Back Breaking Major Project

Long time no blog. Well, not this one at least. Since the last two posts, and three screencasts later I have really realized that the time I have to keep at my final project is slowly dwindling down to nothing. And there’s still so much to do!

I made the mistake of thinking that the website design would fall into place, but after a week of nights I’m finally starting to get it to look the way I originally envisioned: A static front page with little clutter, and clear images that represent the different sections I am focusing on (9 elements, teachers, parents, schools).

A sneak peek of how well it’s coming along

I really don’t want to use anyone else’s images for this project, which will mean either creating my own in illustrator, or doing something else…

I am struggling with content for some of Ribble’s 9 elements, which is helping to answer the question I had earlier on in the year which was ‘why did Ribble stick to the elements, without giving some concrete examples of how they can be integrated into the classroom?’ I totally see why now. It’s hard to differentiate the different categories (and really, should you?), as many of them overlap.

I have had an easier time with resources for the teachers/parents/and schools sections, which is really the main focus: Getting reluctant teachers, parents, and schools a lifeline to start thinking about these issues, and how to easily implement them in their schools/homes. That said, I still plan on making several videos that will condense the information I will be sharing into an easy to digest format. I have realized through reading too many papers and articles this semester, that often it’s much easier to watch a video to help all the concepts gel much better. Plus, it’s easier to access for those busy people who don’t have time to read a bunch of stuff on the blurry screen of computerland.

Anyone else tired?

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4 thoughts on “Back Breaking Major Project

  1. I am excited to see your final project and had to giggle at your “sneak peak”! I am also feeling a bit tired and feel like I want to get a lot more “produced” for my final project. I do think the 9 elements all intertwine and impact each other.

  2. Yes, I am feeling like I don’t have much energy left to work on my assignments for my major project! The video that I created so far and the other ones that I am in the process of creating are coming along very well. I feel that the clock is ticking faster now that we only have two more weeks left. I too am excited to see your final project.

  3. It’s funny, I’m the complete opposite. I would choose text over a video any time. I get frustrated when all I can get is a video and I have to actively interrupt my current work flow to listen/watch. Maybe part of that is not having a secluded office and intentionally not having speakers (so to watch a video, I have to pull on my headphones and hope nobody calls my name to get my attention) or sharing space at home and not wanting to play a video when my husband is listening to music or we are watching something on Netflix. But I hear you on the exhaustion thing! Looking forward to it being over. 🙂

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