Flickr Plugin!

I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of myself. I started a Flickr account (easy peasy), and figured out a plugin that would display my flickr photos on my sidebar ALL BY MYSELF. No help from Meg Mc or Ivania¬†this time ūüôā¬†I uploaded three photos on my¬†flickr account to test¬†it out, and HOORAY,¬†success!¬†I’m looking forward to the next two weeks’ assignment–it should be pretty cool!

For anyone needs any help with the Flickr plugin, here you go:

I picked the “Quick Flickr Widget” plugin. It was really easy to use, once I figured everything out. After activating the plugin, go to “Appearance” (on the sidebar of your dashboard), and click on “Widgets”.¬† There you can find “Quick Flickr”, which you can drag and drop into your sidebar.¬† Then, just plug in your Flickr screenname and pick your preferences. Click save, add some photos to your Flickr account to test it out (make sure that they are “public” and not “private” on Flickr, otherwise they won’t show up on your blog), and it should all be there! Easy peasy and super cool!

I also set up my twitter to tweet my new photos on flickr and tested that out. Super easy.

I’m starting to get the hang of the internet.

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My Favorite People :)

Here’s my experiment using Web 2.0.¬† I used photopeach.com, and it was super easy! Just had to upload the pictures I wanted onto the site, pick a song from YouTube, and then it basically did all the work for me. Awesomeeeee.

My Favorite People on PhotoPeachhttp://photopeach.com/public/swf/story.swf

Web 2.0

I can honestly say that I had a big question mark on my face for a lot that I read in Tim O’Reilly’s article on Web 2.0.¬† I realize that I basically no zero about the internet. There is just SO MUCH stuff out there, and SO MUCH to learn in order to be able to use the internet to it’s fullest extent. I mean, the majority of my time on the internet is spent on Google, YouTube, and Facebook (as it probably is with most college students).¬† O’Reilly referred to a lot of things that I definitely had never heard of before, but it was interesting to read about the comparison between the old and the new on the internet.¬† It was also interesting to realize just how much the internet has grown in the few years that it has been in existence and to think about how much it will grow in the future.

[Sidenote: I found myself nodding my head when I read O’Reilly’s part about Web 2.0 remaking the address book. Over winter break, I looked high and low for an address book for my mom for Christmas–one of the few things she asked for.¬† I never thought about how out-of-date address books are until I realized the lack of actual, able to handwrite in, address books there are. (Also, I did finally find one, but I had a very limited choices)]

Bryan Alexander and Alan Levine’s article puts into context how the growth of the internet has changed the way that stories can be spread from person to person. I think the many ways that people can share stories online now are awesome. Pictures can be uploaded online through websites such as Flickr¬†and shared to nearly anyone around the world. Blogging has enabled people to share stories about themselves, and helped people make connections with others who share similar ideals. YouTube has completely shifted the way stories can be told.¬† Videos uploaded to YouTube can become viral in days, making people almost¬†instantly famous. It’s used by musicians, comedians, and just everyday people, wanting to share what they know.

All in all, the internet is freaking awesome, and it’s just going to become even more awesome in the future.

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Personal Cyberinfrastruture

So, like most of the rest of the members of ds106, I’ve been watching and reading all about Gardner Campbell and his theories about personal cyberinfrastructure and “the digital facelift”.¬† Initially, I completely agreed with Campbell’s ideas about integrating the internet into schooling, as it has many things to offer.¬† I mean, technology is the future, right? Sharing ideas on the internet is a fabulous way to meet people from all over the world who share the same interests and ideas as you, and is a great way to learn about the many things happening in the world.¬† As Campbell said, the internet used today by colleges and unversities around the country are usually maintained by the professors and other staff members of the colleges. Students can access sites such as Blackboard in order to find their grades, the reading assignments, and occassional to post their ideas about a certain topic being discussed in the class.¬† Obviously, if students were to use the internet more to share not only their ideas and information on topics in the class, but their ideas and opinions about all kinds of things in the world, learning could be taken to a completely different level.¬†

Today, as I walked in Combs to listen to the presentation by Campbell, I sat next to my good friend Molly.¬† We began talking about the article written by Campbell and his video that we watched earlier, and she mentioned something to me (that hopefully she will blog about as well) that made me look at the idea of integrating the internet more into schooling, in a different way.¬† She was telling me about an article she read in which a mother completely took away all forms of technology from her children.¬† That’s right, no internet, no texting, no phones, no game boys, no wii, no nothing.¬† One of her daughters said, “screw this!” and moved in with her father–which is exactly what I would have done in a similar situation.¬† Where would I be without my cell phone?¬† No Facebook?¬† Uhhh, no thanks. Anyway, her other children seemed to take up the challenge (and I mean, I guess they had to considering they were basically being forced into it), and had none of the technology for six months that we take for granted today.¬† It turns out, one of her daughters drastically increased her grades, and her son fell in love with the saxaphone, deciding to major in music in college. For that family, removing technology obviously helped their education.

I do think that the internet has a negative impact on the learning of today’s students. I have a hard time remembering my life before Facebook.¬† I constantly think to myself, “Holy crap, I would get done with SO MUCH so FAST if I didn’t have a Facebook…What were college students like in the 90’s when they didn’t have this social network to distract them from all their learnings?” Unfortunately, I don’t know, and I won’t know, because quite frankly, I love Facebook, and will not be getting rid of mine any time soon.¬† Other than Facebook, their are a ton of other distractions on the internet to keep students from doing the work that they need–YouTube, Tumblr, Google, blah blah blah.¬† Without the internet, some might say that students would be able to get more of the necessary work done, but I do think that in actuality, internet or no internet, students are going to find something to keep them from doing their schoolwork.¬† It’s in our blood.¬† Nobody wants to sit down, conjugate verbs, study osmosis, or write a paper. That’s not fun, and plenty of other things are.

In the end, I do agree with Campbell in the fact the internet would have a huge advantage to students if they had the opportunity to use it more in their classes. Blogging about what’s happening in class, what one’s learning, and generally what’s happening in one’s life is a great way to learn from and to teach others.¬†¬†It’s been¬†hardly two weeks that I’ve been in this class, and I love reading what others are blogging and¬†learn their opinion on certain topics.¬† On top of that, it’s a fantastic way to get in contact with your professor. I’ve already used both Twitter and Skype to reach Jim Groom to ask questions about the class.¬† I think that it is inevitable that more of the internet will be incorporated into schooling, it’s just a question of how long it will take.

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Success!

Sorry about the multiple posts all in a row, BUT I have successful installed Twitter Tools (also with Meg Mc’s help–again, she da bomb), AND a facebook “like” button plugin. Still playing around with this to try and see if I can get it to come up with all my posts, instead of manually putting it into every post, BUT still, this is progress. Hooray!

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GO MEG!

I think I have just successfully installed Google Analytics thanks to the help of Meg Mc. She da bomb.

Also, let’s see if I have successfully installed Twitter Tools.

Experimenting With My Blog

So, here I sit in my living room playing around with the plugins.¬† Success with “Subscribe to comments” and also with “Akismet”, BUT I am totally confused with Twitter Tools and Google Analytics. I’m not sure if I’ve successfully installed google analytics or not, as after reading Megan’s blog she had to do a bunch of different things than I had to, soooooo that may or may not have worked. Also, I don’t even know where to find the stats for google analytics to see if it even worked (does it show up on my dashboard, or on my actual blog?). So, I moved on from google analytics and on to Twitter Tools.¬† Zero success with this thus far. The twitter application page tells me that I successfully registered my application, but WordPress tells me that it could not get Twitter Tools to work.

I think I’m just technologically (is this a word?)¬†challenged. My friend Annie tells me it’s ok, because I’m good at other things.

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