Welcome to my week 1 weekly summary.
This week proved to be very challenging. I got off to a bad start by jumping ahead of myself by creating a website and blog that I paid for. As soon as I published it on the World Wide Web I received over 100 emails and phone calls from web developers who wanted to help me create my perfect website. I dropped that website and blog and followed the guidance in the material provided as part of the course material. My first lesson learned was that I really need to read all of the material that Professor Polack provides. If I had taken the time to follow her detailed instructions from the very beginning I would have saved myself hours of frustration, wasted money, and aggravation.
What saved me was the appointment that I made to see the professor where in typical fashion I promptly forgot my UMW password to my iPad. At the end of the meeting I went to the Hurley Center to visit the IT folks for a password reset. These folks were terrific. They reset my password and they gave me one piece of valuable advice, which if I had bothered to read paragraph one of the intro and visual design instructions that professor Polack provided, I would already have known…to visit the Digital Knowledge Center on the fourth floor of Hurley. Following the advice of the IT folks, I marched upstairs to the fourth floor where a terrific young lady spent almost an hour helping me to make my website and blog. Trust me, on Tuesday I will visit them again to fine tune and cleanup my blog.
This morning, Sunday, going through my checklist I realized that I had not yet completed a multi-modal introduction blog post. Taking a few minutes in my office/study and experimenting with my iPad I decided that using the video camera mode of my iPad would be perfect for the introduction. I made the mistake of attempting to do the introduction without notes. That was a flop. I also realized that was not necessary to tell the world all about myself. I just needed a short, succinct introduction. I also learned that it helps to look at the camera on the iPad. With that said, I made my video introduction and uploaded it to Vimeo, one of the social media alternatives provided in part one of “Bootcamp”. This actually worked well and once I installed the photo gallery and video gallery plug-ins I was able to upload the video to my blog. The following is the link to my introduction video: https://vimeo.com/219275203
As for customizing my blog, the young lady at the Digital Knowledge Center helped me pick out a design I thought would look nice and be relatively easy to use. One of the issues that I have with it, and why am going back to visit on Tuesday, is that the design has built-in photographs that I am unable, as a novice, to disable. The other issue that I am having is that I do not understand how to embed my photograph gallery into the blog. For some reason, that I do not understand, the photographs and video are showing up as part of my Safari Challenge photos.I am certain that there is a command or a button that I do not understand yet, but I will get there.
This afternoon after reading the advice on photography contained in the handbook I went outside and took a number of photographs of my woods, while I was walking my dog. My reflection on that experience were posted to the blogand are attached below along with my photo reflection.Photography – What I learned
Yesterday, I took what I called the Photo Safari Challenge and had great fun taking photographs around and in my Land Rover, front driveway, and garage. In all honesty what I put in my blog was actually my second attempt. Bad planning and a lack of attention to detail on my first attempt had me missing at least one of the required photographs. I will say that having viewed the workmanship, of a number of my classmates, on this assignment I need to get a lot more creative. Attached is a copy of my blog post for this assignment which contains my reflections on the Photo Safari.. Photo Safari Challenge
I particularly liked the daily assignments. I have never participated in tweeting before and it was fun getting the chance to exercise my creative juices with daily tweets. Attached below are three of my daily create assignments.
— George W Zimmerman (@GeorgeWZimmerm2) May 25, 2017
— George W Zimmerman (@GeorgeWZimmerm2) May 24, 2017
— George W Zimmerman (@GeorgeWZimmerm2) May 23, 2017
The visual assignment challenge was great fun. I learned how to use some of the old tools of my trade again, specifically PowerPoint. I believe that based on what I saw my classmates producing I will attempt to find some other software, that do not cost a lot of money, that I can play with to become even more proficient with manipulating media. Attached below are my for visual assignment blog posts and my Spubble.
Attached is a copy of a screenshot for my blog comments to one of my classmates:
In all honesty, I am not sure what I expecting when I signed up for this class.
I have found that this class is both rewarding and frustrating.
It is rewarding because I am being forced to go outside of my comfort zone and do things that I never thought possible and have always marveled at when I am on the Internet. A couple of hours ago I was watching one of the videos that was explaining how to use the video gallery plug-in. I started laughing when I realized that the plug in was the same technology that I always thought as extremely whizbang… It is actually pretty easy.
This class is frustrating in that there is just so much to learn and attention to detail is critical. I am furious with myself for being lazy and not reading the fine print on the excellent tutorials that have been provided. If there is any frustration it is with me. I am really very happy but I am taking this class. I have learned so much in the last few days.