Building bridges for the future through collaborative projects
Section I: My Flat Classroom Video
Quality Time with the Web
Summary of my video:
My video, Quality Time with the Web, has mainly three sections. The first section is featuring Bobby and Grandma. Bobby explains to Grandma the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. The purpose of my second section was mainly to transition from my first section to my third section. In my second section, I have my outsource video, two facts, and two clips of two girls Skyping. My third section has “fun facts” about Web 2.0 today.
Three things I would improve about my video in order of their importance:
1- Next time, I would use actors from my class. That way, I can direct my video the way I want without having to act in the film myself.
2- I used my iPhone camera to shoot this film. Next time, I would use my movie camera so I can zoom in and out.
3- Next time, I would use better music and sound effects.
What did you learn from the process of creating your video?
From the process of creating my video, I learned that editing is NOT easy. It takes hours and hours. I have worked on this video for at least eight hours, and now I know that even for a four-minute video, hours of editing and concentration goes into the process of creating it.
How close was the final video to your original "pitch" to your teacher?
I think my final video was very close to the original “pitch” of my teacher. We discussed that I would state the differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. Later, we decided that I would put statistics into my video, which I put in the form of my fun facts. The only thing I changed was my closing.
What did you learn from the process of writing your script?
I learned that with a script, it is easier for actors to memorize their lines. Instead of trying to say their lines spontaneously and messing up, a script keeps actors organized and prepared.
Who provided you with an outsourced clip?
What feedback do you have for the person who created your outsourced clip?
She did exactly what I wanted her to do, film a thirty second clip on a computer with three tabs open, switching from tab to tab. I also liked that she got most of the computer lab into the clip. The only thing I wish she could’ve improved was the shakiness of the clip.
Was the clip you received what you expected?
It was actually better than what I expected.
What did you learn about the process of depending upon someone else to fill your outsourced request?
I learned that not everyone is dependable. A few people in my class never did get their outsource video. Sometimes, you have to just do things yourself without depending on others. In my case, however, Jenna was very dependable. She gave me exactly what I wanted.
Would you do anything differently next time?
No, I would not.
Section 2: Outsourcing for another person
What was the original request for this outsourced clip?
It would be fantastic if someone could make a 30-45 second video of someone logging into Facebook then typing "Chiari Awareness" into the search bar. Then click on the first result and scroll through some of the posts and be sure to get the portion that shows how many "people talking about this". Thanks!
How did the person use your video? How would you do your video differently seeing how it was used? -or- If your clip wasn't used, why do you think it wasn't used?
The outsource clip that I filmed was used in the beginning of her video. It was used to introduce the topic. I would have used it at the end of my video to show that people all over Facebook are searching about the topic, Chiari Awareness.
What are the strengths and areas for improvement in the person's video?
She explained her topic very well using her voice. Also, she makes the people with Chiari Malformation know that she really cares about them. The only thing I would improve is adding a little film in there. Maybe having some actors act in it would make the video a little more interesting. Also, there is a typo in the third green slide.
Section 3: Collaborating, Researching, and Writing on the Wiki
Group Assignment: World Wide Web Overview-2A
Hyperlink to Group Wiki: World Wide Web Overview
Hyperlink to Group Discussion: World Wide Web group discussion
Overview of Topic:
Our topic was about the World Wide Web. In our wiki, we talked about how the World Wide Web got started.
According to Thomas Friedman’s book, The World Is Flat, the Windows era had reached a plateau by the mid-1900s. The World Wide Web, a system for creating, organizing, and linking documents, was in action. People could now display content on any computer screen in such a simple manner that everyone would and did want to use it.
The firs web browser was created by Tim Berners Lee in 1990. It was called the Mosaic browser and was later changed to the Netscape browser. Tim Berners-Lee also created the World Wide Web and posted the first web site in 1991. His website explained how the World Wide Web worked. Berners-Lee and other scientists had developed a series of "open protocools" which were meant to make everyone's email system connect with everyone else's. The demand for the Internet was satisfied by the coming of Windows 95, which was equipped with built in Internet support, so not only browsers, but all PC applications could interact with the Internet. Windows soon came up with Internet Explorer, which was better and more efficient than the Netscape browser. Netscape steadily lost its market share, and in the end, it was sold to AOL, which never did much with it.
Demand for digital appliances sparked the Internet boom, and every investor thought that everything would be digitized, and the demand for internet-products would be infinite. This led to the over-investment in the fiber optic cable need to carry all the new digital information, or the Dot-com stock bubble. The Dot-com stock bubble led to the Dot-com bust. Too much fiber optic cable was laid out, and everything became way cheaper.
Today, the Internet is changing on a day to day basis, and it is changing the lives of many people.
The things that helped me understand MOST were Thomas Friedman’s book, The World Is Flat, and listening to my teacher explain the topic a few weeks before we started to edit the wiki. I’d say that the thing that helped me least, in this project, was the Internet, ironically.
What makes a good online collaborator?
Collaborating helps you by decreasing the labor associated with a project, exposing you to the personalities, ideas, and intelligence of your fellow collaborators. A good collaborator is someone who communicates with his partners. Even if the group has a lack of structure, he talks with his partners to bring the group together. He shares his thought processes and ideas. He does not try to be the leader, but he tries to work together, equally, with all of his partners to get the job done. He critiques them, not only saying positive things, but also pointing out the negative points, being polite at the same time.
What are the habits, that if every student did them, would make this a better project?
If we all communicated with each other more, this project could’ve been much better, not to mention easier. Also, if every single student edited on the wiki, which not everyone did, the wiki would’ve had a lot more information to show the world.