The one thing I can say to incoming students of this class is DO NOT drop it because it looks like too much work. DS106 is a great class, but it does come with a hefty work load. Each week takes on a different form of media to tell a story and there are a lot of things that you have to complete throughout the week. However, if you sit down and have a plan of how to tackle the assignments it will be very fun and the work you produce will be worth it. I was a little worried going into the class about how much work I would need to do, but once I got to about the third week I had a rhythm down when it came to doing assignments. I would start Monday afternoon and map out how I wanted to go about completing the week’s assignments and then just dive right in. Usually I got the smaller parts out of the way early like Daily Creates and left the bigger things to do later on. I just made sure every day I did a little bit until I had all assignments done by Thursday night. Then on Friday afternoon I would do the weekly summary and go back through the directions twice to make sure I did every assignment. I cannot even begin to count how many times I had accidentally missed part of an assignment or read the directions wrong and left something out. This would give me enough time to go back and fix my mistakes and then submit my work. I came into the class not knowing how to use a lot of the technology and applications that we used, but I learned along the way because there are many different resources available to help you learn. Now I can edit in Photoshop, record in Audacity, create videos in iMovie, and so much more. I had so much fun with the topic of our semester and learned so much that I can take with me and use later on. This class was well worth the time and effort I put into it and I can say now looking back that I am glad the workload did not scare me off.

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