A Reflection of My First Ever Website

The World Wide Web has become a fascinating place for people to virtually do anything they want, whether it’s connecting with an old friend on Facebook, selling or buying products, or researching a topic, etc. Due to the excessive use of the Internet by everyone, people are using the Internet at a opportunity to fulfill all of their desires and interests.

So how did the Internet become a place for people to interact and share their ideas?

Visual rhetoric is an emerging concept that many people are taking advantage of in order to persuade and connect with their targeted audience. According to Bogost, “Helmers and Hill argue that visual rhetoric is particularly essential in the face of globalization and mass media”. Additionally, digital rhetoric has become a part of the every lives of people, allowing a machine or application to host text and images.

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As we move more towards a society that is completely reliant on technology and social media, if people want to get their opinion out to the public, it needs to be visually and virtually accessible. Hence, making a website to relay information to a targeted audience seems to be an effective strategy. People make websites everyday in order to raise awareness for a topic, make money, share a passion with a community, or to educate people. No matter what the purpose is, people always have the delivery of their rhetoric in mind.

I decided to create a website for teachers to use as a resource to find the
teacher-who-love-teaching-teach-children-to-love-learningbest tips and tricks for improving their teaching and classroom. The mission of the website is to inspire teachers to improve their classrooms
and become even more passionate about teaching. My hope is that if teachers can express how much they love teaching, children will learn from their teachers and will come to love and become passionate about learning.

When I was planning what content I wanted to include on my website and how I wanted to construct it, I thought about what types of websites attract my attention. I also thought about the types websites I come across when I am researching anything about education and becoming a teacher. Keeping this in mind, I created a visually compelling website with a structure that is easy to navigate.

I included content that provides tips and tricks for classroom management, classroom organization, classroom décor, classroom activities, and more resources.

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Although the audience I was originally targeting for my website was elementary teachers, a lot of the tips and tricks I posted are relevant for secondary education teachers as well. Since my targeted audience most likely uses a computer to view my website, I didn’t pay too much attention to making my website viewable to my users via smartphones. However, I decided that making my website accessible on the phone would be more convenient and thus, I made it visually accessible on smartphones. Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 9.29.42 PM

Although making this website took a lot of time and energy to plan and create, it was completely worth it because I was able to research and talk about my passion of teaching and help prepare myself to become a teacher. I also enjoyed creating this website because it tested my patience and drive to create something for an audience. If I were to create this website all over again, I might include a few polls or quizzes to make my website more interactive. Overall, I am very pleased with the final product and I look forward to showing it to people.

Check out my website here!

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Check Out My New Website: TIPS & TRICKS For Teachers!

Hi everyone!

About two weeks ago I posted about creating a website for teachers to use as a place to get new ideas and resources for improving their teaching and classroom.

I finally finished created my website and here it is!

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The website includes tips and tricks for classroom management, classroom activities, classroom organization, classroom decor, and resources!

I hope you enjoy my website and please comment if you would like me to  add anything else to it!

Thanks! 🙂

Creating a Website for Future/New Teachers!

For my final project in one of my classes, I’ve decided to create a website using Wix. This website is targeted for future teachers or new teachers to use as a resource to help them get ideas for their classroom.

The website will include ideas for class activities, resources, and tips for teaching!

I am creating this website to share what I have learned in college about becoming the best teacher.

Why is this important?

It’s extremely important for future teachers and new teachers to have access to information that will help them gain more ideas for their classroom which in turn, boosts their confidence as a teacher.

Teachers possess a great power to influence students and I believe they can impact students to change the world.

So, what will be included in my website?

I will include a list of activities that can be used for teachers. The grade that this activity can be used for will also be specified. Here is a short list of what I will include:

  • Multigenre Project (Grades 3-6)
  • Interactive Read Alouds (Grades K-4)
  • Blogging (Grades 4-6)

Teachers also have to have many resources for their teaching. Although schools often provide numerous resources, sometimes teachers have to find other resources during their spare time. I will also include various resources that teachers can access online. These resources may include:

 

Finally, I will include tips for teaching. I may include tips that I have learned from my teachers, as well as tips that I have learned from researching online. These are two videos that I will include on my website:

 

I will be spending the next few weeks creating this website. Please stay tuned as I will be sure to post the link to the website when it’s done!

Thanks everyone! 🙂

Bumbling “the Birds and the Bees”: Sex Ed in the United States

As a student who has been educated in another country, I was unaware of the dire straits students in America face in regards to sexual education. Coming from an International School, my sex ed was one that I considered to be more than adequate. From my previous schooling, I was able to learn about sex, puberty, and contraceptives in an environment that was not only unbiased, but informative and safe as well.

As I researched sex ed in the United States, I found that many people are dissatisfied with how it’s being taught in schools.

CLICK HERE for my discussion on the ineffectiveness of sex ed in the United States.

Wikipedia: Easy as π !

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As an activity for one of my English classes, my professor asked us to contribute to a Wikipedia page. Although I was aware of the fact that anyone can edit Wikipedia posts, I never thought I would ever actually make a contribution to a Wikipedia page. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t know how to do it or maybe it’s because I just never thought of taking the time to do it.

As I was researching topics on Wikipedia and viewing what types of edits people typically make to Wikipedia pages, I came across many contributions that were made by people that were passionate about that specific topic. When I think about what I am passionate about, I automatically think of education but I also think of my school: Chapman University.

Chapman has become my home in the United States and I decided that it would be fitting for me to contribute to the Chapman University Wikipedia page. As I scrolled through the page, I was surprised to see that the College of Educational Studies (CES) section had a mere three sentences describing the whole college. Since I am part of CES as a student and a part-time receptionist in the main office, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for me to test my knowledge of CES. I thought it would be beneficial to add more information under the CES section of the page because although CES has their own website, people are usually more inclined to go straight to Wikipedia since it’s easier to access and navigate.

The process of making a contribution to Wikipedia was not as tedious as I had previously expected. All I did was look at the original College of Educational Studies section on the Wikipedia page and look for information that was missing. I then went to the Chapman College of Educational Studies website and found information that I thought would be helpful to include. Adding information to the Wikipedia page is as simple as opening an account and clicking the edit button at the top of the page.

The ease of editing Wikipedia pages was alarming to me because it made me think that anyone can edit a Wikipedia page! However, I soon realized that there are many people that monitor the Wikipedia pages and people aren’t able to easily get away with adding false information or information without a credible source.

Wikipedia can be seen as a constructive hypertext because it has the capability to change, since anyone can make a contribution to Wikipedia. Because education is a constantly evolving subject matter, Wikipedia is a perfect platform to use because information is constantly being added and updated. Although many professors say that Wikipedia isn’t a credible source, I think it is monitored and regulated enough for it to be used as a source for acquiring basic and fast information.

In this sense, Wikipedia is similar in some aspects to that of a fast food restaurant. For instance, at a fast food restaurant you expect cheap food that will satisfy your hunger, a meal that is prepared both promptly and with little effort, not one of great quality. The same goes for Wikipedia. When you utilize Wikipedia, you are able to access information at an instant and with minimal searching. However, this instantaneous gratification comes with a price. Although it is easy to use Wikipedia, the information may not be entirely accurate or it may be incomplete. Thus, Wikipedia should only be used to provide the most basic understanding of a subject or area.

I encourage everyone to experiment with Wikipedia and make a contribution!

Feel free to check out the Chapman University Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapman_University

Blogging: Everyone’s dong it!

Digital literacy skills are becoming increasingly popular to help prepare students for the 21st century marketplace. Blogging is one tool that more and more teachers are embracing in the classroom and using for teaching.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with blogging, the video below↓ explains the basics of blogging and how it can be used in education.

Although blogging is a great tool to use in your classroom, many teachers are unsure and hesitant to use it. I was also intimidated about blogging until I started experimenting with it for one of my English classes.

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My first experience of blogging was confusing, yet liberating. Blogging has always been intimidating because I’ve never been confident in my writing and I never even imagined that my words were valuable enough to post publically. If I ever wanted to write on Facebook or Myspace, it was usually a cheesy inspirational quote that I had found on Google. Blogging is different for me because it gives writing a more important and meaningful feeling, especially when I think about my intended audience. The biggest thing that helped me overcome my fear of blogging was writing about something I am passionate about: education.

As I began writing my blog post, anxiety started to seep through my body and I could feel my shoulders tensing up. How am I supposed to write my first blog post? Is it supposed to be formal or casual? Do I include pictures? Do I even know how to add pictures? A slew of questions popped up in my head and I was immediately overwhelmed.

I decided to take the blog post one step at a time. Being able to edit my post at anytime also made me feel less pressured to write the perfect blog post in one try. Before I knew it, I had written my first blog post! Blogging allowed me to decide how I wanted my information to be displayed visually and also allowed me to be creative. It was actually fun and rewarding!

I really believe that blogging is a wonderful tool that can be used by anyone and I think it can especially help teachers and students better their educational experiences.

Here are the top 7 ways blogging can be used by students and teachers!

  1. Easy access. Blogging is accessible through multiple technological platforms, which is great for students who
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  2. Interact with peers. Blogging is a fun way for students to interact with each their classmates’ blogs. Teachers can assign online peer reviewing which allows students to read other blogs, get instant feedback, and reflect on their writing. Students can easily comment on and share each other’s blogs.
  3. Think about your audience. Knowing that real people (not just your teachers) are reading what you write gives the writer more purpose to write well. I know that if I am writing to target an audience, I am able to write with much more purpose and try harder.
  4. Improve writing. Practice is the best way to improve your writing. Teachers can assign weekly written assignments to allow students to get in the habit of writing regularly. For example, teachers can assign students to write journal entries or reflections using blogging.
  5. Explore your identity. Blogging allows students to be imaginative and help shape their “identity”. Students can use media, emoticons, virtual gestures, etc. to explore their own uniqueness.
  6. Stimulate visual creativity. Some students are visual learners and thrive when they are given a task that requires them to be visually creative. For example, teachers can ask students to design and create their own blogs.
  7. Experiment. Sometimes it can be scary to try a new style or form of writing but blogging is the perfect opportunity to experiment. Blogging is a less stressful and intimidating alternative for writing because blog posts are usually shorter and more casual. Once I had experimented with blogging, I found it to be fun and a great way to explore my creativity.

I hope that these tips will help you use blogging as an effective tool for teaching! Good luck and please comment if you have any more ideas of how blogging can be used in education.

ATTN Parents: Have you heard about hyperreality?

In our everyday postmodern society, the dominance of technology has created many blurred lines between what is real and what is not. This phenomenon is called Hyperreality. Hyperreality is the inability to differentiate reality from simulated reality and many view this as a problem.

Hyperreality in particular, affects this generation’s children because most of their lives revolve around the use of technology and media. Children are unfortunately becoming more emotionally involved with their technological devices than with their parents. The average 8 to 10 year old spends nearly eight hours a day using various technological devices and media.

Essentially, screen addiction is increasingly becoming a problem that affects a child’s behavior, health, and school performance.

Even babies are experiencing hyperreality through the use of technology. A toddler that I babysit on the weekends has become so accustomed to using an iPad that when she sees any kind of screen, whether it’s a TV screen or a window, she tries to touch or swipe it, thinking it will react like an iPad.

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Are parents to blame for children being affected by hyperreality? Or will Hyperreality inevitably affect our children?

Personally, I don’t think parents are the ones to blame, but they can certainly take precautions in order to ensure that their children don’t become addicted to their self-constructed hypereality.

So what precautions can parents take?

  • Develop rules. Limiting technology use to a certain amount a day (i.e. 1 hour).
  • Encourage technology-free activities. Plan and initiate activities that don’t require technology (i.e. going to the park, reading, playing outside).
  • Talk to your child. Once children are old enough, explain the potential harm of excessive use of technology. Parents should be honest with their children once they are old enough to start making their own decisions.
  • Educate yourself. Stay informed and be aware of the devises and applications that your children are using.
  • Be a good role model. Children naturally look after their parents, so if children see their parents constantly watching TV and using their Ipad, this doesn’t set the best example. It’s almost important to avoid using technology as a substitute for supervision. Although in the short term this may be useful and tempting, it can be very hard to break this habit.

 

Even though Hyperreality can negatively affect children of all ages, it is important for parents, who are the best educators for children, to continually educate themselves as well as their children and take the necessary precautions to be sure that their children are protected.