I still can’t believe that this was the final week of DS106! I have to say that I am relieved. This class has been a lot of work! However, I am glad that I decided to take it. I have gained so many valuable skills that I will continue to use in various aspects of my life.
For my final project, I completed a mission as my character, Mia. The mission was to recruit and train new DS106 students. I did this by using various medias (audio, design, writing, etc.) to create different promotional and educational materials. As I completed the project, I realized how far I have come in DS106. For the one assignment in particular, where I looked back over some of the work that I had done, I realized the vast amount of information and skills that I have gained. You can find the final project here!
This has been a great class, and I have appreciated all the things I learned, along with the fact that it took me out of my comfort zone and got me to try new things. I am definitely better at expressing myself creatively online than I was before I started. DS106 #4life!
This is Mia Holmes, reporting on my previously assigned mission to recruit and train new DS106 students. This mission has been long and hard, but I have successfully managed to capture the essence of DS106 and turn it into various recruitment and training tools.
You can see the first part of my mission below, in the poster I created that covers various reasons why people should join DS106
The second part of my mission was to create an audio production. In this production, I talked about the value of taking DS106 and gave new students some tips and tricks for success.
For the third part of my mission, I turned the mains points from the audio production into an informational poster. This poster contains what I consider some of the most important things to know when you are starting DS106.
For the fourth part of my mission, I wrote a post talking about some of the different skills learned in DS106, and gave some examples of assignments that I had completed.
I am glad that I took DS106 in the past. If I hadn’t, I’m not sure how I could have completed this mission. As I said various times throughout the different projects that I did, DS106 teaches many valuable skills that are applicable for many occupations.
Hey everyone! Mia Holmes here. Way back in the day, before I was a secret agent, I was a student. As a student, I took a class called Digital Storytelling, or DS106. This class taught me many valuable lessons that improved my digital skills.
When I first joined the class, I had limited technology skills. I knew how to do basic things, but I didn’t even have much practice with simple design. I had almost no experience with video and audio. By the end of the class, I was confident in using various types of digital media to tell stories. Below are some different projects I completed during my time in DS106 and brief summaries of what I learned.
The above image is from a photo challenge that I completed. I was supposed to take a picture every 10 steps and make a collage out of them. This assignment was completed during the photography week. That week, I learned various photography concepts and was able to apply them to multiple assignments. I thought that I knew quite a bit about photography when I started that week, but I learned a lot of new skills that were very helpful!
The above audio clip is from the week that I focused on audio production. I knew absolutely nothing about experimenting with audio before the class, so it was totally new for me. The resources I was given were extremely helpful, and I learned so much about audio production that week. The above assignment told the story of what my mornings sound like.
Design week was very helpful for me, since I was planning a party that week! I used my new design skills to create the above invitation for my party. Design skills are something that I have used over and over again since I completed the class.
Something that I was very nervous about when I started the class was the group project. For the project, we had to create a radio show using the various skills we had learned in past weeks. A few of my fellow secret agents and I worked on the project, and it ended up being a lot of fun! You can listen to the full show above. This project was a great use of the skills we had been learning in the previous weeks.
The above assignment is one that I completed for the week that I focused on video production. It’s a video of my shoes and the different places that they go throughout the day. Before the class, I had no experience with video editing. However, video editing is an extremely important skill to have, and I am glad that I have a greater understanding of video production now.
The above image is a mashup of two of my favorite movies, “Mary Poppins” and “E.T.” I completed a week of mashup and remix assignments for DS106, and got to experiment with using a lot more photo editing software. Once again, I found that I learned many valuable skills that I have continued to use in other areas of my life.
Those are just a few examples of the many assignments that I completed and skills that I gained during my time as a DS106 student. The knowledge that I gained from the class has continued to be extremely helpful throughout my career as a secret agent, and would be helpful for any occupation.
Although it took me awhile to figure out what to do for the methodology module, I am very happy with the project I ended up choosing. As I explained in my first post, I decided to the the image visualization module. My original plan for this was to look at a series of movies, then I changed it to covers from billboard top 100 songs. Neither of these plans worked out, so I decided to change things up again. As I explained in my second post, I chose to look at Taylor Swift songs, planning to eventually focus on how her music videos have changed over the years along with her own personal evolution. In my third post, I explained the process of downloading, extracting, and visualizing the different music videos. My fourth post contained the resulting images that I created using the frames from the videos.
I have enjoyed working on this project so far, although it has been frustrating at times. Extracting frames and generating images is definitely time consuming. I am looking forward to continuing the project by using the information I have learned throughout this module to further explore and analyze my findings by hand-coding my own website.
This week, I continued to plan out my final project and began preparing to work with the various kinds of media that I will need. For the project, I will be using my character, Mia, who has recently been given the mission of recruiting and training new ds106 students.
I will use design skills to create posters advertising ds106 and its many benefits. I will also create an audio production, giving many tips and tricks to future students to help them succeed in the class. I will also design a poster with a summary of my tips. I will write a blog post summarizing the many helpful things that ds106 teaches students, and give examples of projects that might be completed. All of this will be done in character.
I definitely have a lot of work cut out for myself! I have already started working on multiple projects, but I will wait to share them until next week. Until then, I look forward to continuing my final project. I can’t believe there’s only one week of ds106 left!
The first step that I took toward visualizing Taylor Swift’s music videos was to download the YouTube videos. I did this through Command Prompt by using youtube-dl. Once the videos were downloaded, I used FFMPEG to extract frames from the videos. This was a more complicated process than I was expecting. We practiced extracting the frames in class, and I thought I remembered the process, but it turns out that I didn’t. I failed to extract the frames many times before realizing that I needed to be very specific with the code that I used. Once I figured this out, it was pretty easy to extract the rest of the frames, although it was very time consuming.
Once I had all the frames extracted, I used IMJ to generate various barcodes, montages, and plots. I thought it was pretty fun to watch them generate in front of my eyes! I decided to extract a barcode, a barcode showing only the average colors, a montage, and a plot from each video. This took quite a bit of time. I had trouble saving some of the images after I generated them, but I solved this problem by taking screenshots when I needed to. I will share the generated images in my next post.
In the time since my last post, I have begun to work on my project. After going through many billboard top 100 lists and starting to compile images, I realized that my goals for this project were way too big. It was taking me hours to download the images, and I was ending up with much fewer images than I wanted. As opposed to thousands of images, I was spending hours trying to download mere hundreds.
I decided to switch the theme of my project. I am still doing the methodology module, but I came up with a new idea. People always talk about Taylor Swift and her evolution throughout the years from a young country star to a more mature pop artist. I had the idea to look at her most popular music video from each of her six albums. I will compare them and see how the videos change throughout the years. Most people consider her music to be darker and more mature than it used to be, so I will see if this is obvious in her music videos.
I can’t believe we’re getting ready to start our final project and come to the end of DS106! I didn’t realize until today that this was our last week of normal assignments for this class. This week was an interesting one… I wasn’t exactly sure what mashups and remixes would entail at the beginning of the week, but I figured it out as I went.
I did a mix of remix and mashup assignments this week – 10 stars worth of mashups and two remixes. The first had me mashup a scene and a prop from two famous movies. For the second assignment, I replaced the logo of one brand with the logo of another. The third had me take multiple steps to edit a photo. For the fourth assignment, I did a mashup of two posters from different movies. The fifth assignment had me go back to a previous assignment and remix it, which completely changed the feel of the image. I also wrote a tutorial on the movie poster mashup assignment.
I also spent some more time this week thinking about the final project. Before I knew what the final project was going to be, it seemed to loom menacingly at me from the syllabus. However, once I learned that we were able to create our own projects and base them on our characters and the work we have been doing throughout the semester, I got excited! The wrote a post about some of my remixed ideas for the final project. I am actually looking forward to the final project. I know that it will be a lot of work, but I think that it will also be a lot of fun, as well as a great reflection on the semester and an opportunity to use the skills that I have learned.
I also completed three daily creates this week.
I am hoping to start working on the project over the weekend and finish the semester strong!
Last week, I wrote a post with some ideas for our final mission. I am still planning on sticking with my ideas, but I have a few new plans. Instead of recruiting and training new DS106 agents, I think my final mission should be recruiting and training new DS106 students. Since the theme of the class in the fall will be different, I think it’s important to make content that can be carried over.
The content will not be secret agent themed, but it will still be my character providing the information as one of her own missions. I would still like to “design posters, make radio commercials, and create other outreach information.” I think it would still be great idea to give highlight of the class, descriptions of expected work, and lots of tips for assignments and time management.
I am excited to work on this project! I think it will be a great reflection on the semester, as well as a wonderful way to use the skills that I have learned.