Tuesday, May 1, 2012
1: I think that it's meant to be a sort of overarching statement on everything that politicians debate about to sway peoples votes.
2: I think that it's more of a suggestion of the real people, but I can't tell who exactly they are.
3: Labeling is obviously used in the "Tonight's Show: "The Republican Debate"" and "Giant Corporation Puppet Theatre" Which I think is also some sort of exaggeration. The symbolism is shown through the star and strips on the podiums.
4: I'd say the person who wrote this is a Democrat, because this is the Republican debate, not just the political debate.
5: Subtly it is; it's subtly telling you not to vote Republican.
6: I'm not sure I really saw the use of irony in this piece.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The first was Freeform: The Vector Drawing App.
This app seems to resemble the paint function that comes standard on many computers, with the obvious exception of the touch screen capabilities. This should, theoretically, make the use of this product easier to use than the one that come one computers, as the touch screen would make the actual drawing process easier than the pencil tool on the computer. This App has zooming capabilities. You can create and modify objects, and save your projects.
The second was SketchPad.
This App is more simple than Freeform. Whereas Freeform has a lot of tools to chose from in your creation process, SketchPad just has the touch screen drawing capabilities. However, SketchPad does allow you to chose from different types of “paper,” such as college ruled, graphed, plain, etc. Also, you can choose what color you want to draw with. In addition to the drawing capabilities of SketchPad, you can also type with it, and incorporate notes into your drawings.
I chose these two Apps because I thought they would be of obvious benefit to my future students. For theatre practitioners, especially those in the technical side, would benefit from these Apps. It would be possible to use these Apps in the designing of costumes and set pieces, or perhaps even full sets. They would be beneficial in that it would be easier to “erase” any mistakes, or makes changes to the designs, by going back and eliminating and/or what you want changed. Also, the SketchPad App would be helpful when making notes on the designs. Both would be beneficial when it comes to storing and sharing the designs, which would make collaborating on design projects easier, as one could, most likely, save the file and send it, and the other person could open it and make changes.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
||Interesting color scheme. Important Issue. Gives list of useful websites.||Awkward phrasing. Seems to be talking down to the reader.|
World of Shakespeare
|Objectives clearly stated at the beginning. Combines several content areas. Has a well defined evaluation chart. This is all about promoting creativity. Conclusion meant to spark further thinking.||
It assumes that everyone reading knows what a skit, or ad libbing is. Why no ad lib?|
||Fun, creative, and meaningful assignment. Clear group assignments. Clear requirements and instructions, accompanied by helpful pictures.||
Text and color too bright.|
Assumes that students already know about earthquakes, doesn't count for learning about them.
Clear mission statement. Clear requirements. Helpful links.
||Background color way too bright. Doesn't elaborate on how to best convince, or persuade other students best.|
I catching picture.
Way too bright of a color scheme.|
Bernie Dodge, Department of Educational Technology, SDSU
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Pedagogy and teaching can be messy, but you can help clear some of the fog by focusing on content.
There is, apparently a fight going on between different content areas, over which is more important.
One problem with an some newer technology is that it is unstable, however is changes everything.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
This is a really long quote, but it really impressed me.
Tenkely, K. (n.d.). Top 10 technology tips for new teachers. Retrieved from http://teaching.monster.com/benefits/articles/8506-top-10-technology-tips-for-new-teachers
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
There really wasn't a quote that jumped out at me. For some reason I got the idea that this person doesn't actually play video games. The way games are described in this article, it just doesn't seem how someone who plays games would describe them.
School Uses Video Games To Teach Thinking Skills
10 things schools can learn from video games. (2012, January 20). Retrieved from http://www.learningingaming.com/10-things-schools-can-learn-from-video-games/
Chaplin, H. (2010). School uses video gamesto teach thinking skills. NPR, Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128081896
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
a. What is Wikipedia?
According to the article wikipedia describes itself as "Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based encyclopedia project, operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit organization."
b. How would you answer the question posed in this piece “How reliable can a source be when anyone can edit it?”?
Not incredibly, you never know who has changed what, or what their motives or knowledge is.
c. Who do the creators of Wikipedia place their trust in when it comes to weeding out misinformation?
d. Why did founder Larry Sanger leave Wikipedia?
To create a site that depends more on experts.
e. What would abuse or vandalism look like on a Wikipedia page?
Heavy handed bias for or against the subject of an article.
f. What do the statistics quoted in the third paragraph of this piece reveal?
That Wikipedia is highly successful and still growing.
g. Why do you think Wikipedia is so successful?
It's easy to use and access.
h. Why might Wikipedia’s creators not want to accept advertising?
i. How does Wikiscanner help increase the reliability of Wikipedia entries?
It helps make sure that those leaving information on the site is are trustworthy and unbiased.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Has someone taken responsibility for the content of this Web site?
Not a single group, or person, no. However the author of the article is listed.
Are there any links to in-depth information about the author or organization?
There is a link to their mission statement, but not who they are. Again though there is a link in the article to a short biography on the author.
Can you contact the company or author through a real world postal address or phone number?
No they only have an email address.
Is the information biased in any way?
No, they are offering both sides of the argument in a objective way.
Does the site's information seem thorough and well organized?
It is very well organized. It sets up the information in a concise way, then expands on it
Does the Web site offer a list of further in-depth resources or links to such resources?
It has a related information section, with links to this information. However all of their arguments, both for and against have no supporting facts, or evidence to back them up, except for one link to a incredibly biased website.
Is it important that the information you're looking for be absolutely current?
Yes, as there is new, and changing information on the fight for gay rights, and gay marriage, coming out all the time.
Is a reference date provided to show when the material was put online, or when it was last updated?
There is information on when the site was last updated.
Do the links work?
Yes, but some of them lead to more opinion sites, and some lead to advertisements to things that have nothing to do with the issue.
Can I get the information faster offline?
No, I don't believe I can.
Does the online material I'm finding suit my needs?
Not at this particular site.
Am I able to verify this information?
No, there are not many links to their sources, but there are links to what they consider relevant information.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
"Repeating third grade at a new school, after having been asked to leave my old one for hitting kids who made fun of my perceived stupidity, I was placed in the “dummy class.” There were three of us, separated from our classmates at a table in the corner of the room. One day, the teacher, who seldom spoke to us since it was understood that most of what she taught was beyond the reach of our intelligence, placed books in our hands and whispered that we should sit there quietly “pretending to read.” The principal was coming."
This kind of hit hard for me because I was that kid. It's sad that as much as we know about learning disorders, we're still not as educated or as open minded as we should be. What's even sadder is that, that 'dummy class' I was in, wasn't because I had a learning disability. When I moved to that town, my fifth grade class was the largest that that school had ever had, so they had to split us into three homerooms instead of two. There was A class, B class, and C class. A and B were the 'smart kids' and got to have regular classes, moving around the building. C class had to have all our classes but three in our room, which looked like a dank, converted storage closet.
Learning Disabilities in Children
This site discribes a multitude of different learning disabilities. Also this site has information on mental and emotional aspects of a students life, as well as many other problem areas for students.
Schultz, P. (2011, September 3). Words failed, then saved me. The new york times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/opinion/sunday/with-dyslexia-words-failed-me-and-then-saved-me.html?_r=2
Kemp, G., Smith, M., & Segal, J. (2012, January). Learning disabilities in children. Retrieved from http://www.helpguide.org/mental/learning_disabilities.htm
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Are Digital Media Changing Language?
The Keypad Solution
There wasn't Anything that jumped out at me from the second article, but I did find two quotes from the first article that struck me.
"Diminished concern over spelling and punctuation. Spell-check, along with online search engines, may be convincing us that devoting energy to honing spelling skills is anachronistic. Even before you finish typing a word containing an error, spell-check often automatically corrects the word. Similarly, if you type a misspelled word (or phrase) into Google, chances are the search engine will land you pretty much at the same list of sites you would have reached had you been a finalist in the National Spelling Bee."
I really agree with this quote, and it reminded me of a poem I read once about the spell check problem. Another problem with spell check, that she doesn't mention here is that, even if you type a word correctly, it may me a word that sounds the same, but means something entirely different. Also if you type a word incorrectly, there are a lot of instances where spell check will change it to an entirely different word than the one you were intending. Also, she overestimates the cockiness of google, the minute you type the wrong word in that engine they come back with a "didn't you mean ___."
"No longer do we say that Li Po "talks strangely"; rather, she is an "English language learner." Instead of criticizing Bill from Appalachia (who says "Him and me went home"), we note that Bill speaks another dialect of English."
This one bothered me a little. In her effort to say that we are no longer racist, she was incredibly racist. Li Po? Did she right down as many stereotypical names as she could think of and throw a dart to choose which she'd use? The same thing with Bill. And as someone from Southern Appalachia, I'm personally insulted by the 'him and me went home' crack. Granted I will admit, I happen to have a chip on my shoulders about where I come from, but I still think there are better ways she could have addressed that issue.
Here is a poem that shows all that can go wrong with your spell checking experience: Ode to a Spell Checker
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
My quote from this article is:
"For example, the Suunto X6-HR is a powerful watch that has many functions inside it like “a heart-rate monitor with an altimeter in a slick package that's water-resistant for 100 meters” (CNET, n.d.)." (Smart watches and learning styles.)
I chose this quote because it began the articles decent to being a product placement ad. I liked that the article was giving examples of what technology to use and reasons why to use it, but I did not agree with the 'buy-this-product' atmosphere it quickly picked up. They sent entire paragraphs on why you should buy different products. Thankfully they brought it back to the true subject matter.
I found another website with learning materials designed to help teachers integrate technology into their classroom, with diverse students in mind.
Web 2.0 and emerging learning technologies/learning styles. (2011, May 19). Retrieved from http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Web_2.0_and_Emerging_Learning_Technologies/Learning
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
This was a beautiful, and incredibly intelligent way to open this article. It just sucks you in and makes you ask, "why do I need that number?" and you know you have to keep reading to find out. So you do keep reading and you get the payoff. It's just a wonderful set up, to get you going and keep you focused into the article.
I found a video that boasts the use and benefits of digital media in the classroom.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I believe the best way students learn is by doing, especially in theatre. I believe theatre itself provides children with a release of their pent up energies that have built up over the day, as well as providing a creative outlet for them. Some of the things I plan on exploring include warm-up exercises every actor or actress should know. I'll also cover some fun theatre games to begin them on their path on acting. Then I'd cover different "genres" of plays, such as commedia dell'arte, and theatre of the absurd. All of this will lead to the class play, which I will allow the students the chance to chose.