Boot camp week is exactly what I thought it was going to be, time consuming and frustrating mostly due to my lack of tech savviness, but overall full of learning. One of the reasons I took this class was because I want to work on expanding my knowledge of using different multimedia sites, options, and tools. Luckily I had already set up a UMW blog domain from my FSEM class, unfortunately we barely used it so it took me a while to re-familiarize myself with the applications and tools. Then once I had updated my blog, and published it to the ds106 website I started all my introductions! First thing I did was create a new twitter account especially for this class; I found this the easiest because I am pretty familiar with using the platform twitter.
Then I created a Soundcloud account which I had never used before, but was a pretty straight forward process. I set up my account and then just recorded a voice memo on my iPhone and uploaded it from there. It was also very easy, although I had to record my voice memo about 5 times since I hate the sound of my own voice on recording. Then finished with embedding it into my UMW domains blog post.
Then I decided to tackle youtube since this is another platform I have had slight use of before due to using a gmail account, although I had never posted a self recorded video before this class assignment. So I found it easiest to record directly from my laptop photo booth application and then upload it to youtube from there.
Lastly I tackled Flickr, which is a site I had never used nor had any real contact with before. It took me quite a bit of trial and error before I figured out how it all worked. Once my account was all set and I got the basic idea of the app I posted five images that give a brief look into my life so far. My favorite picture of all is the one of 3 of my friends and I jumped in front of the ocean in Havana, Cuba. This was my most significant summer and quite honestly life experience to date, so I felt it was the most important thing to share with you all.
Post all of the week one boot camp assignments including, setting up various social media sites and introducing myself across all of them, I compiled them all into a introductory blog post.
Than, I also wrote a blog post on my thoughts of the superhero theme for this upcoming semester. Although I only made a few subtle references throughout my introductions to this theme I am very excited to incorporate it more heavily and more creatively the better I become with the tools I have at hand.
Overall, I learned a lot more than I thought I would have from the very first week of class. I learned how to use three completely new social media platforms I have never encountered before, and I relearned how to use the UMW domain blog system. I was surprised how much harder it was for me to relearn how to post, share, and embed media into the word press application, compared to setting up a bunch of new accounts. The thing that frustrated me the most was embedding all the media elements I had posted on other sites all into one concise blog post, and then re-doing all of that for this weekly summary. I think the repetitive nature of it just frustrated me a little because I had just felt like I completed something, but then I had to do it one more time! Overall I really enjoyed the different nature of this class compared to most of my other courses here at UMW. I love the creative and personal perspective this course uses. Also, now that the accounts are all set up and I have a better understanding of using the blog, I really think I will like the use of multiple platforms to share information. I can not wait to keep increasing my knowledge and skills throughout this course.