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week 11: Meme creation

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I have to admit, I struggled with this week’s assignment. I never created any memes before and the websites that I was experimenting with were not so cooperative. I was having a hard time saving it with the meme generator. I then turned to create an image just using my computer tools but then I had a hard time figuring out how to post that image. I use Smart notebook to edit pictures for my classroom so I figured this would be easy. However, when I needed to post this online, I found this a struggle. So I went back to searching for online sites.  I continued to search for meme generators. I found http://www.quickmeme.com . This seemed to be “firsttime user friendly” site. I created two memes since I couldn’t decided which would be better.  According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme, “A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena”. With that said, I was going for the theme that everything changes over time, especially school.

                Both of the images show how times have changed through education over the years. The first one that I created is a Flickr image of post it notes. The original image can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/peggyozsuada/8165641450/. This is a creative commons image that was obtained from Flickr. I used this site to add text over top of the image. I was going for the theme that post it notes ultimately posted and pinned things back in the day just like technology currently does today. The great invention of the post it helped people mark the things or “pin” the things they like. Also post it notes were used in my family as the “tell the family where you are headed” piece of paper by the phone. Post it notes were the start of technology.

                My second meme reflects my personal journey as a student over time. In the 90s when I was going through school, the typical school supply were pencils. Now, the students typical school supply is technology. I obtained  both creative commons images from Flickr at   Ihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mitmensch0812/2518815566/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4873961061/

I needed to merge the images together to represent the change over time with student’s school supplies. I used smart notebook to merge the images then I used Jing to capture the screen shot. I then uploaded the image to the generator and added my words. This meme describes how the times have changed in simple school supplies.

My memes can be viewed at the following websites:

http://qkme.me/3rqg4t

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3rqg2p/

 

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How do I use Quizlet.com

The below sites will show brief demonstrations that I prepared through the use of Jing and screencast.com. The videos will help the user become familiar with the basics of this site.
This website will show how to start a set of flashcards.

http://www.screencast.com/t/QKD2qQwWXoma
This video shows how to create a set of flashcards and add the vocabulary definition.

http://www.screencast.com/t/qlIWK5ZZk
Lastly, this video will capture what the student will see when they enter this site. It will also highlight what they can do once they log in.

http://www.screencast.com/t/t4LsZqaNA9

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The founder of Quizlet.com discusses the service

This video will show the founder of Quizlet discussing its advantages in a brief segment of a morning show. He was a student when he discovered such a great sit.

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Let’s take a look at Quizlet. com

http://animoto.com/play/lIwPkZbtt1X0SN4e8TJdDQ

This video highlights the advantages to using Quizlet.com. I created this video through the animoto.com service. The teacher simply creates vocabulary sets and the student can study these at home.

 

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Technology Tool Project

Being a teacher, this tool has wonderful potential for my personal productivity. I develop these Quizlets so the students can learn key vocabulary at home. I’ve noticed most students would rather use technology to learn the vocabulary words than study through paper and pencil. With the generation that I am teaching, I always try to connect to them. One easy way to connect is through the use of technology. This simple program will help me become more connected to them but also help the student learn. There are many advantages to this site. The students can monitor their own learning while focusing their attention to the words that they need to remember. Also, the students will be using  free technology so that will be convenient for them. The student can either use the teacher created set of vocabulary words or create their own set of vocabulary words. The computer will generate a definition or the user can insert their own definition for the vocabulary word. One disadvantage to this type of program would be that it would not cater to those students that do not have internet access at home.

I have also shared these tools with colleagues. Similarly, my colleagues now like to use Quizlet. I am glad that I can teach my fellow teachers about such a great website. All subjects can utilize this service to help students learn. My fellow teachers not only use it for their students, but use it for their own studying for their doctorate level classes. By teaching others, I am growing professionally in my productivity.

You will see three videos attached to this blog. The first video will describe what Quizlet is all about and the potential it has. The second video will describe how to use this site using Jing. The last video that you will see is the founder of the site getting interviewed on a morning show. He describes how he uses this site.

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Week 10: Copyright

Looking back on my blog posts, I can say the posts that I am most unsure about are the ones which I “jinged”. This may or may not be a word but to me it means that I simply took a screen shot of a part of a website through Jing then added it to my post. Most of the times, I did not get a Google image rather I screen captured the website.  I used Jing to take a snap shot of various websites and then I simply posted it into my blog. By doing such a copy/ paste technique it just makes me unsure of myself. Although, in most of my screen shots I gave credit to the website, I just feel that it is still not enough credit. In a blog, is it proper to go ahead and site each source using apa/mla format? According to Renee Hobbs, something can be copyrighted as soon as it is created. Since I created this screen shot does this mean that no one else can steal this screen shot? However, according to the Fairy Use video, an idea cannot be copyrighted. This was just an idea that turned into an image after “Jinging”. After thinking about the articles and what I’ve been taught in the past, I am just not confident on how to cite these images.

                After looking at the publication by Cornell, the “checklist for conducting a fair use analysis”, it helped me determine what I feel comfortable using with my students. For example, I will be looking for sources then identifying how I will be using that source. For example, I can either use that as educational, productive or nonprofit.  I will then look at the nature of the copyrighted material and the amount copied. Lastly, I will look at the effect on the market of the original. After I analyze all aspects I will determine if this is something that I feel comfortable using.

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