As this semester comes to a close, I realize that this digital literacy class has been one of my favorites. I sat this morning with a cup of tea, and re read all of my blogs, along with my comments, and took a look at my twitter. It was surprisingly to fun to take a look back on all of this. I came into this class not very confident in my writing, and not very technologically educated. This class caused a lot of tears the first few weeks because I struggled just trying to get the bare minimum requirements done. After the first round of blog grades and feedback I cried because mine were terrible. I was trying so very hard and only meeting minimum requirements, and not even meeting them well. After taking the comments I pushed and spent far more hours than 8 hours a week, but things really did get better. On my second round of comments, I also cried. However, these tears were tears of joy because my hard work paid off, and I received the sweetest of words of encouragement. This class has been so challenging but nothing short of amazing, and really did turn out to be my favorite class!
As I reflect back I realize that there is not really something that I “usually” write about. Granted, yes, my independent learning project was the same subject however I covered so much more than I originally thought I would. Each week was very different starting out with mental game to teaching my readers the different styles of horses. Even though I did not really have one thing I wrote about often, I did find looking back that I wrote a lot about how technology is helping students in the world today to learn to the best of their ability. I would say that this class is mostly about that. I do like that even though we did so much research on how good technology was, it also covered research on how taking a break can be beneficial for everyone. My writing was very diverse throughout this course, which is not normal for me. I stretched my limits, went out of my comfort zone, and really wrote some fun blogs!
The nature of my posts have changed SO MUCH int he last 15 weeks. At the beginning the nature of my posts were not organized, they were not confident, and they were a little jumbled. After my first round of feedback, I tried to organize my thoughts on paper, take better notes, and include more sources. This helped my blogging so much. As I read the resources, I took notes on paper. I wrote down what stood out to me, and I made outlines of how my blogs were going to be written. I worked at embedding more pictures and more links in my blogs. Putting in this effort really changed the nature of my blogs for the better. They improved so much and became so much stronger than they were before. They were organized, they had specific and clear points, and they were richer with more pictures which I feel helped keep my readers engaged.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this blog, i was surprised as I re read my blogs. After my first round of feedback I was devastated because I felt as if I had tried so hard and had nothing to show for it. Now, looking back my first few blogs really were terrible, and the constructive feedback that I received really was so accurate. The blogs were poorly written and so disorganized, this surprised me because at the beginning I truly felt as if they were my best work. Little did I know, if I put a little more thought into it my writing could be so much better.
There are two posts that really stuck out to me, that I think are well worth revisiting. The first one is the creativity one. At the beginning of the semester I did really realize how truly important creativity is. Even as a college students it is SO important. As I learned and researched this semester, I really realized that teachers are not incorporating it enough into their class rooms and students are losing their individuality, which also came out in the cyberbullying research, along with online profiles. Students are so worried about their image to other people they are losing their individuality and I think this can be saved by letting them be creative. Anyways, I could write a 1000 word blog on that alone. I just think that I need to revisit that are a little bit. The other one that I would like re visit is the podcasts one. I watched and listened to so much that week, however not as much as I would have liked. As things slow down it I think it would not only be fun, but also beneficial for me to revisit that unit. I think I would find myself so engulfed in them that I might not be able to make myself stop listening! Those are the two units that I see worth revisiting for sure!
As I mentioned before I made some changes that included adding more pictures and media to my work. As I re read through my blogs I noticed that the link and the pictures that I included were so necessary. If they were not included my blogs would not even be worth reading. As my first ones really were not worth reading. I realize now how much a simple picture can add to a piece of work! I also noticed that as I worked harder on my blogs I became more interested in reading everyone’s blogs little more carefully, and due to reading them more carefully I commented comments worth reading. What I mean by that is my comments changed from, “good post” to actually being involved, actually relating, and actually giving heart felt feedback.
The aspect that I value the most about blogging is the freedom. Yes, we had requirements to write off of but at the same time we got to write it how we wanted, include what sparked interest in us, and voice our opinions. This showed up in my blogging in all kinds of ways. In my independent learning project blogs I would be myself, I could post pictures and videos of myself, and it was fun because I got to teach people about my passion. Truly, that is what this class was about to me, passion. We got to find ourselves in this class and I loved it. There were not any huge specific requirements but at the same time it was more challenging than the classes that have an abundance of ridiculous requirements. I value that it pushed us to be ourselves, to do more research, and to write about what we WANTED to write about. Lastly, what I value the most out of this blogging is that it is not mindless. Often times, classwork is mindless and we do the bare minimum to get the grade we want. This class required us to do the work and to actually look into things, and that is what I loved the most.
Last but not least I want to thank Mrs. Ellington, not only for having such a great class, but for also being personable when grading our work, and for putting as much work into our work as we do! It was a fun semester, and I hope everyone enjoyed it every bit as much as I did.