A New Age
First and foremost, I have never done anything like I have in this class before. When we were first assigned a blog and had to think of a subject, I had no idea what to do. When I finally figured it out, I found myself improving on what to say, how to say it, and how to display it. I hope you can see this in my recent posts.
I improved on the background of my interviews. I also liked the addition I made to the group video with background music. I thought the sound made the video more put together. I also liked the visuals I put that actually added (instead of just supported) the content. For example, the map of where students are from (0:07 seconds) and the map of the “Grits Belt” (2:50).
I also think the interviews from both students and professors adds more credibility than just students. Overall, I was very pleased with the group video. However, I did have some issues with audio. Exporting made the audio on a speaker (besides my laptop) not work only on the interviews. However, I fixed the problem by putting the audio setting to “small room.” Although you could hear the audio clearly, the audio quality was definitely compromised. It sounded like there was more of a slight echo and volume was distorted if you really pay attention to it. All in all, the original audio was good and I don’t think you could notice the new audio too much. I learned from my mistakes to export the audio to Audacity first instead of from the camcorder to iMovie.
My group podcast can be improved as well. I think the background noise made it seem not as professional. I was swamped with work the week we were creating it due to my concussion but still helped as much as I could. However, I think the audio was good and so was the overall content.
On my personal website, I realized it was very plain design compared to other students. However, I realized I liked it this way because it is simple, accessible, and I wanted it to be professional. Although I do want it to reflect my personality, I think being professional is more appealing. That is why I added a fun font and colorful social media buttons. I think the subtle pops keep the website what I want it to be– simple, professional, and a little fun. I wish I had more in my e-portfolio but I have a new computer that doesn’t have all of my old research papers and other projects. However, I am sure I will be assigned plenty more before I graduate so I can add them later.
Skills for the Future
I’ve learned a lot of relevant information in this course.
- how to record and edit audio with Audacity
- how to blog by using the inverted pyramid, hyperlinking and SEO
- how to create a personal website for self branding which forced me to find out details about myself such as skills, what I want to do with my life, who my target audience is, creating an e-portfolio, and finally building my resume
- how to live tweet
- photography and film– how to white balance, how to properly edit and create a video
- capturing different angles
I hope to build upon these skills by continuing to blog and create video in my future. I know there is always improvement, but I am pleased with my improvement thus far. These skills will help me in my academic and career goals by executing projects assigned by teachers or future bosses, building my resume, and acquiring skills that will further my achievements.