Tuesday, April 26, 2005

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Portfolio Piece Two

Aeryaen : Character Study 001, a continuation of Aeryaen (main character of Oronid's Despair) that introduces an adversary to Aeryaen, Naritus.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

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Portfolio Piece One

Oronid's Despair. Simply put, this is for the class assignment which was to submit a portfolio-worthy assignment. I wrote this piece as a personal exploration for point of view, however, I never fully developed the initial idea for the assignment.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

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Idealistic Thought

I sat down at my computer this evening, and the first thing I thought of was an issue I failed to mention during class. Bud had mentioned earlier that a group of fifth graders are partaking in a similar crash-course blogging experiment, and after reading up on it a bit more, I began to wonder... When would this technology be introduced to us as students? Anne Davis stated that:

"We're going to talk about all this and work on our new weblogs. Can't wait! We may try to "tweak" Mr. Richardson's writing a bit and have a model for elementary kids!"

I was instantly curious just to know when this technology would be feasible for a child to understand. Blogging has been defined as many as a 'skill' that needs refining and in some cases will need to be taught, and if this is the case, could this potentially become part of the everyday curriculum such as English or Math? Would this be an elective course like Music or P.E.? I may be misunderestimating the younger generations, but I do feel that weblogging would not be properly utilized until they have matured more. Additionally, even if it was properly described and explained, would a student at the age of ten or eleven be able to grasp the concept of how powerful 'blogging' is? I'm just throwing out ideas here, I want to know what others think.

If this tool is introduced early enough perhaps it could change the way High School and higher education is dealt with, but on the other hand, if it is introduced too early or too late the potential benefits may not be seen and this could become just as mundane as writing 20 minutes on a prompt with no basis in reality.

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Posting Versus Blogging

Yesterday, our teacher for this experimental blog class gave us several links to people also interested in the potential uses for 'blogging' in schools. After scouring the internet through leads from various sites, the biggest being Will R.'s blog. Will expressed dismay with the idea of 'blogging' being misconstrued with merely more online journaling. Through his leads I came to the conclusion that many people are misusing 'blogs'. Looking back, I have misused blogs, such as a personal one at Xanga, where I'm simply 'journaling'. I'm part of the problem, essentially, but I am willing to make the stride to blog properly.

There's a potentiality of disaster with the blogging system that needs to be addressed. Elle brought up a very crucial point: "You know, I'm really curious about something. I was wondering what would happen beyond my school". She does state the situation in our school, in which we all abide by our basic rules, the biggest one being respect. We are all respectful of our peers opinions, the foundation of the school is built on this. At a larger school, however, these blogs could be grievously misused by people who are unable to tactfully deal with this new technology on a mature level. A big issue I think that most of the people making these decisions about weblogs is that they view journals. There are students out there who are capable of developing the blogging 'skill', whereas some do not realize the difference between journaling and blogging.

Journaling is ranting, or 'diary-keeping'. The technophiles who spend time posting on Xanga, LiveJournal, and the sort do not show what students are capable of. These people that 'journal' on a blog could just as easily write this down but they feel the need to receive input... Why? Generally this is a call of desperation or they just want some attention. Again, and I repeat, this is not blogging, nor is it what our experimental class is trying to conduct.

Blogging is the definitive source for information transfer. Imagine an entire months research for a midterm paper all at the click of a button. Blogging could revolutionize the way papers' are written. Will R. said:

But I've never in my life written the way I write in this Weblog. And frankly, I don't know that I've learned as much from any other type of activity as I have from this type.

I think that right there provides an ideal reiteration of exactly what we are trying to accomplish as a class. We want to revolutionize the way we view the internet's resources, and more specifically, the way we communicate ideas through our close community, and potentially the entire country... Maybe the world.

Friday, April 08, 2005

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As this is an experimental blogging class, our teacher felt it necessary to develop some questions for us to delegate upon. Here are the questions and my respective answers:

1. Why do you use blogs? What do you currently use blogs for outside of school (If you do)?
I use blogs outside of school to recap the days events, or to just talk about something that is on my mind. I used to do this in a journal, but after finding out that I have quite a few interesting ideas on things I decided to put this into a more public forum and see what other people had to say about my ramblings.

2. What are some reasons why you think blogs might be useful at our school?
I believe that Blogging could be useful at our school in that it could give teachers and students alike a look into someone else's eyes, just to see how they think about things. Seperation from a personal and professional blog would be obvious, but it would be a great way to communicate ideas for a given subject, class, or project. There are a lot of potential uses for blogs, but I feel that the biggest would be the exchange of ideas and information.

3. What are some potential problems that you see with blogging at school?
A big issue that could arise from 'blogging' is safety if too much information is given out, and the propriety of a school that hosts that blog. If something happened on a blog, per se, that did not bode well with a certain individual, or group of individuals, the school's and person's reputation could be at risk. With that being said, certain obligatory rules would have to be put into place as to protect the reputation of the aforementioned parties.

4. Should student blogs be made public for the world to see, or just our school community?
I think that on some level this needs to be both. For instance, if a student writes a ground-breakiing report on psychoanalysis then that should be public, but if it's just a few kids and a teacher trying to communicate about a simple homework assignment, I feel that it would be otherwise unnecessary to let the public see that. I would think of my professional 'blog' as a portfolio of sorts for the public, where I want to shine.