Feeling out of my comfort zone this week (again). When it comes to technology and these tools that we have been talking about in class I feel like I have very little to contribute with. I know I can handle my Facebook account, Skype, work with Word and Power Point and just about the basics of Photoshop. Not really impressive. I hope to develop these skills and learn from the people in my group, as I believe are way more skilled in this area. If they would want or need my assistance for the simple knowledge that I have, I would be more than happy to help :)
The Google Hangout that we have been using for this class is a new tool for me. So far, I am a little skeptical on how efficient it is to have a 10 way online conversation. It took us about 30 minutes to get all the conversations going and there wasn’t much time left for discussions. Maybe we all need a little more practice with using it in order for proper conversations to take place. What we learned from the class on Monday was that you can’t always rely on technology. Luckily we live in the technological era so there are alternative ways to communicate if one problem occurs, such as Meetingwords or Facebook.
Another topic that we touched upon this week is the concept of digital identities. For me, Facebook is where I kind of establish my digital identity. I’ve had a blog before and now I’m putting myself out there again (in the digital world) here on Tumblr. It is a little scary that what I write here or what photos that I put on Facebook might still be there in say 10 years. All I hope is that I never end up like “Flame Fart Kid”!
When it comes to our NGO (Solidaridad) and the platform they are using (Drupal) I’ve tried to get a grip around what it is, what tools it includes etc. But, just like I said in the beginning, I’m not the person you want on that case. Not to totally degrade my tech skills, I am good at basic photo editing, like online photo editing and even Paint, haha…if that’s any help at all.
Just some of my
amazing Paint skills.
Furthermore, I would be very beneficial if we could go together with some of the other groups that might have some kind of expertise that we do not have. For the other groups “unmet needs” I don’t know of yet, if you need my crazy Paint skills it’s just to ask!
I might not be a technological genius, but I hope to become somewhat or close to a technology steward. This I understood to be someone that can take a leading role in a community’s technical resources, to understand the community’s needs and to adapt technology for everyday use. With the use of the Spidergram we touched on what it means to be a technology steward as we were to identify Solidaridad’s needs and rank the importance of them (prioritize!).
So overall I have a lot to learn, but I’m enthusiastic about it and less and less confusiastic.