Going, going, back, back, to basics, basics: DS106 Final Assignment

I believe this is my final DS106 Assignment: Back to basics. Even if I am wrong, I believe that this one warrants a special title: Oliver learns Photoshop! Yes, you read me right. I have (poorly) used Photoshop on many occasions. These occasions have been primarily related to library outreach such as flyers, brochures, and classroom handouts on databases and other research tools. In all of these instances, I was working with a template (like a coward) and was not quite ready to venture beyond my comfort zone. Even for the duration of this class, I will admit that I…

John Jacob Astor is a Mean S.O.B.: DS106 Assignment for Week 6

My personal criteria for completing this weeks DS106 Assignment are as follows: Pick something that will enhance your technological skill set and digital literacies. Pick something that can be made relevant to my digital storytelling theme of “Libraries and Librarians”. I’ve mentioned these traits as desirable ones in all my previous assignments, but my freedom to choose any particular assignment type gave me a surge of creative inspiration! I felt determined to satisfy both measures in a way never done before by me. Keeping with last week’s diligence in mastering my photo editing skills, I decided to venture down the…

Talky Tina Semiprofessional Remix: DS106 Mashup Assignment

It’s the same old (challenging song): I look through the mashup assignments and find several that look exciting and challenging, but I must narrow them down to a single one that I can adapt to my theme of “Libraries and Librarianship”. Arguably, most of them can be adapted to relate at least tangentially to my storytelling topic. With this in mind, I settled on an image editing one that requires cropping and smooth editing (both of which have given me trouble in the past). The name “Talky Tina” rang a bell when I first read the directions of the assignment,…

Searching for Celebrities in the Library: DS106 Design Assignment

When I first encountered the “design” category on the DS106 Assignment Bank, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Unlike the other assignments I’ve completed so far, this one does not specify which medium I will use. When I think design, I imagine audio, video, images, and just about every other form of digital output. In a moment of extreme bravery, I clicked the “random” button (even though the term bothers me due to it’s over misuse). The assignment I encountered seemed like a lot of fun! I was tasked with designing a menu! I am a long time restaurant buff…

These Kids and Their Damn Snapchat: DS106 Video Assignment

I did it! I used a video technology with which I had no prior experience! Everyone (mostly me), rejoice! OK, maybe I’m getting a little too excited, but exploring a new video editing technology is-for me-a more than potentially daunting task. Although I am a frequent Camtasia user, I know little of other technologies for similar projects. With that in mind, I looked anxiety in the face and laughed. For this weeks DS106 Video Assignment, I decided to take my chances and selected the “Random” button. This assignment came up: Play It Backward, Jack.  The directions were simple: record a video…

Good Morning, Library Village: DS106 Audio Assignment

I am not  much for audio. In fact, when I heard/read about the sizeable audio component of the work in ILT5340, I felt pretty scared. As previously stated, I have no experience with the recording/mixing/remixing/editing of sounds. At the outset of this course almost TWO WEEKS ago, I thought I might just select DS106 assignments randomly without copping out and choosing what seems to be the easiest one. However, I soon realized that some of the assignments might prove too difficult and I would not be able to do them well (at least not up to my borderline-perfectionist standards). I…

"As They See Themselves" by Hoover City Schools

Visual Assignment 44—Album Cover Hoover City Schools – As they see themselves! This looked like a fun assignment. I did, however, have some pertinent worries: photo editing. Admittedly I have limited experience in this area. To remedy this, I looked online for a free and sophisticated photo editor. Fotoflexer seemed like an adequate program based on reviews so I signed up and started playing around with the features. Everything needed was easy and available for free. Completing the Assignment: First, I clicked on the first link to a RANDOM WIKIPEDIA PAGE (link to my page) for my band name. I’d…

“As They See Themselves” by Hoover City Schools

Visual Assignment 44—Album Cover Hoover City Schools – As they see themselves! This looked like a fun assignment. I did, however, have some pertinent worries: photo editing. Admittedly I have limited experience in this area. To remedy this, I looked online for a free and sophisticated photo editor. Fotoflexer seemed like an adequate program based on reviews so I signed up and started playing around with the features. Everything needed was easy and available for free. Completing the Assignment: First, I clicked on the first link to a RANDOM WIKIPEDIA PAGE (link to my page) for my band name. I’d…