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Module Project: Part 2

18 Dec

I actually really like Prezi, to be completely honest. It has a real edge over PowerPoint and it was fun to create, add in media and move all over the place! This could prove to be a great program to use in my future classroom. I found the voice-over to be quite simple once I practiced reading aloud a few times. While I still struggled a few times in synchronizing the narrative with the Prezi, I just kept going because at the point, I was not starting over.

My Prezi presentation lists how I think writing is defined today, and briefly touches on the direction it could go in the future. Writing today branches much more than text, and encourages communication, interaction and collaboration. I discussed that many online writing spaces define the authors themselves, and writers need to be aware that their writing portrays them in that way, however negative or positive. Additionally, I give examples of how writing spaces can affect our writing styles, and the tools each writer needs to be aware of when using different spaces.

Watch my Prezi presentation and let me know what you think!

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How addicted are YOU?

11 Dec

I think I have withdrawals- not using Facebook for a week has driven me crazy. I thought I would be able to control myself, whereas I didn’t think I would actually have to delete the shortcut off my computer and the app from my phone. WRONG. I woke up on that Wednesday morning, checked my email and clicked on the Facebook icon! After catching myself, I immediately deleted it to avoid further mishaps.

Am I crazy? Surely I should not feel this strongly about a social network. But I found myself wondering whose birthday it was, how everyone’s weekend went and what others had to say about my weekend pictures. Which made me wonder if I like Facebook because 500 of my closest friends can talk to me, or because I can see what everyone and their mother is doing. And that made me feel just plain creepy.

I know we were supposed to tweet each time we were tempted to go on Facebook, but I think I avoided my phone a lot more this week just because I really had nothing to do on it. After reading a couple articles on Facebook with relation to psychology, I found there was more than one mental test out there to see how strong your addiction to Facebook really is! Some people (…and myself) need to go on every day, maybe just to check their notifications, which I will admit make me happy when I have them. I guess part of it is the validation of “Yes, I did have a great time this weekend with my beautiful friends and if you like it, then you agree!”. I also wondered if people would think I was rude by not responding, even though I posted a status about being away for a week. Is that what’s blanketed under manners now, Facebook etiquette?

But I do know something for sure- Tuesday at 6 PM, this girl is re-downloading the Facebook app and immersing herself back in the Facebook world.

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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