My final product showed off most to everything that I learned because it included all of the information that I took in for the past six weeks, and all of the information included in my wikis. Our documentary explained that there are altered forms of media which are used by different people for dissimilar purposes. An example of this would be including social media in our video; we explained how it increases social confidence and it is helping to cultivate new friendships. We also talked about its impacts on our daily lives, like how people now spend a solid one-fourth of their day on social media. We even put in a couple minutes of statistics on social media to go as background video while I was narrating. Our product also talked about how mostly print and a little bit of news media are becoming inferior to social. Another thing that my project displayed was how not only people use media, but also how major companies are using media to find customers and buyers.
Our product fell short in ways whereas at the beginning of our assignment, we planned to each focus on a different form of media and we ended up steering into another direction. For example, at first we thought that Austen was going to focus on the news, I would focus on the newspaper, Rayan would look at social media, and Quinton would concentrate on the radio. However, once we started our documentary, we kind of lost focus in that idea, and decided to put most of the attention of the video on social media and how it is becoming superior to the other forms. I feel we fell short at explaining and teaching the class of the other types of media because we didn’t go into as much depth with say, the radio or the newspaper, we kind of just threw them in there to back up how much social media is arising these days.
Some things that I did that made learning about my focus easier was taking advantage of the in-class wikis. I put the information that I learned for that day on the wiki, so that I could use it in my blog at the end of every week. If I didn’t put my newly gained knowledge there, I would have nowhere to look back to and would have had much more difficulty in writing each blog, plus remembering all of that information would’ve been quite the struggle. What also helped me accomplish my product more easily was making a new weekly agenda every week with different goals to accomplish each day. In doing the weekly agenda, I knew what I had to do each day and what I had to accomplish in order to have a successful week in learning about media. All of these preparations helped me accomplish my product more easily and assisted me in learning more about my focus.
Looking back at my process of learning, something that made learning about my focus more difficult was having to change my weekly agendas in the middle of the week because my initial goals or plans weren’t worthy enough. For example, in the first week, I had written down for Monday that I would, “Define what media was”. Then for Tuesday, I initially put that I would, “Write down all forms of media”. After meeting with Mrs. Youngblood, she told me that these objectives weren’t worthy enough, and that there needs to be more. So, the next day, I changed my goals to be more detailed and more in depth. For instance, I now had goals like, “Explain what each type of media is? Or “Which age groups are attracted to which type of media, and why?” Therefore, setting the right goals in the beginning of the process would be how I will address these issues in the future.
One area of the presentation where I feel like I did well on was making eye contact. I consider this a tough thing to do when speaking in front of an audience for me and a lot of other people. Usually, when I speak publically, I for the most part read directly off some sort of note card or PowerPoint. However, this time all I did was explain part of what our documentary included and a little about how we went along in making it. I didn’t use any type of “cheat-cheat”, I just explained what I knew to the class making complete eye contact.
One area of the presentation where I feel like I struggled the most would probably be not explaining enough when I presented. Before we played our documentary to the class, each of my partners and I said a little about what we researched and how we made the video. For example, I talked about how not only people, but businesses also utilize social media in order to find customers. I talked about some techniques they used in doing so, and I also explained what age groups we got to interview and where we got them from. I feel I didn’t do so well on this part because I had much more time to cover some things that I learned about over the past six weeks of which I didn’t talk about. I didn’t talk about violence in media or even the impacts of it, then again my partners did cover some of the information I didn’t discuss.
I believe that having us, the students design our own learning projects is very beneficial for us. By having us teach ourselves an area of study, we develop good study habits and learn to solve our own solutions to our problems. We need to be able to think for ourselves and also have to be capable of setting goals in which we will try to achieve. That’s what’s so promising about this assignment, we have to set goals each week for ourselves and achieve them, which will then lead us to successfully completing our final project. I feel that I learned a lot about media because before we started the assignment, I only really knew about social media and the news on TV. However, now I know all of the forms of media, the positive/negative impacts, its importance in the world, how it has grown, different ways to communicate with others, the age groups dominating social media right now, and much more. Honestly, I can’t think of anything that I would do differently in regards to the structure of this unit because it helped me prepare and it made me think for myself, rather than hearing a teacher tell me what to do. I feel that I’ve accomplished multiple things this quarter, not just learning about media. I accomplished how to set goals, how to achieve them, and how to be creative in displaying them. I didn’t just write a three page paper on media, I did an entire documentary about it. That’s what I feel that I’ve accomplished this quarter.