What is Remix?

Instead of writing up an explanation of what you learned, instead formulate your own understanding about remix and mashup, and record a video or audio of you explaining it to someone who is not familiar; this could ba a family member, friend, neighbor, random stranger. The point is to capture a recording of your explanation and make sure we hear the other person, perhaps asking a question. If you show them any examples, do it before you record (we do not need to hear them again).Write up a blog post that includes this recording and anything else you want to share to show your understanding of remix, and explaining how the examples you watched demonstrated the form. Put some thought on whether this is a creative act and as well explore what it means for the entities that retain copyright over the media forms that are remixed. Include links and/or embeds of all media you reference.

I began by watching RiP: A Remix Manifesto and I was really confused at first I thought I was watching Project X. But then they started talking about Girl Talk. A band that remixes music, then they narrator started talking about copyrights and the legality of it. I though the concept of ideas being property was really interesting. Personally I think that ideas should be shared and manipulated in order to create new ideas. I understand copyrighting product ideas in order to make a profit, but ideas of the internet are different. The video focused on music. Asking the question who would have a problem with two videos being put together. When we started thinging about music I think of the Taylor Swift and Spotify debacle. At first I didn’t agree with Taylor Swift but once I heard her side, I thought she was correct in her argument. Swift argues against Spotify allowing listeners so listen to music for free while paying artist minimum by saying,

In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace. Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently.

Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.

This is somewhat different then the argument in the video, but still somewhat relevant. The concepts being brought up include; is creativity being limited?, artist build on past work, singing Happy Birthday is a copyright infringement, copyright was designed to encourage people to create, downloading music from the internet and the copyright infringement problem. I learned about copyright through this video, but I somehow don’t understand how it’s so terrible and worth suing and criminalizing. I liked the comparison of citing an authors work to using video. You can take a passage from an author and cite it and that’s okay, so why can’t you do that with video?

Everything is a Remix Part 1

  • Remix: To combine or edit existing materials to make something new
  • Covers and knockoffs are legal remixing
  • Covers: Performances of other people’s material
  • Knockoffs: Copies that stay within legal boundaries

Part 3

  • Xerox: Modern computer in 70’s- Alto and Star
  • Apple: Lisa and Machintosh
  • Mac copied Xerox but made it a household appliance
    • Combinations

Buffy vs Edward: Twighligh remixes

  • Using scene from both
  • Alternating
  • Making them work coarsely
  • Remix
  • Color difference- creator said intentionally left

I was still confused about the difference between the two so I googled Remix vs. Mashup. I ended up finding a really helpful page where the question was tweeted out and responses were tweeted back. The page was created by Adam Levine, whose name I automatically recognized as a member of the DS106.

  • Particular remix technique utilizing content from multiple sources
  • Creative blending of multiple songs/videos
  • Involved the combination of 2+ works that may be very different from one another
  • Blending multiple things
  • Combining 2+ elements into a coherent whole

Remix

  • Revisiting a piece of content
  • Creative personal reflection of a song/video
  • Reworking or adaptation of an existing work, may be subtle or completely redefined, may add elements from other works, but generally efforts are focused on creating an alternative version of the original
  • Scrambling something
  • Changing a work, adding new elements, reordering

Mashup

  • Particular remix technique utilizing content from multiple sources
  • Creative blending of multiple songs/videos
  • Involved the combination of 2+ works that may be very different from one another
  • Blending multiple things
  • Combining 2+ elements into a coherent whole

I decided to teach my dad about remix and mashups and here’s our recording that I did on Audacity.

x Kelsey

 

 

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How to Read a Movie

I have done something like this before in an AP Literature and Composition course in high school. We would take movies and go through them looking for context clues and different signs that underlay the plot such as shadows, words, different view points, or lighting. The one I most vividly remember reflecting on was when there’s a scene shot through a window or different room and how when it was shot through the window the character didn’t know something was happening. When the scene was shot normally the character was in the loop about what was being discussed. After learning these techniques in high school I found myself looking for things like those in movies now and I really enjoyed that. So I was excited for this assignment.


Notes on How to Read a Movie by Robert Ebert

  • Had to teach himself
  • Intrinsic weighting: certain areas of the available visual space have tendencies to stir emotional or aesthetic reactions
    • Not consciously applied
  • Shots that well up emotionally, instinctively, or strategically
  • Placement of people
    • Somewhat to the right of the center- ideally places (strong axis)
    • More right- positive
    • More left- negative
    • Centered- objectified (like a mug shot)
    • Person on right seems more dominant over the person on the left
  • Future on the right, past on the left
  • Top is dominant over bottom
  • Foreground stronger than the background
  • Symmetrical composition seems at rest
  • Diagonals in a composition seem to “move” in the direction of the sharpest angle they form
  • Tilt shots put everything on a diagonal, implying the world is out of balance
  • Point of view above a character’s eyeline reduces him, below the eyeline enhances him
  • Extreme high angle- make characters into pawns, low angles- into gods
  • Brighter areas dominant over darker
  • Dominant contrast: area we are drawn towards
  • These rules work by being followed and by being violated

Top 20 Amazing Cinematic Techniques

  • There are a lot of different cameras and filming techniques (steadicam, long cam, track cam, trunk/low angle,frantic, etc) that go into recording a scene
  • The director must think about how he wants the audience to perceive the scene and what he wants to demonstrate

It doesn’t really tell how the effects contribute to the film and without seeing the films or knowing the backstories it’s hard to know what the effects are suppose to be doing. However I did take away an appreciation for all the thought that goes into movies and then I wonder if what Ebert said is true most of the time; that the filmmakers don’t plan these things out, it’s just natural,


The Shining: Zooms

  • Car on the right
  • Car bright yellow, background neutral, earth tones
  • Car enters just to the right of middle
  • Person sleeping top left corner, rest of the scene black
  • zooms out from him sleeping, to show more

I’ve never seen The Shining so I thought it was just showing people and this was a scene from the movie and then it kept adding people so I scrolled down and read:

A synchronized collage of every zoom in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece, The Shining.

This was a really short video and I’m not quite sure how to reflect on it without every seeing the movie. Since I’ve never seen it I don’t know why exactly there is zooming in and out and who the characters are or which parts are important. So I decided to read some of the comments and see what people said in order to see what I could learn.

  • Tracking shots:  when a camera follows a person or an object physically moving with the subject

That’s about all I got from the 19 comments. However I know that the zooming is important and relies an undercover message.

  • Possibly when zooming out on the people sleeping: they don’t know what’s happening, someone watching them, showing distance, enhance foreground
  • Zooming in on person sleeping: showing thought/emotions
  • Zoom helps to show a focus point, draw your attention somewhere

x Kelsey

Evaluating 9 Lives- My own show

I decided to do the same thing I did when evaluating Wacky History‘s radio show. For their radio show I took notes during it and then answered the questions provided. This radio show is called 9 Lives and it is put on by the Grumpy Desperadoes.

Thoughts during the show

  • Intro
    • Background sound effects good
    • A little too loud
    • transition was not clear- needed to be faded in and out
  • Miles- History
    • Not sure if sound was Miles moving or sound effect..
    • Bland voice
    • background music good volume
      • Possibly a little distracting
      • Good choice of music
    • Long pauses in between talking about different things
    • A lot of just talking- I’m kinda bored
  • Bumper
    • good sound effects
  • Kelsey and Sean-Stories
    • Good volume
    • Like the sound effects
      • War sounds
      • Door opening
      • Creepy music
      • Church music
      • Choir music
      • Pouring drink
      • Clinking
      • Dog
      • Etc.
    • Two people talking back and forth make in more interesting
    • Sean- “large red marks” like the low volume
    • Kelsey- “Wow that really” is really low (faded out at the wrong time)
    • Music in between stories good
    • After the moon arising- choppy editing
    • Hank song, London Bridge good fading
    • Sean talking about the 2 boys in the room lower compare to other music
    • Monster story- good tones and voices
    • Sean stumbling/rushing in monster story
    • Cat 9 lives- clever song
  • Bumper
    • Really like the bumper
    • Good music
  • Commercial
    • Good spooky music
    • Happy halloween song
    • Creepy music
  • Andrew- Costumes
    • I like the beginning sounds
    • Hard to hear him
    • I like the countdown- smart idea
    • Like how he commented on the costumes- gave opinions
    • REALLY hard to hear!!
    • Music is distracting
    • So hard to hear
    • Good transition to Adam
  • Adam-Events
    • Like beginning sounds
    • Good description
    • Background music good
      • Somewhat distracting
      • A little too loud
      • drowns out speaker
  • Not really an ending..
  • Quality of audio sound -e.g. is the volume appropriate? are the levels even? Is the sound clear, and free of noises not needed (e.g. mouse clicks, background noise)?

Adam and Andrew’s sections were hard to hear. Adam’s was only hard to hear at parts, but Andrew’s was almost impossible to hear.

  • Quality of audio editing – use of effects, transitions, are the edits clean?

Lots of effects- enhanced the enjoy-ability of the show- made it more interesting. Some transitions weren’t clean- more towards the beginning.

Use of sound effects- how are they used? Is it effective?

Sound effects were used very well, probably one of the bests parts of the show.  Sounds were used to enhance stories.

  • Use of music- how is it used? Is it effective or distracting?

Just hard to hear Adam and Andrews. Miles was somewhat distracting. Kelsey and Sean had some that wasn’t edited as well as it could have been. Overall the music was effective. It was used for transitions and background noise.

  • Does the show have a structure? Is it cohesive or does it feel stitched together?

The show has a very good structure, with good transitions. People don’t just start talking, they’re introduced.

  • Does it tell a story effectively? Is there a sense of drama, unknown? Does it draw you in to listen?

Tells a good story. Creative and interesting topic. The only segment that got a little boring was history, it could have used some sound effects in the background. Drawn in to listen.

  • If you would rate this radio show, how many stars out of five would you give to the show

This radio show could have been a 4.5 star however, because of the volume at some points I’d have to give it 4 stars.

x Kelsey

Evaluating Wacky History

I decided the best way for me to critique the show would be to take notes as I listen to it and then to go back and reflect on the show with the questions provided. I listened to Wacky History. I think the name is very clever for the topic of the show.

Thoughts during the show

  • Catchy intro music
  • Wedding rings and something? Hard to understand the intro
  • Voices change abruptly in volume
  • First part:
    • Dentures… interesting topic choice
    • Easy to understand, good background music
    • Editing isn’t smooth in some parts
    • Light humor- I liked that
  • Good transition and questions
  • I like the talking back and forth
  • George Washington part
    • Very entertaining voice
    • Likes this part
  • Next part:
    • Bland voice
    • Background music VERY soft- hard to hear
  • More questions and banter- like this
  • The guy has a great voice- very good for his parts
  • First Commercial is REALLY great
  • Wacky history part
    • Good music
    • Very interesting
    • Commercial??
  • History of wedding rings
    • Seem unsure of what you are saying in the beginning
    • Interesting information
    • Good voices (changes tone/pitch in voice)
  • Jewelry/wedding facts
    • Multiple choice question- kinda cool
    • Like the ticking noises
  • Fly commercial
    • good
  • Bumper
    • liked it
    • seat belt-car sound
  • Where to put the ring
      • sounded too far away from the mic sometimes
  • Quality of audio sound -e.g. is the volume appropriate? are the levels even? Is the sound clear, and free of noises not needed (e.g. mouse clicks, background noise)?

No noticeable background noise. The background music didn’t cancel out the talking. Levels somewhat uneven when switching from person to person.

  • Quality of audio editing – use of effects, transitions, are the edits clean?

Only noticed effects in the bumper. Background music is good. Transitions clean. I liked the questions in between the different topics.

  • Use of sound effects- how are they used? Is it effective?

Not much use of sound effects. When used good and effective.

  • Use of music- how is it used? Is it effective or distracting?

Music is very effective. It is at a good volume, so that it is noticeable, yet doesn’t wash out the speaker. Used throughout the whole podcast. Also used to signify changes in topics.

  • Does the show have a structure? Is it cohesive or does it feel stitched together?

Somewhat. I don’t think it’s bad or anything, I just think it could be better. I would have liked an emphasis on the connection of dentures and wedding rings. Good transitions make it cohesive.

  • Does it tell a story effectively? Is there a sense of drama, unknown? Does it draw you in to listen?

Tells little stories. Not really a sense of drama. The guys voice is very entertaining and draws you in. One of the girls used her voice very well when telling stories.

  • If you would rate this radio show, how many stars out of five would you give to the show

I would probably give the show 3.75 stars out of 5.

x Kelsey

“Knowledge is of no value, unless you put it into practice”

This week we learned a lot! It was a lot of new information and trial and error. I’ve never used Audacity so that whole process was very new to me. I still do not know how to save a YouTube video from YouTube, but I worked my way around it. I learned that Professor Polack usually gives us the tools we need and that I need to read the instructions better. I learned that SoundCloud does not take Audacity files and you need to convert to an MP3 before you can upload it. I used several new programs this week including Audacity, Sketchbook, Vintage it, VideoMerger, freesound.org and then I downloaded a couple other photo apps and started playing around with them. I’m not a fan of my voice so it was weird to have to record myself for some of the audio assignments. I learned that it is fairly easy to play around and change pitch, tone, etc. Overall I’ve really enjoyed how this week has taken me out of my comfort zone and made me try new things.

x Kelsey

Listening to Stories

While choosing which story/ stories to listen to I realized why it’s important to have a good title. That’s the first thing I see when I’m choosing which stories I want to listen to by which title gets my attention. I decided to open a few of them and see the length and what they were about. However several would not load or the pages had to be killed. Some needed to be bought, but would let you download it, but for some reason it wasn’t working. I also wasn’t sure if we were to listen to one or three, the directions say to do both. So I got ” ‘Why This Compulsion To Run Long Distances?’ A Runner’s Beautiful Confession”  to pull up, but it opened as a transcript. I’m not sure if it being something to read or not ruins the project a little, but I read it, because 1. I was interested and 2. It was pulling up unlike other pages and 3. It had so many pictures so I figured it was suppose to be read. I was interested in this, because I started running this summer. Semi-long distances, about 3 miles, which is very long to me, but short to my running friends who run 12 on a semi-hard day.

While reading I tried to keep in mind what I learned about audio storytelling and how you need to have an antidote and a moment of reflection. The project opens up with a story and somewhat of a short mystery. It makes you ask yourself within the first couple sentence what did this biologist find in these ancient caves. I related to the question of “Why am I doing this? Why do I want to make myself hurt so?” I feel this while running, waking up early to go running, during grueling volleyball practices, and I often ask myself “Why am I doing this?” regarding school, classes, and even this online course.

I like how this audio story encompasses a visual story in the painting on the caves. The man an the ends triumphant stance answers the question in the previous paragraph. He represents “You beat your demons. You overcome yourself; that feels good.” The author of this also includes a comic strip from Matt Inman on why people run. I likes how certain words in this cartoon were bigger or written differently to emphasize certain points.

The end of the comic strip has a very clear message to take away. And the beginning tells a thrilling story that catches your attention. So even in a comment strip the two parts that make up an audio story are present. The author end the talk with the comic strip. I think he might have benefited by adding his own writing and view to the end, but the comic strip does encompass his view and answer what he set off to answer. However this was not something I listened to, it was more of a digital story.


I then listened to an hour podcast, by Ira Glass, entitled “How I Got Into College.” A podcast asking kids at Columbus University “What got you into this school?” Most students have no idea how they got in, the podcast uses the actual interview responses, which switches up the audio. They then talk to an admission officer at Georgia Institute of Technology about how they get emails and phone calls from parents who pretend to be their kids. Ira reads some of the emails from “kids.” They talk about the language that the parents use while interpreting their kids such as “awesome” and “cool,” which are words most kids would not use while talking to someone who holds their fate in their hands. Most of the podcast is the reading of applications and then reviewing what they did wrong. With comments by both the main speaker in the podcast and the admission counselor.

There are several examples of background music in this piece. Which I wrote about as I listened, however for some reason when I came back to finish and publish my post I was missing information. I’m having some pretty bad luck with this. So I’m going to recall what I remember and then try to review some parts of the audio recording. When the Act of the video change there is a upbeat, poppy music. At first I thought the music was to correlate with what they were talking about, but it didn’t really make sense, then the topics changed and I realized it was just started very early. I wonder why they started it so early. In Act 2 he tells a story with a writer, Micheal Lewis, and during the story they jointly tell the story and music plays during certain parts. Elevator like music plays as the author talks about his opinion on getting in trouble and what his punishment was. Some upbeat piano music starts playing as Micheal discusses why he likes the story and the two story tellers speak on the meaning of the story to him. The music seems to point out the moment of reflection. So now Micheal and Amir/Emer (Not sure which one, so I’m going with Amir) begin telling Amir life story. While Amir tells what is happening in his perspective, Micheal gives the setting and adds other details that Amir would not have known at the time. The music during this portion plays at very viable times. Some guitar like, mariachi music plays as Micheal talks about the positive perspective that Amir has on all this misfortune that is happening around him. The musics stops and somewhat polka type music starts playing while Micheal talks about the struggles that the family had at there new home. Some very loud music plays as Amir speaks of reading, which might be pointing out his learning since this should be about getting into college. So I guess the music is illuminating this. Upbeat and fast pace music plays when Amir goes with his teacher to apply to a new school, this section of music makes sense and correlates to what is happening. This music then plays on and off again while Amir speaks of asking to go to this private school. The music does not seem to correlate to any specific timing when playing and not playing.

I’m listening to this and I’m thinking what is the connection between Micheal’s story of plagiarism and Amir’s story of hardships through his life. And then Amir plagiarizes a passage from a book and this is what starts his education.

Personally I don’t think that the music fits the story all that well and I son’t see how it helps the story. I understand putting sad music to SPCA commercials but I didn’t feel like the music choice correlated with the feelings all that well. For example while Amir speaks about a bunny being kicked around and abused there is happy, upbeat music playing. When Amir translates a passage that is beautiful and sad there is no music in the background and I feel like there should be and that that would be a good time to put music in. The music does not correlate with the story/ what is going on. When the moment of reflection happens in Amir’s story there is no music which leads me to the question why is there music during Micheal’s story and not Amir’s. However, at the end when Ira speaks of his Moment of Reflection there is jazz like music. The majority of the music throughout this audio recording is to show transitions and possibly lapses in the story. Such as Amir’s story is not fully told, instead music is played.

Appearances reflection

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I named my topic Appearances, because everything is not always as it seems. The story I hope to tell with these pictures is that a girl sees a huge creepy shadow on her ceiling and is scared she then peers under her bed and finds that the huge shadow is made by a small toy, she’s relived and soon falls asleep cuddling the toy. I put the photos in black and white to appear more creepy and show that the story takes place in the middle of the night. The phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words” is a very common phrase that I have often used, but I have never thought about pictures as really telling a story so this was a really cool assignment to do that broadened up my view of digital/visual storytelling.

I also am so amused by the Digital Storytelling community, it never ceases to amaze me. It is so large and involved. I’ve never realized how many thing people who don’t know each other can create. Such as the poem that we wrote on twitter this week for a daily create and now this Flickr group. Which has 12,786 members, 216 photos, and 4,716 discussions. This really makes me think about how we use the internet. It almost seems like a waste to use it for social media purposes. It’s like the examples given in Wesch and Campbell; we have so much power in technology and we use it to keep tabs of friends and significant others and for superficial reasons. WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD and yet we don’t know how to use this power we encompass. I am looking forward to the rest of the weeks and learning how to use technology to better myself and others.

x Kelsey

Micheal Wesch: Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able reflection

Micheal Wesch delivered at keynote speech to UMW in 2011 entitled “Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able: New Learning Environments for New Media Environment.” He conveys how we need to have knowledge in “information literacy” then develop to “meta-media fluency” and ultimately “digital citizenship.” He defines “digital citizenship” as the capacity to use technology in order to collect, create, imagine, and make a better world in order to engage in society, politics, and government participation. Wesch introduces the idea that we need to introduce “digital citizenship” to the classroom and beyond in order to create relationships, engage students, and make a better world.

Wesch examines how technology can be used to create a community. While doing field work in New Guinea Wesch observed as the small village he was living in was overtaken by government and technology. The introduction of technology in the form of a census led to more distant relationships between the villagers. I can relate to this as our generation participates in arguments over twitter and other sources. For example, the other day Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj got in a Twitter fight, over a misunderstood tweet, within minutes everyone was talking about it and it became a major headline. This shows how media mediates relationships. Media can also create relationships, like when a singer filmed himself conducting his new song and then asked others to post videos of themselves singing the song, he then produced a video of him directing 180 people from 12 different countries performing the same song. Another, more global example, of creating relationships is when Juan Mann, made a video of himself holding a sign saying “FREE HUGS.” Other people began holding signs and giving hugs. He then posted the video to YouTube and immediately received a million views this launched a global movement that led to thousands of events Worldwide. To date the video has 77,103,01377,103,014 views. These examples show how as media changes, relationships change.

Wesch wants to create a learning environment that engages students and challenges them to learn and develop. When his students answered the question of what the walls of the classroom say they had 6 responses: to learn is to acquire information, information is scarce, trust authority for good information, unauthorized information is beyond discussion, obey the authority, and follow along. I completely agree with these 6 responses, in the classroom we are not taught in a way that allows us to grasp the concepts. We are taught so that we remember it just long enough to reciprocate the information on an exam. Some of the best teachers I have had have challenged students to come up with the solution themselves and have had them discuss ideas with classmates. This is what Wesch does in his classroom by creating online dialogues and assignments that engage students with others and technology.

Wesch believes that “digital citizenship” can create a better world. He speaks about a man who dropped out of college in order to end poverty in Bangladesh. He creates YouTube videos and now has 300,000 Twitter followers. He connects people who want to help with people who need help, he provides them with the necessary tools and then he gets out of the way. He also talks about a website called Ushahidi, after the 2007 elections in Kenyan erupted in violence. They created a website that allowed people to post photos and post directly from their phones to show that people were okay or to ask questions. The pictures were all linked to a map to show where people were. This technology was used 3 years later when Haiti was hit. This exemplifies the power that technology holds.

In all I really enjoyed and agreed with Wesch’s keynote. I wonder how Wesch has continued to improve and evolve his lessons as technology has revolutionized over the years. I believe that we hold the power to change the world, the problem is that less than half the world has access to the internet, and the even bigger problem that Wesch states is that people don’t know how to create and read media, and that is what needs to change. We need to become “digital citizens.”

Gardner Campbell: “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” reflection

In Gardner Campbell’s article “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” Campbell discusses the need for technology in the classroom, and more explicitly the need for each student to have their own web servers. He believes that students need to learn how to build a cyberinfrastructure, in order to “acquire crucial technical skills for their digital lives” that would allow them to “engage in work that provides richly teachable moments ranging from multimodal writing to information science, knowledge management, bibliographic instruction, and social networking.” Campbell’s thoughts on how to begin incorporating technology into the classroom, can be seen through the activities and expectation of our Digital Storytelling course.

Campbell thinks that the best way to begin incorporating technology into the classroom is to give each freshman a domain when they first enter the university. They will learn how to use it and apply different tools to it through several seminars and classes. By the end of their college career they will have a site they created on their own, hosting the work they have completed in their four years. I think this is I really good idea in order to begin incorporating the tools and knowledge needed to make your own domain. This article gives credit to UMW instructors and in the Keynote given by Wesch, he mentions how UMW is on top of the blogging game, however I am a junior, who has taken a variety of upper and lower classes, and I have never been asked to do any of these things in my classes. The most technology my classes have incorporated is using powerpoint or excel to make graphs. Digital Storytelling is the first course I have taken that has required me to use technology to convey my points, feelings, and work. And that is expected from an online class about digital technology, but why aren’t other teachers trying out and using this technology to engage students?

Campbell also talks about how something that once was difficult becomes an everyday thing, such as powerpoint and putting grades in online where students can access them and their work with a click of a button. However, some of my teachers do not even touch Canvas, they do not like the idea of putting grades in their and that is where we get a conflict of new ideas and old minds. We need to be open to new and evolving ways. UMW has changed several things this summer by incorporating a single sign-in page and MyUMW which allows you to access a lot more things easier. In all UMW has a long way to go in order to become a school that teaches their students about technology and engaged them in new and creative ways, but they are taking small steps towards being more technologically friendly.

As I develop my own personal Cyberinfrastructure I am going to try to remember and really learn how I am doing everything and what the process entails so that I can leave this course with the knowledge of how to make my own domain, blog, GIF, and use certain technology. These things will not only make me a better student and citizen, but will look good to companies I am looking to work for as business change to social networking. Digital Storytelling has already gave me knowledge in several different areas such as blogging, domains, Flickr, Vimeo, and Twitter that will help me throughout my life as our world becomes more and more revolved around technology.