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Final Prezi Project!!

6 Apr

For the Prezi project on Identity I focused on the different online profiles I have created for myself. Throughout my project I showed viewers how I use the Internet and the comparison of my virtual and real world identities. While doing this project I really thought about how I portray myself and use the Internet. In the end I realized that I do use the Internet a lot, but I have projected myself on to the internet in appropriate ways. At the conclusion of the project I realized I am happy with who I am on the Internet and certainly off of the internet. It is amazing how much people use the Internet on a daily basis. I have numerous profiles online that create semiotic domains with pictures, texts, and videos that have showed people my identity. Overall, I think I was successful with showing who I am on the Internet, evaluate how I use it, and analyze some of the articles we had looked at throughout this module. ENJOY!


Identity Project Summary

27 Mar

For my Prezi I looked at how we see the different sites we use. I used pictures of myself and photos I have taken to help with my identity. As well as images of each of the sites I have a profile on. In my narrative I wrote about how we are trained to be apart of these social sites like mice are trained in mazes. Each of the domains has different norms that become habits and a part of our daily routine. Then i showed my affinity groups that consist of my followers and friends. Throughout my narrative I compared the identities of the virtual world to the real world by using the symbol of the seesaw and how a balance is necessary, but not always possible. I feel as if this assignment showed me how so many people turn to the virtual world to show who they really are. That even I use my online identity as a part of my daily routine. Now it seems like the Internet and virtual world is taking over my identity, but it is still showing who I am. The seesaw has remained weighted toward the virtual world, but I have found a way to stay connected in the real world with out virtual means becoming my only identity. I want to know if there can ever be a balance between the two worlds.



Is anything ever completely original?

25 Mar

When posting on YouTube users have to be careful when being imposed with copyright infringement. “The way to ensure that your video doesn’t infringe someone else’s copyright is to use your skills and imagination to create something completely original,” (Copyright Tips on YouTube). But how do you create something “completely original” when most people generate ideas from another piece of work because there is some inspiration behind the new idea.

Online YouTube offers self-help pages about preventing copyright, what copyright is, and what happens when you upload infringing content. YouTube has these pages as disclaimers to project their website and others original pieces of work. They also offer this disclaimer,


On YouTube all videos, clips, and audio have to be original works. However, aren’t there numerous videos that are remakes of other videos or responses to other videos? Are they “completely original” works if they are responses or reactions to other original works? I wonder what exact regulations or guidelines are written out they decided exactly what videos are “completely original” and what are copies.

In the chapter, “Copyright and American culture: Ideas, expressions, and democracy,” by Siva Vaidhyanathan says, “Copyright was created as a policy that balanced the interests of authors, publishers, and readers,” (Vaidhtanathan, 20). It is a way to protect the creators of the “completely original” pieces of work. It is hard to believe that a lot of videos on YouTube are remaining online and are considered original pieces of work. I have seen numerous videos that are remakes, responses, or paradoxes of other videos.

What makes some thing “completely original” if it’s a response to another video or the idea was inspired from another video?

Should teachers be concerned with copyright infringement?

22 Mar

I have gotten many lesson plan ideas, activities, or games to use in the numerous lesson plans I have written. I am sure that I will continue using the public domain of the Internet to collect ideas, show my ideas, and always have something new in my classroom. But should I or other teachers be worried about copyright infringement? “Copyright is a “deal” that the American people, through Congress, made with the writers and publishers of books,” (Vaidhyanathan, 21). Teachers have numerous online, text, references, and resources for developing unit plans and activities for their students.

If it’s from the online public domain we don’t have to be worried about copyright because all rights to the ideas expire once they are on the Internet and anyone is allowed to use and distribute the ideas, activities, or lesson plans on the Internet. This is important to know because from one idea generates another and since there are numerous ways to teach a lesson the more teachers can share the more we are able to collaborate. is a free online public domain for teachers to find, share, and connect with other teachers. It is a search engine website that only generates to other teaching websites, links, and online resources. It is an absolutely amazing domain to look through for any lesson plan. You can search a topic, a subject, or even curriculum standards and pages of information will turn up at the click of a button.

Although most things educators find on the Internet are safe to use we should still be aware of what copyright means.

Copyright was created as a policy that balanced the interests of authors, publishers, and readers…Copyright is more than one right. It is a       “bundle” of rights that includes the exclusive rights to make copies, authorize others to make copies, create derivative works such as translations and displays in other media, sell the work, perform the work publicly, and petition a court for relief in case others infringe on any of these rights. (Vaidhyanathan, 20-21)

Since teachers mostly like making numerous copies of worksheets or display different forms of media in the classroom some may begin to worry about possible infringement. However, the online public domain makes it harder (not impossible) to break copyright laws.

Is the World Obsessed with Facebook?

17 Mar

“The study also found that low-conscientious procrastinators used Facebook as a way to avoid doing actual work,” is a quote from the online article Study: Your Facebook Personality is the Real You, by Alicia Eler. This article really made me think am I who I want to be online and in reality? In reality I think yes. But, I am portraying this online? Sometimes I wish I had never started Facebook because I know a few people my age, 20, that never got on Facebook. Although I am very careful about what I put on my Facebook and Twitter, I still fear that one day there is the possibility of social networking having a negative impact on my life. Hopefully, it will never come down to Facebook deciding if I get a job or not.

Facebook is for sure a form of procrastination. I jump on the computer just to see what funny things my friends have posted or to check the video my friends were talking about at lunch that is on whoever’s wall. Then 20- 30 minutes later I realize I am still scrolling down my news feed. Thirty minutes that I have pretty much wasted and used to put off the work I actually have to do. The population includes people of all ages from middle school students to retired adults, who are all logging in a lot of time online.

However, it is amazing that in those 20 minutes millions of people are posting and completing millions of things on Facebook. The YouTube Video by Alex Trimpe called, “The World is Obsessed With Facebook,” shows how much really happen in those 20 minutes all around the world.


Some of the facts really shocked me:

Data shows that1 in 13 people in the world are on Facebook.

48% from 18- 34 of people log on to Facebook first thing in the morning.

57% of people talk more online then in real life.

40% of young Americans said they find out news through Facebook.

 It is absolutely mind blowing because this data shows people all around the world really are obsessed with Facebook. It makes me think how much more could have been accomplish in the world if Facebook was never invented. Say doctors around the world had 1,851,000 attempts at finding a cure for cancer in twenty minutes instead of there being that many status updates in only twenty minutes. Or 2,716,000 messages were sent to protest a bill in congress instead of that many message sent on Facebook. And if the 57% of people who talk more online than in real life, reversed that statistic how many great things could have been said that had the possibility to change something in the world? I feel as if social networking using are more willing to post, message, or link something on Facebook than to do something in real life that can make a difference. As every twenty minutes go by in a day people are doing more on Facebook than in real life as they hide behind a computer screen.

But will it ever change?

Only time will tell, and if someone stands up and says something in real life and not through a keyboard. 

Can Technology Better The Way We Teach Reading?

10 Mar

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better: it’s not.”

            This notable quote is from the Dr. Seuss Book, The Lorax, who would have celebrated his 108th birthday on Friday, March 2nd, 2012. The month of March is known as the month for “Read Across America” as students are challenged to read as many books as possible in this given month.

This quote is relatable to the education system in New Jersey and the United States. If something is wrong, nothing is going to be fixed unless a person or people really care about the education system. An important part of being involved in schools is finding more ways to better our education system. One of the currently popular topics involved with the educational system is the use of or ways of technology in the classroom; furthermore, there is the possibility of using different forms of technology to teach reading, something that the famous author Dr. Seuss was very passionate about. Seuss’s books are still loved by children all around the world today in thousands of schools.

The article “Technology and Teaching Children to Read: What does the research say?” by NEIR*TEC, provides numerous ways to use technology to teach phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. These five skills are important for all students to master in order to become successful readers. Some of the technologies mentioned were computer software, E-books, multimedia, computer- based games, or computer drill programs.

Although Dr. Seuss is not around to see the transformation technology has provided in the classroom, he would most likely have embraced the interaction technology brings to the table when teaching young children to read. His books about Truffula trees, Whoville, the Cat in the Hat, Star-Belly Sneetches, Fish, Grinch, Lorax, and hundreds more, were all meant to bring children into the world of “Seussville” in an interactive way. Technology and creative authors like Dr. Seuss can change the way reading is taught to children in a positive and far more interactive way then schools have ever seen before.

Other Links to Look at:

Technology and Teaching Children to Read

Seussville Online

Who am I according to Target?

5 Mar

Walking into Target, to purchase a new pair of heels, a new Chelsea Handler book, a memory card for my camera, a pack of twizzlers, OPI nailpolish, and new Covergirl Mascara. What is Andrew Pole thinking of me?

Instantly, they must know I am a girl and that I am around the ages of 17- 24 because the novel I purchased, the heels, and the makeup. Am I going to be comfortable with Target knowing this about me? Or is it beneficial because I will get coupons ad ads showing me the products I like that are on sale or have different promotions?

As I read the article “How Companies Learn Your Secrets,” from the New York Times by Charles Duhigg. I began to think of how different stores, websites, and companies have access to numerous pieces of information on me even if I had only shopped there once or twice. This made me think of the information people can get off your Facebook after only being on your page once or twice. Viwers can see your sex, birthday, relationships, interests, and email address. All on the Internet and now public information.

This article fascinated me because I can only imagine how many stores and online websites have different identities on me because of what I buy. They must know my exact habits of my online shopping since every ad on the side of my computer always relates to the products I was just putting in my shopping cart or checking into my wish list. I have noticed that one of my habit loops is the payday. I know that on the Friday’s I get paid I ready to go buy something, and this could be a habit for others my age. Can Target, or other stores, tell the days I get paid based on the days I shop every two weeks?

Will they be sending me ads every two weeks? (Cue) Knowing that I am more likely to spend money on the Fridays I get paid (Routine.) Then enjoy buying myself something because I worked hard and earned the money (Reward). How are we supposed to prevent them from triggering our cues that are imbedded into our routines?

Stores like Target and similar competitors have begun to create these computer-generating identities of us, but are customers going to try to prevent these customized ads by trying to break the system or encourage them? It is hard to say which side of this argument presents the greener grass or the sweeter deal. Every customer loves to have coupons or promotions for them, so aren’t these corporations helping us to help them?

As a future teacher I will be regularly buying classroom supplies, stickers, crafts, holiday items, books, and other things I will need for my classroom. If stores like Target generate this profile that place me as teacher it could help me save money and help me to see what Target has to offer compared to other stores. Target would be sending me ads and promotions for the things I needed. Yes, it would be mixed with things I didn’t necessarily need. But, if all stores did this like Target, Walmart, A.C. Moore, and Kmart, they would be able to show their consumers what they have to offer for their particular needs. Then after comparing all of these customized ads for a teacher it would be easier to decide what I would buy from each store. Isn’t it like these stores are doing the work for me when I am hunting for a bargain?

These corporations are activating our cues that fit within our routines and create our reward by buying on a regular basis at a good price. Is it weird that these corporations are creating these identities and knowing about my life? Yes. But, wouldn’t it be much easier to show us the things we need or want verses looking among numerous stores to find the items? People put too much information on social networking cites and if they aren’t concerned with that information being on the internet then they shouldn’t be concerned with the corporations like Target trying to identify their shopping profile or identity.

This was mentioned in the article and I wanted to find out if this had really happened and this is what I stumbled on:

How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did