Tag Archives: writing

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!

 

 

Module Project Part 2

20 Dec

To be completely honest, I actually really enjoyed getting to work with Prezi. It was a website that really made you dig deep into your topic, so that you can get to the meat of the idea and back up what you were talking about with images, videos and movement. This creates a different type of learning that will over take schools in the future.

In my project I based it one on thought, writing is sharing. I explored how in the music industry the sharing of ideas, thoughts, feelings, and new material can be spread with the opportunities that these writing spaces can provide for them. I also look into the connections that different writing spaces can make between authors. Because in the end writing is sharing.

Check out my Prezi Presentation and let me know what you think!

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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Blogs have Refashioned the Idea of Writing: Now Refashion Your Classroom by Incorporating Blogs!

21 Nov

After reading Bolter’s, “Introduction:Writing in the Late Age of Print”, it is clear that all new writing technologies refashion its predecessor. I am new to the world of blogging and I wanted to explore my own question on how blog’s refashion past writing technologies and how they can be incorporated into the classroom. My writing tools have evolved from pencil onto paper and then to the keyboard onto word processor and now my words spill out onto blogs. Blogging offers something different than other writing technologies; it offers collaboration which could be a monumental tool for the classroom.

Blogs are a collaboration of words, images, video, audio, and links which really give the reader an insight into what the writer is trying to share. Even though I once handwrote words onto paper along with hand drawn pictures (mainly crappy looking stick figures) and I still type into word processor and occasionally copy and paste a still image, blogging offers a much different experience. Rettberg explains this difference very well, “In most forms of print publishing, such as newspaper articles, novels, or poetry, the author is not in charge of the way the text will look. The text is written in a word processor (or on a typewriter, or by hand) and submitted to an editor who, usually with a staff of designers, determines the layout. Bloggers, on the other hand, choose their own template and often spend considerable time adjusting the way their blogs look and work.” (Rettberg’s, 4). Blogging gives authors more ownership over their meanings and intentions of style. It puts the author in more than just the role of the writer; the writer also becomes the designer.

What I like most about blogging is the social interaction. Blogging is like a healthy virus. It spreads all over. It “links” writer’s in so many ways. Research articles may reference an idea of another author through quotes or paraphrasing, but how often do we search for that other author? The author shares an idea of another author, but the connection stops there. I have never put a paper article down to search for works of that referenced author that the article mentioned, simply because the work of that author is not readily available. But when reading blogs with hyperlinks, it’s too tempting not to click on the link to see where it will take me. “Student blogging is powerful and stimulating and enriching. The online capacity to link-reference makes for a punchy way to write interconnectedly.” (www.guardian.co.uk). I don’t even think twice about clicking on wherever that writer is wanting to take me and when I click, I am introduced to a whole other site I probably would have never came across my own. The connection of ideas is genius. I think of blogging as a selfless act. The authors of blogs give credit to other authors, web designers, and a variety of other creators so effortlessly. It brings the idea of collaboration to its fullest capacity. Blogs have totally refashioned the static website.

In my future classroom, if I am teaching a higher level of elementary, I will definitely have a classroom blog for my students to participate and collaborate with me and their fellow classmates. I believe it makes the idea of writing and learning much more interesting and engaging for the students.  I think reluctant writers will become more involved and eager to write. The blogs can be used for many different purposes in the classroom; free writing, storytelling, researching, interactive lessons, informative videos, student collaboration with responding to other students, group projects, study tools, etc. It is also a great way to get the parents involved. Parents can view the collaborative classroom blog to see what their child is learning. It forms a learning community which is one of my goals as an educator; for everyone to have a sense of involvement and importance in the learning process. The student’s can become the designers not just the authors of their ideas. To combine words, images, audio, and visual for a well-rounded learning environment. Students learn in many different ways, some students are more visual learners whereas other students are more auditory learners. Blogs can help to differentiate the instruction for the many different types of learners.