My first month of class is officially over! I can not believe how fast it went. I have learned so much in the past month. I am so excited to be moving forward to the next class, Behavioral Science, and look forward to learning so much more.
I am also very proud of my performance. I was Big Dog when it came to the competition that went on through out the whole month of class. I finished in first place with actually 29 Lynda’s completed. My “Team C” came in first place as well for top teams. There are perks for doing so well, you get “Bookmarks” as a reward!
Today was the last 2 hours of the class and it was awesome to go over everything we learned. On top of being the Big Dog on the Lynda’s, I was honored enough to be voted by my class as the “Most Influential Classmate” Meaning that the majority of the class thought that I was the one class member who they learned the most from and they felt I was a great asset to the class. Even my teacher told me he learned a lot from me and would be using my class work as examples of how to do it correctly. I have not gotten my final grade yet, but I have nothing but 100% A’s right now and only have two more projects to be graded, but I have faith they will be 100% A’s as well. Hard Work pays off.
Our instructor, Paul, spoke a lot about us not giving up and how things are going to be hard. He said that as time goes on and things get hard to not forget about the finish line and then he played this video which had me tearing up in class. Good thing they keep the classroom lights low. But it really hit home that even though I am shooting to be the BEST Full Sail student with Straight A’s, it isn’t about that always. It’s about never giving up on your goal. This video inspired me so I hope it does for you as well.
My Digital Literacy has been going great! Been working well with my group Team Galaxy. We had a fun project on Wednesday where we got to leave class for 45 minutes and walk around campus and take some pictures. This is the picture I took. It is a Panorama of a portion of our library. The point of doing this is to give the pictures to a different group and they have to use digital tools like www.verexif.com where you can take ay picture and enter it into the website and it will give you all the digital meta data that the picture has such as GPS Location. Example Below.
- Camera make :Apple
- Camera model :iPhone 5
- Date/Time :2013/05/22 15:20:13
- Resolution :4496 x 2528
- Flash used :No
- Focal length :4.1mm (35mm equivalent 33mm)
- Exposure time :0.0081 s (1/123)
- Aperture :f/2.4ISO equiv. :200
- Whitebalance :Auto
- Metering Mode :pattern
- Exposure :program (auto)
- GPS Latitude :N 28º 35.65′ 0″
- GPS Longitude :W 81º 18.26′ 0″
- GPS Altitude :27.18m
Crazy to see how much someone can find about you just from one picture! So be careful what you post on Facebook or any other social media website. People can find a LOT more than you think they can.
Here is my second project I got to do, Researching Credible Connections. My second attempt at PowerPoint. This one was less technical we just had to research several different words using the different new research databases that we are learning about. Hoping to clear another 100% A on this one. Having no doubt it will happen. Let me know what you think so far?
This was my very first PowerPoint presentation I ever made. I am pretty impressed with it since I had never used PowerPoint previous to this, but did do a tutorial prior to starting that helped me out immensely. The presentation was a response presentation to two other teams who had to present. Team A: had to present the reasons Video Games are good for literacy ad Team B: had to present why they were bad. We as Team C: had to preset what our finding were and based on everything choose a winner between the two teams. It was difficult to choose a winner but we had to do it and even though it went against some of our beliefs we choose Team B. So enjoy the video but know that we had to get up and speak throughout the who presentation and what you are seeing is just the slides. I also added the music so it wouldn’t be so boring to watch the slides scroll through. There was a LOT of funny parts that might not come through with the video as it did live but you will get the idea. I feel us as Team C had the BEST presentation out of the whole class. We kept it entertaining, on topic, fun, short and sweet, and above all informational
Go Team Galaxy!
Guess what? I got my first A’s!!! I am soo excited to get my first grades and will be excited to see these 100% keep racking up. The projects and homework assignments we have been doing are pretty fun you just have to make sure you follow protocol and directions. I am not sure of the grade on the above presentation yet, but I will be sure to update when I find out.
So far I have straight A’s in College!! BOOM! Head Shot! Haha People who watched the video will get that reference.
Sorry I haven’t had much time to do an update for the past week, its been a little crazy making sure I am staying on top of my studies, projects, and life. But it has been going way better than expected. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect for my first week of college but I do know that I am definitely a much better student now then I was back in high school. I “WANT” to learn, I “AM” interested in the subject matter. It has also been great meeting new people in class. I have already made friends with a bunch of people and plan on getting to know more as class continues.
The first week was very interesting in class. This Digital Literacy class is really getting us to think about how we communicate in the world today more so as digital communication is becoming the most common way to communicate. My Teacher Paul Hayes has been great! Keeping it interesting and entertaining at the same time. I do enjoy how this is considered a General Education class yet they tailor it to our degree. I am mixed with all kinds of degrees in this class. Tons of people are at Full Sail for Music, and it has been really cool meeting some real talented people. Since music is such a HUGE part of my life it will be fun to be around musical artists and be able to see them blossom as artists as I do in my art.
Right now for the second week we have been split into groups and my group, Team Galaxy has to do a presentation based on what two other teams had to present. basically we get to be the judge and decide who we thought gave the best presentation and why. Our subject is Does Video Games Help or Hinder Literacy Today. So I am working on my first PowerPoint presentation ever to present our findings. It will be very interesting to see how we do and how my teammates like my PowerPoint I have worked on. Looking forward to collaborating to make it perfect so we all get A’s. But I’ll keep you all updated on my grades.
I can not even imagine how much fun my classes will be once I get into my actual Major of Video Game Art. And the bad part is our classes go so fast. Full Sail teaches you what you need to learn in 4 weeks what other colleges take 16 weeks to teach you. So it is pretty intense to say the least.
This door and number might not look like much, but this is now the room, class number FS3F-117, door that I passed through, view I saw that started my college degree. I can look back on this door and know that when I walked through this door I became a college student, something that I am VERY proud of accomplishing. There are few moments in ones life that something this insignificant can become such a huge part of your life. This is one of them for me.
My very first class is Digital Literacy which means the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies. This is already sounding like a fun course to me. It will deal in how we communicate in the digital world. Since I am a “professional communicator”, I think this will be right up my alley. The Teacher Mr. Paul Hayes seems like a very good teacher but also seems like he doesn’t put up with any crap either. I like that. I am also very impressed with the way the teachers interact with the students so far. Meaning for me it definitely is not like 20 years ago in High School. We are all supposed to be adults now in college and so far they are treating us like adults. Makes me feel good knowing we are on the same level. But it does make me laugh that they do have to go over the basics with us to make sure that you have no excuses later. Simple things that everyone should know like, Show up to class, Do your work, Do not back talk, ext. The simple things that you would think “Adults” should know but I’m sure some do not.
I would have to say that my first day of college life was AWESOME!
Pinch me! Am I still dreaming? Nope this is REALITY NOW!