Reflection Blog: 7 “End of Semester”

This semester flew by… This class as a whole was different and I did learn a few new things.

The last few weeks we have been summing up the class, the blogs. My group finally found the site theme (with only one blog left to go). It was a bit stressful, working with this group. They are all great people but we all butting heads from time to time.  I was so happy that we got a lot of time in class to work with on our blog. It really gave everyone a chance to ask questions, get answers, and really focus on the blog.

The final presentation was a good idea. I like that we had a “real-life” experience selling ourselves to a company. I do wish we had a few more guidelines though. My group seemed to freak out with all the freedom we had to present out blog. I also wish we had a semi-targeted audience so we could deliver information about our skills more directly.

Now that it’s the end of the semester I have to say I’m not very found of the reflection blogs. I understand the purpose of them but I don’t feel that it’s helping me. I know that the best way to learn something is to teach it another, but just reflecting on what we did in class, this semester wasn’t very helpful to me. My group members almost forgot to do their reflection blogs because they didn’t seem nearly as important to our group blog.

Thanks for a great semester and the donuts for the last day of class!

Reflection Blog: 6 “Techonolgy gone Digital”

Internet Access Here Sign

Internet Access Here Sign (Photo credit: Steve Rhode)

 

Ok, my reflection of the past few classes. We’ve covered a lot of information in the past few weeks.

We covered the idea of ‘transmedia.’ it was a new term for me but what it is made since to our group.

Next we covered platforms, why platforms were beneficial, which ones were useful. I guess I never really thought about how the layout or how the site works to be productive and grow. Sites like WordPress are simple, but have lots of options, clean and organized. Then compared to other blog sites that are harder to navigate for writers and readers.

I missed a class, due to a funeral I had to go to and traveling out of town for work. I missed a class that I was really looking forward too. How to give a presentation by visuals instead of text. I did a short presentation last semester with Dr. David Parry that consisted of having 10 slides for 20sec each with only visuals, images, pictures. There was no text, no bullet points, and no paragraphs of text in small font. I found last semester that this kind of presentation is very appealing and draws the audience into what you are saying. I hope that my group’s final presentation will have a similar feel and techniques.

The last 2 classes we discussed Transmadia, again, and the digital divide. How technology is interring our real, 3D world, and how people are going to communicate in the future. We watched a cool video of Google’s new visor that gives the idea that the technology and the real world are co-existing. I love these kinds of topics; future technology is what EMAC is all about. And we also talked about the divide of who has access to the Internet. That other cultures and countries are still disconnected so how do we reach out to everyone? My family lives in Ireland (south western region, mostly country with no big cities close by).  Where my family didn’t ever have a computer till I was in middle school, and they didn’t have internet access till I was a senor in high school. Still to this dad my family still doesn’t understand emails (nor do they have an email address) or what Facebook or Twitter are.

 

To come, our final group presentation. I’m a little worried due that my group has a tendency to over-complicate simple ideas. The presentation is about 10min of talking, and 10min of Q&A, I just hope that everyone can get his or her ideas across in the simplest form so we don’t loose our audience/future employer.