There are 12 written responses to this assignment.
i discovered today… having the identity of “student” has been a rather safe place for most students… Not everyone is ready to go out into the real world and embrace the things you learned in college.. also the job of finding a job that you can actually use your degree for… i like the identity of “student” for now…
My university is losing its identity. The Board of Regents in the state of Georgia announced on Friday afternoon that the university where I teach, Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU), will merge with Kennesaw State University (KSU). Even though the official vote hasn’t been taken, the announcement has been made. Our university of 6,000 students will become part of a mega school which will have over 30,000 students. And we get their name, their president, their colors, and their mascot. Hmm. A merger? I mean no disrespect to KSU. It’s a fine school. But what so many members of our SPSU community have discovered in themselves is that they truly believe in the distinctly different mission of our polytechnic university. It’s a tough position for faculty, however. Work in and out of the classroom must go on. We meet with students. We assure them that all the faculty and staff at this university and whatever the university becomes will have at the forefront the students’ interests. We will see that they earn the degrees they came to earn. But they don’t want to give up their school, and they have pride in this polytechnic university that thousands of Georgians have built. Most importantly, faculty members are trying to model for our students that reasonable people can hold very different beliefs and there are appropriate ways to respond to what seems on the outside inappropriate and unfair. We encourage them to express themselves in the appropriate forums with respect for the core values of our university. They are rising to that challenge. I’m proud to be a member of the faculty at SPSU, and I’m grateful for the opportunities I have had to be a part of these passionate students’ lives.
… Working on my radio commercial using audacity, which I previously had used but in a simplistic way, I discovered a range of options and effects it offers its users. Today I discovered, how audacity will help me create the voice for the persona we were asked to create in one of the assignments – I lost track of which one precisely.
I discovered today that 60 seconds of a movie has an incredible amount of information. Fellow ds106er, Marina Funes magnified that minute by separating the audio and the video tracks of a movie clip for the Movie Reading assignment. Having worked in a Film/Sound Recording Studio in the 80’s, I sat through countless mixes for WGBH’s Nature series. Sometimes getting the layers of sound just right took hours. Steve Izzi, the lead engineer was a perfectionist and he could make it sound like you were right there in the natural habitat, weaving sounds together into a montage that was clear, clean and crisp. Movie reading is bringing back that skill set that has been latent for over 30 years. I guess I discovered 2 things today….
…my missing marker! I was actually searching for some duplos under the couch when I noticed it, bright sunny yellow and ready to be found. The rest of the house is still a cluttered mess, but when I placed it back in the circular holder with where my other 49 colors of the rainbow are kept, I felt a small sense of order in the world had returned.
I discovered today that I enjoy debating online when I have time to reflect on my response
I discovered or rediscovered really today that seventh graders can have a pretty impressive self-awareness. This discovery made during interviews about their digital storytelling efforts for a science project. Favorite line was, “I like to create because it helps me explore. You know, there are different ways to learn.”
…audioboo. Thanks to John Johnston’s efforts to map the ds106 community, I now have an account and have recorded my first boo!
And am listening to boos from other ds106 folk, many long forgotten (both the boos and the folks).
What will I discover tomorrow?
That I spend far too much time immersed in activities that don’t allow my brain to process my surroundings and have new experiences. I’ve come to realize this because I can’t think of any new discoveries that I’ve made today.
I discovered today!
It was buried under a pile of paperwork and dirty laundry. Good thing too since we were all worried that we would have to spend the rest of our lives living in the past because those were the only days we could find.
Now if we could only find the future, we could make some plans.
I discovered today a packet of tea someone had bought for me a long time ago, but which I had put in a cupboard and forgotten all about. After finding it again this morning, I decided to brew a pot. The first cup relaxed me. The steam rose in gentle wisps and I could smell the flavour of the tea, spice, and fruits as I rose the cup to my lips. As I sipped, the loose threads of thought in my mind came together and I had a feeing everything would turn out alright. More than that, I had a strong image in my mind of being on a path. It is a path in Autumn and the weather is bright but cold. I can see and smell the fallen leaves on the ground as I walk on them. Above me the air is silent with only the crows nesting in the trees breaking the stillness. I sniff the cold air, feel the chill on my red cheeks, and take what will become my first step on the way home. The image all comes to me in a moment, and is gone before I can make any more of it, but it is a moment of pure contentment. It feels like all the happy November walks I’ve been on have come back in one impressionist collage. Later on I try another cup of the tea. This time I look out of the window and see the fading sunlight catching a building across the road. The light falls in yellows and browns and the stone has taken on a softer texture. The clock and weather vane at the top of the building have also caught the light. They shine brightly and vividly and it seems like all the light in the sky is being subtly directed on this one scene. For me only, with my cup of tea. In a few minutes the sun sets and my tea cup is empty. I discovered these things today. I wonder what I will discover tomorrow.
I discovered today the awesomeness of shared Evernote notebooks for use with 20%time projects with my graphic design classes! I was amazed at how well it compiled all of the shared notebooks by student in my account.