Think About Your Thinking Redux

Reflection on “Collaborate (a little)” Assignment:

This has been a difficult collection. When I signed up for this class I was expecting a more solo driven lesson plan that would use online resources and videos. I didn’t expect to have to orchestrate assignments and interactions with people who are also busy. This assignment was kinda rough. While I eventually found a group thanks to the wonders of twitter this collection has thrown me through a loop.

I think you required it because experiences teach more than paragraphs and you wanted us to make connections through the web and use that connection to create something productive.

If I could time travel I would tell students to not take this class if they have a day job or at least warn them about the expectations of the group interactions.

Think About Your Thinking: Art Gallery

While posting some pictures of my paintings I had a confliction of feelings towards the WordPress website. On one hand, it was simple to put all of my pictures up on the site. It was as simple as dragging and dropping all of my pictures into the post. The downside is they kind of posted weirdly on the site. Instead of having a gallery style of post, with one picture in front that would prompt you to click and scroll through the rest, the default is to post every image as a thumbnail. It’s not a bad default it just seems to be taking up more room on the site than I intended.

Looking at the assignment as a whole I can see why you assigned it. It does 3 major things. The assignment requires students to learn how to upload various types of media to their website, it gives an impression of what the student has on their mind, and it creates an attachment to the website to the student.

The first point lets you know what students need additional help uploading videos, images, or pictures so that you can assign us to create those on future assignments. The second point helps to put faces to names. Making Ben Schlegel shift from a student who signed up for my class into, a student in my class who is interested in art, has an English degree, and likes to drink tea. The last intention of the assignment is to make it more than a blackboard substitute. Instead of having this thirty dollar website to submit homework you want us to think of it as our own site because as stated a few words back it is our site!