the firework picture together using the standard Pasteify app 3 step system (choosing a background, highlighting the parts of the foreground you want to keep, and combining the two into one cropped image). Then once I had those two images combined into one I used that new image and cropped the pumpkin into it using the same 3 step system within the Pasteify app. It sounds complicated, but it is so simple and took me 5 minutes tops! Here is my final product! I really wanted the image to look like one complete picture. I used the firework for Forth of July as the Christmas tree star, and the Halloween pumpkin as a gift under the tree! I am pretty happy with the overall Holiday Mashup!

Weekly Summary- #11

The first thing I completed this week was the Final crisis brain storm! This was a super fun, creative, and easy way to this about our characters in a new lens.

Little Brain’s Final Crisis

Then I completed all three of my daily creates! Check out which ones I completed and the process I took to get there in my blog post!

Daily Creates- Week 11

Then I completed two video assignments for my 10 stars with week! One was a vlog about my day (5 stars)! The other was Text + Diagram -> Movie assignment (5 stars) which I made about Little Brain my character’s origin story! My favorite to film was by far the origin story. It was so different and creative from anything I have ever done! Check them both out in my blog posts about them!

Take us through your day!- Vlog Style

Text + Diagram –> Movie: Little Brain’s Origin


Then to finish up this week some of my many comments!!

Narrative Ambiance

Movie Intro

Head in the Clouds

Take us through your day!- Vlog Style

The other video bank assignment I chose to do this week was the Take us through your day assignment worth 5 stars. I chose this assignment for two reasons, one I already completed one assignment worth 5 stars, so the thought of only have to create one other assignment and being done with my stars for the week was awesome. The second reason because I completed the where your shoes take you video assignment and I thought it would be interesting to create a video showing basically the same thing, but it a completely different way.

To create this assignment I recored myself using my iPhone since it was vlog style the phone was the most practical way to film clips of me going through my daily life tasks. After I recored all my clips I simply entered them onto my computer and uploaded them into iMovie for editing. Since I recored this using my phone throughout a day full of activities I first raised the volume on all my clips so when I was talking that audio was clear and audible. Then I trimmed some of the more boring moments of my day out such as me sitting at my desk for two hours reading my cognitive psychology textbook. Then I added in some music, title and text slides to finish it off. Then I uploaded it to youtube and shared it here!

If I was going to change one thing about completing this assignment I would have picked a better day to film myself. I chose a day where my classes for that day all happened to be cancelled so there was a lot of boring errands, and down time which in reality does not make for an eventful vlog! But the concept still came through I think! Enjoy!


Daily Creates- Week 11

Three daily creates this week!

First: Pop Art

To complete this daily create I chose an image I really like from my photo album and put it through the pop art editing website they provided in the original tweet. Then I tweeted the result!

Second: Illustrate the Idiom

To complete this daily create I basically just looked up some classic idioms and picked one that I thought I could illustrate it in a unique and clever way! Then I tweeted it!

Third: Behind door 106

To complete this daily create I looked through my photo album to see what sparked an idea in my head. Once I saw this picture I knew it would be perfect. It is beautiful, creative, and full of possibility just like everything we do in ds106.