Skype Complications

•May 20, 2008 • 1 Comment

      Over the past five months I have been commenting on a student’s blog in South Korea. We have decided to get together on Skype and have a conversation. So we set up a date and time, but however things did not go as planned. We had some complications adding each other on our Skype accounts, and because of this we were unable to communicate. I was a little disappointed because I was excited and a bit nervous for our confrontation (because I have not used Skype before). Anyway, I will try and re-add this student to my account and we will try again to communicate over Skype. If I have learned anything over the past few months in my ECMP 355 class, it is that sometimes technology does funny things, and you just have to be persistent.  Hopefully we will be able to have a conversation about our blogs, and I will be able to post about it later.


A brief look at music through the decades

•April 17, 2008 • 1 Comment

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•April 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment

      I am posting my final project. Originally I had wanted to do a series of podcasts that showed how music has influenced young people through the decades. I wanted to do the 20’s and 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and modern music. Then if I had time I was going to interview a couple students to tell me how music influences their lives. However, I underestimated how much time and work this would actually be. I am posting my podcasts up to the 90’s. I unfortunatly have eliminated the modern music podcast and the interviews. If I have time later on, I might still do the interviews for fun, just to see how music influences young people in this day and age.

I hope you all enjoy my podcasts.

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•April 9, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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I’m no longer scared of technology

•April 9, 2008 • 2 Comments

         I have to admit that I am saddened that our last class is approaching. From now on I will have to learn all by myself (but not really). That is the good thing about collaboration online; people are always assisting in other people’s learning. I have tried many new programs and websites and have bookmarked many sites to my account that I would use either now or in the future.  I am really impressed at how much I used these sites and how much I enjoy using them.

     I guess the thing I am most excited about is my diminishing fear of new technology. I used to be terrified of trying new things, but now I find it exciting. As I mentioned before I was commenting on Clay Burrell’s class weblogs. I recently got an email from one of his students saying that she appreciated me commenting on her blogs. She wanted to set up an interview using Skype so that we could talk about baking rice krispie cake (this is what she blogged about). I am no longer scared to try out Skype, but excited to expand my knowledge and experiences with technology. I hope all turns out well.

Blogging Mentorship

•March 30, 2008 • Leave a Comment

     For the last month I have been commenting on Clay Burrell’s students for the mentorship assignment. I have spent a couple hours a week reading and commenting on his students work.  I would usually make around six comments at a time for all the new blogs I would read. His students are in high school and blog a lot about projects they are working on, or things that they are interested in.  

     I try to be as helpful as possible in their learning by leaving positive comments about their work and by adding relevant suggestionsto help make their projects better. Mr. Burrell usually comments on his students works before I do and corrects their blogs of grammar and misspelled words.  He also gives his students information on web tools they can use to complete their projects. If I had more knowledge about web tools and computer programs I would have liked to have posted some suggestions.

      Mostly I would post encouraging feedback to his students about their projects or interests. Many times I would ask relevant questions to their blogs, but only got a response back once. I would sometimes tell them things I was interested in, as a way to try to connect with the students and start a conversation.

     Sometimes I found it hard to comment because I had trouble understanding the point of some of the blogs. I think their blogging was an assignment they needed to do throughout the year. It seemed as though the students would focus more on what they would blog instead answering comments, or blogging about other things they have read. It was encouraging to see them commenting on their own work though. Sometimes a student would ask a question and a few students would answer back. It was encouraging to see their collaboration on a topic.

     I am not sure how much I have helped them in their learning and blogging. The main point I wanted to get across was the fact that the whole world can read their blogs. On one of my first entries I explained a bit about who I was and where I was from. Mr. Burrell was impressed that someone from Canada had an interest in their blogs. It made me feel accepted to know that perhaps my input could assist in somebody else’s learning.  

Text messaging = Mental Illness???

•March 29, 2008 • 5 Comments

    I like text messaging. It is a way to communicate with friends and family at anytime and anywhere.  I find it to be very easy and convenient to use. However, I heard on the news today that text messaging can become addictive and show signs of a mental illness. What?? Apparently if you text too much you could become addictive.

    I never used to text message much until I moved away to University. Now I feel like I am constantly texting my friends from home, telling them about my day, my plans for the evening and random things that enter my brain. I also find myself texting my friends here a lot as well. I don’t want to admit it but sometimes I text 150 messages a day!  Thank goodness for unlimited text messaging. Does this make me an addict though?  I do not classify myself as being an addict. I can totally live without my phone. Sometimes I forget it when I go to the gym and I totally survive. I know that is not a very good excuse, but I still do not classify myself as being addicted to text messaging, or having a mental illness. You can become so addicted to text messaging because you can get away with it anywhere; in class, on the bus, driving ( that’s dangerous) and at home. According to the article there are four symptoms that classify a person as having a mental illness due to text messaging. They are excessive use, withdrawal, tolerance for excessive texting, and negative repercussions. As far as I am concerned I do not have any other these symptoms. However, I would not mind taking the challenge of leaving my phone and my computer for a weekend. It could be a tad healthier for me. It is on my to-do list, as well as text less.