It’s my second Twitter chat! I must say I am becoming an expert at these. It is much easier for me to keep up when in the beginning of class I didn’t even know what a Twitter chat was. Today I participated in #sunchat. I really appreciate the fact that a lot of the Twitter chat’s are on Sundays. I also learned about something pretty awesome, a mystery Skype.
This is my dear dog Oscar. This is his usual question any time I am in the kitchen 🙂
Before this class I would constantly use a flash drive to store everything. I have heard from a lot of people that they cannot believe I still use a flash drive. I started thinking about the fact that for this class I have not once had to use a flash drive and everything is conveniently stored on a website somewhere. I also thought about the fact that we did not receive any real handouts in this class and all documents were stored on our classes’s WordPress site that was created. I am very appreciative of the fact that after this class I will have a ton of things archived online and I will easily be able to share them with my classmates, colleagues, and future employers. I have a great blog that shows all of my work, an amazing piece of mediated writing and an online portfolio where everything is compiled. I believe that archiving things this way has made it very easy for me to access all of my work and share it with others. I was not all for doing things digitally when I started this class but I believe that it does make showing off my work much easier. I plan on using some of these tools in the rest of my education as well.
This week I participate in a Twitter Chat! I am incredibly proud of myself because before this class I barely knew how to write a tweet. I thought for sure that I would get lost navigating the Twitter Chat but it wasn’t that hard. I would say the most difficult part was figuring out how to embed them in this blog post. The chat I participated in was #blogchat and everyone was super friendly! I shared with them that I was new to blogging and they had incredibly nice and encouraging words for me. I think that I enjoy Twitter Chats more than just tweeting random things because you are connecting with people in real time that have the same interests as you. I may become a regular to this chat because I am wanting to continue my blogging and this chat is all about blogging. This was awesome!
The last few weeks of the quarter always seem overloaded with projects and group work. I always know I will get through it but its utterly exhausting. The second I saw the picture below I thought of myself lately :).
I truly enjoyed creating my mediated writing piece. I believe that one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was because I was able to focus on a topic that is very important to me – access to education for those in prison. I believe that from doing this assignment I gained more of an understanding for my topic. I tried to use photos that captured what I was talking about without always directly relating to what I was actually saying. I believe that from doing this the reader is better able to feel the emotions that go along with such a serious topic. I think that people who would not have originally connected with this topic may look at this piece and have a new understanding. I do not feel that anything was lost although I was forced to summarize my topic very concisely and leave out a lot of information that was included in my original writing. By leaving out a significant amount of information I think that it brought out the points that were actually important. I began to understand my topic more personally. I put myself into the prisoners shoes who were being educated and I really connected with the direct quotes that I was reading from the prisoners in the education programs as well as the educators. I found a great video to include in my piece and I again believe that this video allowed me to connect with the stories of those in prison. I hope that this mediated writing touches those who are reading it and allows them to see that offering education to those in prison is not a lost cause but one that we should be focusing on to create change in society at large:
My Mediated Writing