Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Reconstruction Debates

The reconstruction debate seemed to be a popular idea among the DLC students.  Although I did not participate in the actual debating, this actually turned out to be a better experience for me than I thought it would have.  I enjoyed watching the debates, and hearing everyone conference about it was interesting.  I also noticed that even though people seemed stressed and/or nervous about presenting, they looked thrilled to be debating again.  You could definitely notice the changes from the other debate we had compared to this one.  Most people seemed much more confident speaking in front of a crowd, and since they knew exactly how a debate worked, they were more organized, especially when they switched speakers.  
What appeared to be the most stressful aspect of the debates was the fact that we were performing in front of the 8th graders.  However, whenever their presentations went wrong, someone always managed to regroup, and fix what they were doing.  Aside from a few mistakes and some other small problems, the reconstruction debates were, if not successful, at least enjoyable.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Reflective Blog Entry

During this year, I have been mentally changed in ways I never thought possible.  In the beginning, when I looked over my Welcome Video for the last time, I thought it was a wonderful project.  Looking back now, I can easily see a variety of things I should have changed.  Also every time I see a simple commercial, I automatically think of changes I would have made.
My proudest moment this year was when a group of people graded me on my Thematic Causes video, and most believed I deserved an A.  For the first time I definitely felt like I belonged in DLC.
This semester, I hope to make my projects more digitally advanced. I often feel out-shined by everyone else in the Digital Learning Center, but this semester I will try to change that.
My hardest challenges have been making up my mind about how I want to make a project, and also letting myself believe a project is 'good enough' instead of how I really want it to be.  The sooner I decide how I want the product to look, the easier it will be to make it come together.  This will mean that I will no longer have to tell myself that I have to publish a project because I ran out of time, and I will be happier with how my projects turn out.  Another challenge I have is finding the right images.  I spend so much time looking for the perfect image, I not only don't find it, but I also run out of time.