Tag Archives: Internet

Identity Project

27 Mar

For my identitiy project, I focused on all of the sites I use as well as pictures that describe who I am. This project is not complete and I had so many problems along the way. I also have many other things I want to add to it as well as change parts of my narrative. I am finally getting the hang of prezi. Enjoy



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?


Internet Identity

5 Mar

For class we were assigned to read an article called “Who Am We” which talks about our online identity. Personally I thought the article was very strange, but it did have some very good points.  After reading the article I started thinking about my online identity and about other people’s identities. How do people perceive me online? Do I act the same online as I do in person? I kept asking myself these questions and finally I made a list of all the sites I use (which is not many) and thought about how people may perceive me. First, I use Facebook. If someone were to visit my Facebook page they would see that it is private because I do not add people I do not know. I also do not have where I go to school, where I work, my phone number, or any other personal information. I do not put this information on Facebook because it is not safe to share that kind of information with the public. Even though my page is on private there are ways of getting that information. Someone will be able to see who my friends are, what I look like, what I do for fun, and sometimes where I am going. I do not post many status updates, so someone would not be able to tell too much about be from that. In a way I guess I am not being completely honest on Facebook because I do not give my information, but it is only to protect myself. Next, I use Twitter. The only information about my identity someone would get from Twitter about me is what I am doing and my name. My tweets are completely honest (which could probably offend someone), but that is just me. I am a very honest person and I am not going to hide who I am because I am using twitter. I also use Instagram. By looking at my Instagram, a person would see a lot of pictures of my favorite foods, my friends, and my interests. Lastly, I just started blogging for class. I do not really like blogging, but people who read my blogs can learn what I am learning about in school and my opinions on certain issues. After I figured out my different internet identities, I realized that I am the same person online as I am in person. I do not lie about anything on the internet to make myself seem “cooler.” There are so many people that lie about themselves online and it is important to be careful when using these sites because there are creepy people in the world.

A Single Week Without Facebook! Oh no!

4 Mar

A few hours with out Facebook? Sure I can do that! A day or two without Facebook? Why not? How about an entire week without Facebook? Now that is a test. Can today’s generation of Facebook users go a week without this social networking site? It really is a test to see how addicting this “drug” is for us.

After reading the article, Who am We? by Sherry Turkle, I began to think about how I look on the internet and what my identity appears to be. Furthermore, “how computers are not just changing our lives but changing our selves,” (Turkle, 1). I would have to agree that the Internet has changed my identity. Between my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Gmail, and Optonline account, I have different identities on each one of them. Facebook is the way to connect with my friends and family that are all over the nation. Twitter is a way to talk with people who are branched more locally. And the rest are other personal and school emails.

Do I miss Facebook? I mean yes and no. Am I tempted to go on Facebook? Some of the time and it is when I am on my phone and see the bookmarks on my Internet home page. Then the weekend rolled around, a lot of my family was visiting, and I began too want to go on Facebook. Mainly, because everyone was talking about things they posted about traveling, their kids, or something funny they saw at the airport. I thought that it would be easier to be off Facebook when I was at home; however, it wasn’t easier than being at school. While being at school and not having Facebook I was able to be far more productive and get my homework and reading done earlier in the day.

Then I really began to think about my daily usage of Facebook. I get on in the morning first thing when I wake up and check all of the sites: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, while I am doing this I usually eat my breakfast. Throughout the day I have notifications on my iPhone that keep me very up to date on all my social networking websites (Not necessary and almost wishing I didn’t have it at times). Every time I open my computer I check Facebook and Twitter even if I am just jumping on the computer to Google something. These social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter make a less than 5 minutes task anywhere from a fifteen to twenty minute task. When I sit down to do my homework it takes me another ten to twenty minutes to check each site and then shut it down and do my work. It is amazing how much of a waste of time Facebook is on a daily basis.

On Tuesday, when the Facebook strike is over, I am sure I will jump back on Facebook. However, I am really going to relook at everything I have online and to make sure the identity I propose to the cyber world is one that I am happy with. Even though I am already really careful with what I put on the Internet, after reading Turkle’s article I want to make sure that Facebook is not allowing me to, “discover things about yourself that [I] never knew before,” that are not positive qualities or different from my true identity off of the internet.

It will be interesting to see if I can stay off Facebook longer then Tuesday, or will I be ready to instantly jump on the computer and see everything I may have missed in the past week. To think of a life without Facebook is insane. For every time I go one Facebook I waste at least fifteen minutes and I go on at least six times in a single day. That makes an hour and a half each day, and then ten and a half hours each week. That is a lot of time that I could be using for homework, reading, or studying instead of seeing what all of my “Friends” or “Followers” are doing with their lives. As a future teacher that extra hour and half each day or ten hours a week will be crucial when planning lesson plans and activities for my classroom.

Play to Educate?

28 Feb

I have seen my brother play on xbox Live for countless hours a day. All of my friends play on xbox Live and in reality, do I think they are learning anything from it? My first reaction is probably not. But, I would be wrong.  They are learning something from playing video games. They are learning strategies and developing a different way of thinking.

Schools have developed this way of learning “content”. I put content in quotes because we think of content as information that comes out of a text book. James Paul Gee the author of What Video Games Have to Teach Us says:

“Consider, for a moment, basketball as a domain. No one would want to treat basketball as “content” apart from the game itself. Imagine a textbook that contained all the facts and rules about basketball read by students who never played or watched the game. How well do you think they would understand this textbook? How motivated to understand it do you think they would be? But we do this sory of thing all the time in school with areas like math and science” (22-23).

Let me put this in plain terms, teach students by problem solving and experience. We should not be teaching them by what some call the “skill and drill” way. Video games are problem solving machines. If you play any video game it is all about how do I get around the obstacle a head of me. Why can’t we adapt this way of thinking into our schools.

Now, I am not saying that we should play COD in the classroom. I am saying though that we should consider having more problems solving ways of learning. Why can’t students have adventures when they go to school? Did you know that the way preschoolers learn is by exploration and discovery, also known as play. Who said that adults cannot learn by play anymore? Of course you would have to adapt it to a different kind of play.

Before I start rabbling on I want to finish with one statement. America is in a creativity crisis because of the “skill and drill” method of teaching. When Newsweek wrote an article about the creativity crisis last Fall (2010) they were quick to blame video games. Video games are doing the opposite, they are exploring creativity. To read more about the creativity crisis you can check out the following links.




Using Technology In The Classroom

23 Feb

As a future teacher, the idea of technology in the classroom excites me because it is a valuable tool that can accomplish a lot in the classroom. There is the Smart Board, iPads, iTouches, PowerPoint, and more. The participatory culture and the gap with those who have access and do not have access are crucial. With some schools having varied socioeconomic statuses we may see some students with high background knowledge of computers or other technologies; on the other hand, some students who fall behind in school because they do not have the newest computers. This is similar to what Henry Jenkins said in the article, Confronting the Challenge of Participatory Culture.

I thought that the beginning of the article introducing young students like, “Richardson, Lawver, Ross, and Meeter” was a very intriguing opening because it really brought me into the state of mind of how brilliant some children are with technology. Furthermore, how a lot of it comes very naturally to them and how young children of this generation are growing up surrounding by technology. At younger ages students are getting cell phones, computers, video games, itouches, and iPads. I think the data collected by the Pew Study showing that 57% of teens that use the Internet are media creators was mind blowing (Jenkins, 4). It really got me thinking of my skills on the computer and what projects I use the Internet for. But, I believe that statistic because so many students instantly turn to the Internet for their school projects. There are a lot of tasks that I would not be able to do as easily without the use of my Mac, the Internet, or some of the programs like iMovie or iPhoto.

The information behind affiliations, expressions, collaborative problem-solving, and circulations connections to the ideas of a classroom learning community. Students are asked to work together in groups for collaborative problem-solving in subjects like math or science. Expressions can come through when children do creative projects for any interdisciplinary subject. All students have different affiliations within their school, district, or classroom, which can include sports teams, clubs, yearbook, student government, and more. All which could easily use a form of participatory culture. Finally, circulations are a flow of media, which is also present in the classroom. Students are constantly doing work, posting it online, sharing it with the class, and passing on the things they have completed. Class work done daily could be circulated using a form of technology that the students in the classroom enjoy working with.

Embracing technology in the classroom and communities could help to close the gap of students who do and do not have the access of technology at home. Depending on the school district and budgets, schools will have different availability to technologies; however, teachers should embrace what ever is available because students will keep engaged longer. It opens the door for new ideas, creative expression, and new networks expanding. This will also give schools the opportunities to teach the proper uses and how to use the Internet for different tasks. With the way our culture is continually expanding with technology there is going to come a time where everyone will have the access to majority forms of technology.

The World of Wi-fi

23 Feb

You would probably never expect for technology to become so advanced as it is. People today, especially children are incredibly influenced by technology. Almost everywhere you go you see a child plugged into some sort of electronic device. With wi-fi available at almost any location nowadays, you can use the internet anywhere, even on your phones which most kids ages 10 and above have.

The internet is something a child can take advantage of. Completely irrelevant but if you watch General Hospital on ABC, a character Molly has reinvented herself into this alter ego on an internet site. No one knows who she is so it doesn’t matter. Children can get sucked into this sort of thing; to try to be cool or fit in is one of the most important things to kids. It’s a dangerous place for kids to be using when they don’t know enough about it. When I first started going online, I never thought of what was actually going on. I never thought there could be creepy old men pretending to be young or just a bunch of weirdos trying to talk to you.

I realized how scary the internet could be when I actually had a stalker on MySpace. He told me he would find out where I live and asked me to send pictures of myself to him. I never did, but it was scary when he started threatening me. I was young and had no idea what I had gotten myself into and now I am extremely cautious when using the internet.

(image from firstamendmentcenter.org )