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So you want to take DS106?

If would were like me, you may be thinking of taking DS106 to get your art credit out of the way. DS106 truly was a fun and educational class to take, but you shouldn’t go into it thinking that you will be able to breeze by without putting in some serious work. This class took up the most time of any class I took this semester, and possibly, since coming to UMW. However, DS106 allowed me to be creative, to meet new people, and to learn new concepts. Before coming into the class, I had never used Photoshop, Audacity, or iMovie, but I would like to think that I am now fairly familiar with all of them. I hadn’t really seen much advice for this class beforehand, so I will offer some of my own for anyone thinking of taking DS106 in the future.

  • Don’t wait until Friday to start on all of your work. Most of the assignments for this class were due on Friday at 11:59 PM. This might make you think that you could wait until the end of the week to do most of the work, but that is a very bad idea. The best way to go about each week, is to do a little bit of work each day, and try to get the hardest or most time consuming projects out of the way first, in case you run into any issues with them. It’s better to ask for help at the beginning of the week, than at the end.
  • You might want to be familiar with editing programs before taking DS106. As I said above, I was not familiar with any of them, which meant I had to spend several weeks at the beginning of the semester attempting to learn them. If you have already used them before, you will be a step ahead of many people.
  • Begin thinking of what kind of character you want to create for this class. You will have numerous assignments related to your character, so the more creative and unique you can make him/her, the better!
  • Don’t forget to comment on posts from your peers. I slacked off on this the first few weeks, and my grade showed it. So, throughout the week, leave a comment or two showing that you engaged with your classmates.
  • Have fun! It will be a lot of work, but you will feel a great sense of accomplishment at the end when it is all over. Unlike a lot of classes, I know I will continue to use the concepts that I learned this semester in DS106.

 

Week 15 Summary

This final week of ds106 was focused on completing our final project. My final project, titled All About Edward, can be found here. We had to use at least four different types of media for our final project, and I ended up using video, audio, writing, and design. Some of the assignments that I incorporated had already been created earlier in the course, while some were created specifically for this project. Additionally, all of the audio of Edward talking was created this last week, using Audacity and then uploading it to Soundcloud.

It was a little challenging at first to know what all to write about and what kind of media to create, but once I got started, it all came to me a lot easier. I really enjoyed creating the project, and looking back through my work to see what I could incorporate into it. It was a lot of fun, and I believe that I have learned a lot about the different types of media that we have experimented with. I also really liked the idea behind my host character Edward Creeper, and had a lot of fun creating a background story for him.

Along with the final project, I completed the final showcase for ds106, found here. I also commented on all of the final project posts up to this point, and will continue to do so for the rest of the week.

I’m definitely relieved now that everything has been completed and turned in, but looking back, I am glad that I got to experience this course and I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment. Good luck to everyone else with their projects, and I can’t wait to see the rest!

All About Edward

This is my final project for DS106. I have used various types of media, and both old and new assignments to give everyone a better idea of who Edward is. Everything should be read/played in order from top to bottom. My discussion as to how everything was created will be in my week 15 summary. I hope you all enjoy!

Edward Creeper was born on the 13th of October, in 1978 (Friday the 13th, if anyone is wondering). Edward grew up in backwoods of Kentucky with a very interesting set of parents. Mr. Freddy Creeper and Mrs. Samara Creeper were what you would call “hermits”. Never venturing off their property except for when food or suppliers were needed, they both spent most of their time outdoors working on whatever they could find that needed attention. Edward didn’t get out much either, and spent most of his childhood wondering what really was out there beyond the gates. Mrs. Creeper tried the best she could to give Edward an education, but she wasn’t much of a teacher herself. By the time Edward was a teenager, he knew how to read and write, but that was about it. However, Edward knew that he did not want to spend the rest of his life being like his parents. So, he set out in his mind that he would make a change one day very soon.  That day was April 19th, 1997.

Edward had went to the nearest town with Mr. Creeper a few days prior to buy some groceries. While Mr. Creeper was browsing one of the aisles, Edward met a man named Wright Arden. Mr. Arden introduced himself as the owner of the local radio station a few towns over. A radio was one of the only working electronics in the Creeper household, so Edward knew who the man was before he even introduced himself. Edward had had a revelation not too long ago that he wanted to work for a radio station that would allow him to meet and greet guests, something that his hermit lifestyle up to that point had not allowed him to do. Edward did what anyone would do in that situation, and asked Mr. Arden for a job. Of course, at that time, Edward was uneducated and had never held a job in his life, so there weren’t too many reasons to trust him with any type of job. However, Mr. Arden told him to stop by the station one day, and they would figure something out. Edward knew at that point in time that his life was finally going to turn around.

 

Fast forward 15 years, and Edward moved from an intern, to nighttime DJ, to daytime talk show host, to having his own show. The Edward Creeper Show allowed Edward to meet more people every day than he thought even existed as a child. He also learned to love the horror genre, and developed his whole show around it. Edward still lives in his old childhood home, although both his parents are long gone. He enjoys the solitude and peace while he is there, but he is always ready to go back to the place he loves.

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Welcome to the show Samara, I’m glad you could join us today. For those that don’t know, Samara is my mother, and she is here today to give some insight into her life, and my own upbringing.

 

Thanks Edward, I’m glad to be here.

 

Shortly after graduating high school, I met the man I would later know as my husband, Mr. Freddy Creeper. It was love at first sight, or at least so I thought. Freddy and I moved into the house owned by his late father. It was quite peaceful, with no one around for miles except the occasional bird or deer. I had planned to pursue a further education, but Freddy convinced me that having a child was of the utmost importance. So, about a year later, Edward was born. At first, he was obviously a handful, and you had to keep your eye on him at all times. Once he was a couple of years old, however, I figured that I would look into going back to school. Freddy was completely against this idea, though, just as he was before. He was adamant that I was to stay home with him and our child. So, I basically fell into the same routine day after day, continuing for many years. I was afraid that our child would fall into the same hermit lifestyle, and would never have a future ahead of him.

 

After Edward had been working at the radio station for several years, I took a leap in my own life, and enrolled at the local community college. I was well past the age of most students, but that was of my least concern. Freddy had not been doing well lately, and I knew there wasn’t much time left for him. He still didn’t want me to leave, but he couldn’t physically stop me like he had done before. Freddy passed away not too long after that, after some pretty intense suffering. I have had some problems with my own health too, and I’m not sure how much longer I will be here on Earth. I just wanted to tell Edward that I am proud of him, and I am so glad that he took a risk in his life, and was able to see what life is really all about. I also wanted to tell him that I finally got my degree this week, after three long years of working at it. I am so glad that I was finally able to follow my dreams, and that Edward has found such a great home here at the Edward Creeper Show.