Final Project: Here’s the link to my final project. This project took a lot of time to make and I hope that it shows. I really love with the show “One Tree Hill” and Peyton is one of my favorite characters throughout the series. I always thought she was really misunderstood and had a very mysterious side. When the project idea came out, I figured I could represent her …. the way she is seen in my eyes. I added a little twist to it by saying that she could see “everything”, but if you actually watch the show … you might get a glimpse of how this could be true. Anyways, I really enjoyed doing this project and I hope that it explains her story the way that I see it. Enjoy :)

Digital Storytelling: In the beginning of the semester, we were asked to define Digital Storytelling … Now that we have reached the end of the semester, I don’t think that my definition has changed … but it has certainly expanded. I think that Digital Storytelling has a lot to do with who you are and how you perceive things. Every story has a beginning, middle and an end…. but all three aren’t always given to you. After dealing with Visual, Audio, Video, & Remix assignments, I’ve seen that there are so many different ideas floating around on the internet and in the everyday world that can be used and reused over and over again. A Digital Story can be anything, there is no actual definition… it’s simply a glimpse into your imagination.

Assignments/Tutorials/Daily Creates: The entire semester I was doing assignments, daily creates, and using tutorials made by other people. In the end I finally got a chance to turn it around and share some of my knowledge and ideas as well. I created two daily creates and two assignments for future DS106ers to hopefully get a chance and do. I demonstrated the knowledge I’ve gained about Digital storytelling this semester through this work that I created. It’s nice to realize that all the work that I’ve done this year made by someone else …. is going to soon be work that I created for someone else. I hope I get back on DS106 in the future and see all the cool things that people did with my ideas. Here’s the link to my category on this work.

Best Work: Through the semester I completed various assignments in each category, but as I went back and viewed my work there was always one that stuck out to me the most and brought back good thoughts on how that assignment made me feel. I included 6 posts to my best work category, all the ones I’d say are my favorites. I included my favorite Mash-up movie because I thought it was the one I had the most fun remixing & it turned out really good as well. I also had to include the Movie with the stereo on post because …. I guess the fact that I love the movie “Up” and the entire movie idea kinda hits a soft spot made me want to pick it a little more. I also worked really hard on finding the right song for that and I was just pleased with the way it turned out. I picked the Chipmunk’d music for my audio assignment because after listening to it again …..I guess the fact that it was able to make me laugh again and actually reminded me of good audio work with my radio show, it deserved to be in a good category haha. I picked both the design safari and the photoblitz posts because those assignments were a lot of fun for me & I know that the time I spend on them made me appreciate them a little more. I also liked how there are various pictures in each post … making it a little more interesting to read and representing a story even more. Lastly, I added the visual assignment of what my name is…because it was just awesome that my friends agreed to do that … and that I was able to tell a story about my name, considering it isn’t a common name & I got to interpret it how I wanted to. My best work category can also be connected to the work that I either enjoyed or am most proud of.

Letter Home: I got a chance to give advice to future students of DS106 .. and hopefully they take my advice and enjoy the semester as much as I did. Even though talking to my computer for 4 minutes was a little rough, I got it all out … I think  :)

FINALE:  I had a great time this semester!!! I go a chance to experience and learn many different things. I got out of my comfort zone, got more comfortable with my own thoughts and ideas, and realized that how I interpret things can not be defined as “right” or “wrong”… simply because it’s within my thoughts and there is no definition for ones thoughts. I enjoyed making new accounts (that I will most likely continue to use)… looking at other people’s working and realizing that although I may not think I’m being creative, someone else in the world may see my work as creative. Although it was sometimes a frustrating ride (completing assignments I wasn’t comfortable with or scared to do) … I am happy to say I got over the hurdle and completed my DS106 experience with a smile. :)

Good luck to the future DS106, enjoy it!