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Google History Maps Story- Tutorial

Here is my tutorial on how to complete the assignment Google History Maps Story:

  1. Go to Google Maps. The page should look like this: Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.51.28 PM - Edited
  2. Go to MenuMy Maps–Create MapScreenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.52.57 PM - Edited
  3. At this point, you can title your map what you please and give it a description.
  4. Add locations to your map, documenting the life of the person you’ve chosen.
    • Search for the specific location in the search bar (e.g. “Frankfurt, Germany”). Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.54.38 PM - Edited
    • After finding location, click Add to map.
    • Edit the title and description of the location, as well as the icon/symbol and color to desired setting. Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.56.23 PM - Edited
    • Repeat step 4 until all desired locations are on the map.
  5. Add lines to your map, connecting all of the locations.
    • Under the search bar, click on the symbol that looks like 3 dots connected by a line. Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 1.58.37 PM - Edited
    • Start with the cursor on the first location in the timeline, and drag the line to the second location.
    • Press Enter on your keyboard. You will then be given the option to customize the appearance of the line as well as it’s title and description. Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 2.00.26 PM - Edited
    • Repeat step 5 until all desired lines are on the map.
  6. Drag your set locations and lines to the desired order via the left bar on the side. Screenshot 2015-12-08 at 2.01.52 PM - Edited
  7. Your map automatically saves, so at this point you’re done! Congratulations on creating your own Google Map!

Media Elements in Final Project: The Little Gingerbread Man [Remixed]

If you’ve found your way to this post, it’s probably because you’ve experienced my digital story about the Little Gingerbread Man! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then head to my blog post here which has the story.

This post is meant to be an explanation of the separate media elements I created in order to tell the story of the Gingerbread Man, as well as links to my appropriate sources and references.

  1. Time Lapse (How To: Gingerbread Man) [4.5 stars]
  • Video Assignment: Show Me How!
  • You can complete this assignment with a GoPro or Time Lapse App. I used a Samsung S5 phone (other phones may have this feature, but I am not sure).
  • Go to the camera–camera settings–recording mode–fast motion.
  • Select the speed, and start recording! (When you go back to watch the video it will automatically be a “speed” version of the original recording).
  • Upload the video to your computer in order to edit. Use Windows Movie Maker, or another video editing program.
  • You can then edit the features in the movie maker, like title and credits.
  • To add music: upload any mp3 file you would like. (I used an mp3 version of Carol of the Bells that I had on my computer.)
  • Save and share!

2. Rock/Metal Theme Song [6.5 stars]

  • Audio Assignment: Your Theme Song…Remix Assignment: Your Theme Song [Remixed]: Go Emo
  • Use an audio editing program, like Audacity, to mix/combine/edit your audio. I used Audacity to complete this assignment.
  • Find the instrumental music you’d like to have for your theme song. In order to download from Youtube: use VidtoMp3.
  • Download the mp3 and import the audio into Audacity (I used Dauntless- Metal Instrumental (Original Music)).
  • For sound effects (I used clapping- remixed from Samantha Telford’s Theme Song on her blog. She had clapping in the background of her song, so I added this element to the Gingerbread Man’s theme song!): use SoundBible.
  • Download the various sounds you’d like to use, and import them into Audacity.
  • Rearrange the order of music and sounds with the Time Shift Tool, dragging the selections back and forth.
  • To have sounds repeating throughout (like the clapping): Copy the entire sound clip, then paste in other areas you would like the sound to play. (see repeated sound clip below) Untitled
  • When completed, export the Audio file and upload to SoundCloud or any other social media platform.

3. Wanted Poster [2.5 stars]

  • Visual Assignment: WANTED Poster
  • Use wanted poster generator given in the description of the assignment.
  • Edit features & elements of the generator in order to create your own wanted poster.
  • Download & share.

Screenshot 2015-12-05 at 3.29.33 PM

4. Cheesy Travel Itinerary [7.5 stars]

  • Design Assignment: Travel Far Far Away…Remix Assignment: Travel Far Far Away [Remixed]: Turn Up The Cheese
  • For Remix element, I used the travel itinerary from The Life of Skye’s blog post as a template. I changed some of the elements, wording, etc. (This is totally up to you what you want to keep or change, but make it your own!)
  • Input template into Google Docs, Micrsoft Word Doc. I used Google Docs.
  • Change text, colors, & images, keeping in mind that you want to make this cheesy! Screenshot 2015-12-05 at 3.35.02 PM
  • Tricky Party: embedding the Google Doc into the WordPress post. I installed a specific plug-in called “Google Docs Shortcode”.
  • Go to Plugins- Add New.
  • Search for the name of the plugin I listed above (Google Docs Shortcode).
  • Install plugin, follow given directions.
  • To learn how to embed the shortcode go here.
  • Embed and publish!


Final Project: The Little Gingerbread Man [Remixed]

Once upon a time, there was a little old couple who lived in a cabin in the woods near a rocky, quick-flowing river. The little old woman asked her husband what he would like for dinner that night, and he was feeling exceptionally festive. They decided to celebrate Christmas early by making holiday treats and cookies. The little old man was especially excited for the gingerbread men cookies. They had always been his favorite to eat as a child.

Because the little old woman loved her husband, she made the biggest batch of gingerbread cookie dough. She rolled it flat and cut it in the shape of a gingerbread man. After cutting out his shape, the little old woman went to decorate the little gingerbread man. Luckily, she made a video below on how to decorate the best gingerbread man! She hoped her children and grandchildren would follow in her footsteps up cookie decoration.


After decorating the gingerbread man with his mouth, eyes, and buttons, the little old woman placed him on a cookie sheet and then into the oven to bake. The little old man could hardly contain himself as he smelled the sweet ginger coming in from the kitchen.

When the gingerbread man was done, the little old woman opened the door of the oven, her husband waiting impatiently behind her, ready to sink his teeth in. But, before she could take him out, the Little Gingerbread Man jumped up off the cookie sheet, ran through the kitchen and out the door!

He cried loudly,”Don’t eat me!” as the little old couple followed him out the door. In his head, the Little Gingerbread Man played his theme song loudly. Only this could give him the energy and motivation to run as fast as he could.

After chasing the Little Gingerbread Man for some minutes, the Little Gingerbread Man stopped and turned to face the little old couple. They were shocked, stopping mid stride as well.

“Come closer,” the Little Gingerbread Man said. The little old couple was confused, and in their confusion they approached the Little Gingerbread Man. Suddenly, smack, crunch, crack! The Little Gingerbread Man ate the little old couple! (What?!)

In the distance, a farmyard of pigs and cows turned around just in time to witness the Little Gingerbread Man eating the little old couple. Mr. Pig and Mrs. Cow started toward the Little Gingerbread Man. The Little Gingerbread Man started to run again as fast as he could crying loudly, “Don’t eat me!” as Mr. Pig and Mrs. Cow followed him across the field.

After chasing the Little Gingerbread Man for some minutes, the Little Gingerbread Man stopped and turned to Mr. Pig and Mrs. Cow. They were shocked, stopping mid stride as well.

“Come closer,” the Little Gingerbread Man said. Mr. Pig and Mrs. Cow were confused, and in their confusion they approached the Little Gingerbread Man. Suddenly, smack, crunch, crack! The Little Gingerbread Man ate Mr. Pig and Mrs. Cow!

In the distance, the police pack of foxes turned around just in time to witness the Little Gingerbread Man eating Mr. Pig and Mrs. Cow. Chief Foxy started toward the Little Gingerbread Man. The Little Gingerbread Man started to run again as fast as he could crying loudly, “Don’t eat me!” as Chief Foxy followed him toward the river.

After chasing the Little Gingerbread Man for some minutes, the Little Gingerbread Man stopped and turned to Chief Foxy. Staring each other done, the mental battle lasted some minutes. Suddenly, the Little Gingerbread Man leaped with all his might and energy across the raging river. By some act of the Cookie Gods, the Little Gingerbread Man landed safely on the other side in one piece, not a crumb out of place.

Chief Foxy had a childhood fear of water and swimming. She sadly watched the Little Gingerbread Man run off into the distance, avoiding capture and questioning. Returning to the station, Chief Foxy drafted a wanted poster for the Little Gingerbread Man, hoping to catch him soon.


However, the Little Gingerbread Man was quick and smart. He had already drafted his escape plan during the last few minutes of baking within the oven. His travel itinerary was set. He would be safe and sound in Milan for many years to come.

**To see how the elements of this Digital Story were created see my blog post here for tutorials and explanation.

Another Pug Post?- Moving Object

Yes, I know, another pug post. But all for a good cause: spreading the love and joy of puggies all over the internet for the whole world to see! For another of my video assignments this week I decided to do Moving Object for 3.5 stars. This assignment asks you to make a video of an object moving using Vine. I had used Vine a few years ago, but recently deleted it this summer because I hadn’t used it in a while. So for this assignment I had to redownload the app. You can also access vine through a web page Below I will embed the tweet I sent out sharing my Vine creation! (Also, super easy to sign-up because you can use a Twitter account, which we’ve already created for this class!).

I used one of my stuffed pugs, yes ONE of them, because I had many to choose from. Then I simply took a picture and moved the pug ever so slightly closer to the camera. I repeated this until the lil pug was touching the lens of the camera. When I watch this video, it reminds me of the other vines/videos with real dogs/cats/pets that slowly sneak up on their owners. It’s cute and tells such a great story of the relationship between humans and their pets! Here are some of my favorites below.



Weekly Summary- Ten

Overall, I really enjoyed this week! I wasn’t sure what to think of Video Storytelling, but I found it to be so interesting given that it’s a combination of a lot of the techniques we’ve learned throughout this semester. I was able to employ some of my new-found knowledge about both audio and visual storytelling. For all of my video assignments, I used Windows Movie Maker which I had never used before, so I liked being able to educate myself and become more comfortable with video editing. This isn’t typically something you do everyday, and I tend to stick with visual editing with the pictures I post to social media. However, after this week I may start to post more videos onto Facebook and Instagram given that I know how to edit them and make them tell a compelling story!

  1. Reflection on the Ebert Article
  2. Cinema Techniques
  3. Look. Listen. Analyze. 
  4. Video Assignments (8 stars total)
    1. Punkin Adventures- October 30, 2015 (4 stars)
    2. Dramatic Chipmunk and Pugs- The Hitch Cut (4 stars)
  6. Daily Creates
    1. Missing!– This is a cute missing poster I created for my pug, Zoe. Although she isn’t missing, I definitely find myself missing her while at school! Thanksgiving break can’t come fast enough. And if anyone feels kind enough to find her and bring her back to school, we could be best friends.
    2. My happy place– Since turning 21 this past May, my happy place has quickly become the winery! I love the atmosphere, the beautiful views, and of course the delicious wines. A close second is my grandfather’s cabin in New Hampshire.
    3. Spider-Eyes– Watch out!! Spider-Eyes is comin’ for you!!
    4. Cartoon Yourself– Here is a cartoonized version of a picture of Douglas and I! I think our little strip in the paper would document one of our “adventures.” In this one, we sat in traffic for 2.5 hours to get to the Melting Pot, so clearly the smiles are deceiving.

Radio Show Reviews

This week we had to review another group’s radio show, as well as our own. We were asked to evaluate them according to audio sound and editing quality, use of sound effects and music and the show’s structure and story. I had the chance to listen to and evaluate Wacky History which gave several informational segments on some wacky things/objects in history. Overall, I felt that this was a great show that communicated some interesting information to its audience, and I learned a lot of unique history that I hadn’t heard of before.

For their audio sound and editing quality, I’d say that Wacky History did okay. For most of the show, I was able to track what was being said any by whom. However, the entirety of the show did seem pieced together, and there were moments where I wasn’t sure if a pause was indicating a transition or just the editing choices of the group. Some of the pauses were definitely awkwardly long, yet were a continuation of the same topic. Sometimes I expected them to move onto a new discussion, but they continued on with what was discussed before.

For sound effects and music. I liked the introduction and background music the radio show group utilized. It was catchy and entertaining, and I think it’s important that they used a catchy tune for the introduction because it drew me in to listen to the rest of the radio show. However, there were also some times where the music/sounds effects would overpower the volume of the speakers. At times it was hard to make out what exactly was being said. I think it’s also important to note the sound effects used throughout the show were different and varied. Normally, I would say that this would take away from the cohesiveness of the show as a whole, but I think it helped in the sense that it kept the show interesting. Each new sound effect or choice of music gave the show a uniqueness and surprise that kept myself as a listener engaged.

For the show’s structure and story, I thought the group did an excellent job of communicating their information in a cohesive and understandable format. The introduction maybe could have been more informative about everything that would be discussed. I understood that they show would be spent discussing wacky history, but I felt myself as a listener wanting to know everything that would be discussed. This is the kind of thing that makes me want to stay and hear the rest of the show. I think they definitely could have benefited from an interesting tagline at the beginning to draw their audience in more. Other than this though, I enjoyed listening to their show. Some of the transitions were awkward, but I left with a good sense of the wacky history behind dentures and wedding bands. They communicated a great story that was informative while also interesting and funny.

Overall, I would give this show 3.5 out of 5 stars. Wacky History gave their listeners some interesting facts about dentures and wedding bands, keeping their audience engaged through sounds effects and music. Some of the transitions could have been clearer, and given some professional editing, this would be a perfect show.


For my own group’s radio show, we decided to discuss fun health science topics/facts on DS106 Radio’s “The Verge.”

For audio and sound editing quality, I felt that we did a decent job. Some of the transitions were a bit awkward/too long of a pause given that we didn’t record this all in one sitting. However, I found that I was able to efficiently follow along into the next segments of discussion. I thought the volume levels were appropriate, though at times some sections were louder than others. Most of the segments were free of background noise, but there were moments where I could hear the speakers messing with something in the background or clicking around of their computer. I know I am a victim of this at well, and after listening through our radio show again, I more quickly noticed these distractions.

For sound effects and music, I think we chose relevant music for the introduction, commercials, transitions and bumpers. Especially at the beginning, I felt that the track MIranda chose made me think of science and discovery of new ideas/experiments which was something we were trying to achieve in our radio show. At some points, like many of the other radio shows, the volume of the background music and sounds effects would overpower that of the speaker. Because I knew everything that was being discussed, I didn’t have a hard time personally realizing what was being said. However, I can see how this might get in the way of another listener who did not initially know all of the topics being discussed.

For the overall structure and story of the show, I felt that by the end of the radio show, the audience had a good sense of all of the information we wished to communicate. I liked that we discussed multiple interesting topics. This kept myself from becoming bored with a couple topics being dragged on for the entirety of the show. I also think it was super helpful that we discussed everything that would covered in the radio show, as well as gave introductions to the speakers. I found that this made me more engaged as a listener because I was expectant of what was coming next.

Overall, I would give our show 4 out of 5 stars. I felt that we effectively communicated our science topics as well as used audio techniques to keep our audience engaged. Personally, I came away from this project knowing more about health science as well as audio storytelling.

DS106 DesignBlitz

This week we also had to complete a DesignBlitz, with an objective similar to that of the PhotoBlitz from last week. I really do feel that this assignment reinforced my understanding and new knowledge of Design and its various elements. Like I have said in previous posts this week, I have very much enjoyed Design and the many details that go into making a complete design or picture. While completing the Blitz, I noticed many Design concepts in the objects and signs around me everyday. Below are the images I discovered/captured and the concepts which they display.

1. Windex Multisurface Cleaner– This image displays the key design concepts of color and metaphors/symbols. As far as color goes, this bottle of cleaning solution really catches a consumer’s eye with its consistent purple coloring, from both the label and the cleaning solution. The fruits in the bottom left corner, what looks like an orange and a bunch of grapes, symbolizes to an audience the Glade scent within the cleaner. The fruits come to represent the fresh scent left behind when wiping your counters with this Windex.


2. dailyWare Wine Glasses– This image on a box represents the Design concept of proportion. The dimensions of each individual wine glass are naturally compared to the others when viewed by the eye. By having the glass proportions ascending in size, meeting in the middle with the largest proportioned glass, visual weight and depth are established.


3. The Taste of Home COOKBOOK– This cookbook cover illustrates the Design concepts of typography and balance. For typography, the creator used various aspects to display the text, specifically font size, color and style. By using different font sizes and styles, as well as different colors in the title, the producer of this cover gives a specific image to the reader as well as catches the eyes of viewers. The tiled images also give the cover a sense of great balance and symmetry. No one tile is larger than another when displaying the various foods, giving viewers a comfortable perspective of the cookbook. Possibly the artist was trying to emulate a sense of comfort in the home, given that the foods are meant to represent “the taste of home.”


4. Pages within a book– For this last image, this will be kind of a stretch, but I feel that it displays the Design concept of rhythm. Rhythm is the repetition or alternation of elements, and I feel that in this book and many others like it, the repetition of sentences and paragraphs creates a sense of rhythm in the reader (visually speaking). I would say that novels like this have a more flowing and organic rhythm, given that words and sentence length will vary. However, it still produces a sense of movement and going forward.




The Very Best of…..

Creating a Flickr set actually isn’t super challenging. I followed the instructions word for word, they were simply and to the point. Below, I have embedded the HTML code for my photoset. You can find my set here as well on my Flickr account. I chose these photos for a few different reasons. The first two photos are from the PhotoBlitz, I liked them because they challenged me to look at everyday objects differently and I like the different perspectives I was able to achieve. I also chose the last photo of the toast, because it was my first DS106 assignment dealing with editing and photoshop techniques. I felt it was an important accomplishment to include!

Best of DS106

PhotoBlitz in my Front Yard

I chose to do the ds106 photo blitz in my front yard. Originally, I had planned on taking a walk around the block, hoping to find a lot of inspiration through that. However, I was able to find plenty of inspiration and I didn’t even have to leave my front yard! There were so many great examples for the pictures we had to take.

I really enjoyed this experience overall. It was fun and creative, and I know that all my work is unique and original. I have a feeling I may do this more in the future because it really gets your imagination burning. The photos that worked best were of clear objects/objectives, like single color domination and shadows. I had a harder time capturing images that I needed to represent subjective things like, capturing and emotion or openness (although, I did capture an image that I felt represented complexity.)


Here are my pictures below, enjoy!