I took this class for “fun,” knowing that I had a lot to learn about current technology and the digital environment in general. The assignments really pushed me to gain a greater understanding of many different aspects of digital literacy and to appreciate just how much it influences daily life. The many different tools used, which really are cultural tools and extensions that come to define the users in some very basic ways (our abilities to function in the world, ways of relating and communicating with others, and even how we think), are extremely valuable. Knowing how to use these tools makes an individual viable in the world today. Without an understanding, individuals are left at a great disadvantage in most every venue I can think of (social, vocational, educational, financial), which is why it remains an important social/political issue. I now pay much more attention to this.
I thought the requirements and assignments that Dr. Bridgeford gave us were very helpful. I did not have a blog before and am glad to have that experience. I also enjoy using Dropbox, which I think is an extremely valuable service and after having my hard drive crash on my PC, I will definitely be using Dropbox in the future. The Adobe Creative Cloud applications, something I was intimidated and maybe even overwhelmed with before, now seem less so even though I feel I still only have a basic understanding. I would like to become better acquainted/skilled with these in the future. They are very marketable skills to acquire.
On our final website project, I made a huge mistake in the beginning which is why I did not give my presentation. I renamed by local root folder (changing the first letter of my last name to lowercase) after I had already created other folders and files and assumed that would not be a problem. Well, needless to say, I learned a very valuable lesson from that mistake! All that work was not completely worthless as I did get practice and experience in HTML and CSS and still learned so much from the reading and tutorials I watched. I couldn’t figure out why only some of my files were getting saved! Ugghhh… All that being said, I think that learning how to use Dreamweaver is probably my favorite assignment from the course. I also wanted to share a valuable resource available on YouTube: Dreamweaver CC Introduction Class Part 1-4 by Joshua Kywn. He refers to a free downloads for both Basic HTML and CCC Vocabulary and Grammar Basics which I found to be helpful as well. I learned so much from all of you and was really impressed with your websites as well as your other projects and comments. Thank you!