Class of 2015!! History major, double minoring in Environmental Sustainability and Digital Studies


Animated GIF Module Reflection

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Our group was amongst the four groups to choose the Art of the Animated GIF module for this last module assignment. In order to to try stand out, we wanted our focus on GIFs to be slightly different from previous groups who completed this module, and from what the other groups could have been potentially focusing on. Instead of going over the history of GIFs and showing examples of the first GIFs we made (not that there was anything wrong with that) we decided to focus on the uses of GIFs, tips on making GIFs, and the future of GIFs. For the uses of GIFs, we broke up the uses onto three different categories: Educational, Art, and Reaction. GIFs can be used for educational purposes since they can convey a similar amount of information as a short video, but without the hassle of trying to find the spot in the video and watching the entire video. One example we included in our presentation was a GIF showing the shifts in the continents over time. From looking at the GIF anyone could see that the continents of the world have moved around over time. 

In addition to teaching/learning, GIFs can also be art forms. GIFs are essentially a bunch of images coming alive and playing out a sequence. They allow people express more than just one idea. "Art GIFs" just can have more dimension than still images. 

While Educational GIFs teach and Art GIFs inspire, Reaction GIFs are used all the time in today's popular culture. Reaction GIFs are used when a person wants to evoke an emotion online but cannot find the proper words, or when words cannot do their feelings justice. Reaction GIFs are usually sequences from movies, tv shows, or videos that have a person responding to a situation in a dramatic way. 

While there are many other uses for GIFs, and kinds of GIFs, we felt that these three uses/kinds were the most prevalent online and that these are the kinds of GIFs people tend to make, which is why we also wanted to include a few tips on making GIFs in our presentation. Lastly, I wanted to look a the potential future of GIFs since animated GIFs in particular tend to run rather large in terms of file size. Videos in HTML5 function like GIFs in that they can loop forever, but what is nice is that you can pause them and they use less file space. GFY allows for a GIF to be played as a GIF when a page or browser does not support HTML5 videos, and allows HTML5 compatible pages and browsers to benefit from the smaller file sizes of the HTML5 videos. 

Overall, this was a nice module to end on, and I hope everyone likes our presentation! 

#module #finalmodule #gifs #animated gifs #dgst101


Table 1 working on the GIF module

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Breakdown of our GIF module
1. Reaction GIFs-how gifs are used on social media (shelby)
2. Art GIFs- how they can show pretty and cool things (emily)
3. Educational GIFs (conor)
4. HTML 5 videos replacing GIFs? -(jess)
5. Tips for making GIFs (nicky)

#table 1 #dgst101 #gif #module


Animated GIF

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For the last module of the semester, table #1 would like to do the Animated GIF Module

#dgst101 #table1 #module #GIF



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This module ended up being more challenging than I thought it would be. I had never made a wikipedia page before, so even just trying to figure out how to write it was something new for me. We wanted to learn about women on wikipedia and women contributors to wikipedia since women have been grossly underrepresented on wikipedia. We looked into the history of wikipedia, women on wikipedia, and then we tried to make our own page. Making our page was the most challenging aspect since it got tagged for speedy deletion, possibly because it was Emily and my's first page. Bots scanning for new users got to ours pretty quickly and so there wasn't much we could unless we had been editing wikipedia for months beforehand. All in all it was a good learning experience since I personally have not used wikipedia other than for quickly looking up information. 

#module2 #table1 #dgst101


Making Progress

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For the Wikipedia module, we have divided up the work into 3 parts:

1. History of Wikipedia and the lack of women
2. What has been done to try to include women (hack-a-thons) 
3. Making a Wikipedia page on Nina Bushnell (Dean of Women 1921-1950 at UMW)

One of our group members has also volunteered to make the Prezi for our presentation. 
I am working on making the Wikipedia page for Nina Bushnell, and originally I was hoping to use University of Mary Washington: A Centennial History, 1908-2008 by William Crawley, but since there were none in the library left, I'll have to use History of Mary Washington College 1908-1972 by Edward Alvey. Fortunately, since Nina Bushnell was a Dean before 1972, Alvey's book should provide the same amount of information as Crawley's book. 

#module2 #dgst101 #table1 #wikipedia


Table 1 is going to the the Wikipedia module!

#wikipedia #table1 #module #module2


#Activism Reflection

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    For this module we wanted to explore the history behind activism on Twitter and and how influential online activism through hashtags really is. We decided to pick a hashtag that was very popular over the summer, #DontShoot. #DontShoot is actually a product of #Ferguson, which was more of a news hashtag that really spread the awareness of the situation that was happening in Ferguson, MO after the shooting of Mike Brown by a police officer. #DontShoot was definitely more of an activism hashtag and it allowed not only the people of Ferguson to stand united in a cause (to show that the police in Ferguson are way too trigger happy) but it also allowed people around the country and the world to show their support for the Ferguson protestors. During this project the most difficult part was getting the Twitter archive running, and even that was not that difficult. I had just forgotten a step. We were fortunate to find that there were many useful news articles about #DontShoot that we could draw information from. The best part of the project was finding a video with a map of #Ferguson spreading across the nation and the globe during August. I attempted to recreate a map for #DontShoot but it was definitely going to be a much more complicated process than it appeared. Nevertheless I did learn a new tool, which is setting up a twitter archive using google spreadsheets. In the future I will be keeping my eye on new trending hashtags now that I know how powerful they can become. 

#dgst101 #activism #table1 #DontShoot


Group 1's Module: #Activism

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Group 1 would like to do the #Activism Module. :D

#dsgt #module