Week 1 Reflective Summary
Overall, I was a bit overwhelmed. It was stated in the screencast that it’s OK to be frustrated and feel this way, so I am trusting this is normal and how others are feeling too. I am going to answer the questions point by point so I don’t miss anything!
How well do you feel you completed the requirements of the week’s assignments?
I believe I completed all the requirements of this week well and as expected to do, although there was definitely some trial and error. I appreciate how well laid out the syllabus is with details of everything so it is easy to follow. By following the syllabus, I was able to get all assignments submitted on time.
What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn?
A few things gave me trouble this week. First of all, I found the DS106 site confusing at first and a lot of information thrown at me all at once. I also find Twitter confusing (embarrassed to admit) because I couldn’t figure out where to find the daily create assignments and I had trouble deciphering between hash tags and handles (again embarrassing but I figured it out!) I finally was able to set up a class list on Tweet Deck and found the blog roll on DS106 very helpful. I like how it constantly updates with blog posts.
With that being said, I enjoyed getting to understand Twitter better and Feedly, as well as DS106; although I am sure there are a million more things to learn. I also enjoyed the critiques because it was forced me to watch videos and read articles I might not have watched or read otherwise, and I came across a hilarious video (check out the real housewives of the PTO).
What would you do differently? What questions to you have?
I don’t know that there are things I would do differently as this first week was very much just figuring everything out. I think I have asked the questions I had on the course questions page as well as email. For now, I think I am doing ok...
What are some of the larger issues surrounding your work?
While trying to find DS106 assignments and digital stories to critique, I was having trouble finding things on my focal theme: technology for elementary learning. This is part of the reason I played it safe and stuck with Ted talks to critique because I couldn’t find much on my theme. Now I am aware of the assignments each week, I can keep my eye out for stories on my topic.
In case you missed any of my assignments, you can find them all here on my blog!
My score: 10/10