Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Canada's gettin' ahead of us guys. Wikipedia what?

Wikipedia being used in place of essays in Canada.

A small excerpt:
As an experiment, last January Beasley-Murray promised his students a rare A+ grade if they got their projects for his literature course, called "Murder, Madness and Mayhem," accepted as a Wikipedia Featured Article."

In May, three entries created by nine students in the course became the first student works to reach Wikipedia's top rank.

I think we need to see more of this of schools today. Integrating public technology and notification with school work is a great incentive for students to write well and make sure what they're doing is true. If the public will read your article, then you're not going to plagiarize, Are you?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mr. Tilly, here are your answers.

I am not a fan of blogging (as you can tell by my upkeep) but here are the answers to Tilly's analytical model thing. I'm still having trouble finding answers to some of these and am starting to think that Alternative Education was a bad choice. Figures it'd come to me week 7, right?

What is the “campaign” of your movement?, What is the over all goal it wishes to accomplish?

The campaign of Alternative Education is to create a school environment that is tailor made for a child's learning style, personality and specific needs. Those that participate in Alternative Education don't believe that the state mandated and paid for education and curriculum can do so.

What is the campaign plan to achieve this goal?
For now, participants are content to keep their children either in home school or go to extensive ends to send their children to alternative public school if they do not have the means to home school

What are its “WUNC displays,” ie, how does it establish the legitimacy of its cause?

*How does it explain the worthiness of its cause?

In 2003 more than one million students were being home schooled, and that's not counting those who are in different forms of education.
*How does it demonstrate the unity of its followers?
Those that participate in home schooling are constantly getting together to compare curriculum, socialize and dispute the nay sayers. Those that participate in public alternative schooling rally to support their school , and the district that supports them.
*How does it document and use its number of followers and allies?
Alternative education doesn't really document those that participate in it, nor does it “use” those that support it.
*How does it prove that its followers are committed?
Simply by not attending traditional education, you support alternative education.

Who are the participants in the movement?
*Organizers – Who are the proponents initiating and guiding the movement?
*Activists – Who are the active followers?
*Authorities – Who or what are the powers the movement targets?
*Third parties – Who is in between? As public observers? Allies? “Objects of reform”?
I don't know. Blargh. I can't really find/talk about AltEd as a social movement. It's subersive and quiet. Exxcept in California. Silly Cali.

What are the claims of your movement?
*Program – What are the movement’s specific political goals?
To get alternative education recognized as a permanent structure in the architecture of education
*Identity – What shared traits or social positions hold the movement’s activists and followers together?
Having or being a student who is stunted and shunned in traditional education.
*Standing – What political rights make the movement possible? What material conditions?

Are web technologies creating/transforming your movement?

Before the Internet, Alternative education (especially home schooling) was an off the grid, lonely thing. Now though, the Internet allows for people to blog and share resources and let their students explore out side of even what parents and educators set in assignments and curriculum, letting educators put together there own educating style and information.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Can We Trust Web 2.0

I found this article Stumbling today. I think it brings up some interesting topics.

Can We Trust Web 2.0

Just dropping the link.

Man, I'm not good at the blogging thing.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Cyber Activism Intro-Cpt1

So, I don't generally take reading notes, so it might take me a while to get the hang of this. anyway:
On page 26 the text talks about how the strength of internet protesting changed epically when people started being able to use graphics. I said: Does having more that text really make that much difference? All speech is is text. it seems to my the are overplaying the importance and impact of images.

On Page 30 the text talks about how information can spread in hours. My Senior year of high School, There was a shooting scare produced by myspace. A fight had broken out during the school day, and somehow that had gotten twisted into a shooting the next day. Maybe the viral spread of information isn't such a great thing.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

It's taking them this long to figure it out? Really?

Shift toward online media requires "New Rules of Media"

Ok, so it's not part of the "Main Stream" Media, but you have to admit, it's funny that was posted yesterday. Things that this article states are things I've known for a while, and I can't help but wonder if reading something like this justifies my belief that my generation is certainly more competent when it comes to the internet then my mothers. I've long forsaken the televised news for what i can find online, and it's always confused the people in my family. Especially my grandmother, who doesn't understand why i would rather search out my news instead of have it delivered to me every night round about 5pm.

I think the most important thing on this list is number four.
"Traditional Media Must Evolve or Die" Because of all of them on the list, it's the most true. If your standard 5 o'clock news doesn't start to augment and change, the people are going to shut it off. like I have, and seek out less biased and more informing ways to get their news. It's not a hard conclusion to come to, and I don't really understand whats keeping them form doing so.

Bye for now