Tag Archives: technology

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?



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

Are You Who You Say You Are?

1 Mar

  My online identity is a good as the real me. I stay true to who am I because I believe people should take me as I am, you either love me or hate me. I am only a member of the well known sites of Facebook and Twitter and for each of those sites I say what’s on my mind. I am a person without a filter; I say whatever to whomever and it doesn’t matter where.


On my Facebook I have listed where I go to school, where I work, when I was born, and lots of other information you would be curious to know about me. I rarely post statuses though; I mainly use it to keep in touch with friends and to post pictures of what’s happening in my life. For my Twitter, I don’t have all the information that I have on my Facebook because Twitter to me is less formal. I mostly only use it follow celebrities and my friends who do not have a Facebook. I tweet a lot; sometimes up to 15 times a day or more. If you posted that many statuses on Facebook everyone would think you are annoying but that’s the norm for Twitter.

I do know people who reinvented themselves after high school and made all new Facebooks and things because in college, no one knows who you are. For me, I don’t care enough to do that. I kept my same Facebook (which I had only made during my senior year) and I continued to be who I always was. I had made a twitter awhile ago but I started actively using it in early 2011. I enjoy these social networking sites. They are easy to use and if you really wanted to, you could become anyone you wish to be, which could be scary because you don’t know who you are really talking to.


Video Games and Learning

28 Feb

  Video games have become a major phenomenon amongst not only children but also adults these days. I have two cousins under the age of 7 and they are both experts at any type of video game you put into their XBOX360 consol.

At such young ages children are becoming experts at video games, and by playing many video games I personally think it promotes learning. I learn a lot from playing video games. Some of my favorites are games like Portal and World of Warcraft. (or WoW for those of you who play) These games help you learn strategizing and organization skills. There is a method to most video games that you have to follow in order to advanced to another level or actually win the game.

When I first got the game Portal, it was a mystery to me. I had such a hard time grasping the concept. But, as soon as my 6 year old cousin picked up the controller he instantly knew what he had to do. These games are helping children be so smart and to make quick, precise decisions. The whole game is a puzzle you need to solve by creating these “portals” to get from one side of the map to the other. It really makes you think.

Today with all the educational video games that are out there, I think it is setting kids up for a good foundation to learn.

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.

Technology in the Classroom

23 Feb

I agree with Jenkins points that technology should be taught in the classroom and that it is the teachers responsibility to teach technology to his/her students. If the teacher doesn’t teach technology and all that it has to offer a student will never learn it. I believe that technology should be taught in the classroom because it is very important for students to learn the new types of technology and all that technology has to offer. We are living in a world full of technology and technology is constantly changing. If we do not teach students anything about technology they will not know how to use it at all. If we teach technology, students are more likely to get better jobs because they do know how to use different types of technology. Blake Ross, from the article, was not taught technology in the classroom, he taught himself about technology by playing simcity. Blake Ross ended up creating different webpages and eventually created Firefox. Technology should be taught in the classroom because you do not know what your children will do in the future, so we should give them all the skills we can to succeed in life. I also believe that it is important to incorporate technology in the classroom. There are so many softwares for teachers to use such as kidspiration and inspiration that can be used in the classroom as ways to teach your students. By using these softwares, teachers can get away from using handouts and use these different softwares to engage their students in learning. Technology is a very important aspect of a classroom and should be taught in schools.

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 )