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Slice 15: Leaping

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Phil Romans Still back logging the Slices of Life audio reflections on my first round of teaching ds106, parsing back here to the last week of February, 2012. Slices of Life 15: The Leap We start first after class on Monday Feb 27. Today’s class was easy because I did not have to do anything- this was time set aside for work on their group audio projects, creating a radio show (see work for week 7). I am no accepting excuses for not turning in work by the Sunday deadline or missing class. One student who said he missed last class “because his roommates asked him to dinner”. I said wow, it must have been some awesome dinner, where did you go? He said, “The dining hall” Me: “You missed my class for dining hall food? Seriously? You have […]

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Slice 14: Skipping Class

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by SabrinaDan Photo Oi. I dropped the ball of my slices of life audio reflections- slice 14 here is almost 2 months old! I did get up to slice 20, so ahve some posts back logged, given that my ds106 semester will end this week. But let’s roll it back to late February. Slices of Life 14- the Coughcast This was 2 segments, walking to campus in the morning talking about the plans fo a Wednesday class on audio, and then after class, when I literally might be skipping (as in happy) as the activities I had set up seemed to fly well. This again was February 22, 2012, and there is a bit of my coughing into the mic with a cold coming or already in- “I need me an immune system:. Yet it was an atypical winter sunny […]

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Slice 13: Lucky 13, a Good Slice

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Brian Utesch (shutterBRI) Finally, a good slice, after a really good class. Slice 13: A Good Slice This was recorded after class on Monday February 20, after having returned from a weekend trip to Canada, in which I came back bearing a cough. Tonight’s class was really good in terms of energy, both mine and the students, as we started our two week section on audio (see notes for this class). I began with some intros to examples where audio was important, e.g. War of Worlds, some videos that showed the work of Foley artists, and the sound team that does live effects for Praire Home Companion (the amazing Fred Newman). After seeing Jim’s section, I noticed that I tend to cut off the videos a little quick, I should let them see the whole thing, or more than […]

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Slice 12: Playing for Team Celsius

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by olga.palma The title here has no real reference to anything I talk about, besides me babbling as I talk, walking in to campus on February 14 at the “crack of 10:00am”. The class is consuming me, and at least one person about there is wondering, “Will he ever blog about anything else?”. Not this week. Slices of Life 12: Team Celsius I wanted to get one more back slice posted since the last few have been downers, so here is one with a bit ore upbeat tempo. Last night’s class worked well, simply by changing up the flow a bit, and having more time of students doing things. This was the week we moved into Design Assignments and where again the students were charged with doing all daily creates for the 7 days. Easy to focus on students who are not […]

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Slice 11: Sigh

cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo shared by Bondseye This was from two weeks ago, still catching up on my back(b)log of audio reflections, back in my second week of being here at the University of Mary Washington teaching my section of ds106. I can give you a prelude that the next episodes pick up in spirit much more. Slice of Life 11: The Sad Dog I felt tonight’s class went well, but I am still not feeling the magic “it” of my teaching. Changing up the structure Monday worked out well, especially starting with a photo challenge to the students. I gave them 15 minutes to take and post a photo there images, a mini Daily Create: picture of something ordinary made to look different portrait of person showing emotion converging lines Defninitely the energy changed as the students got up and were active. My student’s photos […]

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Slice 10: Dying on Stage

creative commons licensed image from joe_x A mopey audio reflection following my second in person class of ds106, from two weeks ago. Seven minutes and forty six seconds of blah. Slices of Life 10: Dying on Stage Recorded walking home after a class that just did not flow well at all. I did not feel in best game form, the students seemed bored, and they had not done readin of the papers and video for tonight’s discussion. I felt like I was dying a slow death on stage, but also I had not really designed the class well. I had hoped to draw them into discussion. What worked was the ending 15 minute “Rapid Prototyping” activity I saw Jim do the night before in his class, where he challanged the students to create some web stories with whatever they could, about our hacker, Emre5807. And that totally hange the energy. […]

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Slice 009: 90 Miles from F’burg

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog This audio reflection comes close to the end of my cross country sprint from Arizona to Virginia, as I close in on Fredericksburg Virginia, where I am now, and not planning on driving away from for a while. Maybe it will become Hallowed Ground Slices of Life 009: 90 miles from Fredericksburg I had just listened to Scottlo, who inspired me to try this audio reflection, end his Slices of Life with number 47 “End of this Chapter”, his own path. It’s been remarkable to follow him from his start, when he was questioning everything about his teaching, to the torrent of excitement he achieved by number 47. Many ways to fill in Scottlo’s blank: Always Be _________ing I am looking forward to first face meeting with my ds106 students, and plan to meet individually with students and review their […]

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Slice 008: Leaving Arizona

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Still catching up on the slices of life audio reflection, this one almost two weeks old. ALways Be ‘Poligizing for being behind? This audio recording is from January 26, the morning I left home in Strawberry Arizona, for the 220 mile express trip to Virginia. Slices of Life 008: Leaving Arizona I am going to miss these Big Blue Skies cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog In many ways, this was eerily similar to the day I left on my 5 month odyssey in June 2011, but also very different. At that time was unsure if I could even live the road life; would I hate it? I of course found it I could manage living out of Big Red and being mobile for few months, and that home was always in Strawberry even if I […]

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Slice 007: Driving Down to Cottonwood

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog I’m catching up on my audio reflections, this one is from before I left Arizona. On January 22, the weekend before I left, I drove down to Cottonwood Arizona to visit Todd Conaway. It’s a majestic drive down Highway 260, falling off of the top of the Mogollon Rim down through Campe Verde. Slices of Life 007 Most of this slice was reflecting on my first class of teaching ds106 for the University of Mary Washington, albeit remotely from Strawberry, via Skyoe with the help of Jim Groom. The first meeting went fairly well, me introducing the class and the students introducing themselves. I was pretty darn nervous, and felt the combination of that excitement and the drain of energy after being tuned in for that session. It is hardly the best way to teach, and is only a bridge […]

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Slice of Life 006: From a Crack in a Rock

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog On break from a long drive to California, I took respit via a hike in Joshua Tree National Park, hiking up Lower Cottomwood Wash to this place- wash meaning maybe some soul cleansing under the desert sun, or also in this case, the dry sandy bed of a river currently without water flowing in it. At this spot, the water’s route comes over this dry fall. Walking inside the crack, I found the tiniest dribble of water, and it spoke as a spot for a new Slice of Life audio reflection. It’s been a few weeks since the last one. Slice of Life 006 Having just re-listened to it, 2 days later, on one hand I am wondering who I am listening too, but I know the voice. I am feeling a strong tug to return to this peaceful place, […]

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