Group projects can go two ways: REALLY well, or REALLY bad. Thankfully I was put together with a great bunch of individuals. I believe we all worked well together and provided any help another group member needed. The overall experience of working with my group was great. Everyone completed their individual components and executed it well. The collaborative aspect of making the Google Map was a lot more fun than I anticipated. We all had a say in what goes into the map and how we can do justice to The Circle Campus. Sometimes group work can cause a lot of tension between individuals, but I didn’t feel any of that with my group. We knew what we wanted to do, we set goals, and achieved them all together.
I didn’t have any experience with Scalar, but with the help of my group members, I was able to work my way around it. Personally, I thought Scalar was a bit complicated. It had a lot of different components I was not used to and it was intimidating. Yet, it was a very beneficial learning process. With a little more practice, I think I might be able to use it in the future. I think our Scalar turned out pretty well. Each group member had their own section and got to add whatever media they pleased. Although it was our individual component of the final project, I believe it reflects the shared ideas we all had in reading The Circle.
Using Google Maps was brand new for me as well. I thought that I wasn’t going to be able to understand the technicality of it, but it was totally easy. The features were really cool too! My group and I enjoyed trying to envision how The Circle Campus would look like. We played around with the icons and even added pictures to each point.
Dave Egger’s The Circle, was an interestingly terrifying novel. I felt like it is no different from the way our society is today, which heightened my paranoia. But Eggers really allowed us to think deeply about how we use technology and the consequences/benefits of being part of social media.