Reflection for 12/3/2015
As one of the assignments for the Becoming Globally Engaged class, students are expected to respond to reflection prompts on a weekly basis. Here is the prompt and my response for the week of December 3, 2015.
How have you liked learning how to put together your digital story? What have you gotten out of Rachel’s visits? Do you think the knowledge you’re gaining is something you’ll use in the future?
The process of developing a digital story has been very significant and useful for me. I made a story about my past, and the past of my family. Being Armenian, I chose to tell a story of the Armenian Genocide, and how, because of where I live and what is beneficial to my country’s foreign policy, the genocide hasn’t been recognized.
Not only was it fun to use the software, but I also was able to gain a deeper knowledge of my ancestry and past. I enjoyed collecting all the pictures for my story, from asking family members for lost photos to researching a cause, the Armenian Genocide, and being able to put it all together to spread awareness, something that my own government won’t even do.
Out of Rachel’s visit I gained a bit of something different. Going on a tangent away from the theme of this reflection, I gained a bit of self confidence. My voice is something I do not enjoy hearing, and recording in front of Rachel was very hard. However, she’s a very nice woman and makes everyone feel like they’re both interesting and normal at the same time, and that helped me as I was telling a story that I felt was insignificant. When it came to editing the story and going through every tidbit of information, it was a sort of conditioning to be forced to hear my voice over and over again. Overall I gained a bit of confidence in both accepting my voice and feeling a bit of value in my own work.
The knowledge I’ve gained is definitely something I’ll use in the future. I’ve gained experience in using online software to create meaningful presentations as well as been able to catalogue and archive some meaningful information for my family. My grandma grew up in a world where creating a portfolio of one’s self, like we do on social media, wasn’t a common practice. The digital story project has given me the opportunity to do this for my grandma and learn how to properly contact people for information.