30 Day Create Challenge Part 1 (1-10)

TDC418, what do Pandas think about?

TDC1142, What 5 things bring me joy?

TDC1079, What’s in your fridge?

TDC339, “A duck walks into a bar…” Finish this joke.


TDC1167 A poem about rain

TDC114, I had a friend send me 5 emojis and I wrote her a short story.


TDC1170, Breakfast Selfie


TDC1165, Junk Mail Art

TDC1163, A Dream Stair Case

TDC1120, Drawing without lifting your pencil


What I’ve learned about myself

I had the luxury of getting to do two Independent learning projects this semester. Both had their ups and downs challenging me but I am glad that I did them and will continue to work on them.

My first Independent Learning Project was my leatherwork, and getting better at flower tooling. I found this one hard to motivate myself to do because I was always busy doing work for customers, that I didn’t want to do it for a class as well. But I just kept telling myself my payment was my grade and I got some progress made. The most beneficial part was the motivation to buy newer, better tools, and getting involved in blogs and forums about leather work. This opened some many doors and I have learned a lot.

practice bull

My second Independent Learning Project was rodeo. This is my senior year and I really wanted to make it to the College Nation Finals. At the start of the semester I was in the running to go but ultimately fell short. But I learned a lot about myself as a rider and how to handle my emotions and strengthen myself mentally. I started the season fresh out of a knee surgery and it was hard to dedicate myself to all the physical therapy. It hurt at times and made me wonder if I wanted to keep rodeoing. I got on some bulls that flat bucked me off and made me come to the terms that I can’t ride everything and always have room to improve. I rode some bulls that really tested me and built my confidence. And I got bucked off some bulls I know I should have rode but had to humble myself and remind myself we all make mistake. I learned how to block negative thoughts, people, and those mistakes out and not let them effect my future bull rides.

While I did not make finals I am excited to see how my new positive mindset will forward me in rodeo as I continue this summer and the next few years. I have big goals but plan to achieve them and become a great.



I used the ComicBook! App suggested in the blog. It was fun to work worth but a little bit of a challenge. I choose to edit a picture that I took of all my gear at practice, since riding has become my new Independent Learning Project these last 8 weeks. I had fun messing around with all the filters and effects that I could apply to the photo, but after trying many before this I realized it takes a nice high quality photo to get good results from the filters. I was having a hard time figure out how to work in a speech or though box but I’m sure with a little time I could better understand it. I don’t think I would personally use this in a classroom. Maybe to edit a history photo for a good laugh but I don’t how I would get any value from using it. I’m sure other teachers could though, just doesn’t fit my style.

Podcasts and Digital Story Telling

Podcasts and digital stories were a very foreign thing to me until this week. I had heard of them, but never seen them. But at the end of this lesson I can’t help but think these are great ideas and I wish I had been introduced to them sooner.

I really enjoy the podcasts and think they should be utilized more in schools. What student doesn’t enjoy a good video during class? It’s something new that grabs their attention. Podcasts have endless uses and sources to cover just about any subject you could think of. In today’s day and age it is very easy to access and share a slew of podcasts. Plus podcasts are always updating and loading new material keeping you and your students in the loop.

Digital storytelling in the classroom is also something that I was foreign to but liked. It is just another tool to keep students engaged and active in the classroom. It is also a good way to get students to use and adapt to technology. You can customize this as well to fit any scenario or meet any class criteria, working in any classroom.

I think both of these ideas would work well in a classroom because it is new, interesting, and attention grabbing. The current generation of students is obsessed with technology, might as well let them use it to your advantage! I have already started looking for podcasts to bookmark to use in future classes and look forward to trying these!

Attention Log

Attention Log

  1. Date, 3/31/15
    2. Description of Physical Space and Device Sitting at a desk on my laptop
    3. Duration of session, 1 hour
    4. What occurred, my professor lectured while I took notes
    5. What you did, I checked my emails, paid my internet bill and cruised 9gag while switching to word to copy slides constantly
    6. How you felt, it was my 8am class so I was tired and groggy
    7. What worked, checking my email during announcements
    8. What did not work, Cruising 9gag for jokes and paying my bill
    9. Other comments. My notes aren’t very good
  2. Date, 3/31/15
    2. Description of Physical Space and Device Sitting at a desk with my laptop
    3. Duration of session, 1 hour
    4. What occurred, my professor lectured while I took notes
    5. What you did, I cruised facebook and chatted with a friend in messenger between slides
    6. How you felt, this was my 2pm class so I was hungry and ready to leave
    7. What worked, I got a great idea for what to cook for dinner
    8. What did not work, I had horrible posture, slouched over my laptop
    9. Other comments.
  3. Date, 4/1/15
    2. Description of Physical Space and Device In my living room recliner on my xbox
    3. Duration of session, 30min
    4. What occurred, I played battlefield
    5. What you did, Played a couple rounds of team death match
    6. How you felt, Relaxed, but disconnected from reality
    7. What worked, I was able to relax and clear my mind for awhile
    8. What did not work, I didn’t see my phone going off and missed calls from my mom
    9. Other comments.
  1. Date, 4/2/15
    2. Description of Physical Space and Device At my dinning room table on my laptop
    3. Duration of session, 2 hours
    4. What occurred, I was on Sakia
    5. What you did, I took an online exam as well as did some homework while listening to music
    6. How you felt, I felt rushed to finish my exam on time, and zoned into my screen
    7. What worked, Setting Spotify to a radio station so I didn’t have to constantly pick music
    8. What did not work, I kept browsing facebook while doing homework.
    9. Other comments.
  2. Date, 4/4/15
    2. Description of Physical Space and Device Laying in bed on my cellphone
    3. Duration of session, 20 minutes
    4. What occurred, Checked all social media
    5. What you did, I checked my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds as well as sent snap chats.
    6. How you felt, Tired but couldn’t fall asleep
    7. What worked, Fell asleep reading my screen.
    8. What did not work, Leacing my phone on loud so every notification made a noise disturbing me
    9. Other comments.

I waste a lot of valuable time on Social Media, I should work on this.

Is the Internet a resource or a interference

After viewing Paul Miller’s TED Talk I had to take a step back and think about my internet usage. Was I using it to much? Was I abusing this power source? Or was I in the clear?

Being a 90’s baby I got to explore the glories age if dial up. I remember when it took 20min to buffer a 5min YouTube video. I also remember that we had one desktop computer in the living room. I did not get my first phone or make a Facebook account until my senior year of high school, my own laptop my freshmen year of college and did not get my first smartphone until my junior year of college. So growing up I was pretty distant from internet. But this past year and a half I have noticed I have pretty well become attached to the internet.

I made a twitter and Instagram, allowing me to complete the 3 social media cycle all day on my phone, constantly refreshing my feeds. While at first it was nice to become involved in the digital world and see what my friends are posting I soon became a zombie and hardly remember anything I read or saw, handing out random likes and the occasional LOL.

In class during the day I spend most of my time distracted from class constantly multitasking between typing notes off of slides and scrolling 9gag, a website full of comical memes and humor, I waste a lot of time on this humor. I have been making an attempt to focus more in class but it is so tempting when it is a click away. But I do not waste ALL my time on the internet.

Thanks to the internet I have been able to share and look at ideas for my leather work as well as market it. I am able to post pictures of my work and advertise reaching new costumers I would have normally ever had. I also enjoy being able to pay bills and order goods online, saving my countless trips to town and allowing me to buy foreign products I could not normally get.

I think I need to begin to better balance my time on the internet in class and continue to use it to expand my work, but still be able to step away when needed and become attached to society again.