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.

 

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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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Teaching Literature with Music!

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I came across an article posted on twitter:

A TA at a college named, Rachel Cordasco, noticed that the students in her class would drift into another world when she began lecturing in an American Literature class.  So she thought what could she do to make it more interesting?  Music came to her mind.  This to me is a brilliant idea.  As a student in a literature class right now, i read through the list of pieces of literature she was discussing and about half of them were covered in my class this semester.  I think i would have liked my class a lot more if it had been paired with music.

Cordasco incorporated a piece of music to go along with each piece of literature she was teaching.  She used music from Jimmy Hendrix, Afro-American spiritual songs, work songs, songs of the Native Americans and American Political Marches and songs.  Cordasco used the music for when the students entered and left the class.  This made for a great starting point for the class to start and right off the bat added another dimension to the class discussion.

I would definitely use this method in my classroom.  There are so many options on Youtube now to bring music to education!  It is becoming so helpful in aiding in teaching and helping the students connect what they are learning to real life.

Digital Vs. Print

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I found a very interesting article on twitter:

In the article on Galley Cat about how print text books lead to a higher comprehension level than digital textbooks, the author Dianna Dilworth discusses a study done with middle schoolers.

The study done at West Chester University, used middle school students.  Students were given the same reading material, in two different ways, one was in traditional print and the other was an ebook.  The study resulted in, the comprehension level was higher when the students read from traditional print.

This study presented at the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia.  The study showed that the reason the students were not comprehending as much was because there are games and activities that go along with the eBooks.  Most would think that this would help the students understand the material better, but it in fact takes away from the material.

This information makes me think.  Should we be teaching children the most effective ways to read on a ebook? or should we be trying to have them use the traditional print textbooks for as long as possible.  In my opinion we should just start teaching what is going to be the future, and eBooks are the future.  What do you think?

 

Social Media Changes Communication

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According to The Digital Universe, Technology is forever changed the future of communication. Can you imagine not looking at your phone for a whole day. I leave it in my car for ten minutes to run in my house and I freak out looking in my pockets to try and find my purse.

 

Having Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Email and even texting has changed the idea of communication.  People have a more difficult time communicating now that they have some type of electronic device to hide behind. All verbal communication is slowly diminishing due to technology.

 

 

 

People think that social media such as Facebook or Twitter would be the main form of online communication, that is a false assumption. According to The Digital Universe Email is still the main form of online communication. Email. numbers have risen 5.4% since 2011-2012.

 

When it comes to text messages there are over About 4.1 billion text messages are sent per day in the U.S., according to Answers Corporation. Text messages have become so popular and has become a very common form for communicating. In the old days people would have to wait three days before getting news from someone else. Now it can take less then five seconds to receive a text or some type of information. Overall there is no doubt that people in society today talk less and text more.

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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.

 

The Future Of Technology

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The aspect of technology has always been around, that has not changed. However, what have changed are the diverse variations of technology.  Presently, we live in a world comprised of computerized technology.  In relation to the future of technology, most are looking forward to the change and convenience it will bring, while others are a little apprehensive about the upcoming new developments. Personally, I am a feeling a bit uneasy about these advances. Technology has not only changed in itself, but it has also change the people who use it.

Now, computers invade our lives with their complications. Although my generation practically grew with technology, it seems like the world considers that a privilege. Because of this, they expect more from us, having countless resources at our fingertips. Another reason I envy my mother’s era is because they were taught to use what they had, their brains. I feel like computerized technology is making the proceeding generations, for lack of a better word, stupid. The privilege my generation is supposed to be thankful for is the very thing we should resent, because we continue to be negatively affected by it.

 

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.