Digital literacy has many different aspects to it. This semester, I have had the opportunity to become more digitally literate through this blog, my group project, and my website. This class has taught me the importance of social media, blogging, and photo and video. All of these aspects of the digital world will continue to grow and shape our world.
Social media such as Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn are taking center stage in the digital world. Knowing how to use these will be helpful in the professional world. Blogging will become the new writing. Photo and video organization and editing are important as well due to the increased importance of digital storytelling.
What my projects taught me
My individual project
This blog reflects who I am well as far as the layout and style are concerned. I am very proud of how it looks. The topic I chose to focus on was not only interesting to me, but it also an important cultural issue. I found some very scary statistics which made me want to learn more, and now I am personally on a mission to change the issue.
There are two improvements I would make, but both have improved already since I started this blog and will get better over time.
The first is my writing. I tend to be very formal because I’ve had so much experience with academic writing. This course has taught me to write for the web: more bullet points, shorter phrases, and shorter paragraphs.
The second is hyperlinking. I know how to actually hyperlink, but I’ve struggled with choosing the right phrases or words to hyperlink, and whether or not to state the source I got the information from. Again, this will only improve with more experience.
The first version of this video wasn’t very strong, mostly because I didn’t give myself enough time to make it good. But I think this version is miles better. I brought in some statistics that I’d collected while doing research for the blog. The video is definitely more informational than a story, but I made it as much of a story as I possibly could.
Although I added more video, B-roll, and pictures to the video, there could have been more. I also think the sound levels are a little funny in some places, but the mike I used for the interviews wasn’t the best. It was difficult to make the interviewees louder.
My website is what I’m most proud of. It reflects who I am very well, and it shows what I’ve done and can do. I’m so excited to keep up with it and keep adding the work that I do in the future.
An improvement I could make to the website is the mobile layout, which I’ll start working on soon. It looks weird on a phone so I have to go through and adjust everything!
My group project
I worked with two other girls named Paige on this group project about the new women’s lacrosse team at Furman. We worked really well as a team and I think everything came out really well.
I’d never made a podcast before this class, so it was good to learn how to make one. Our podcast was particularly strong with good interviews and a conversational tone. However, our sound levels were inconsistent in a couple places and it sounds a little scripted, but overall it was well-done.
I am so proud of this video. Everything came together so well. The lacrosse team is even using it as a promotional video! The sound levels are a little weird in some places and some of the shots are blue, but overall it’s a strong video.
The skills I’ve gained from this experience
Before this class, I’d had some experience with blogging and video, but not a lot. Now, I know I can do anything if I’m asked to at a job. I also feel more comfortable with starting my own blog and keeping up with it, now that I know the right practices.
Video editing is something I’ve definitely improved on this semester, and I’ve also fallen in love with it. I can’t wait to do more in the future.
Designing my website was my favorite thing I did for this class. It gave me the freedom to show who I am in my own way while learning. I think having web design in my skill set is going to help me in the future, and it’s fun!
Overall, this class has taught me more than I expected. The skills I have gained will take me far professionally and personally, and I can’t wait to see what I do with my newfound digital literacy in the future.