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Final Project, Finally!

20 Dec

As much I was dreading this prezi, especially the voice over, I can honestly say I don’t think I could ever go back to powerpoint again. I loved how much more creative you could get with the prezi compared to a more structured powerpoint. I was reluctant with twitter in the beginning as well. I am not a big fan of change, but I now enjoy both twitter, prezi, and jing thanks to this class! This prezi really just sums up my definition of what writing and being a writer means in today’s world. Now watching it, it doesn’t seem like it took that much time, but a lot of thought (and many retakes) went into it. I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

Final Project-Very rough draft!

13 Dec

This final project has been challenging for me! Gathering all my thoughts together for the narrative and figuring out how to use prezi and what I want to incorporate to best symbolize my narrative has been mind boggling. Below is a very rough draft of my prezi. I want to take more time to edit my narrative before I spend more time on the prezi. Then the voice over with jing is next to come!

Rough Draft Prezi– This program is new for me. I still have a lot to figure out.

Dear future educators, don’t let Facebook or Twitter be the reason you do not get hired!

12 Dec

Many of us are quickly approaching the end of our college education. Being an education student at Rowan, I know by the time I graduate, I will be full of knowledge, skills, strategies, and experience needed to be an effective teacher. 5 years of lectures, presentations, research, projects, papers, field experience, the list goes on and on. But now the time has come for you to land that job you have been working so hard for.

Imagine your first interview, palms sweaty, legs shaking, yet you leave feeling like you nailed it! You hope for the principal to call and tell you, “We would like to offer you a 3rd grade teaching position.” Awesome! All that hard work is now paying off! You got the job of your dreams! But wait, before the principal made that call, he decided to stalk your Facebook. Instead, that long awaited phone call from the principal now says, “After our interview and thoroughly reviewing your resume, I believe you would be a great addition to our teaching staff, but after coming across a photo of you boozing it up with a caption saying “white girl wasted!” and a status saying, “The principal I just interviewed was such a tool bag, but I think I nailed it!” I have decided to reconsider.” Well now, doesn’t that suck! All that hard work, time, and money invested is useless if you are not smart about what you post onto your social networking sites. Even if you think you have your privacy settings set to where you think only your friends can see you, it only takes that one photo, status, or comment to be seen by one wrong person who is just waiting to throw you under the bus. Or that one picture of you at a bar throwing back a birthday shot, and that friend is friends with a member of the school board. Now that member on the school board no longer thinks highly of how you made yourself sound from your resume. Your years of education and exceptional resume does zero justice for you when your Facebook reveals so much more.

After reading a few articles online, I can’t help but think it is time to clean up my Facebook, to be more aware of my future posts and photos, or maybe just delete the whole thing all together. After reading the article, “Facebook Faux Pas Leads to Teacher Losing Job”, “I hate their guts-they are all devil’s spawn” and “Teachers under the morality microscope” part of me realizes that I need to have common sense when it comes to social networking, but I am also very frustrated with how teachers are held at such high standards even when going about their every day lives outside of the classroom.

Certain situations where teachers have been fired for posts on their Facebook are a little over the top. For example, A Georgia teacher, Ashley Payne, was vacationing in Europe over the summer. She visited a brewery and when she returned she posted pictures from her trip along with a picture of herself holding a beer in her hand while at the brewery. An anonymous e-mail was written to the principal from a “parent of a student” (more likely a rival teacher or enemy looking to ruin Ashley’s career) (Click here to read the email) Ashley was forced to resign. This situation angers me to no end. After reading the e-mail, it is obvious to me that this “parent of a student” is more likely an envious …(insert horrible, vulgar name here). I hope that envious person who ruined Ashley’s career realizes that what goes around comes around.

Ashley Payne's photo that got her fired

Ashley Payne’s photo that got her fired

Some situations where teachers are canned for something on a social networking site, I 100% agree with. For example, a student drowned at the beach during a field trip, and the next day a 5th grade teacher from Brooklyn posted a status saying, “After today, I am thinking the beach sounds like a wonderful idea for my 5th graders! I HATE THEIR GUTS! They are the devils spawn!” What blows my mind the most is that this teacher got her job back. This repulses me. If I ever saw this teacher in person, I would probably slap her for her lack of common sense and then punch her for their lack of empathy for that child who drowned. Actually I take that back, I would not commit any act of violence because that is wrong and I am going to be a teacher held at high standards and promoting violence through my educational blog is silly of me. (Ugh)

Basically, we need to have common sense, zero enemies, and a social networking site of a nun in order to get a teaching job and not get fired. Personally, I think the rules need to be clearer as far as what is acceptable and what is not and teachers should be able to enjoy their lives outside of the classroom without the fear of being fired. Drinking over the age of 21 is legal, if a teacher has a photo with a drink in their hand, that does not mean they are a bad teacher. In the mean time, future educators, start cleaning your Facebook pages today!

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Stalker free is the way to be!

12 Dec
Notifications await!

Notifications await!

I successfully completed the Facebook challenge! Being without Facebook for the week was surprisingly enjoyable. It is like a sick obsession, an addiction, and being away from it was detoxifying. I find that many times when I am on Facebook, I don’t even realize it. Being on Facebook is like a unconcious act, my finger just taps on the app and before I know it I am scrolling through my newsfeed, stalking away, finding out information about others I could honestly not care less about, yet I can’t stop. I would be lying if I said I did not miss it at all. Well, maybe miss is not the right word. I did not exactly miss being on Facebook, but I missed out on a few thing because I was not checking in on my Facebook. For example; I always know the round about dates to my best friends birthdays. I know as far as the month, and whether it is the beginning, middle, or end. I leave the rest up to Facebook to prompt me on the actual date. Well, this Facebook challenge made me miss one of my best friends birthday. I actually had to call another mutual friend and ask them to check on Facebook for the actual date. Then that friend told me, “it was 2 days ago”. Needless to say, I was in the crappy friend dog house, but luckily my good friend quickly got over it.

The only times I really missed having Facebook was when I got home from work late at night. I am a bartender and don’t get home till 1am-3am. After running my butt off all through the night and into the wee hours of the morning, it takes me awhile to wind down, and Facebook is usually my go to app. Usually every night (or technically morning) after work I lie in bed, my body exhausted but my mind still running, and I scroll through my news feed until I relax and fall asleep. At first I hated twitter as my Facebook substitute, but it got the job done, along with my buddy Pinterest. Many people use Facebook to pass time, but everyone complains that they need more time, so why waste it on Facebook? Maybe I am still stuck in my detoxified stage and may have a relapse, but I have to admit this was a good experience.

Even when I logged in for the first time tonight, seeing those 22 notification, 2 friends requests, and 1 message, I knew it was most likely nothing important. The only time I am actually curious about  a notification is when it is a picture tag. I know I am speaking for many girls when I say this, but when you see you are tagged in a photo, you have to check to make sure you approve! If not, you will instantly do everything you can to get that tagger to take the photo down to save yourself the embarrassment of the horrible photo, even though you are probably just being picky and you look totally fine. But luckily for me, I knew that none of those notifications were picture tags because my email would have notified me. I also do not go out as much as I used to so I was not worried about a potential embarrassing photo being tagged like I used to in my party days! Although, I did rap “Baby got back” on the mic at work the other night, so I could have possibly been tagged in a video! Now that would be super embarrassing!

The only other time I felt like I needed Facebook was for work. Like I said, I am a bartender at a local bar in my town. The bar uses Facebook to promote events and drink specials which is usually part of my job. It was hard not seeing upcoming events, the live entertainment, and posting drink specials to try to get my friends to come up. So instead I had to find out the old school way, you know, like text or call my boss and ask a few simple questions. That was totally, like, such an inconvenience! (Kidding)

Overall, this week away from Facebook felt like rehab for my addiction. I think my addiction has been cured, and I honestly may not even download the app back on my phone. Maybe just log in from a computer here or there to upload pictures or post a status; or to untag an embarrassing video of me rapping! You never know when someone is capturing a moment of you acting a fool!

Innocently, We Are All Law Breakers: Copyrighting is Cramping Creativity.

10 Dec

After watching the documentary, RIP: A Remix Manifesto by Gaylor, and “Laws that Choke Creativity” by Lessig, it is clear that many of us have committed copyright infringement. According to copyright.gov, “copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner” (copyright.gov).

Have you downloaded music for free? Made a presentation with a song playing in the background? Video recorded your favorite musician at a live concert and uploaded it onto youtube? You may have committed copyright infringement. Many situations can be considered “fair use” but many can also be considered copyright infringement. According to copyright.gov, “The distinction between what is fair use and what is infringement in a particular case will not always be clear or easily defined” (copyright.gov). There is a bit of a gray area when it comes to what’s right and what’s wrong.

The whole purpose of having the internet is to share. So why must copyright laws continue to cramp creativity? Disc Jockey’s are known for mashing up music. They put a spin on the old to make it exciting, catchy, and new. So yes maybe they are using songs from other artists, but they are making it their own with new beats, new transitions, and remixes. We take ideas from others on a daily basis. We read works of others and spread their ideas and mix them with our own. Yes, we have to properly cite our sources so we aren’t committing plagiarism, but I have a feeling, overtime, these copyright laws and plagiarism rules are going to have to give.

With the world revolving around the internet, we are constantly collaborating, sharing, taking, giving, and spreading ideas, news, facts, thoughts, images, video’s, and songs for the world to see. Our ideas are all intertwined with each other’s, it’s hard to say where they actually come from. Copyright infringement is happening constantly, and people are and will continue to get away with it. I can’t help but to think that we are only a few decades away from  many of the copyright laws, and plagiarism rules to disperse. Unless someone comes up with a crazy technology that automatically scans all work uploaded to the internet to catch for plagiarism and copyright infringement. A system like turnitin.com but much bigger and scanning more than just text. Now that will really be scary!

Personally, I think as long as someone else’s work is used respectively, share away!

 

 

 

 

Experiencing New Writing Spaces!

7 Dec

Writing on paper, Facebook, Twitter, my note pad and Microsoft Word was nothing out of my element. But writing spaces like Writer, Ommwriter, and JDarkRoom were all new for me. Some writing spaces inspired me to write, while others left me staring blank into the dark. JDarkRoom and Writer were very common, with their dark background and green text. I actually thought of them as more of a distraction being able to see my reflection. Ommwriter was my favorite out of all the distraction-free websites. Although the music got old after a little while, I felt very calm and welcomed in that writing space. I could see myself using that space to free-write, creative write, or as a diary.

Microsoft Word will forever be my goto writing space for academic purposes. The spell check, formatting, and the toolbar in general is hard to write academically without. I even find that if I am trying to write other things rather than academic in that writing space, I still feel pressured to sound educated and have all of my sentence structures grammar free and well organized. There is something about Microsoft Word that just screams academic. I don’t know if it is because it’s always how I used it, and now it’s hard for me to think of it otherwise, but it is not a writing space I would write in for any other purpose.

Using google docs for the first time was very interesting. Overwhelming at first, but soon after I found myself collaborating my ideas with others quicker than ever. I think google docs is great for synchronous purposes, like peer tutoring, collaborative writing, and projects. I loved the fact that I could be a part of the class project from home so I did not have to miss out. My only suggestion would be to limit the amount of participants because it can become confusing and unorganized quickly.

If I want to make a lists that I can easily access, my notepad on my iPhone is my #1 choice. I always have my phone with me, so whether the list is a grocery list, a to-do list, a school schedule, or reminders, the note pad is quick and easy to access. I like how the date is there on each entry and they can easily be edited, and on the iPhone you can copy and paste!

Each writing space provides a different experience,  so find the write writing space to suit your specific writing needs; there are many to chose from! There is no need to settle for just one!

Writer

Writer

Ommwriter

OmmWriter

JDarkRoom

JDarkRoom

Note pad from my iPhone

Note pad from my iPhone

Lined Paper

Lined Paper

Twitter

Twitter

Wordpress

WordPress

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

Google docs

Google docs

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Texting, Typing, and Carpal Tunnel, Oh My!

6 Dec

After watching, “As Real as Your Life” by M. Highland, it really made me think of all the people I know who are addicted to video games, my brother being one of them. Not only did it make me think of video game addicts, it made me think of how many of us are addicted to pretty much anything with a screen; TV, computers, cell phones, iPads, iPods, Nintendo DS, GPS, etc. Maybe “addicted” is a strong word, but we have a sense of dependency for these items, and at this point, we don’t know what it is like to be without them. The other day I left home without my cell phone. I began to think, what if I get lost and need my GPS? How will I check my emails throughout the day? My mom, dad, boyfriend, and best friend are going to think I fell of the face of the earth, have been kidnaped, or go into a car accident and died! Even though I was already 20 minutes away, the feeling of being without this piece of technology overwhelmed me, so I had to turn around. It is pathetic if you think about it, but it is the world we live in.

As much as technology has to offer, The more I type and text, I can’t help but to think it is going to have physical implications. The dependency and addictions teens and even adults have for cell phones and computers can have a negative effect. I am on my computer at least 3 hours a day for school purposes, I send at least 30 texts everyday day (which is very low compared to teens these days), and I Facebook, tweet, surf the web, and send e-mails from my phone. Over the past year, I have noticed that my pinky finger on my right hand is always curled up and I have a very hard time straightening it. When I type and text, it doesn’t reach the keys or play a part in the texting, so it does not serve a purpose, it just curls and cramps up. When ever I am typing for long periods of time, I get a bad cramping pain in my pinky finger. I am worried it could be an early sign of carpal tunnel. I googled carpal tunnel and technology and I found out that I am not alone. Teens have already been experiencing this issue due to the mass amount of texting. I read this article, “New Technology Causing Increased Risk for Carpal Tunnel”, and Dr. Sivia was quoted saying, “The repetitiveness of using a computer for typing as well as using text on your phone, that combination can increase your risk for stress issues or carpal tunnel syndrome.” (wpsdlocal6.com).

Carpal tunnel from texting! YIKES!

Carpal tunnel from texting! YIKES!

 

My awkward pinky! I should probably get that checked out!

My awkward pinky! I should probably get that checked out!

I am not suggesting that we boycott texting and typing, but I do think we need to be aware of these implications and make sure we are not using these technologies to an access. In the mean time, I am going to end this blog so I can stretch out my curled up pinky finger before it feels like it is going to fall off!