This semester, I have learned a lot of different ideas and tools with each assignment in this class. As a class, we went through the book The Peripheral and the Exploratory Programming, learning and creating new ideas. Then as an individual we created a project based on our interests and shared what we learned as a class. I think I did really well in this class because I learned a lot by exploring each of the projects. There are many tools I have learned how to use for this class and know I will use beyond the classroom.
Learning Journal – A
I think the appropriate grade I should receive for this assignment is an A. I kept a steady learning journal from the beginning of class. I originally thought I would just keep a word document with all my thoughts about what I was learning about, but after the first month it made more sense to create this blog and continue them here. It was easier to share with other classmates through slack and create my teaching journals (which I counted as part of my learning journal because while teaching I still learned a lot) to submit on Canvas. I posted at least once a week and shared my discoveries of programming and the tools I used for my podcast.
Teaching the Peripheral x 3- A
I think an appropriate grade for this assignment would be an A. I taught all three of my lessons on time and submitted my teaching journal promptly. I think by discussing different chapters as groups, even when I was not teaching, made it so much easier to understand what was going on in the novel as a whole. When reading this book I discovered ways and ideas of how technology could change in our world. The scenarios in the Peripheral seem like they could be very real in the future. I think this novel was a good way to begin discussion about different digital tools and possibilities.
Manifesto and ReManifesto- A
For this assignment I think I deserve an A. For my Manifesto I talked about how coding is creating, which I still believe after learning all I could this semester. I worked through all the chapters I finished considering how the different ideas worked and or why they didn’t worked if you inputted it this was versus that way. I learned a lot about programming, especially since I did not know anything about it before this semester. I believe I will use these skills in the future at either my job or for a project of my own.
Teaching Programming x 3- A-
I believe I did A- work on this assignment. I only made it to the end of chapter four, so while I progressed I did not progress as much as I would have like to. Programming was harder for me to understand so I really appreciated the way we worked through it together. There were a couple times where my group piggybacked chapters or sections and it was super helpful for me as I progressed.
I used powerpoints for all of my lessons and had my group program in whatever topic we were going over into python, which I found to be super helpful. The best discussions during programming teach was when we went over what a topic was and how it worked, then tried it hands on. It was easy to figure out where we went wrong when we made an error and why there was an error.
My Big Project/Proposal/Teaching/Reflection- A
I loved my project and learned a lot about how to use the tools I found while podcasting with my friends over the last several weeks, which is why I believe I deserve an A on it. I turned everything in on time and critically thought about the project the whole time. The schedule that I first proposed was also followed pretty closely, except for the fact I released them as each one was created. When I was proposing my project I said I would do well with this project if I create even one podcast and I created THREE. Plus, my friends and I really want to continue to create more, so we are going to add to this. Not only did I create a completed product, but it is something I can continue to grow beyond this class.
I was really worried about the tools I would have to use in order to create this project. I thought we would have to go to the vocal booth every time, but I learned about the USB mic, which was super convenient and easy to use. I also used tools like audacity and GarageBand. The DKC was super helpful when I had trouble, but for the most part using the tools was way easier than I thought it would be. I talk a lot about this in my progress reports from earlier in the semester.
The one thing I did not consider when I first wanted to create the podcast was the audience I wanted to reach. I just thought maybe our family and friends would want to listen, but I really want to reach a wider audience. The podcast also got picked for the Digital Showcase at UMW this semester, which I take as a good sign that at least one person thought it was a productive and interesting project.
This project was a lot of fun to create. I know I am going to use the skills I learned from working on it down the road with any creative work I may do. I already used it to create an audio essay for my creative non-fiction class! It will be super interesting to see what I do with these skills, and I already have a few ideas.
I have been to all but two classes this semester and tried to be a part of discussion whenever we had class or small group. I struggle with speaking up in class sometimes, but I feel like I did a really good job this semester, especially in small group. There was oftentimes, if we were given an assignment like going through the Digital Showcase submissions or writing a ReManifesto in GIF for where I would take charge and get everyone to add ideas and then put it together. I also posted my project information, my posters, and my progress in Slack most of the time.
I think for my final grade I should get an A or A-. I learned a lot this semester and you can see how through all of the assignments above. This semester brought a ton of new learning experiences for me and I worked through each one of them. I think my final product shows that I worked hard, but I think through the progress reports and learning journal you can see that I thought things through critically and shared my struggles. This class gave me a lot more knowledge about digital tools I am going to use in other classes, on my domain, and hopefully in the future when I work for a library. It also prepared me for how I might learn how to use new digital tools and sites in the future. Even though I may not know them yet, by learning a few this semester it’ll be easier to pick up on new ones when I come across them.