Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Work" for those who are caught up:

Click here and read this article about the new assessment of the Digital Divide.

An excerpt:

As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families are spending considerably more time than children from more well-off families using their television and gadgets to watch shows and videos, play games and connect on social networking sites, studies show.
This growing time-wasting gap, policy makers and researchers say, is more a reflection of the ability of parents to monitor and limit how children use technology than of access to it.
1. Write a blog comment below, in response.
Include the following: 
a. Describe the point of the article. What is the reporter observing?
b. What evidence does he use to support his observation?
c. What are the best ideas for dealing with the problem he outlines? 
d. What ideas do you have for dealing with this situation? 
e. How do your parents manage your Internet time?
f. Any general comment you have about the topic or the article.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Online "Home"work for tonight and Wednesday

Get as far in Grammar101 as you can in 40 minutes between today and Thursday and e-mail me all of your results at

Do us all a favor and avoid searching for the bottom, here. If you can burn through 25 of these with only a handful of mistakes in 35 minutes, I want you to do it, and I want to give you full credit for doing your best.

However, if you are truly struggling and it takes you 30 minutes to get one nearly perfect score, so be it.  When I see evidence that you are goldbricking or failing to using your time well, you will be doing these modules with me after school.

Quick reminder of how to e-mail me results:

Click "print"; click "PDF"; click "save as PDF"; make sure you are in "Documents"; name your document <name> <lesson #> and make sure the author has your name in the window.

Compose an e-mail to me w/ subject heading Grammar 101; attach your PDF document(s); send.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Two new things; one not so new

1. We'll do a quick progress test on words often confused and contractions--both should be review.

2. Get ready for Shakespeare. For a quiz grade, you will attend the evening "Romeo and Juliet" performance, Thursday at Waterman's. For another quiz grade, you will write a five paragraph review for posting here on the Media Lit blog. By the end of class today, you'll have a copy of the rubric I'll expect you to use.

3. Before we can go on with "Digital Nation," you must comment here about your understanding of the documentary's theme and/or some of the questions posed, thus far.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Digital Nation Documentary

We're watching Digital Nation in pieces while we do our grammar exercises. So far we've seen about 35 minutes. If you missed the first class, that was the first 25 minutes. Catching up over vacation would be a great idea.

We will comment on the film in comments here.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Making Data Visible

We will watch a short video about one tool to handle information overload.  Then we will see how persuasive these images can be using Google Data Set and I Love Charts. We will also look at ChronoZoom's Ultimate Timeline

Then you will comment here about how access to these tools affects your learning.

1. How do you deal with Information Overload?

2. What effect on your desire to learn do these graphic tools have on you?

3. How does all this information flowing out of this box in front of you make you feel?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Future Proof Your Education

Pay attention to these rules and you will manage the information overload just fine.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

When Do I Need to Cite a Source?

Short answer: all the time.

Unless you're writing original research, everything you use in your paper comes from someone else and you must give him or her credit.

Long answer: follow the rules laid out here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Student-Specific Assignments:

Isaac: bring in another five hard facts and two generalizations.

Easton: create a timeline for the last 40 years or so of U.S. military involvement in the Persian Gulf.

Tristan: focus on the city's designer, bring in at least five more facts about him and draw two more conclusions.

Mya: bring in five facts about other world leaders' homes.

Caleb: three assignments: 1. bring in the original five facts about your topic; 2. bring in five more facts and make two generalizations or observations, about them.

Maddie: keep looking at the island-centric information, use your own understanding of island life to hunt down unique elements of life on Alcatraz.

Adrianna: draw three conclusions that you're prepared to defend with evidence.

Kaleb: find five facts and make two generalizations about your facts.

Sam: make at least two generalizations about your facts.

Jasmine: using Marvel, look at some medical journal articles about Alzheimers.

: bring in some generalizations about autism and education.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Supreme Court refuses to hear MySpace cases

Two cases, one where both a student's punishment for bullying, and another where a student's right to make arguably bullying comments are left intact as the Supreme Court refuses to hear them.

Both concern whether a school board's authority can reach into students' homes and computer. Apparently the Court is not prepared to rule on the scope of a school's authority outside of school. I wonder what any court would say if the computers used were supplied by the school as they are here in Maine.

The fact that these cases involve MySpace gives us a hint about how long these people have been in court.

A List of All Works Cited Docs











Friday, January 6, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Blogginess

If you're wondering why I've created a second class blog, chalk it up to G-Mail's arcane signing in and out system. Anyway, welcome. Again.

Caleb Mao's Hai; Adrianna's Island Girl; Gina's Blogget; Jasmine's Blogage; Mya's Nutella is Awesome; Sam's bloggg; Isaac's deep; Tristan's blogger 1 .

First, who can help Easton get his URL to me? Can anyone show him how to put it in hotlink form?

Second, next week we'll work forward on your blog designs a bit, and backward on newspaper lingo. We'll also look learn how to tell a reliable source from one with a hidden (or obvious) bias.

Update: Yay, now I've got Maddie's linky to her blog, #3.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

First Things, Well, Second Things, First

So I know a little more where you are and where to start, click on this link to take a short survey.

Here's a second, slightly longer survey that will give you an even better answer to the question, "What kind of a tech user are you?"

We'll read this article about the invention of the Internet.

You'll need to know what the Cold War was, and also what Net Neutrality is.

In the comment section below, give one reason why seventh and eighth grade students living on an island in Penobscot Bay should study digital media.