What I Have Learned From CT 101 Class

This class is a great learning experience for me. The main thing that I have found most interesting about this class is that students have the autonomy over what they want to learn throughout the course. From my point of view, if the students have control over what they want to learn in the classroom, students are willing to work harder than usual. I think this class is a perfect example of this situation. I have learned and explored many things throughout this fifteen weeks and write blog posts about them. This current blog post is the summary of what  I have explored and learned from this class through the last fifteen weeks.

How to use wordpress.com :

In this class, one most important thing that I have learned is how to customize the WordPress website. Through this learning process, I not only have happy moments but also have trial and error moments. Sometimes it is easy to learn how to add new posts and sometimes it is challenging to figure out what themes would work the best for me. That being said I want to mention what I have learned about the customization of a WordPress website with the links that have helped me to learn it.

Posts & Pages: As a class, when we start to work on our websites there is a common question that almost every student asks the professor. The question is “What’s the difference between pages and posts?” After professor replies to our question, I am able to find a small video that is similar what professor tells us about the difference between posts and pages. “Posts are content entries listed in reverse chronological order on your blog’s homepage. Due to their reverse chronological order, your posts are meant to be timely” andPages are meant to be static “one-off” type content such as your about page, privacy policy, legal disclaimers, etc. ” The link to the video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alIf-elvWUs


Media:  In order to explain the use of the Media option, I will provide a link that explains almost every function that we can perform through this option. The link: https://ithemes.com/tutorials/using-the-wordpress-media-library/

Comments:  One of the important factors of writing a blog is getting feedback. Sometimes the feedbacks come in the form of appreciation, sometimes as constructive criticism and other times the comments come in the form of discouragement. Thus, to manage the comments when writing a blog can be crucial and important. The following link will provide effective information that will help us to learn the management of comment on our blog posts:


Appearance:  It is an important option for customizing the look of our website. There are six categories under this option including Themes, Customize, Widgets, Menus, Header, and Editor. Each one of this option performs the specific function to make our website professional and presentable. The following link has an elaborate explanation of the use of Appearance to make our website professional and presentable.


Plugins: A WordPress Plugin is a program or a set of one or more functions written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress site. We can seamlessly integrate a plugin with the site using access points and methods provided by the WordPress Plugin Application Program Interface (API). It allows us to easily modify, customize, and enhance a WordPress site. Instead of changing the core program code of WordPress, we can add functionality with WordPress Plugins. Here is a basic definition. This video will explain how to use Plugin or how to install new  Plugin on the WordPress website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SglJxhhSA7o

Users, Tools, Settings: These options also play important roles to customize and manage WordPress website. The following link will help to understand the function and  use of these options: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1AA4lQ26_0

Contact form: Having a contact form is very important for a website. I was having little difficulties to put this together. So, I take help from a video that helps me out to put together my contact form and publishes it on my website. This is the link to that video:  http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-create-a-contact-form-in-wordpress/

GIF: For the first time ever, I have learned how to make a GIF in this class. We use Imgur and Giphy to made our First GIF ever. This is the link to a tutorial thathave  helped us to learn how to make a GIF :


This is my first GIF ever:

View post on imgur.com


View post on imgur.com

Animated GIF: I wanted to make this kind of animated GIF from the first day when I saw a similar GIF like that. Instantly I asked the question to my professor “how can I make one like that?” Professor explained it to me since I was looking for a chance to make it. So, here it is-http://syedahussain.com/uncategorized/animated-gif/

The provided link is the link to the post that I have made about this animation. In that post, there are links to the videos that can help anyone if they are interested to learn the process.

Animated GIF (II)

The link above described the significance of each GIF  and the process of making animated GIFs as the following.

Vaporware: The following link describes what vaporwave net art is and how we can create vaporwave net art using Newhive, Photoshop and Ispring.


The first attempt at making propaganda posters: The following link describes what propaganda poster is and where we can find a template for making a propaganda poster. This blog post also contains links to some videos that will help anyone who is willing to make a propaganda poster.



Creating different effects using Photoshop and PIXLR:

Double Exposure: I use PIXLR to create this work. It is really fun. The following link contains the process of making this double exposure effect. It also contains several links to the videos that help me to learn how to make this kind of exposure.


Splatter Effect: This is another effect that I have tried. In my blog post, I elaborate the process of making it and as usual, add several links to the videos that have helped to learn the effect.



Out of bounds effect: As you all know, I am working with the PIXLR for a couple of weeks to learn and create new effects. This week I am learning the out of bounds effect. I have found it relatively easy to make and the outcome is amazing. The major steps of creating these effects can be found through the following link:


Galaxy Effect: Galaxy effect is really a cool effect and it is very easy to create using Pixlr. When I was scrolling through videos to get some ideas for my next project, I saw this effect. I was very enthusiastic to learn this effect. So, I took the picture of my favorite actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The final product of this effect is very beautiful.


3-D effect: This 3-D effect on Pixlr is similar to the Glitch effect in Photoshop. Using Pixlr to this effect is much easier than using Photoshop. I take a photo of Cinderella for doing this effect because it is one of my favorite fictional character from Disney world. When I tried to do the 3-D effect on this photo, it was not that hard for me. I have watched a couple of youtube videos and tried to create this effect. The links to the videos are given below:


Glitch Effect: Working with photoshop is complicated and interesting. Complicated because it has many unexpected cool features and there are thousands of ways to create one certain effect.Photoshop is interesting because if one knows how to use it, he/she can conquer the web world with own creativity. I never used Photoshop before taking this class. My first Photoshop Gif took hours to complete because I was struggling to figure out the functions of each command. Though every week I try to do something new and struggle a lot, I believe this is a great learning opportunity.

This week I tried to create GIF using Glitch effect. These following links will take you to my blog post that I have already written and in these blog posts, I have added additional links that will help other students to learn these effects.



Pic Collage: Pic Collage is a great app that makes collages out of pictures. It is free to download.  It is available for Apple, Android and Windows users. People can use it through phones, tablets, and laptops. The layout of this app is pretty simple. However, if anyone needs help, there are a couple of videos on Youtube. I take help from some of these videos when I have made my collages.


I enjoyed this journey being a student in that course. I am looking forward to taking more courses in this field. I am planning to maintain and post my works on this website. As my major is mathematics education, I believe my habit of writing blog posts about my learning experience can inspire my students positively. They can gain enthusiasm or can learn something new from this website. On the other hand, they can share their valuable points of view or ideas with me and I can learn from them too.






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