Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Final Self-Assessment

Final Self-Assessment

            I have grown a lot these last fourteen weeks. From the length of my blogs getting better, to how to learn to revise my writing, I have grown. Being in this class has changed me a lot. When I first started this class I hate blogging and I didn’t like working in groups. Since being in this class I have grown to like blogging and I actually don’t mind working in groups now. In high school I started to hate writing, but now since being in this class I’m starting to like it again.

            Stop Kony 2010 was my best piece of writing this semester. I took my time with this piece of writing. I brainstorm and mapped ideas out for this post. I think I accomplish most of the goals I stated in my final self-assessment. I tried my best with to revise this blog post. I still need help with revising and proofreading, but I think I’m improving by the day.

            Blog Post 9 I think I showed effective consideration of writing purpose. When I first started blogging I wasn’t writing for a purpose, I was just writing because I had too. In this blog I think that I started writing for a purpose. I was expressing how I had started like blogging, but I was running out of things to write about. I think by doing that I was writing for a purpose.

            Car Lust I think I showed effective consideration of my audience. I picked a fun topic on this ds 106 assignment. I showed consideration of my audience by choosing a picture of a nice car, that I think everyone wish that could have and writing about the car.

            I hope to improve on how to develop a thesis and how to support my thesis. I also hope to learn how to integrate others’ ideas into my writing and how to document others’ ideas in my writing. I still need to improve on my proofreading and editing. I know that I will learn how to do this one day.  I now have a lot of resources I can refer back to all because of this class and I will forever be grateful for this class.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What People Think I Do

            I chose to do my DS 106 assignment on the “What People Think I Do” meme. I chose the topic Social Media Junkies. This is my perception on how I use Social Media. Nobody really knows how we use Social Media, they think they do, but they really don’t know.

            Our friends constantly think we’re on Facebook. Our bosses think we’re always tweeting away at work. Our mothers think we’re really wasting our time. We think we are really “networking”. When we really are just commutating with each other.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Car Lust

         I didn’t know what I wanted to do my ds106 assignment on this week. I was going through the assignments and Car Lust caught my car. This assignment wants you to pick your dream car and write about it.

            I absolutely love this car. I have been obsessing over this car for many years. Every time I’m driving and I see one (which isn’t often), I get so excited like it’s my car. It looks so beautiful under the sunlight. I know when people think of Range Rovers, they think of very expensive cars which they are. But I know one day I can afford my dream car. I got the photo from www.autoblog.com

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Sunset

A Sunset
            I decided to do my DS 106 assignment on the Visual assignment. I picked A Sunset. The reason I decided to do this one is because while in Panama for Spring Break I took a beautiful picture of the sunset. I was having a great time on the beach and the sunset caught my eye, so I decided to take a picture of it and the picture came out great.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

DS 106

DS 106

            I think this DS 106 project is going to be a very exciting project. I think I will do really well with this project. I think it’s really cool that we get to choose our own assignments. Every student has a different style of learning, so I think this project will work for everyone in some kind of way.

            I have been looking through the DS 106 page and I have seen a lot of interesting assignments that I would like to do. I can’t wait to do The Way it should’ve been. This assignment you get to choose a book or movie and you get the change the way it ends. I can’t wait to write my blog on this assignment because it’s a couple of movies I want to change the ending to.

            This is a great website. All the assignments on here are really cool. There are some assignments to pick from it’s going to be hard to just pick one. The only part I’m skeptical about is that thousands of people are going to reading my blogs and I’m afraid that they might not like my blogs. Hopefully the people that read my blogs will like them and leave me positive feedback.

            I’m really excited about this project and I hope everyone in class is also. I know this is going to be a great project to work and a fun way to finish the semester out. If we get a class like at JSU, I would definitely enroll in it because I know it would be a very fun class.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Stop Kony 2012

Stop Kony 2012

            Last week I was scrolling through my timeline on Twitter and I see something called Stop Kony 2012. At first I just scrolling through my timeline, but I see everyone kept talking about so I decided to watch the video. When I pressed play I wasn’t prepared for what I saw. Joseph Kony is one of the world’s worst criminals. He runs an army called the LRA and he kidnaps kids and turns the boys into child soldiers and the girls into sex slaves. The LRA started in Northern Uganda, but it’s no longer active there, but it’s still active in Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan. The LRA is in its 26 year history and they have kidnapped more than 30,000 kids.

            Joseph Kony took over the LRA in 1987. Kony started kidnapping kids because he was running out of fighters. The LRA has a very bad reputation for its cruel and brutal tactics. The LRA is even encouraged to rape, mutilate, and kill civilians most of the time with blunt weapons. The kids that they are forced to kill their parents and if they’re girls they either become wives to Kony or sex slaves.

            The Invisible Children has been working for 9 years to end Africa’s longest-running armed conflict. U.S. military advisers are currently deployed in Central Africa on a “time-limited” mission to stop Kony and disarm the LRA. If Kony isn’t captured this year, the window will be gone. The Invisible Children are trying to make Kony famous, so he can be captured and so his army can be brought down.

            I think everyone in the world should do their best to make Kony famous so we can bring him down. There are a lot of things we can do to help the Invisible Children bring down Kony. We can purchase a physical kit, we can donate to the Invisible Children, and we can finds way to post media around our cities. So I think we need to do our best to help the Invisible Children because Kony is an evil man and him and his army needs to be brought down.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Blog Post 9

When I first started this this class I knew what blogging was, but I had never did it before. Since we have a blog due every week I have fell in love with blogging. It seems like as the weeks go on I’m running out of things to write about. Sometimes it feels like I sit in front of the computer at least an hour or so before something comes to mind. I don’t want to write about the same things over and over but I don’t have anything to write about anymore. I try to think all day what I could possibly write about, but nothing seems to come to mind. I try to brainstorm and think about what I have done in my classes, but still nothing comes to mind. I hope I don’t keep having this problem because it’s no fun just sitting in front of a computer, trying to think about something to write. I don’t just want to throw something together and then my blog won’t say well. So I hope things get better.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blog Post 8

Wow I can’t believe it’s mid-term already. It seems like yesterday this semester was just beginning and now we’re half way done. Now that we’re half way thru the semester I have gotten better with a lot of things. My blogs have gotten longer and stronger, I’m no longer a big procrastinator, and I stay on top of my work. I have learned to manage my time a lot better. I do all of my work first than I attend to my social life. I use to have a hard time doing that. I use to put off homework just so I could go hang with friends or whatever and I had to learn the hard way that that wasn’t the right thing to do. With this class you have to learn to manage your time wisely because if you, you’ll probably end up not passing this class.

            Even though the semester is going by pretty fast, it has been a great semester so far. I’m doing well in all my classes; I’m doing a lot better with my procrastination. I just hope to finish this semester out with a BANG!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Blog Post 7

After working on the wiki project alone last week, I have come to realize that I actually like working in groups better. The part of the project that I wasn’t hard or anything, I think I just had gotten used to working with other people. When I’m working by myself, I lose focus very easily; my mind is always wondering somewhere else. I’m very hard on myself and most of the time I think that I’m doing the project wrong. I have a fear that when I’m working alone that the project isn’t going to be right or something like that and I’m afraid that I’m not going to make a good grade on it. I think working in groups is much better for me, just so I won’t be so hard on myself and so I won’t be thinking that the project isn’t going to be correct. I guess I’ll have to get used to working alone because our next project we’re working alone on this project. I’m kind of afraid of working alone on this project as well. Like I said before I’m very hard on myself and I’m thinking that I won’t do my best on this project, but I know if I have any questions one of my classmates will help me.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Blog Post 6

We are doing another wiki project this week and this time I’m working alone. It feels strange working alone because the last couple of weeks we have been in groups. I use to be hate working in groups before I took this class, now I actually like it. My problem this week is that I’m not in a group and I’m afraid that I won’t my best on this project. I think that I have gotten so used to working in a group, that I’m afraid my project won’t be its best because I’m working alone. I mean I know I can produce a good project alone, but it may not be as good as the people that are working in groups. Sometimes I need motivation for me to my work and being in a group was my motivation, but now that I’m working alone I have to be my own motivation and get my work done.

            My challenges this week is working alone and trying to do my best on this project. I know it’s not a hard project, but I know that I ‘am able to do it. So I hope do a good job on this wiki project. I also know that if I need help with anything that anyone of my classmates will help me.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Blog Post 5

I’m really excited about our group Wiki project. I think since just about the whole class is working on the project now, it’s going to turn out really good. I think each group had did a really good job on their Wiki project, but as a class I know we can make them better, and get them to good article standard. I hope our article can meet good article standard and make Mrs. Sasser proud of us. Our fair use article wasn’t what it was supposed to be. We didn’t put what was supposed to be in the article. Since the whole class in now working on it, I know that it will have everything it needs to have in it. It made me feel really good today when everyone came to the library to work on our articles. That let me know that everyone really cares about this project and wants to make a good grade. I was very nervous when we were first given this project because I didn’t know what to expect from this project. I thought it was going to be very hard to do, but since I have started working on it, it’s actually very easy. I just hope the article turns out very good and meets good article standard.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Working in groups use to be a challenge for me. I used to always get stuck in the group with people that were slackers and didn't want to do work. I always ended up doing all the work by myself and that use to frustrate me. I didn't feel that it was right that me and the people in my group were getting the same grade. So when I found out that we would be working with groups a lot in this class, I got scared because I didn't know what kind of people would be in my group. Luckily I got Christian and Simone as my partners. I know that we're hard workers and will work really great together.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Very Short Blog

This is a difficult blog for me to write about. I really don't have a focus just yet. My biggest challenge so far is getting used to this hybrid class. I mean it's not hard or anything, it's just taking a lot of getting use to. I know this is a very short blog but like I said I don't quite have a focus yet and it's kind of difficult for me to write about this blog.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

This is my first blog post. This blog is supposed to be based on my personal experience with writing. I have been writing since the 5th grade. I went to Stemley Elementary and we had to take the Writing Assessment and the highest score you could was a 4, I made a 3. I had to take it again in the 10th grade and again I made a 3. I have had an alright experience with writing. I used to love writing, but lately I have started to hate it and I don't know why. I experience writer's block a lot and sometimes I really don't have anything to write about. I don't why I started hating writing. I don't know if it has something to do with college or what. Maybe I'll start back liking writing, maybe not. So I guess my personal experience with writing has been ok.