Professor Polack
Professor Polack, a distinguished computer science professor at the University of Mary Washington, possesses a deep curiosity for global exploration. Driven by a desire to broaden her understanding of different cultures and technological landscapes, she aspires to study abroad in countries across the world. Professor Polack's ambition to study abroad exemplifies her commitment to enriching both his own academic perspectives and the field of computer science as a whole.
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Iceland, where we spent weeks exploring the stunning landscapes of this Nordic island. One of the highlights of the trip was driving around the famous ring road, a 1,332-kilometer highway that circles the entire country. Along the way, we marveled at cascading waterfalls, rugged coastlines, and towering glaciers. We had the chance to immerse yourself in Icelandic culture, sampling traditional cuisine and learning about the country's history and geology. This unforgettable journey through Iceland's dramatic beauty left a lasting impression all of us.
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After leading a study abroad trip to Brazil and Argentina, where the students explored the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest, embarked on a captivating river cruise along the Amazon, and marveled at the breathtaking Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border, Professor Polack decided to create a photo book. With meticulous attention to detail, he curated a collection of photographs capturing the vibrant landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and joyous moments of the trip. I aimed to provide a visual narrative that would forever remind the students of their remarkable journey.

Video Assignments Summary

This week was all about video! We learned how to effectively use video as a method of storytelling. The first assignment involved learning how to read a video. I’ve watched a lot of movies in my life, but I don’t think I had ever really thought about certain aspects of the making of the movie and how those influence the movie watcher. For instance, I learned that the camera angle in a scene can have a significant impact on the emotions conveyed to the audience.

The next assignment was an activity where I watched one scene three times. The first time, I watched without audio, the second without video, and the third included audio and video. This activity showed me that both audio and video can convey specific emotions individually. In my activity, I used a clip from Jaws, so individually, the audio and video created a suspenseful and mysterious feeling. Putting audio and video together simply intensified the feeling.

The last part of the video assignments was completing two digital bank video assignments. The first assignment involved creating a video that showed a specific location where you would want to go. I chose to do this for the Blue Ridge Mountains. I had never really worked with video, so this was a great activity for me to work with combining different videos and also adding text to a video! The final activity for the week involved making a sort of Day in the Life video. This was another great way for me to practice combining videos, and additionally adding audio to the background.

Overall, I really enjoyed learning more about video this week, and I am looking forward to learning more about video this week!