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English for New Media Promotional Video

1 May

For the final project of my Foundation of New Media class my group and I created a promotional video to define the English for New Media major. This video was an attempt to help future students, parents, and future employers better understand this new major at Dakota State University. Vanessa, Bry, and I worked over the span of about three weeks to interview, film, and produce this video.

We decided that the best possible way to promote a media degree was with media, and our use of media went beyond that. Because we were not able to meet with one another often, due to hectic work and school schedules, we relied heavily on programs such as Dropbox and Facebook. During the time we worked on the project Vanessa filmed fellow peers of the degree as well as the English faculty. Bry and I worked mostly off camera, recording social media sites with Camtasia Studio. We edited the video clips with Windows Movie Maker 2.6, and with constant freezing we were required to save constantly. However, the final result was a rewarding 3:45 minute video.



Dakota Horizons Girl Scouts and New New Media

25 Mar

Last week for my Foundations of New Media class we were assigned to find a non profit business in the are that was using new new media tools. I chose Dakota Horizons Girl Scouts (mostly because I was craving Caramel deLites and Thin Mints) which covers North Dakota, South Dakota, and some of Minnesota (if I remember correctly).

Here is a link to my Prezi:

Dakota Horizons Girl Scouts


YouTube—How I Broadcast Myself

15 Feb

For me YouTube has always been a way to view music videos of favorite songs (because let’s face it, MTV hardly shows them anymore) and watch reviews and commercials of upcoming movies and games. It’s my ticket to as-I-want-it media when television just can’t keep up.

As I may have mentioned in earlier posts, I really love to crochet. Because I’m self-taught, I often seek out tutorials on the web. YouTube is a great way to find such tutorials (and tutorials for almost anything else). Because of other crafters out there I have learned many different new techniques.

However, YouTube isn’t really just a way to view videos; millions of people use it to get their talents out there. There have been multitudes of people discovered through YouTube (including some popular musical artists). Even I have dabbled in uploading videos to YouTube, although none are comparable to videos out there with thousands of views. Most recently, I uploaded a video I created for my Foundations of English for New Media class.

If anyone is interested, here is a list of some of my favorite channels on YouTube.

Crochet Geek (for my crafting needs)

Billboard Goddess (for my trending music needs)

CDZA (they kind of do parody music videos with classical instruments)

Ray William Johnson’s =3 channel (funny videos)

My Own Personal Tweeting World

13 Feb

Even though Twitter has become very popular over the years, I’m just not that big a fan. I do have a twitter account (@kika0313), but the only tweets I actually have are auto posted from my blogs sties and Goodreads. Other than that I use Twitter to hear news from favorite blogs, bands, celebrities, and businesses.

Also, I don’t get the whole hashtag (#) thing.

My Twitter Page

My Twitter Page

My Fellow Bloggers

8 Feb

As I may have mentioned in an earlier blog post, this blog was created for my Foundations of English for New Media class. Other members of my class (okay, all of my class members) were required to create their own blogs and the following are a few that I really enjoyed looking at.

The first blog is called Fly in the Social Web, created by DaLadybugMan. I really enjoy the theme of this website, which is related to the title. A good example of this classmates used of theme is represented in his first post. DaLadybugMan states, “…I’ve got all sorts of fellow flies and other insects to keep me company and interact with.”

The second blog is called A Study in New Media, created by Ashley. I like the simple background and easy to read links and titles for this blog. Because there aren’t a lot of photos in the background I stay focused on Ashley’s posts. On this blog I viewed a stop motion presentation Ashley put together for our class. I really enjoyed how she conveyed the shift between written words and words on the computer.

The third blog is called The Artist’s Reward, created by Brianna Prill. The video she created for our class discussion incorporated blogging and sharing (so the social media aspect of English for Media) which I really enjoyed. I also like the layout of her blog and the starburst colors in the background.


A Video of Words

4 Feb

For my Foundations of English for New Media class we were instructed to make a video using the words “English for New Media”. Here is my creation. 


Blogs at the New York Times

1 Feb

Blogs at the New York Times

I know I’m not the only one out there that enjoys reading up on whats going on in Hollywood. The blog I linked to, Media Decoder, speaks on whats going on in the world of TV shows. After scanning through a couple of headlines I came across a post on the popular TV show “How I Met Your Mother”. I wont spoil anything the post says, but lest just say (hopefully) we’ll finally learn who the Mother really is!