Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship is an important thing to consider especially in light of the new bill allowing the government and service providers to view and sell your browsing history. I think it is important to be aware of what makes up your digital footprint, and try to confine it to what you want to define you; however, I also understand the urge to google random things that pop up in conversation or on TV and so on. It is hard to balance what I want my professional self to look like, and my curiosity for what meth is made of what watching Breaking Bad.

Teaching the younger generations about this topic is a tricky business. Especially for places like my home town where the internet has still not quite caught on in the classroom. This is because the older generation does not rely on technology, and in the slow moving climate of the deep South, this might take years to change. I think we should create online educational systems that pop up on facebook and snapchat and social media so that kids who do not get these lessons in school can glean something about their digital citizenship.

Moving forward, I am extremely paranoid about my digital footprint. With the government and who knows who else accessing my history I worry, Will the brief history of LSD I gave my roommate from Google come back to bite me? Is it possible that my research on communism will keep me from getting a job? Will my exploration of ISIS get me on the no fly list? Or, will all these trivial things be ignored? I anxiously await the answer.

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Defensive Contract

My group did not stick to our contract as well as expected; however, all changes made resulted in a great final product that I would not change. Our original plan of the site included three pages on social justice instead of two, but after making the pages, I felt that it would be best to combing two of these pages. By doing this, I made these pages more ascetically pleasing. I also made this change because there was less information on both topics available than I had originally imagined.

Another change that was made was our website theme. We toyed with this a lot after making our contract because while we originally imagined the 2016 theme to be fine, we later found that this theme did not do everything we wanted it to. The main issue we had was the menu which gave us a run for our money, but by changing the theme, we were able to create a great looking and easy to navigate menu for our site.

Another change we have made to our contract was our due dates. Unfortunately, we were not able to stay quite on top of our deadlines for various reasons. Our site was not finished when we had originally planned because Rev. Mark Ward took a while to get back to us with the documents we needed. He also changed our direction a tad with his suggested focus on Amendment One. Life also got in the way of our deadlines forcing us to use a little more time to create our site.

As stated, we did not stay on top of our contract, but that might not be a bad thing. Our site is well-done and looks great, and that is what truly matters!

Productive Failure

Towards the beginning of our project, I created a thinglink image to provide an interactive way for visitors to engage with websites for organizations the UU church donates to. I was really excited about adding the images to the site, but when I attempted to do so, I only saw code, no image. I tried saving the image and adding it as a picture, but the links were not active. I asked my roommate to help me, but he could not figure out how to do it. I asked a friend in the computer science department to help me, but he could not do it. I began to worry, I would never be able to add my thinglinks to our site. Fortunately, our technology department in the library was able to explain what was wrong. I needed a plugin on wordpress. After this explanation, it took all of five minuets to add the plugin and paste the embed code for my thinglink on the code section of my page. I had spent days worrying and aimlessly pasting the code on the page for a quick fix that took me all of five minuets. I am proud to say, I now know how to use thinglink in conjunction with wordpress. It is as simple as copy and paste- after you have the plugin of course.

Hypothesis and Other Work

Hypothesis was incredibly easy to navigate. I accidentally annotated the wrong cite, so the folk dance group has extra annotations The Black Mountain College page was well written and had a lot of information, but the text seemed too dense and there was nothing interactive on the cite. I felt like I was looking at a textbook instead of a website. I also did not like the images of the letters and papers they had posted because they appeared messy and were obviously taken on a camera phone. Editing those will help their cite look more professional.

This week, I have been going through the Amendment One information Mark sent me. Hopefully, I will have that information and my citations added by the end of the week. I am also toying with the idea of merging two of my pages, but I am not sure that I will because I like the separation for organizational purposes. The only issue is that both pages are lacking in information as they are small topics.

Progress

This week, I have worked on finishing up two of my pages. I switched our cite’s theme to twenty seventeen because it was easier to navigate, and I figured out how to add pages with drop down menus to the top on the cite. I have almost finished the social justice page but need to figure out how to arrange pictures and text to sit next to each other, and the related organizations page is also finished with the exception of the thinglink images being added. This week I plan to meet with Ann Ogg to discuss these issues and hopefully resolve them. I also plan to go back to special collections to get some notes on the UUCA’s letter writing campaign against planned parenthood bombings and their anti-KKK agenda. By Wednesday, I hope to have the information for these two events and possibly one more on the SAC history page. I would also like to find some images for this page. If I accomplish this, my pages should be finished except the information on amendment one which I will have to arrange to get from Mark at the church.

Making Pages

I have figured out how to make pages on WordPress! I have also begun creating my pages which are all related to the SAC (social action committee) and their various projects. I also solved my list dilemma by creating canva images and adding thinglink tags to the organizations so that their websites can be accessed. In the comming week, I plan to begin my research on major projects and create my next page!

 

Canva and Researh

This week, I have been working with canva making banners and charts for our site. Our research has lead us to many papers on how to for social justice projects and various work the SAC has done. With this information, I have made two charts and compiled a list of charities helped by the UU Church. I plan to include this list on our site with links to the various organizations; however, I am having trouble creating pages on the site to fulfill this goal. This coming week, I plan to research how to create pages on wordpress and begin adding my list to the site. I will also need to come up with a way to put up my list that is not overbearing to the viewer. I am not yet sure how I will do this, but I plan to figure it out soon.

Canva is a great tool which I used to create the image below. I used a pre-made template and simply added my own information to the image. I could also easily move the colored blocks and resize them to better fit what I needed the image to look like. Canva is easy and fun to use, and I will likely use it more in the future.if-you-havent-been-affectedby-the-disaster-donate-yourtime-to-organizations-such-as-the-red-cross-or-even-your-local-church-and-help-the-relief-operation-process

Wikipedia

While looking at history entries on Wikipedia I noticed a few things. The first is that there are citations in the text that link you to sources for the material given. This is helpful for research purposes. I also noticed that links are made in the material to other Wikipedia pages that detail the people and events relevant to the topic at hand but not fully discussed. I also explored some of the pictures found on the pages which seem to all be located on Wikimedia commons, one of the cites we discussed with Gene that can be used to find images in the public domain. Overall, I think the Wikipedia pages are useful; however the ability for anyone to edit the pages creates a problem in finding reliable information.

My Timeline and Map

https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline3/latest/embed/index.html?source=13EaALRfL6VTNUUt73NwBTphQtmkSU4AmwRWII0wzRig&font=Default&lang=en&initial_zoom=2&height=650

I made a timeline on basic US history. Having used timeline before, I had no surprises when using this tool. I am not sure how to post the timeline on this site, but have listed the link above.

https://storymap.knightlab.com/edit/?id=places-ive-been

I also created a storymap of the places I’ve been. This tool was tricky at first, but I understand it now.

 

Game Plan

My group’s plan is to use Friday afternoons as well as the time we have when class does not meet to conduct research in Special Collections. We also plan to visit the church after Gene contacts them to inform them of our project.

As for the tool discussed in class Wednesday, I think they could be very useful. I have experience with timeline, and was thinking about using this tool to create a timeline of the Church. Storymap and Timemapper could be used to show various events such as the women’s march that the church has participated in. They could also be used to show other churches related to the ones in Asheville. Thinglink is also a cool tool that could be used for our oral histories. We could use pictures of congregations with tags giving quotes to the different members. We could also use Thinglink to show the purpose of different rooms in the church through tags on a map.

With these tools and my group’s study plan, I think that we are on our way to a great digital project!