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And Just Like That, It’s Over

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!

Mission: Complete

Mission: Recruit and train new DS106 students

Assigned to: Secret Agent Mia Holmes

Status: Complete

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.

Mia’s DS106 Thoughts

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.

Progress Report – Week 13

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!

Week 12 is Done… the End is Near!

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!

Mission Remix

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.

Say What??! (but more pink)

For my second remix assignment, I decided to remix an assignment that I have actually done twice before! I first did the “Who Said What” assignment in February, but reworked the assignment for this post in March. The original assignment was to “Find a picture of any secret agent you would like, preferably a fairly well-known one. Next, pick a quote from a similar secret agent character. Finally, attribute said quote to a third similar character. You want the characters you chose to be well-known but also similar enough that people would confuse them with one another.” The remix that the generator gave me was “Molly taught us all that everything is prettier in pink, so make that assignment more pink somehow, either literally or metaphorically.”

I decided to update my reworked version of the assignment for this post. The remix told me to add lots of pink… so that’s what I did! I’ll leave it up to you to decide if the image was really “prettier in pink.” I edited the picture using Canva. I changed the text to pink and found a bunch of pink elements to add. I had a lot of fun making this image look nauseatingly pink! You can see the finished image below.

The added changes definitely give the image a different feel. It’s pretty bizarre to look at the picture and the quote in contrast with the decorative features. It just goes to show how important good design is!

Bourne Impossible

As mentioned in a previous post, Mia loves watching all kinds of movies. However, secret agent movies are her favorite! She likes watching both the Mission Impossible and Bourne movies. Not because they are true to life, but because they differ so much from what her life as a secret agent is like! She thinks it’s interesting to see what everyone’s perception of the secret agent lifestyle is.

The “Movie Mashup” assignment was to “Take a movie that you really like. Now think of a movie that has been compared to it, and make a new movie poster that incorporates the two!”

For this assignment, I went with two movie series that Mia really likes watching. I looked up posters for the Bourne Identity, then found a picture of a poster without text. Then used Canva to add the lines found in the original picture along with text. For the text, I found the same (or a very similar) font as the one on the original Bourne poster. I inserted the words “Mission Impossible” and lined them up correctly. The final product ended up looking like a real movie poster! I also did a tutorial on my process for this assignment that you can find here.

How To: Movie Mashup

This is a tutorial for how to do the “Movie Mashup” assignment. The assignment instructs you to “Take a movie that you really like.  Now think of a movie that has been compared to it, and make a new movie poster that incorporates the two!” I will go through my process step by step and show you how I completed this assignment.

First things first, decide on two movies that are similar and you want to mashup. For my assignment, I chose two secret agent movies, which goes with the class theme. I looked up posters from both movies and decided how I was going to edit them. I found a poster from the Bourne Identity that I decided to use.

I studied how the poster was designed, and then found an image similar to the one on the poster.

I decided to use Canva to edit the image. Canva is an extremely useful tool that I would recommend for any kind of design project. I opened Canva and clicked on “Card” in the “Create a Design” section, since the card shape is what I wanted for my design.

I clicked on uploads, which is on the left side of the screen. Then I uploaded the picture to Canva and began my editing process.

As you can see in the poster picture, there is both text and white lines on the original. I searched for “white line” in elements, which gave me the thick white line below.

I shrunk two lines down to the size that I wanted and lined them up with the + in the photo.

Then I started working on the text. As you can see on the original poster that says “THE BOURNE IDENTITY,” some of the words are bolded and larger than others. For my mashup poster, I wrote “MISSION” in big bold letters.

I followed that by writing “IMPOSSIBLE” with unbolded letters. I also lined the O up with the +, similar to the original.

After I was done editing, I saved the photo to my computer.

And that’s all! I posted the assignment normally, making sure to use the right tags. You can find my assignment here.

Be Inspired

For my first remix assignment, I chose “Pick A Bad Photo, Apply A Vintage Effect And Write Something In Helvetica” as the original post. I then remixed it with “Where’s Waldo? It.” The original assignment was to “Pick A Bad Photo, Apply A Vintage Effect And Write Something In Helvetica” and the added remix was “For this remix assignment, you want to place Waldo somewhere conspicuous in a Visual or Design Assignment or slip his name quickly into an audio assignment.”

I chose a photo that I took a few months ago. I used this photo for a daily create a few weeks ago when they asked for a boring photo. I tried to take a picture of the sunset, but it obviously didn’t turn out well. I edited the photo using the VSCO app so that it looked vintage. I used Canva to continue editing the photo. I added text to the photo from a Chinese fortune cookie that I had gotten earlier in the day. For the remix part, I found a picture of Waldo online and uploaded it to Canva. I shrunk it down and hid it in my image. Can you find it? The image ended up looking pretty bad, which was the goal of the assignment!

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