Out of all the tools presented today, I one that I could most likely see myself using was Fetchnotes, which Mackenzie presented. Fetchnotes is an online note taking tool, which allows you to use #Hashtags and groups to collaborate with others. I could see myself using this tool to share class notes and project notes with my peers. Instead of having to email each other word documents, we could just tag each other with our notes using Fetchnotes, and it would make it a lot easier. I also liked it because it seemed like a simple tool that was not confusing to use, and because it’s so simple, I could even see myself showing it to my parents so that they could use it for work between their colleagues.
In our second day of presentations, the tool that stood out the most to me was Popplet! As I prepare to my job as a marketing coordinator following graduation, it’s useful for me to find tools that I can use on the go and with mobile applications that can help with collaboration and sharing of ideas. Especially since Popplet is intended for use on the iPad, it makes it a very useful tool to use in presentations and business meetings. I could easily carry my iPad from office to office, or business to business presenting the Popplet mindmap of my ideas and projects. Also, it seems to be easy to share and its possible to use a variety of different colors, writing, text, links, drawings, etc., which makes it very versatile about what you can include.
In reviewing the checklist for our essay, I realized that I needed to make some changes focusing on #2 and #4 on the checklist. #2 on the checklist discussed the integration of screenshots throughout the essay. While I successfully included many different screenshots in various places throughout my essay, the checklist reminded me that I needed to work on specifically referring to those screenshots in the linguistic text itself. Additionally, #4 mentioned embedding the presentation into the web essay. I have not yet embedded my presentation, which is in the form of a Prezi, so I still need to work on adding a link and a screenshot of my Prezi into my web essay.
What I Did
During our online work day, I spent the majority of my time finishing up my Prezi presentation. I focused a lot on applying the suggestions I received during peer review about my word choice on my slides. I still need to figure out exactly how I want to go about embedding the presentation into my web essay, whether that is with a screenshot, a link, or, if possible, directly embedding from Prezi. In addition, after reviewing the checklist, I also spent time integrating in-text references to the screenshots into the linguistic text of my web essay.
Why I Did It
With this kind of in-class presentation for our project, I knew word choice on my slides was very important. I really wanted to make sure my presentation adhered to the 1-1-5 ratio for presentations, which is why I spent so much time toying around with my Prezi and playing with the word choice. Also, after seeing that we needed linguistic in-text references to our screenshots in our web essay, it made a lot of sense that in-text referrals would actually make it easier for readers to understand and follow along with the essay. The in-text references help to tell the reader what they are looking at, and ensure that they do not get confused about what exactly the screenshot is attempting to show.
Today we had our first day of presentations in class. Out of all the tools that were presented, the tool Erica presented, Thing Link, stood out to me the most. Thing Link was a tool that allowed users to upload a photo, and then add links to videos, websites, audio, etc. to the photo itself. In one of Erica’s examples, she showed a picture of Baltimore that she added links to using Thing Link. Seeing that example, I immediately started thinking about how I could use this tool in my future career to take photos of buildings or construction sites, and use Thing Link to provide further information for viewers and customers. I thought it was a great way to provide a variety of information in one central location. I’ll definitely be looking into using Thing Link in the future.
What I Heard In Peer Review
My peer review went very well and I got some productive feedback. I had Grace read through and edit my essay, in addition to viewing the first half of my Prezi presentation. I suggested to Grace that I really wanted my peer review to focus on finding any grammar and technical errors in my essay as well as looking at my presentation slides for word choice and if they followed the 1-1-5 strategy of organization.
Grace was a good peer review partner, and found some mistakes in my grammar that I had missed. She pointed out a couple places in my essay where I needed to check if I was using present or past tense. Additionally, she helped me focus my presentation slides and word choice to make them easier for an audience to understand. The suggestions she gave me on the first half of my Prezi presentation will help me a lot as I move forward to finish off the slides.
What I Need To Do
- Fix grammar/mechanics errors throughout essay. Check for present vs. past tense mistakes.
- Finish Prezi presentation
- Focus on word choice for slides
- Keep slides short and sweet
What I Did
Today, I continued work on writing and drafting my essay for the Interrogate an Interface project. Once I was able to decide how I wanted the essay to be divided up into its different sections, it was very easy begin writing. I plan to finish drafting the essay first, before I add in the screenshots of the tool.
Why I Did It
I believe writing the essay is the most difficult part of the project, because you have to make hard decisions concerning what information to include and how to organize the information. Once I get the essay completely written, it will be easier to insert screenshots into appropriate places.
What I Did:
Today in class, I spent time working on the the outline of my essay in addition to adding a navigation structure to my pages. I decided to break up my essay into five different pages: a landing page for the project, an Overview page, a Design & Modes of Communications page, an Affordances & Constraints page, and finally a Conclusion page. I added a linear navigation structure to the bottom of each page showing “Previous” and “Next,” and I also added linear navigation that shows all the pages on the Conclusion page. I began work on writing the essay, but I still have a lot more writing to do outside of class as well.
Why I Did It:
I wanted to make sure I had all my pages for my project in place, along with working navigation, so that organization will be easier when I start really writing and inserting information onto my site. Also, I thought the linear navigation was the best option for this project because it takes the viewer step by step (or page by page) through my project of Interrogating an Interface.
What I Did:
Today during our online work day, I began working by creating a username and password and becoming a member of Thematic. It was very simple to join, there was even an option to sign in using Facebook, and you could become a member at no cost. Once logged in, I spent quite a while playing around with the tool to get a hang of it and started learning how to use it. I “explored” a lot of other users stories to see how others have used the tool in the past. As I worked my way throughout the text of Thematic, I also worked on answering the questions for our Writer/Designer Analysis Questions worksheet.
Why I Did It:
The basis for our Interrogating An Interface project is to have a very good understanding of the tool/text itself, and to be comfortable with using it and teaching others how to use it. In order to gain that understanding and level of comfort with Thematic, I knew it was critical that I use the tool myself and extensively work through the text, even studying what others have done using the tool before in the past. I also thought that it seemed smart to work through the Writer/Designer Analysis Questions while I was exploring the tool and learning how to use it, because the questions helped to lead me to other areas of the text and the site in order to gain an even better understanding.
For my Interrogate an Interface project, I will attempt to work on my project using the following schedule and deadlines:
- March 4-5: Create a login, and research how the tool works and what it does (1-2 hours total work time)
- March 6: Fill in the writer/designer analysis questions (about 1 hour total work time)
- March 7-15: Spring Break
- March 16-17: Outline web essay, take appropriate screenshots to accompany essay, draft essay (work time will variety depending on writing time, est. 3-4 hours total work time)
- March 18-19: Draft slideshow and presentation (1-2 hours of total work time)
- March 20: Arrive to class with completed drafts of essay and slideshow for peer review
Today, we spent time looking at a couple of other students Interrogate an Interface projects and essays from previous years. There were many different ideas and techniques utilized by students to successfully interrogate their interface, but two really stuck out to me that I would like to use for my own project.
The first was the idea to take and incorporate screenshots of the interface throughout the essay. Having a lot of screenshots that show readers exactly what the tool looks like each step of the way was very helpful. I think it helps readers to really understand the interface and give them the feeling of walking their way through the tool each step of the way. It’s also good to see the interface broken up into different parts, which I believe might help viewers if they want to move forward to use or try the interface themselves.
Also, after a viewing a couple project examples, I know that I want to keep my information concise for my own project. One example had almost everything spread out onto different pages, which really separated the information and made it rather annoying having to navigate from page to page to read the essay. For my own project, I want to try to keep all my information on at most 3 different pages. I think it will be easier for readers to navigate the project, and it will keep the layout of the project concise by keeping similar information grouped together.