Final Project: ASD

For my final project, I used a wiki to host all sorts of useful information on Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition, I made a multimedia essay over the different types of therapies used to treat these, which I put on the wiki along with the podcast I did earlier in the semester over Augmentative and Alternative Communication. I used the organizational tools of the wiki to format the information in a coherent and cohesive way that is easily searchable and understandable by the reader.

I ran into a LOT of problems I never expected. I am proud to say I understand more about different technologies and computer processes than I ever thought I could; however, it is a sad fact that computer still hate me, although maybe not as much as they once did. Though there were plenty of struggles, I am proud to say this project is a success.

I hope this site and videos will be an educator, helper, and tool for families, teachers, and even those just curious alike. I hope my passion and love for helping these disabilities can be seen through my work, and I hope to continue to press into the digital world to better improve my field of Speech Pathology.

Here’s my wiki!

Final Project: Archaeology and the Age of Technology

Hello Reader,

The following post is part of my final project assessment in my Digital Humanities course; it explains my reasoning for creating this blog in the first place.

For my final project in Intro to Digital Humanities I created a blog through WordPress dedicated to my major, archaeology. I chose to create a blog because I thought it would be interesting to discover whether blogging could be found beneficial within my field. Also my field has the reputation for being conventional, mostly consisting of book work, boring, and out dated. My ambition with this project is to dispute those claims and increase interest into archaeology again. As human beings I think it is essential that we are aware of our heritage and strive to preserve the achievements humanity has accomplished, not only to remember where we have been, but to learn from ourselves and better humanity in the future.

“If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development.”
-Aristotle

In my blog I focused mainly on incorporating the use of technology, various forms of digital media, and several other topics discussed in class. Furthermore I wrote about my current research, archaeological topics that interested me, excavations and archaeological surveys I am involved in, and several other projects I am working on. To my surprise I found blogging to be beneficial. Before hand I did not regard blogging in an academic sense.

However I found the most innovative features that blogging possessed were receiving/sending feedback and gaining mass exposure. It was flattering to receive feedback and “likes” from fellow archaeologists, professors, researchers, and other individuals from across the globe. Not only was it flattering, but the mass scale of exposure was astonishing. To further increase my blog exposure I posted links and attention grabbing prompts within the Archaeology Page on FaceBook. It was intriguing to witness how instantaneously I received responses. Even more surprisingly once I really got into blogging I had accumulated 93 homepage views in a single day, a current amount of 14 Word Press subscribers, 1,625 FaceBook subscribers, and an unexpected total of 737 total homepage views within only two months. After viewing these statistics it was clear to me blogging can most definitely be used academically and benefit any individual in any major.

I found the responses to be additionally useful and encouraging. I was offered guidance, given encouragement, suggested solutions to my questions, provided other people’s opinions and I found it rather entertaining to tee off controversial debates. Blogging made it possible to further expose my mind to new thoughts and ideas that I otherwise wouldn’t have come across. I think it is important that individuals in all fields of study take advantage of technology and what it can offer. Technology such as blogging encourages interaction and compels an individual to acquire knowledge through additional means and further expand one’s thought process.

Links

Homepage
About Author
Site, Ayn Abu Nukhaylah: TU Page
Digital Humanities Course
Archaeology FaceBook Page

Blog Posts (beginning from oldest to most recent)

Hello World
Multimedia and Archaeology
Archaeology Podcast
What’s Your Archive?
Mapping & Social Network Analysis in Archaeology
Archaeological Humor
New Manners of Thinking
Digitalization of Text
Reading & Textuality in Archaeology
Archaeological Survey in Hominy, Oklahoma
Archaeological Time Machine?? Think POSSIBLE

Thanks for reading and THANK YOU to all of my followers and those of you who responded to my posts! You all made this a very positive experience and I look forward to bettering my blogging potentiality. 🙂

Ashley Brown

Video Games, Digital Fiction & Poetry

I found many of the digital fictions and poetry we went over in class to be very similar in nature and function as video games. I play many video games and find it hard for one to successfully incorporate literature along with that. When looking at the digital poetry and fictions I found the “video game” aspects distracting and felt like they took away from the meaning of the literature. I also did not even find the meaning that the author was trying to convey and felt like the effort was a waste of time on both parts. However I can see how these forms of literature can further expand the potential of a work, but that all depends on the presentation.

Ashley Brown

Reading & Textuality

What is hypertext and hypermedia?

According to Ted Nelson who coined both the terms in the 1960’s:

“Hypertext” has become generally accepted for branching and responding text, but the corresponding word “hypermedia”, meaning complexes of branching and responding graphics, movies and sound – as well as text – is much less used.— Nelson, Literary Machines, 1992

How can hypertext and hypermedia be incorporated into my discipline of anthropology and archaeology?

Subject matter in the field of anthropology is profoundly vast. Therefore any sort of technology that simplifies the effort of research would be most appreciated by those who are researching. Rather than lugging around a profuse amount of publications, hypertext and hypermedia enable a researcher access to even more information at their convenience and at their immediate demand. Not only does this benefit researchers of anthropology, but any field for that matter.

My focus in anthropology is in prehistory, near/middle-eastern archaeology. All of the cultures during prehistory did not possess a writing system; therefore there is no written record that exists to inform one on the culture’s way of life. Archaeologists have to act as if they were detectives at a crime scene and piece together the information to reconstruct what took place in the past. Hypertext and hypermedia could be very useful in my study. They allow me to search through an almost infinite amount of information as well as save time that it would have taken to find the same information in a library. This saved time can now be used to further work on my research and speed up the date in which the results are to be published. Also by using hypertext and hypermedia I can interact with others who are working on similar subjects. I can receive instant feedback, opinions, and advice from other researchers. This is something a physical book cannot provide, well at least to this extent and speed.

There are contradictions however. According to the article, Ancient History, Archaeology and Hypertext Publishing:

The first problem is one which you may well have already overcome. Reading papers on the internet is a very bad idea, unless you actively seek out a migraine. A slightly more spurious argument against internet publishing is that you cannot read electronic papers in the bath. This is both wrong (if you own a PDA) and irrelevant. The costs of printed journals are astronomical…The cynic will point out that any web page can be printed. The best argument for not doing so from the browser is that it often looks awful.

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Additionally problems exist in the accuracy of the hypertext and hypermedia. Often times on accident, information is inaccurately recorded and this can severely hinder the intended interpretation and meaning of the information. Another problem with inaccuracy is that anyone can instantly publish information onto the internet and a researcher may come across the information believing the claims are true. This can be easily exemplified within the website of Wikipedia.

In conclusion:

Despite the contradictions I have mentioned I think hypertext and hypermedia can help those in my field and virtually any other. But when using these technologies one should be aware of these contradictions and take them into account when researching.

Ashley Brown

Wiki Project

At first I found it aggravating using the wiki software, the restraints of the network, and the technical issues it possessed. I do not have a lot of computer experience therefore I found the project frustrating and stressful. Despite the negative thoughts towards the project I do think with more practice this way of presenting research could be very beneficial in the future and would also benefit my major, Anthropology. I write a lot in my major and this would be a good way to share information with others and get feed back from them as well. I also liked this project because I could work on the project regardless of if my partners and I are together or not. Moreover I thought it was interesting to see how wikis are created and what work goes into creating them. I have a new found respect for those who create wikis. I look forward to doing a project like this again and getting better aquatinted with its’ technical aspects.

Ashley Brown

Wiki Project

Working on the John Berryman wiki project was a new experience for everyone in my group, and probably everyone else in our DH class. My overall experience of working on the wiki was not bad, but it by no means went smoothly. It was sometimes fun, sometimes frustrating, and many times confusing. I felt like many of the people in my group had a had enough time remembering the passwords and typing the right URL into the search bar. With all of that being said, you can probably guess at the beginning of the project I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.

Although I felt like I had no clue what was going on during the beginning of the project, I learnd many new and useful things while attempting to complete this project. Possibly the most useful piece of information I learn was what a wiki actually was. I have always liked to think of myself as somewhat of a computer savvy person, but I now know there are more than a few topics computer related in which I have no idea how they work. I learned many other useful things such as how to embed a link, I think that is what it’s called, and how the formatting of wikis’ work.

It may seem like I have been somewhat bashing the project or the instructions of the project and I want to make it clear that this is not the case. I personally am just an idiot when it comes to this type of stuff i guess. I had a fun and interesting time while working on this project. I enjoyed working in groups and I also enjoyed learning about John Berryman.