April 25, 2009 at 2:52 pm (Uncategorized)

It was not until I opened a Facebook account that I heard of the site  I could not believe my eyes. I don’t feel it was initially intended to be used in such a fashion. The items on this social network were disheartening and cruel. I was not impressed to say the least. This seemed like more teenagers with nothing better to do. One of my friends (great moral individual) on Facebook commented that someone had made a comment about her on Topix. Being the curious self that I am, I checked out the site. I quickly left the site and did not create a membership. I was disgusted by some of the comments posted. A fellow that I went to high school with was killed in a car accident a few weeks ago. Before his body was placed in the ground, people were making horrible comments about him (i.e. glad he died, etc). I know we’re dealing with the internet and nothing is impossible. I wish people such as that would find something more productive to do (get a job, hobby, etc). Just my thoughts…


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Response- The 21st Century Learner

April 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm (Uncategorized)

After viewing the video clip “A View of 21st Century Learners,” I must say that it is inevitably true. We are all 21st century learners (regardless of our age). We choose what to use and how to better acquaint our self with our resources. The research gathered showed that more than half of people ages 50-64 were online. This shows that we choose to be learners. Technology is all around us in different forms such as blogs, email, podcasts, social networks, MP3 files, etc. Many have busy lifestyles but still find technology more convenient. Main point…we’re learners everyday regardless of the learning environment. The 21st century learner is made up of a variety of learning materials (with some relying heavily on technology).

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Facebook and Worms

April 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm (Facebook- SNS, Uncategorized)

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With all fun…comes a price…make sure you’re protected.  Some things come without warning.  Just thought I would share.

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Facebook and Academics

April 15, 2009 at 12:43 pm (Facebook- SNS);posts

I ran across the above site and thought it was very interesting.  There studies show that those who use Facebook frequently, score lower on tests (and receive lower scores academically because of the time spent away from academic areas).  I’m not agreeing with this post, only wanted to share the topic.  I feel it is based on your abilities and focus.  If you’re more focused on communicating and socializing, then you’ll probably do poorly on exams if you lacked the time for studying.  In my opinion, it relies heavily on your dedication and motivation towards academics.  Facebook is only an addend to your life…makes it possible to communicate with many people at one time.

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Ethnography- Facebook

April 14, 2009 at 12:23 am (Facebook- SNS)

I am currently studying the social network Facebook. I have used MySpace in the past, but decided to try Facebook and compare the two. After experimenting with Facebook, I have communicated with family, friends, and coworkers. I’ve also shared photos with others. I also enjoyed talking with old classmates from high school. I thought it was neat to see profiles of friends that I could choose from (verses searching for friends on MySpace). Facebook gives you names of friends in your area or that may have profiles in common. MySpace was vaster and did not connect in this fashion. I had lost communication with many of my friends from high school and did not know their married name. Using Facebook allowed me to connect with those that had a profile.


After researching, I learned that many are using Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends. Some were using it to communicate with classmates. Others were using it as a job recruiting tool (allowing employers to view profile). It was also used for advertisement. After conducting online interviews with friends, they shared their reasons for using Facebook. Among the responses were a few such as sharing photos with family and friends (less expensive than mailing pictures), staying connected with family and friends, communicating with present classmates and peers, obtaining a closer relationship with co-workers, and using it as a motivation tool (weight loss group). Keeping in touch was the overall reason for using Facebook.

On a more complex note, Facebook does have some negative aspects. I receive ever comment posted to all my friends. It’s not necessary to receive their comments unless it is posted on ones own profile. Another drawback is nothing is truly private. The privacy settings are not easily understood making your profile assessable to all. Another critical factor is the accessibility for predators viewing photos and luring teens if not monitored correctly (according to Oprah and FBI friend who explained that many crimes occur online through social network systems if not monitored appropriately). Privacy settings should be used to prevent this from becoming a dangerous tool for teens. Any time one is conversing with many people, things can get scrambled. The challenges and games offered when you log on is somewhat a distraction as well. Overall, I liked Facebook much more than MySpace. It is less critical and more family oriented.

From the culture standpoint, according to The Social Web ( Facebook is becoming more popular to those with an educational background (i.e. college, parents with degrees, community envolvement).  I’ve not oberved that personally.  I’ve used both MySpace and Facebook and it seems it is used by a variety of people.  Most use it to keep in touch.  Others may use it to benefit them in a classroom setting (teachers, students, etc).  It seems more teens are using Facebook for social interactions.  Danah Boyd’s research shows that “teens learn how to navigate a very public culture as a part of coming of age” by using SNS.  This research showed that Facebook users were more collective on thoughts; however, that’s not always true.  I’ve observed several cases where thoughts are open and comments are posted without discretion.  It seems this network is being used by all; adults, teens, parents, friends, etc for the point of socialization.    My personal observations prove that Facebook is used to communicate with others about numerous subjects (and all ages are using this network). After viewing many profiles, I’ve noticed that there are more profiles from ages 15-40.  Considering that I am a female and know how important socialization is, it seems to be used by more females than males.  I noticed that males are using Facebook as invitations for parties, hook-ups, etc. 

After taking a closer look, it is evident that Facebook is a resourceful tool for communication. It can allow many to communicate and stay in touch across the nation. Over the past two months, I have spoken with several friends that I’ve not seen for several years (one friend I hadn’t spoken with in over eight years). I also viewed photos that allowed me to better understand ones culture. One of my friends had posted artwork. Many of my friends had posted pictures of their children, which I had never seen. After researching and experimenting, I conclude that Facebook is a wonderful tool for communication and could be used in the future to connect the world with many different aspects of life. It could be (and probably is) used in the classroom, social environment (family and friends), workplace, etc. It provides a way of communication for many people around the world. It is a positive tool for communication and allows you to collaborate during conversations.

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Final Project Ideas

April 3, 2009 at 1:39 am (Uncategorized)

Last year I had everybody do an ethnography of their chosen social
networking site and for extra credit make a response to my “21st Century
Learner” video.

I wouldn’t mind doing an ethnography of our SNS.  Also, where can we find your 21st Century Learner video? Would it be possible to get more details about the project so that we’ll have a more precise idea of where to begin?

Dr Miller thought I should require you all to make a response video this
semester and not have it be optional. 

I like the extra credit option 🙂



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Facebook Update

April 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm (Facebook- SNS)

Okay…this is crazy!  I caught myself totally addicted to my Facebook.  I spent four hours yesterday looking up people I’ve not seen in ages.  Totally neglected my children! Must keep a close eye on that.  Thank God I work during the day.  Now that I established some friends, let the chatting begin.  I’m learning more; however, still not experienced with the gifts, challenges, etc.  I must say, I’ve enjoyed the experience thus far.  I’m a little nervous about others seeing my profile, etc.  I went and changed my privacy settings; however, now I think I’ve blocked others from seeing my profile.  I clicked Only Friends to view but that doesn’t always work.  I like this much better than MySpace but the entire wall postings become a little cluttered (viewing other’s posts).

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Homeschool (Pros and Cons)

March 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm (Uncategorized)


Pros- Avoids negative influences on behavior, more one to one interaction among educator and student, and familiar learning environment.

Cons- Lack of social interaction with peers, lack of access to interactive materials (SmartBoard, Airliner, etc), and lack of professional development.

Is homeschool the right choice for some students?  I think the answer must be made based on the individuals circumstances.  Socially, one needs that interaction with peers in able to interact appropriate when circumstances arise.  However, from the learning standpoint, homeschool is at times the best choice for students that cannot function in a normal school environment.  There should be guidelines for homeschool.  Parents (or teacher) should be well educated and equipped with the professional development needed to get the job done.  I see many students come into my classroom that have been homeschooled that are not on the academic level of their peers due to lack of education of the educator (which should be a criteria for homeschool). 

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Education and the Preserving of Culture

March 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm (Uncategorized)

Education plays a huge role in the preservation of culture.  When people are educated on the cultures and beliefs of others it enables us to keep those traditions alive.  However, one must be careful to preserve culture and not underestimate the abilities of students from different cultures.  Education is the foundation for upholding cultures.   Educators should be sensitive to those differences and approach with care and caution.  Education is based on the cultures of others.  We learn (and become educated) based on what we’ve learned from others.  In order to preserve culture, it must begin through education.  We should make sure to educate based on the many cultures of our world and handle with care in the educational setting.  Teaching and learning should be based on multiple views and enter the classroom open- minded.  

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SNS- Facebook

March 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm (Facebook- SNS)

I chose Facebook as my social network.  I like the way you can find more people in your community without needing their username.  I also like the way it is connected to your email so you can tell when someone has made a comment.  I’m still learning more about the network; however, at this time I think it serves as a very useful tool.  I plan to communicate with other teachers that I’ve worked with in the past and stay connected with friends and family via internet.

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