Category Archives: Communication

Connectivity is Key

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Writing is constantly changing due to technology. I focus on this main theme throughout my Prezi presentation. In class we have talked about how everything can be connected.  People learn through repetition and connectivity, which is why familiar buttons such as the link or comment button can be seen throughout social media sites. Our smartphones have applications which can connect to our tablets and laptops.  Their are various applications out their that are designed to sort through articles based on your interests. This applications are designed to make reading easier. The internet is a vast wealth of knowledge and as writers we need to know and understand the proper ways to use this information, without plagiarizing or violating copy write laws.  As writers we also need to understand that writing will continue to change and as a future teacher I’m prepared to teach students the values of typing vs. writing.

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The Power of Cause and Effect

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The article Practice Cause-and-Effect Thinking for Better Reading Comprehension, talks about how children will have better reading comprehension skill if they learn about cause and effect. The article states “Critical thinking skills are based on prior knowledge and experience.” The article says that a child should know that a cause is “why” something happened and the effect is “what” happened.

The article talks about easy ways to teach cause and effect on a day to day basis.

For example: If you throw a ball, the dog will most likely chase it.

If you water the plants then they will grow.

As a future teacher, I really like the idea of teaching children cause and effect at such a young age. Last year I was observing a second grade classroom, and while they were reading a story the teacher would stop and they would predict what would happen based on the “cause” of the story. They students would guess the effect or what would happen next.

 

The Story Of True Love

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This article, A True Love Story: Married Couple Who Never Spent a Night Apart Died Within Hours of Each Other blew my mind. I love reading stories that show real relationships.  Unlike, the notebook which is one of my favorite books. This was a real couple that loved each other so much that they left this earth within a matter of hours. Their relationship started on February 20, 1944. Kenneth and Helen were married for 70 years and had eight children together. Throughout their whole marriage, they never slept a night without each other. One of their children, Linda Cody mentions, “We knew when one went, the other was going to go.”  On April 12th, Helen passed away and 12 hours later Kenneth did the same.

I feel that this article represents the power of true love. These two people never spent one night apart and wouldn’t spend their last night apart either. I am a sap for love stories. I love stories with happy endings and although, it must have been extremely hard for their children to lose both parents so close together they know that they are in a better place now.

Communication is so important in building strong relationships like this one. My neighbor years ago explained to me how marriage works, She said, “You have to work as a team, one can’t take more responsibility then the other, you have to do everything 50/50 to succeed. Both need to have equal responsibilities.” I have been in a relationship for the past three years because I live by what she told me. Relationships are a partnership and relay on trust and good communication.

 

 

Standing Up For Different

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Technology has not only made our lives more convenient, it has also heightened issues that were already prevalent, such as bullying. There are many aspects of bullying; however cyberbullying is on the rise. Because the internet is not as personal, it provides a sense of confidence, as things are not said or done in person. Bullies usually target people who stand out, individuals that are different from the rest of the world. This noticeable difference makes them an easy target for torture, as it seems to cause an imbalance in the homogeneous world of others.

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Reading this article made me reflect on my high school years. Though I was never bullied, I could certainly relate to the aspect of being different. In those years, nothing seems to be more important than fitting in. I suppose, I would have been considered the popular kid, because I had an eclectic circle of friends, ranging from jocks to “geeks.” I associated with everyone, I did not see difference, perhaps because I was too busy trying to pull everyone together. Bullying was not a huge factor in my school, but when I did see it, I always stood up for the victim. My biggest pet peeve is seeing people victimized because of what makes them different, being different is hard enough without someone making it worse.

 

Read It To Me!

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In today’s busy world, some of us can barely keep pace with it all, having little time to do what needs to be done, and even less time to read. Many of us work as well as go to school, having no to time to read assigned materials, forcing us to rely on applications that are designed to read to us, so that we do not have to, making life a bit more convenient. The only problem is that researchers say it reduces comprehension. According to the article, “Our findings show that eye movements are a crucial part of the reading process,” says psychological scientist Elizabeth Schotter of the University of California, San Diego, lead author of the new study. “Our ability to control the timing and sequence of how we intake information about the text is important for comprehension. Our brains control how our eyes move through the text—ensuring that we get the right information at the right time.” I can see why we may need to follow along with a book to retain information. From experience, when something is being read to me, and I have nothing to follow along with, I tend to get restless and disinterested, and I end up not paying attention at all.

Personally, I get really tired when I have to read lengthy chapters. Because of this, I downloaded an application to my phone called Librivox, which reads to me. However, I do have the book with me to follow along. The book itself keeps me engaged in the readings so I do not feel the urge to fall asleep. I find I comprehend better when I am listening and following along as opposed to just reading, because most of the times I am not actively engaged in the text, and if I did not understand something, I would just rewind it and highlight it in my book. For me, both audio and the book are needed for comprehension.

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The Internet Never Forgets!

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The internet is connected to everything around us, which also connects those of us who use it. Knowing this, is this widespread connection hindering you from fully expressing yourself to the world? According to the article, “Only 11% of 14- to 18-year-olds share “a lot about themselves online,” down from 18% a year ago, and compared with 17% of 19- to 24-year-olds and 27% of 25- to 34-year-olds, the youth-focused consumer insights group found in a survey of 1,300 people. About 60% of that youngest group said they “don’t like things that last forever online,” compared with 53% or less among 19- to 34-year-olds.” To answer the question, the younger people of today’s

society would certainly say so, as it forces them to be more cautious individuals, more aware of what they share with the world. The reason this limited disclosure has a lot to do with the internet’s endless memory, it never forgets! Because of this, we all continue to be connected; even if we have outgrown certain interest or aspects of our lives. The internet’s lack of forgetfulness, in a sense, keeps us in the past, not letting us move on from the absent minded behavior once exhibited, because it still remembers, and because the internet connects us all, the people who saw it, won’t let you forget about it either.

As for me, I too have become more mindful as to what I share with the world. Now that I’m older, I realize that a lot of things should be kept private, and everything is not for everyone. I am also more mindful because I know that professional companies are allowed to look at internet accounts, and what is posted can play a part in whether or not a person gets the job. The internet is not as much as a social toy for me anymore, compared with my younger years. Yes, I still have a Facebook and Instagram, but as the world becomes more and more internet based, I use the internet as more of a professional tool, as most of my assignments and obligations are online.

 

 

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Social Media and Connectivity!!

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The Future of Social Media Is Mobile Tribes

 

Social media is changing, according to the article “The Future of Social Media Is Mobile Tribes”. Social networking is constantly changing, connectivity is the newest thing. Nowadays every app can be connected.

Twitter, Pinterest,  Facebook,  Zite,  Feedly, Pocket.

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All of these apps can connect to one another.

The devices we use nowadays are user friendly and easy accessible. Laptops, tablets, smartphones can all be connected using these accounts. The future of technology will continue to be mobile.  Communication is key in our society, we love keeping up with new stories and gossip.

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How Do We Learn?

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How Do Humans Retain What We Learn?

Rep. it the Key

How do we Retain what we Learn?

When learning new information its important to use repetition, in order to retain the information. The second key to retaining information is to make connections between the new information and the old information. Aspiring to be a teacher I know its important to understand how students will retain want they learn. When kids first learn the alphabet they sing the song to help them remember all the letters. In math we learn our multiplication tables through repetition and practice.

I remember when I was in school I had trouble learning how to read and my grant grandmother every day after school would use flash cards and sit me down and I would have to read the whole stack back to her. This repetition it what helped me become a better reader.

 

Reading is all about recognizing the words and applying the meaning as you read. When you read a sentence your brain automatically registers the words.  Humans learn by making connections, in order to read and write you need to know the alphabet. Everything we learn builds upon previous knowledge and we are able to make the connections between the new and old information.  Everyday more and more schools are incorporating technology into the classroom, schools focus on building strong learning communities based on good communication.

 

Cable vs Netflix & Hulu

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It’s the weekend, nothing interesting is on cable TV, this is where Netflix and Hulu comes into play. Netflix and Hulu are  sites that allows viewers to stream movies according to their interests, it also has a Kids category. These sites are convenient and user friendly, but there is a slight problem, they are beginning to worry cable companies, as these sites are very inexpensive, and some believe these sites meet their cinema needs.

Personally, I do have a Netflix account and it is very convenient when nothing worth watching is on Cable. It caters to the viewers’ entertainment needs, suggesting movies they seems to interested in based on the shows and movies previously watched, and nine out ten times they are right on track. I can certainly see why these sites are beginning to replace cable. Cable companies appear to be affordable, but as the months wear on the bill seems to get higher and higher, and the consumer do not seem to understand the reason behind the increase in prices. However, as for eliminating cable all together, I personally, would not.

 

 

Unfulfilling Communication: A Dead-end

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Remember that dreadful saying “Do as I say, not as I do?” I for one remember this saying quite vividly. This stated was always followed by my parents’ unwillingness to answer almost every question I had. Their responses always left me more puzzled than before, as I wondered why who I thought had acquired so much knowledge would their answers to just eight words. As a very inquisitive child, those words did not to me any justice, because I always wondered “why.”

I have recently reading an article George Ambler entitled “Always Communicate the Why.” He says, “Communication is most important to leaders. Leaders often spend too much time communicating the “what” and the “how” and don’t devote enough time to the “why”. The result? People are left feeling disengaged and uninspired.” From my childhood experience, I was only told what to do and how to do it. I dare not ask “why,” I did not want to talk out of turn. However, if I was told why told I was supposed to do a certain task, I would have done it more willingly. I certainly agree with the author on this aspect, because after continuously getting those dreadful eight words as a response, I soon stopped asking questions, which was probably what my parents wanted. But, it seems those eight words broke my spirit to an extent. Though my parents saw my questions as notions of disrespect, they were intended to serve as a learning experience for me. Moral of the story? Always communicate the why.