Final Course Reflection – INTE5340 and Plant-based diet Journey

Made it through the end of this course journey. It has been a long summer to say the least. The majority of the time I felt lost, frustrated, overwhelmed and unsure of myself, but it was a great experience overall. I can’t say that I absolutely got everything out of this course that I should have, but I can say that  I learned a great deal. I have participated in an online community of such creative and interesting people. DS106 is a great way to belong to a learning community and challenge ones-self and to have fun while being creative. Assignments are posted for anyone to complete and it is entirely up to you as to what assignments you choose to do. Open-source learning, sharing, supporting, and creating, what a great idea. I have tried different software products that I was interested in using, but never thought I would have a reason to do so. I started this blog, sharing my thoughts with the world not only on this course but also on how I feel about going vegan. More on that particular journey in a bit. This ever growing digital age has so much more to offer than I had ever thought. This digital-story class showed me that.  I didn’t learn because I was lectured at, I learned because I did. I experienced digital story-telling and started telling MY STORY.

As I have thought about this vegan journey and how I am presenting it to the world, both online and in person, I think I am going to refer toward my chosen diet as plant-based. I still have my passion for eating a vegan diet (plant-based diet), but there are some aspects of a true ‘vegan’ lifestyle that I’m not completely on board with. I am still very passionate about the treatment of animals, but I am also still very open-minded in that I KNOW, yes KNOW, that animals will continue to be eaten. I will continue to eat at establishments that also serve animal products, as I can almost always find something on the menu I can modify to eat, because that is the world we live in. Though my sister (also a newly plant-based diet eater) and I found out that some restaurants have animal products in practically every item on their menus. French fries that contain dairy?  Batter dipped fries do. I have found a few places that serve completely vegan meals and I enjoy going to them, but there are very few in this world of convenience. I will admit that I like being able to grab something to eat that I don’t have to cook, nor clean up after. I have been eating more at home since choosing to eat plant-based, healthier and I can know exactly what I put into my dishes, but sometimes you just want to enjoy the food and leave the mess to someone else.  I’m also still at the point where, I will eat say fries, that have been cooked in the same oil as chicken. As I continue on with this particular journey, that may and probably will change but for now I’m okay with it. I have not eaten any animal flesh since the beginning of May, which for a once hard-core meat-eater, this is almost astonishing. Unfortunately I have, usually after having already eaten something, I am made aware that I consumed dairy but once I know dairy is in something I won’t make the mistake of eating it again. This is not a choice to make lightly, it does require research, asking questions, reading labels, understanding ingredients and patience. I may fail, I have failed, but I won’t let a few occasions throw me off course. The small amount of Parmesan or whatever I have accidentally eaten, comes nowhere close to the amount I used to purposefully eat so this makes me happy. Not to mention, three months in and I have lost over 35lbs. Not really changing my exercise routines, just by changing the things I was choosing to eat. I’m kind of excited to have my annual blood work drawn, I know by the way I am feeling that my previous numbers are going to be put to shame.

I will address the following three topics for this final reflection as well:

  • Reflections of me as a learner in this course:
    This course was not structured like most of my previous graduate courses. This course introduced me to the world of digital story-telling and why it is important to us as a people. This course allowed me to learn and fail, as I explored the digital telling world with fresh eyes and an open mind. I embraced the ds106 community and enjoyed, well for the most part, the challenges the assignments provided. We each have a story to tell and this course helped me realize that. My minimal social learning practices included occasional visits to and posts on Facebook, online dating site user, some social media site account owner, though never used and a few other sites that are work related. I had such a small online footprint that, I’m not even sure it really was one. What I’m trying to say is that by participating in this course and choosing to learn from my experiences, I have started to build my online presence and share my story. As I continue on with my graduate program journey, I think I will always come back to this course and think about how I can learn by doing. As having finished half of the required courses, I know that there is a lot of ‘doing’ within this program, but I will remember to have fun as I am doing, so that I will learn. This was something that I came across on one of my fellow classmates assignment posts, fun doesn’t happen during learning, its that we learn buy having fun. I absolutely love this and think it is true. When we are doing something that interests us, enjoying it because we want to be doing it, we learn the most and what we learn will stick with us.  “Have fun and you will learn”
  • My co-design of this course:
    The course was different in that though guidance and some structure were provided, the bulk of my experience in this course was determined by me. I chose my focal them, I chose the assignments I completed in ds106, I chose the articles/digital stories to critique. Learning occurred on my own, but also as I actively participate in this course. We provided each other with areas of interest and shared our reasons for why we were sharing them. As our course went on, we had a collection of information and ideas to respond to and to experience. Some interested me more than others and that was perfectly acceptable. I may have even found an interest in something that had I not taken this course, I probably never would have known it interested me. I feel like having a personal link to things helped rally classmates support. We were people not just another student taking the course. We connected through our focal themes and comments. If I were to design this course, I probably wouldn’t change anything. Having assignments be interest and choice driven gives the student the connection to that assignment. They have a say in the why and the how it was completed, which added the element of fun. There were still assignments that had to be completed, so still very much a course but a course that was driven in 20 different ways.
  • My understanding of pedagogy:  I understand Remi’s course design to be one in which the students develop the course content, to some extent, and then learn from one another. His method of teaching is somewhat of a sink or swim kind of idea, though with his guidance and encouraged support from fellow classmates, the end result is that the class all swim by the end. Some, like me may be using floaties, but I’m still above water. Remi provided the requirement of a great textbook that truly fits with this course. This for me was a very good decision on his part. Though it was a lot to read and learn in the 8 weeks we had for this summer course, the L&K textbook helped guide us students with our critique selections and understanding of the overall concept of digital storytelling. As a person that works in higher education I understand the conventional need for structure and determined curriculum in courses, but after having completed this course with an unconventional pedagogy I think there needs to be more courses like this. If fun drives learning then students need to be able to explore to find those things that are fun for them. Structure a course with the parameters that need to be met, but if we want students to truly learn and to be excited about learning give them some control on how they do it. At one time in my life, I considered an instructor to be the person at the head of a classroom. Very simple. However as I have moved forward in my career, I have changed my definition on what I deem as an instructor. Can an instructor be at the head/front of a class? ABSOLUTELY! Does the instructor have to be there? Nope. My evolved definition of an instructor is someone or something that promotes learning. So this course hasn’t changed my understanding of “instructor”, it helped to solidify that my definition is more correct than I previously thought. The only bit of feedback that I can think to give would be to maybe define the assignments a bit more. I think as a collective group, we were unsure as to what types of stories we were to critique and what made something a selected scholarship.

Final Portfolio for INTE 5340 – Importance of Digital Story-telling

digital storytelling

How and why is it important for you to tell stories?

Stories carry, pass on, information, feelings, passion, ideas, culture, humor, and so much more. This hasn’t changed, story telling is and has always been important to people. We tell stories to educate, to inspire, to entertain, and to learn. The only thing that has changed is the ‘how’ that stories are told. Stories are still told verbally, sung, illustrated, instrumental, or written, but the means for which these are completed have evolved to fit within the world today. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Sharing a picture and asking for what those words are can produce a thousand more words. Take that picture and change the context, add a caption, change the colors, combine it with another image and then see how may words you get. Digital story-telling has just taken the act of story-telling to the next level. We have so many new tools and ways to tell our stories that our stories can be anything we want. This course has helped to open my eyes to the greatness that can come from participating and interacting with people. Great things will happen.  Ok, so not so great even bad things can happen too, but I feel like the great and good definitely out weigh the other.

Learning and how we learn are adapting to this world that is being guided by people that want to learn. To grow and understand things. Gamers are playing and learning from their play. People are experiencing things that are half-way across the world by simply wanting to know and clicking some buttons on a screen. I am enrolled in a graduate program, solely online, Interacting with classmates that don’t reside in the same city as me. I may never meet any of my instructors, but I am still learning from them. The digital world and creative, innovated people have made this happen. People chose to learn things that interest them. They seek out information, read stories, watch videos, view art on their own. No longer is education something that requires a teacher, people/students, desks, chairs and a room. Though it can and should continue to do so, but it is just one small way to learn. This is what digital story-telling is and why it’s important.

The following are some requirements for this portfolio that help bring to life the importance of digital story-telling.

Four DS106 Assignment Bank entries that developed and explored your focal theme
ds106 – Assignment Bank entries (4)
: These for Assignment Bank entries are the ones that best connected my focal theme of my vegan journey with the ds106 platform. It took me a few weeks to realize I should have been connecting my focal theme to these assignments from the get go, but I just wanted to make sure I completed them that I wasn’t thinking about the why or how they were done, just that they GOT DONE.

As I journey through life as a plant-based eater, I have come to realize foods that are generally thought of as a lunch or dinner food, such as veggies, can also combine with fruits to be very satisfying as a breakfast food. Juicing and Smoothies are big right now where both fruits and vegetables are combined to create a delicious drink, so why not combine them when creating a cereal. Talk about a healthy breakfast! All kinds of vitamins, minerals and nutrients all in a convenient bowl served with delicious almond milk.  Design Your Own Cereal Box Cover

This seemed simple enough, find foods that begin with each letter of the alphabet and make a collage. Well, I decided to make an A-Z Vegan food collage. Everything pictured in my collage is edible by vegans. I had to think outside of the box a little on some, but ultimately I was able to find 26 food items, all vegan, to create a color image. Which is very similar to a vegan diet, the more variety of color, the more nutrients and satisfaction with meals a vegan will have. It was also challenging to cut out each item to where they would fit together in a true collage. I love the snag-it image editor and though it has some neat functionality, it was not easy to cleanly cut each item out. Overall, I am satisfied with my work of food art.   A-Z Food Photo Collage

I enjoy going to whole foods to get healthy foods and veggies. Yes, they can be a bit more pricey but you are paying for good, wholesome items. As I am learning more about GMO’s, organic foods and animal testing I know that the products I purchase at Whole Foods are produced, grown and tested in ways that follow my newly adopted standards. Researching company practices and beliefs are just as important as reading the labels.  Whole Foods Veggies Logo Mashup

I had a hard time finding a 4th AB entry that fit in with my focal theme, so I chose this early visual image of my current emotional state. The picture is in grey scale because at the start of this course and of my vegan journey, there was now exact black or white way of heading out on my journey. I was going to have to venture out and see where the journey took me. I also have wide eyes in the picture to symbolize my eagerness to take things in and learn. I don’t want to miss a thing, so I’m keeping my eyes open as I embark on my journeys. Picture of my current emotional state

Four digital storytelling critiques, and from four different weeks
Digital Storytelling critiques, Using Ohler’s traits (2):

This story is one that exposes just a small glimpse of why I am choosing to eat a vegan/plant-based diet. Animals, yes even animals that are raised to be food, should not be treated like this. News Story – Fort Morgan, CO

As soon as you tell someone, you eat a vegan diet the words “Where do you get your protein”? come out of their mouths. Seriously, all of a sudden they are experts at protein sources? If these people had any nutrition background at all, they would be aware that everything that was once living (plants and animals) contain protein. People eating a western diet consume way more protein than was is needed so I guess I understand why they ask the question but it still irritates me (now 3 months into my vegan journey) when someone asks this. Native Foods, Where do you get your Protein?

Digital Storytelling critiques, using L&K literary dimensions (2):

This mashup image is a new favorite of mine. I watched this version of Willy Wonka and really didn’t care for it. Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Willy Wonka absolutely bugged me. I think it was because of expressions and mannerisms shown here in this image that turned me off. However, when I saw it combined with a vegan and/or anti-fast food  message I loved it. This expression fits so very well with the disgust of fast food.  Prior to me deciding to go vegan, I ate at McDonalds quite a lot. It was a fast breakfast and hot coffee that I could eat during my 45 minute commute into work. After going vegan, I thought hey I can eat their oatmeal in the morning, but sadly no. Their packaged oatmeal contains dairy. So no Mcdonalds or fast food really for this girl anymore. I’m sure I make this face, when someone asks if  was to join them for lunch and they are going to a fast food place. Vegan issues image

I’m pretty sure this video was not viewed by any of my classmates, but I still included it here. The whole point of digital story-telling is to share stories and information, have something to say to the world. The creator of this video, sure did have something to say. He put a cute humorous spin on it, but used factual information and images to support his views. The time and amount of work he put into his lengthy video was not for nothing. It touched me. Yes, one little person in this big gigantic world but that’s all it takes to make it worth while. I retweeted his original post to vegucated, when I first came across it. I am still sitting on the side of the pool, barely dipping my toes into the twitter pool and this video had such an impact on me that I, without hesitation clicked on that re-tweet button and passed it on. Then I chose to write a post about it. His time and energy creating this video was definitely not for not. Love Inside Your Tummy

Three weekly literature responses (about L&K and supplementary research literature) as an indication of your developing scholarly appreciation for learning theory, research, and application

The final chapter of L&K’s book really tied everything together for me. I could see that by having the class participate in ds106, our instructor Remi Holden, was just introducing us to a new world of learning and interacting with people and our fellow classmates. Remi’s  theories and methods used in teaching, or pedagogy is very much for his students to be hands on. To learn and do for themselves. To ask questions and interact with others to gain better understanding. We wouldn’t have been able to truly appreciate digital story-telling if he just told/lectured to us about it. Live it, experience it, mess up and move on. That is how we as a class learned about digital story-telling and why it is important.  L&K – Chapter 8

Chapter 6, helped me realize that even as a occasional member on social media, I am still a participant in this digital story telling world. I am sharing information about me to whoever whats to know. Mostly this is just shared with my friends, but friends of friends can see it and learn a little bit about me. I am sharing my passions and vegan journey with the ds106 community. I’m tweeting on a weekly basis, well sort of, though I’m sure it is more of a daily or better yet almost hourly platform, but I’m still testing the waters.  I have been a member on online dating sites, though the verdict is still out on whether ot not that was a good idea for me. My everyday practices with social networking was much more than I originally thought and chapter 6 showed me this. L&K – Chapter 6

After reading chapter four, I realized that I understood more about the why of remixing and that it’s isn’t just a practice to merge, mashup, combine things just because but that in this day and age with the tools and software we have available to us, remixing is now more of an art form. Digitally telling stories by combining sound and vocals that don’t necessarily go together, but can. Taking images and changing the intended meaning to fit a trend or meme. Remixes require, yes I said REQUIRE, creativity. Ok, I’ll say well thought out and executed ones require creativity, bad ones just required the tools. L&K – Chapter 4

A selection of social media and networking interactions as illustrating digital storytelling as a communicative and networked process.

Just a random post, not really expecting anything out of it. Just getting some thoughts out and I was pleasantly surprised that three of my fellow classmates commented to give me support. I was very appreciative of the support and should have responded to them each individually. Staying on top of comments and connections with others is still not a strength of mine in regards to this course. I at the very least ‘liked’ any and all comments to support the people that took the time to write them, though I certainly could have and should have replied with a ‘Thank You’. Many of my classmates are great, caring and supportive people. It was nice to be able to experience a course like this with them.  Feeling uncertain

ds106 The daily create
Simple quick little assignments and yet people were reading and commenting on them. I even got a few re-tweets from people outside of this course of my embed art post, comments on my kid story from a classmate and even got a couple of views from the post of digital flowers to my aunt from facebook.

Embed art in the everyday

To be a kid again

Flowers for Aunt Pat

Everything listed here has helped me become a digital story-teller. I have shared my ideas and thoughts. I have given the world a glimpse into why I am choosing to no longer eat animals. I have participated in assignments on ds106 and challenged myself to try new things.

Welcome to my story!

INTE 5340 – Week 7 Reflective Summary

Well this semester is just about over. After reading all 8 chapters of Lanskear and Knobel’s, New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning, I have a better understanding of why we, as a class, participated in ds106. Collective learning is at it’s best when people are engaged and having fun while learning. People get out of the experience, what they put in. Digital stories and digital story-telling exist to inspire, encourage, share, teach, learn, bring together and make a difference. In whatever form the story is told, if it affects one other person then it was successful. We, as people, have a need to learn, to grow, to understand and in this day and age this is done by using the digital world. No solely, but it does contribute to a large amount of learning that is done. People can search for specific information, they can learn to knit, they can watch videos of cute kittens and puppies all from the comfort of their favorite chair. Presentation of information can be done in fun and exciting ways that just aren’t possible in a 2-dimentional book. This week I reflected on the 6 weeks before, trying really hard to not focus on the late assignments or that I’m lost in most of the content, and thought about what it was we as a class, group of students, were doing.  We were telling stories, sharing information, showing the world a small glimpse at who we each are. The focal theme’s of each of our blogs meant something to us, or else we wouldn’t have chosen it as a theme.

I’m newly passionate about eating a plant-based diet. The information I have shared probably doesn’t have the same impact on others as it does on me and that is PERFECTLY fine. Others passions may not impact me the same that they have on them and again that is fine. We are not writing our blogs to force our opinions onto others, we are writing them to tell stories from our lives. Sitting back and thinking about all of the assignments from ds106, reflecting on the book we read as a class and how we either took the same or different things from the chapter readings and how we commented on each others posts, has helped me realize it isn’t about the deadlines and exact information. It is about us in our social learning journey. How we contribute to each other and share the experience of this digital story-telling course.

Factoring in my uncertainty and confusion, I think I could have still done more and tried to do new things with video or audio, but overall I am meeting the expectations of this course. I have a feeling that I will continue to visit ds106 and participate in assignments long after this course is over. As I have time to learn and play with other medias and tools I may surprise myself and complete AB assignments that are outside of my comfort zone because they will be challenges and because I know this community of learners and teachers are there because they want to be there. to share and learn in a judgement free space.

INTE 5340 – Week 6 Reflective Summary

Not that I feel like I have really been successful throughout this course, but this week was a big fail for me. I had work obligations at a conference this week and even though I made a conscious effort to get my assignments completed on time, I failed at getting them done by Friday night. I did post them on Saturday, so better late than never but still I should have been able to complete them on time. Trying to stay up to date will all of my obligations, work, school, and social has proven to be a lot for me and I feel like I’m letting them all suffer. I should be able to find a balance between them, so that I don’t feel this way. Many people do maintain their online presence, their work and their social lives I just haven’t figured out how to do this for myself.

I do feel like I am learning a lot about new literacies, everyday practices, and social learning. Gaining an understanding about these is helping me understand why people put so much effort into their life that is online and the different ways people can learn about anything that interests them. The internet really has brought the world and everything about it to just about everybody. People are about to connect with others on the opposite side of the world that have similar interests, we are no longer confined to the physical space we live in. I mean I knew the internet did these things but I wasn’t aware just what that truly meant. The ways I used the internet prior to this course were so limited and now I’ve been enlightened to ways to use it to continue to grow as I learn more about information learning technologies.

INTE 5340 – Week 5 Reflective Summary

Overall I think I had a better week this week. Not great by any means, but I was able to keep up. I have a deep respect for those that are able to thrive in this world. To keep up with all the different groups and networks they belong to. So much moves so fast, it makes me feel old. I’m enjoying that I’m learning more about Blogs, WIkis, and Social Network sites, I really am but there is just so much out there. I guess I need to quit thinking about the vastness and focus on just a few things. Things that interest me and that are worth my time. People that have can keep up with broad interests, I applaud you. I will never be one of those people. I think I was able to find a mashup for my weekly critique that also incorporated my vegan theme. My choice might be hard for most to watch, so I don’t expect most to watch it. I do hope at least one person chooses to watch it, but I understand if no one does. This is a recent passion of mine and it really has taken hold of me. Mostly because of the internet and having so much information readily available. I am able to learn about this choice and life-style so easily and at my own pace. Services like netflix, bring documentaries and other movies to where the people are getting information and encouraging them to find out more. I think it’s great having digital stories of all kinds at a click of a few buttons. Since having actively participating in twitter, I have connected with several feeds supporting vegan/plant based diet people. These connections include large companies and contributors to individuals posting their versions of recipes. As part of twitter, I have learned a lot about this community and how to stay healthy with this diet.

I also want to mention that my classmates are so supportive and encouraging. It seems like a lot of us are feeling the frustration of this course and it is so amazing to have people take a minute to stop my each others sites/blogs to give their support. It is nice to know that we are all in this course together and we each want to see everyone succeed. Thank you all INTE 5340 students for a great course experience.

INTE 5340 – Week 4 Reflective Summary

Finished week 4, halfway through this course. Yay!!?? I’m happy to say I managed to complete, somewhat successfully, my required assignments for this week. After last week this makes me feel pretty good, except I’m pretty sure I’m still not fully understanding what I should be doing for this course. Here I am 4 weeks in, halfway into the course and I’m still confused. UGH! My focal theme is my vegan journey, but after reading through posts from my classmates and watching Remi’s screencasts I think I should have been mashing this theme up with the assignments in DS106 and well, I haven’t been doing this. Also, even though my critiques fit within my vegan journey I’m not so sure they are really meeting the criteria for what I’m supposed to be critiquing. I’m a mess, a confused mess. I have great classmates, really you all are great, and supportive. Thanks again Kirk Lunsford for letting me know about the change I missed. Oh man, so many places to keep up with, I was so focused on getting my assignments finished this week, that I completely and totally forgot to log into canvas to check on announcements, screencasts and updates. Remi Holden, I have no idea how you are able to keep up with all of our posts, your conferences, visits with family/friends, and all of your other social media and work responsibilities. I applaud you.

For this week we learned about digital remixes. Seems simple enough, but now we are to critique one digital story that ties in our focal theme that draws upon L&K’s “everyday remix practices” (p. 127-140). Pair critiqued story with type of remix, and select at least three (3) “literacy dimensions” to guide storytelling critique. I’m thinking this is going to be pretty interesting as I try to tie this in with veganism/my vegan journey. I guess my video critique this week sort of fit within the remix practice of political remix (video). Though this isn’t necessarily a political topic, I think this is the best place my focal theme is going to fit within these remix practices. I feel like the video was created expressing a journalistic identity. It was created to get information out to the public on a specific product that could appeal to many consumers and it was posted on a news type platform. Clearly the person creating this had to have knowledge of video editing because it was presented as a video and there are clearly defined breaks in time that had to be addressed within the video. So, even though I missed the announcement changing up our critiques for this week, my pick still managed to comply with the new criteria, will in my understanding anyway.

As with everything else I’m still confused on, I’m still not sure how a selected scholarship fits in which everything. Maybe I need to incorporate that reading into my chapter response? I keep thinking that really this all shouldn’t be this hard to grasp, but maybe that’s the point. I will keep moving forward with this course, I am learning a great deal. Whether or not this learning is of what I’m suppose to be learning is still to be determined. If at the very least, I’m learning there is so much out there that I had no idea about and I’m starting to wander into this new world learning as I go. I’m lost but sometimes that’s the best way to learn.

INTE 5340 – Week 2 Reflective Summary

This week was much less intense than last week, in regards to my participation in this course. I feel like I was able to get a better understanding of the information presented in the L&K text and I’m starting to be able to connect the information in meaningful ways in my own life. I’m certain that I may be missing some points and some of my understandings are a bit off, but I’m okay with this. I have a feeling that as I start week 3 and I read through the L&K text, I will get more information to build my understanding of this robust topic.

Due to my work responsibilities this past week and most likely next week, as I am attending a professional development conference, my participation may be limited to what is required. I have tried to follow blog and twitter posts from my fellow classmates, but admittedly I just haven’t been able to stay as up to date as I would have liked. This community (twitter) moves so very fast, information comes and goes in a blink of an eye, I’m still very baffled how people can keep it all straight. I will do my best this next week to participate at a higher level.

INTE 5340 – Week 1 Reflective Summary

Wow, what a week. I started a blog! Seriously, the thought of me blogging was probably something no one, I mean NO ONE that knows me, would have ever thought I’d do. I’m also using twitter and ds106. How crazy is this? I’ll say it again, WOW!!!!!

I’m still at the very beginning of this journey, will it last for just the summer or will it be a new found love that I continue after I am required to do it? Only time will tell. I suppose I will answer this at the end of the this eight week term in my semester reflection summary.

I am proud of myself for attempting to be more literate in the world today. To embrace this online world and see where it takes me. After reading through others digital story critiques, I have realized I was missing the mark on how I was critiquing. I, to an extent, used Jason Ohler’s “assessment traits“, but didn’t identify what traits I was using in my assessments, nor did I give them a ‘score’. Obviously others have, so I should be able to come up with a way for me to do this. It just feels odd to me to give a score. This week I was focusing on whether or not I took something away from the readings/digital stories I reviewed, was it worth my time to have read/watched the information presented. To me that is more important than a subjective number. I will have to think about my approach and alter my critiquing method for the reviews next week.

I’m still uncertain if I am understanding the main points of this course, but regardless of if I’m doing it right or not, I’m growing. I’m learning about the different types of digital stories, finding ones that interest me, that are a part of my blog focus. I’m using this vast resource, the internet, to learn. What a concept. hehehe  We have the world really at the tips of our fingers, I’m excited to use it to expand my understanding of ‘new’ literacies and to learn about veganism among many other things. Sure, I’ve used the internet to learn things before and to look up things, but did I really learn? I mean, I would occasionally read about some ‘tending’ celebrity or look up something but it was more for entertainment, than learning. Now I’m being entertained by my learning. Gaining an understanding that in order for me to grow, I have to explore, try things that intimidate me. Over all week 1 has been very successful. I hope that I keep up this success throughout the summer term.