Week 5 Reflection

  • How well do you feel you completed the requirements of the week’s assignments (inclusive of at least two TDCs, your DS106 Activity Bank Assignment, response to course readings (grad students only), critique of digital story, various responses to CU Denver peers, and engagement with other online social networks)?

I felt that I completed all requirements for this week’s assignments.

  • What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn?

I did not encounter many problems this week as I worked through the various assignments and readings. Photoshop is still a struggle for me, luckily there is no shortage of tutorials and forums to help me through any issues that I encounter.

I enjoyed the mashup assignment for this week. It was nice to have a decent final product after the amount of time I put into it. I am still wondering how I can use mashups in the classroom. I think it will become more apparent as I continue this course and especially once I begin my first year of teaching.

I learned a lot from the required reading from Jenkins as well as the digital story I found on The Teaching Channel. These both explored putting these strategies into practice. The biggest takeaway for me was to ensure that the learning does not get lost when using technology. The emphasis should be on the learning outcomes rather than the tools used to achieve them.

  • What would you do differently? What questions do you have?

I don’t think that there is anything that I would do differently from this week.

  • What are some of the larger issues surrounding your work, particularly as they relate to exploring your focal theme?

The larger issue continues to be putting these new ideas into practice. After this week’s assignments the answer to this question is becoming more apparent.

  • Provide a self assessment of your work quality and effort on a “exceeding expectations,” “meeting expectations,” and “below expectations” scale. Why are you “exceeding” or “meeting” or “below” course expectations?

I believe that my work this week would rate as “meeting expectations”. I satisfied all requirements, but I do not believe that any of my work went above and beyond the criteria.

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