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.

We Are All Artists?

This week was focused on learning about design. For this unit we had to watch videos about what design is and we listened to a talk by Tim Owens called “We Are All Artists.” I thought that both of these were super interesting, and they both changed the way I think about design. Before watching/listening to these I never thought about how much design is all around us in our everyday lives. I also thought that Tim Owens’ talk was super interesting and really made me think about how I think about creativity. One of his main points is that creativity isn’t something that you’re born with, but it’s a skill that you can develop. He also said that people who are the most creative tend to be in creative environments and that DS106 is one of those creative environments.

This week I also completed a design safari to look for elements of design out in the real world. I also completed four assignments to work on my design skills which can be found here: newspaper assignment, destination poster assignment, missing person assignment, and greetings from DS106 assignment. I also did three daily creates.

This unit really changed the way I thought about design, and I also learned about different elements of design such as minimalism, rhythm, and proportion. I also think that I learned more about how to tell a story visually as I started including more than just links in my stories this week. I think my biggest challenge with this unit was that when looking over the assignment, it seemed overwhelming so I was scared to start working. However, once I started working it wasn’t as hard or as scary as I thought it would be. I think the biggest thing that I learned and the thing that changed my worldview the most was the idea that creativity isn’t something inherited and that it’s something you can work at.