College Signing Day – A Reflection

Signing Day with Michelle Obama

Image and Background Information Courtesy of Better Make Room

After watching the College Signing Day event hosted by Better Make Room and broadcasted on Twitch, I enjoyed every minute of it. To Nick Cannon’s hilarious comedy to Michelle Obama’s inspiring speech, it made me really emotional that so many people were involved. I have been watching Ninja lately on Twitch, I was very happy to see him appear as a guest on stage to speak with the audience. He explained that his brother is a teacher and advocates for higher education regularly. I talk with clients often that are in roles such as Superintendents, IT Directors, Principals, and Teachers. I have a new appreciation for their role as they are the faces that will push forth students that are willing and with passion for what they wish to pursue after high school. It’s very humbling to be a graduate and I’m very happy to see a community that supports the push for making room and accepting students in all variety of programs. Thank you so much for the event, Better Make Room, and all of the staff and guests attended. I’m looking forward to next year!

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher-Better Make Room initiative inspires every student in the U.S. to take charge of their future by completing education past high school. Reach Higher-Better Make Room meets students where they are (on social/digital/streaming platforms) to build a college-going culture and make it easier for students to apply and attend college.

Washington, DC — On Wednesday, May 2nd, Reach Higher hosted the 2018 College Signing Day with former First Lady Michelle Obama at Temple University. The event will be held at the Liacouras Center with 8,000 students from across Philadelphia’s public, private, charter, and parochial schools. This is the fifth consecutive year that Mrs. Obama has celebrated College Signing Day.

College Signing Day celebrates high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university, or the military and continues Mrs. Obama’s efforts to inspire young people to pursue their education past high school. In addition to Mrs. Obama’s event in Philadelphia, hundreds of College Signing Day events have been planned in nearly every state across the country by communities, students, and organizations committed to helping students pursue higher education.

View the website to learn more! https://www.bettermakeroom.org/college-signing-day/

 

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IMD4005 Reflection

One concept that stood out the most from what I’ve learned in the IMD4005 Advanced Topics in Multimedia class was how to properly portray a story. Portraying a story is an artform and this class has taught me how to create a great story from a journalism perspective. My fellow colleagues from the journalism course offered concrete advice and critique after editing multiple versions of videos that were going to be embedded onto our website. The videos allowed me to understand the audience and how to portray a story in journalism effectively. I not necessarily focused on aesthetics and design alone when editing, but focusing more on the audience and the form in which it was presented. I learned how to critique my own videos involved with journalism stories. The collaboration and working effectively in a group was honestly nothing new to us. In IMD we have several group projects that we coordinate with our classmates to create a product. This, however, was particularly an interesting collaboration between the multimedia and journalism students. Their views were different and so were ours, we made compromises, we made choices that were reflected on our multimedia piece, and we learned from one another.

 

When I look back at our group project, I want to step back and look at the big picture. I felt that doing more research about the journalism field and being inside a journalist’s footsteps would have allowed me to grasp concepts and stories better in the moment. Obviously, we all cannot be journalists and think like them in the short amount of time we spent together. If I were to do this again, I would have gained a new perspective on obtaining and absorbing information out in the field. At events, we had a chance to talk with many interesting people and hear their stories. However, one chance that we were not able to make for this project due to time constraints and mixups in City Hall’s schedule was interviewing Jim Watson, mayor of Ottawa. This would have allowed us to gain insight and possess an authoritative angle on the story that would enhance and possibly create a larger impact towards the viewers who took the time to watch the interview video on our website.

 

Looking on the class itself, I was extremely interested in some speakers, specifically the speakers who were in the same field or related field of multimedia. The photographer who came in to talk with us had some amazing stories about his experiences of working in the field and he had produced fascinating results over the years working with the Ottawa Citizen. The other journalism speakers I felt I couldn’t relate to. I thought that those speakers presented in a way that was pro-journalism and I could not absorb what they were saying because of the lack of experience in the journalism field. I felt that the group project was the most interesting aspect of this course, and I enjoyed working collaboratively with the journalism students. I felt they taught me more about journalism directly than the class had. I feel that the lectures should have been revised and offered more content relating to multimedia. A suggestion I have for the class lectures is to offer us a chance to work more on group assignments with the journalism students in-class (studying of articles, websites, videos). I felt that if I had worked more with them directly and back and forth critique and teaching from them, I would have benefited more from the course.

One in 8 million

Story – http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/03/business/media/03askthetimes.html?pagewanted=all

Multimedia Piece –

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/1-in-8-million/index.html

 

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One in 8 Million is an oral history project in which a different individual among New York City’s 8 million residents is profiled each week. The New York Times decided to create a remembrance and spotlight for the residents of New York.

What I love about this article is that the New York Times portrays interesting profiles of residents of New York City and their talents that have never been mentioned in the New York Times. This great piece shows a great angle, and highlights the importance of subjectivity, the people, and that they are the centre of attention.

 

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The multimedia piece was created in a medium as a timeline in chronological order built online and accompanied by a slideshow of images and audio placed in a video. You are first introduced to the multimedia by displaying each person’s story as a timeline of events. The stories are of extraordinary people telling stories of passions and problems, relationships and routines, vocations and obsessions in their lives.

Once you click on a person’s story, it brings up a video told in a snapshot story style of images with audio that is powerful to listen and watch. The audio was crystal clear and strong in telling the story, which I believe is the focus of of the piece. The images help to introduce the setting for the characters and set the scene for each story.

The colours of the images and video that are used are black and white, and I believe are chosen this way to reveal an impression that the content is being displayed in a manner that looks like an autobiography and a memory of a person, as a personality. The black and white colour contrast feels to me that it unifies all of the people into one group and represents them as equals in society, which is an interesting aspect of this piece. The lighting feels balanced within each scene and story, to shine the light on the people. The authors make a choice to blur out the background and frame the camera to emphasize the individual instead of taking the photos with the background and other people. This symbolizes to me the micro and macro environment in which we all live in as a whole.

Tell Stories with Audio and Video

How do audio and video contribute to the overall interest of a story and multimedia piece an author is conveying?

What medium is used to tell the story?

Does it support the interest and impact a person’s impression has, on the story?

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In Bear 71, an online interactive documentary wonderfully put together to tell a story that was both dramatic and powerful. As a multimedia designer, I was extremely impressed with how well they fully engaged me to the story right from the first step. The introduction that looked exactly like a beginning to a television documentary with the transition to the interaction was crucial. The interactive experience on the website controlling with the keyboard and mouse put me in a first-person perspective mindset and allowed me to fully embrace all elements of the story fully. Their bases were covered including background sound, narrated audio, effects, text, and video elements were crystal clear that felt fitting and balanced whenever necessary for the project. The story of grizzly bears and wildlife in Banff National Park being impacted by society’s technology and railway advancement really made me start to wonder deeply about our world and how it has such an impact on all life around us. Some elements I would include if I were to work on this would be adding more ways to interact such as polls and quizzes to get me to learn more about the information. This project inspires me to play more with typography, background sound, and effects to be placed into our project. These elements when combined successfully will help us a lot to understand how to grab an audience’s attention and interest.

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In The Russia Left Behind by The New York Times, an interactive article has some elements that make it stand out. An interactive map on the side of the screen represents a timeline of events in the story and was interesting to see the events that took place on a journey in Russia. I felt that this article was much too long to read and full of text, there should have been more elements of parallax scrolling and interaction throughout the entire article instead of using it only in the first section. The chunking or grouping of information into separate areas would have helped tremendously to section the information and make it tangible for people to read. The downsides to this article are that there are no embedded audio elements and all elements are external, meaning that it is separate from the website. This makes it seem like the story is disconnecting and doesn’t create as large an impact as it could be. The small interactive elements that this article includes are useful to consider for our group project in Advanced Topics in Multimedia on the Bike to Work Ottawa initiative such as the timeline and embedded multimedia.

Overall, I was neither impressed nor interested in reading The Russia Left Behind article as much as I was engaged by the Bear 71 documentary where they fully engage you and the experience is intimate and powerful. What is important in creating a successful story and multimedia piece and conveying it is keeping interest. I recognized the passion and effort the authors and designers put into it. Bear 71 did that for me and make an impact that was powerful enough that encouraged me to wanting to learn more!

Media Sources and their Impact

First off, where exactly do you obtain news media information on a regular basis? Do you search for news online, television, or the newspaper? Do you believe that each type of media source can have a large impact on your impression, your absorption of the information, and interest? I agree with the statement and I’d like to express my opinions and feeling about how each media affects our impression and impact upon reading.

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Take a look at an example, Ottawa Citizen, a local newspaper based in the Ottawa area, which reports on articles and news daily through text and still imagery. They take advantage of their position in the information market by adopting a local feel to the newspaper and by applying it’s branding logo, Ottawa Citizen, which is printed in large capital letters and bold font. The parliament tower is also centered in between the text and this helps give off a unique and powerful look to the image. The ratio of content in the newspaper between text and imagery is even, combining usually both an article with a large photo and paragraphs of text. The colour palette of imagery and text may be limited for the reader because the viewer could be reading the printed newspaper in either black or white; and for other viewers it could have been printed in all ranges of colour. They inevitably have pros and cons when branding to a wide range of audiences in Ottawa. Younger audiences may not be as use to reading from a newspaper, whereas as older audiences are more familiar and feel at home with a newspaper to read. Personally for me, I skim over articles in the Ottawa Citizen until I find specific articles I like and decide to read it on the way to work or school. I don’t necessarily read it daily either.

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Another example is CBC News, a local television broadcasting station here in Ottawa which usually reports in the evenings daily. Their position in the information market is significant to getting important issues and news related to local areas in Ottawa directly to you. They interact with the viewer by using imagery, text, video, and interactive elements such as the weather application to make stories clear and information easy to understand. They can be very creative in presenting the content to the viewer in showing graphics, audio recordings, video interviews, and editing helps with the process of displaying the information quickly and making it easy to grasp the content.

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A final example is CBC Radio, a local radio broadcasting station in Ottawa which reports early mornings and evenings. Their position in the information market is getting to be less and less known than the other two simply because you are limited to only audio, and restricts any sort of video or imagery. Radio has been around a long time and there are still many people who rely on radio on their way to work for their daily commute, traffic and weather reports. In my opinion, I believe that CBC News is the best way to reach out to all audiences. Not only does this provide content that is visually appealing to all audiences, it delivers their content in a pleasing way as opposed to Ottawa Citizen and CBC Radio.

 

Never Stop Dreaming

Dreams are all around us, and the people who aspire to create and believe in these dreams are those that make it true.

As an official University student at Carleton University, I could write you a 1000 word essay arguing that it’s nothing like high school. You can imagine it as a gateway out of high school, which is what I aspired for, or classify it as just another stepping stone; however it does not become simply “easier”.  There are many perks and advantages of being a University student, which I will consider later on in this post.

After the first semester of University, let’s just say I am absolutely stunned and blessed at the same time. I feel so amazing to finally say that I have completed the first semester of an amazing program at Carleton University, The Faculty of Information Technology: Interactive Multimedia and Design. This program offers two major categories on which it sets the main skill basis for: Design and Programming (Design, which can basically mean anything that involves some sort of artistic creativity and imagination; or Programming, which means to actually implement your ideas to make it feel life-like and realistic in relation to physics and the concept of scripting, high-level programming etc.). I am really looking forward to learning and taking on new experiences at Carleton University in my future years of this program. I have had such a blast the first semester… it definitely had its ups and downs however I do no regret anything that has happened over the semester.

My dream job is to become a professional techy / geeky web blogger, however in the future I would love to combine this job with some other sort of technical aspect dealing with computers and technology in the world around us. One great job I would love to combine this with (which we have been working on and are currently learning in first year): Web Design, or Freelance work with Graphic Design in 2D and 3D objects, film, or animation. I have always been fond of Film, specifically the editing process of Hollywood Film, how they correspond and correlate each shot in film with the process of compiling everything together including the sound effects, music, voices, color correction, animation, and video effects, etc. I am also an avid gamer, I have played video games all my life and would definitely want to incorporate a gaming aspect in my design work and in the tech world of the future. My favorites would have to be Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Smash Bros, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

With University, come responsibilities, however these great responsibilities can offer great rewards and accomplishment. High School is so confined, that you must abide by these set of rules, and offers little or no great freedom or massive opportunity in socializing and learning about the amazing world around us. In University, freedom is of great abundance, with which that you are able to deal with and take on tasks that you never thought could be possible but also have a flexible schedule in which you can work around. For myself, I have learned so much in the first semester that I could barely tell you the half of it. Sometimes it’s hard to explain everything in one go, which is why I am writing this blog post, but really there is so much to sink in and experience with this program. I am truly looking forward to the years to come at Carleton University.

Website: http://andrewwardell.com

New Wave of Technology

 

We are in a New Wave of Technology in the 21st century, its almost 2012!! 2011 is almost over and there is a growing issue that has resurfaced in the 2000’s and now its becoming more of a concern as we are diving into the Technology Era,

Hacking.

What defines hacking? In our lifetime, a new age of technology is quickly approaching us. Can technology really be all good? Could there really be a bad?

We use technology almost every day in our lives for simple things such as: E-mail, Facebook, Google search, and to satisfy our personal Wikipedia curiosities. These opportunities and services offer so much variety and possibility in our personal lives that it could potentially put every generation behind us to rest. No more late-night calls to receive a message from a friend… we would just go to Facebook for that. Facebook is there 24/7 to give ourselves a profile of our own life, to look at other people’s lives and their personal information.

This is where hacking becomes a concern.

What many don’t realize today is that, you could be literally giving someone else (a complete stranger) your personal information: whether it be your birthday, your full name, contact information, and even phone numbers which allow you to connect with the outside world. Hackers rely on this key information to receive bank transactions, credit card numbers, pin numbers, and passwords you frequently use to gain personal desires such as money or quick satisfaction.

Avoiding Hacking:
DO NOT display key personal information to the public in any way, whether it be on an email, facebook profiles, or private messages.
DO NOT leave yourself vulnerable: including leaving facebook open for long periods of time, leaving sticky notes around your computer, at school, or at work that pertain information about you.
Have common sense — Don’t reply to messages that ask you to: Change your password immediately, or to reactivate your account whatsoever. Do not click on any links or download any files without knowing the sender and their credentials. Change your password every so often: for example every 6-12 months. Make passwords unique!!! If you would like to learn more click the links below,

External Sources:

http://www.ed.uiuc.edu/wp/crime/hacking.htm

http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/hacking101/tp/What-People-Use-For-Passwords.htm

http://compnetworking.about.com/od/networksecurityprivacy/f/what-is-hacking.htm