“I’d be a terrible secret agent. I can’t keep a secret and I’m not sneaky.”
This quote by Katherine Heigl is one that I ran into last week when I was looking into secret agent stuff. I thought this quote was funny and relatable, so when I found the “Quote Me On That” assignment I figured it would be a good one to talk about! It’s also a bonus that it fits with the course theme.
Let me tell you… I would be the worst secret agent. I wouldn’t say that I am bad at keeping secrets, but I am HORRIBLE at lying. Like just awful. I lose any game that involves bluffing and struggle to keep things from people if they ask me for information that I know. I am also one of the clumsiest people you will ever meet. I trip over nothing all the time, and my friends laugh at me for stumbling over a completely flat piece of ground or losing my balance when I’m standing still.
So yeah… secret agent would definitely not be at the top of my list of recommended professions. However, it’s fun to pretend along for the course that I am a super stealthy secret agent who goes on all sorts of important missions and can keep any secret. The great thing about digital storytelling is that it doesn’t have to be true to life!
When I first looked at the schedule for this week, I have to admit that I was a little nervous. It looked like a lot more work than last week, and I wasn’t too sure how I felt about the assignment bank. Reading this post about how to write up assignments didn’t make me feel much better, because it seemed pretty complicated. However, when I looked at the assignment bank I was pleasantly surprised. A lot of the assignments were actually very interesting, and definitely were not the type of assignments I was expecting.
I was also a bit nervous about doing four of the daily creates, especially since I forgot to do any of them last weekend! A few of the daily creates this week were a little out of my comfort zone but I was happy to be trying new things.
This week I was surprised by the wide variety of assignment bank options available, and I am looking forward to completing more of them throughout the year. The first assignment that I completed both reminded me of my childhood and fit with our secret agent theme. I thought that the second assignment was interesting enough that I had a few of my friends try it! The third assignment was a little more complicated than the other two, but I was still happy with the finished product.
I also spend a lot of time working on improving the look of my blog this week, and trying to make it easier to use. I also made some future plans to continue to improve it in the next few weeks.
This week, I tried to be more engaged with the other people in this course. I made a point to check the ds106 flow every day and keep myself updated on what other people were working on. I found other people’s posts very interesting, and will continue to check the flow regularly. I also searched for the #ds106 tag on Instagram and followed quite a few other people in this class.
I followed the hashtag #ds106 on both Instagram and Twitter, which made it easier to find the work of other students in the class.
One of the other things I did was respond to the question of the week on Slack. This was one of my least favorite things, because I don’t know a lot about the secret agent genre, which made it hard to find an example to use.
In summary, this week was challenging but fun. I am looking forward to all of the other things I will get to experiment with through this class. I think that I will have a lot of fun trying new things, although I am still a little concerned about the workload. However, I am sure that I will be able to face the different challenges in this class as I get to them! I look forward to continuing to improve my skills and get to know the other students in the class.
I love any opportunity to look at/take pictures of my dog, so I thought this assignment was great! This was the “Your Love For Your Pet (Or Any Other Animal That You Love” assignment. The instructions were to “Make a collage out of photos of your pet (or your favorite animal)! Either take past photos or take photos throughout the week that show how cute or how funny they can be!”
The first thing I did was look through my old pictures. Since I’m at school and my dog is at home, I am currently not able to take pictures of her. But I had enough stored on my phone that I could make a collage! In order to make the collage, I went to this website and clicked the “collage maker” button. I used one of their pre-made collages, moving the pictures around to fit with what I wanted to do. Then I saved my creation to my laptop and shared the collage on Twitter.
This assignment was a little more involved than the other ones I have done so far, since it required me to use different sites and tools and to move things back and forth from different devices. This assignment also made me miss my dog 🙁 I am very happy with the finished product though!
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.
When you first saw my title, were you confused? I’m guessing you probably were! What you see is an example of a secret code I came up with for the “Create Your Own Cipher” assignment. The assignment was to “Create your own cipher, a system for disguising a message by replacing its letters with other letters or numbers or by shuffling them, and share it on your blog or other social media accounts. Have people in the class try and figure out your cipher and see how long it takes them!” This assignment was a pretty fun one, and goes well with the secret agent theme!
I decided to go with a pretty simple code. Can you figure it out? I just used the following letter of each letter… b for a, c for b, etc. Even though it’s a simple code, it still looks pretty confusing to me!
As you can see, my secret message was “Digital Storytelling is pretty cool!” I wanted to have a key for my code, so I Googled “create a cipher” and found this tool. I found it very convenient for keeping things organized!
This assignment was a fun reminder of the different secret codes I used to make with my siblings and friends when we were younger and would send each other secret messages. It’s not something I have gotten to experiment with lately, so this assignment was a fun reminder of my spy days 🙂
My name is Kendall Resnick, and I am a freshman at UMW. I am
planning on majoring in Communications and Digital Studies and minoring in
Social Justice. My domain is kendallresnick.com, which is simple, easy to
remember, and represents me as a person. I was required to set up a domain a
few weeks ago for an online class that I have, so I have already been
experimenting with it a bit. I did not set up a subdomain for this class. I am
also using my blog for my other digital class, and I wanted to have all the posts
on the same blog. Instead, I will be differentiating my posts by category
(every post for this class will be in the Intro to Digital Studies category). I
installed WordPress because I thought it was a good choice for the kind of work
I will be doing in this class and because I had some prior experience with it.
I did not connect my domain to any of my other digital identities because I am
not sure how to do that, but I look forward to learning about it! This semester
I am looking forward to finding new ways of expressing myself creatively and
digitally. I plan on using the techniques and information I learn in this class
to strengthen my skills as a student and to support my future career goals.
I didn’t have many expectations coming into this class, so it’s ironic that this first week was not what I expected. It was definitely a little overwhelming to look over the assignments for the first week, especially since I had to create all of my social media accounts from nothing. I haven’t done anything like this before, so it was fun to experiment, but also confusing at times.
One of the first things I did was create all of my social media accounts and introduce myself on each of them. Here is my introductory blog post, and below are my other introductions.
After I installed my domain, the hardest thing was trying out how to orient WordPress. The other accounts were pretty easy to set up and introduce myself on, since I had already used most of them.
After the introductions, I wrote about our theme in this blog post. As I mention in the post, I am looking forward to experimenting with this theme as a class.
I also tried a few of the daily creates this week even though they weren’t required. I figured it was good practice!
This week was more work than I was expecting, and challenging at times, but I am really looking forward to this class and all of the things I will continue to learn and experiment with.
When I was younger, one of my favorite things to do was play “spy.” I would convince my siblings, friends, neighbors, and anyone I could find to pretend to be a secret agent. We would go around spying on people and trying to find information to report to one another, or create secret codes and send messages back and forth on paper airplanes. I spend many hours of my childhood pretending to be a secret agent.
I think that the secret agent theme for our class has a lot of potential. To be honest, when I first saw that there was a theme I was a little skeptical. I’ve never had a themed class like this before. However, I think the theme works very well with Digital Storytelling, which allows us to create our own unique identities on the internet, just like undercover secret agents. Together, we can explore the different identities that we project on the web and learn how to forge roles and make art with the many resources that we have.
Hello everyone! My name is Kendall and this is my freshman year at UMW. I am planning on majoring in Communications and Digital Studies and minoring in Social Justice. I am really looking forward to this class! This is the first time I have experimented digitally like this, and I am excited for all the new things this semester will bring! Below are my other media introductions. I hope everyone has a great semester!