The “Color Walk Time Lines”assignment was to “Choose a color and then take 20 minute walk in which you take a 5-8 pictures of the color as you encounter it. Then upload the photos to Flickr and create a time line using TimeLine JS.”
I decided to go with the color green (in celebration of spring, even though the weather doesn’t feel like it). I grabbed my phone and walked around campus, taking pictures of different things that were green. I also got some weird looks… I guess it’s not normal to be taking picture of random plants.
Once I took all the pictures, I uploaded them to Flickr. I had never used it before, but it was really easy to set an account up and to upload the pictures. After that, I followed the TimeLine JS tutorial. It was a little confusing to follow the instructions and use Google sheets to make the timeline, but it turned out pretty cool in the end! I bet there’s a ton of other stuff you can do with Google sheets that most people don’t know about.
I wasn’t able to embed the final product, but here is the link to the timeline I created.
The instructions for the “Guess the Story” assignment were to “Use at least five GIFs to tell a myth, folklore, or legend. Add a few hints about what story you are depicting to help people guess. Be creative with the GIFs you find and try to find a lesser known story to tell. It can also make fun the of story. Post the GIF story on your blog and let people guess what the story is.”
I decided on a story the both ties in with the theme for the class and is related to the radio show that I helped create last week. Do you think you can guess what it is? I’ll give you a hint… it’s the story of a secret agent! I’ll give the answer at the bottom of my post.
Could you guess what it was? It’s the story of Kingsman: The Secret Service! The first gif represents where Eggsy’s life is heading at the beginning of the movie. The second gif is Harry Hart, always watching him. The third gif is after Eggsy is recruited by Hart and begins training. The Fourth gif represents Richmond Valentine’s evil plot. And the fifth gif is Eggsy at the end of the movie after he saves the day.
It took me a little while to figure out what story I wanted to tell with this assignment, and even longer to find gifs that I wanted to use. I’m not sure if people will be able to guess it, but I’m proud of the gifs I used and how I was able to tie both the theme and my radio show into my assignment.
The “Create Your Dream Vacation On Pinterest!”assignment was to make a Pinterest board about some wishful travel plans, pin a solid number of things to it, and then write a brief summary of the desired trip. I decided that I wanted to travel around Europe. This is actually something that I’ve put a lot of thought into, and I think I have a pretty good chance of it coming true.
I am hoping to study abroad through UMW next year, and I am planning on taking classes somewhere in Europe (England maybe?) and traveling on the weekends. I think that this is an amazing opportunity to travel and really be a part of different cultures, all at a fairly low cost. When else in my life will I have such an amazing opportunity?
I am hoping to travel all around Europe, so there would definitely be some language barriers. I speak a little bit of French, so I might be able to figure that out, but it will be up to Google Translate for the rest of it!
Just doing this assignment got me so excited about my future travel plans! Here is the link to the board that I created. Looking at the board makes me want to go right away!
When I first saw the web storytelling assignment, I was pretty nervous. There were so many words and it looked so confusing! Once I downloaded the Mozilla X-Ray Goggles tool, I realized that it was actually going to be easier than I thought. I originally was planning on doing a post on eBay, but realized that the vast amount of information that eBay has for each item would be too confusing to work with. Instead, I decided to alter the content of a Craigslist page.
First I changed the top of of the page, which had previously shown the location/topics that led me to the page, into a welcome for a site specifically for secret agent swaps! I decided that Mia (my character who is both a secret agent and a librarian) would try to sell some of her books on a special secret agent version of Craigslist. She has collected quite a few over the years, but is moving to a different apartment as a result of some highly classified missions that are coming her way. Below is her listing.
Here is a link to the listing. Changing online code was so much easier than I thought it would be. This made me think about how easy it could be for anyone to go online and alter information. I have a feeling this is how a lot of false news articles/tweets/headlines are spread online. The fact that people can edit things so easily is kind of scary! However, I had a lot of fun with this assignment. It was interesting to be able to tell a story based on the existing information of a previous story.
As you can see from the above pictures, I am not a great artist. However, the “Google Draw Something” assignment was a fun one!
The assignment was to “Use Google’s drawing game to create art and have Google guess what it is! You will be given 6 items to draw and in under 20 seconds Google will try to answer it. Go to https://quickdraw.withgoogle.com/ and start right away. In the end, share your art on twitter with the rest of the class.”
I was confused about how this assignment was going to work, but I followed the link to the site and began to draw. I was not thrilled with my trackpad drawing skills, but was very surprised with Google’s ability to guess what I was drawing! The way this game works is that Google stores the drawings that everyone makes, getting more and more accurate at guessing with each person that plays. Pretty cool, but also a maybe a little scary to think about how your data is kept whenever you are online.
After I played the game, I shared my results on Twitter.
This was an interesting assignment, and I enjoyed it enough that I will probably do it again sometime in the future.