Just to see if i can post a youtube video- but i like dostoevsky

March 18, 2008 at 1:33 pm (Uncategorized)


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Cyborgs and Synergia: Listen to Your Brain

March 18, 2008 at 1:32 pm (Uncategorized)

We have been talking about the separation between humanity and technology.  Our goal is to make our own videos depicting our interpretations of how people relate to technology.   

In your class discussion groups, answer the questions that follow the video and post your comments on our class blog site.

Things to consider:

1. Lighting

2. Sound

3. Framing [   ]

4. Characters

5. Story

 Cyborg Video: IArm                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyklrMfj2ao

1.  Watch it and take quick notes.

2.  Watch it again, what are the feelings/ thoughts that go through your mind?

3.  What is this commercial advertising?

4.  How do you think people will react to it?

5.  How does this show the relationship between humanity and technology?

6.  Does this fit the definition of a cyborg?

 Synergia Video               http://youtube.com/watch?v=xlJJ67-8SLc&feature=related

1.  Watch it all the way through without taking notes.

2.  Second watch: take notes considering the five elements listed above and list how they are depicted.

3.  How does the language of the video affect your interpretation?

4.  Is there a clear message in the video?  Is there a story?  Why?

5.  Now, click on the following link and read the lyrics: http://hebrewsongs.com/?song=margishacher

6.  How did your interpretation of the music video change once you read the lyrics?

7.  Why did the band choose this setting for the video?  How did that have to do with the “message” or “story?”

8.  Who is the main character and why? 

9. Roughly brake down the video into frames and explain what helped to ‘tell’ the story.

10.  What symbols are used to tell the story?


Put together a brief presentation of your thoughts for the class.    

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Movies, Pod casting, and a Visit to Emory

March 17, 2008 at 7:10 pm (Uncategorized)

Dr. Tyson’s students obviously enjoyed what they were able to accomplish in their classes.  There were a lot of convincing arguments for using greater “technologies” in the “every day.”  Going to meet the doctor at Emory and hearing him or her speak about Embryonic Stem Cell research was undoubtedly an unforgettable experience for them.  Students will probably remember more about that day and that subject because of the change of scenery and the specialization of the speaker.I would like to know more about how Dr. Tyson recommends that teachers use the movie making and podcasting in class.  Is it something that the entire class focuses on for a month without working on anything else or is it an after school project as well?  How can teachers be the most successful with the project based classroom?  I agree that students will be inspired by the idea that they can “publish” their own work on the internet.  When students realized other people were responding to their work, they were encouraged to do their best.  Was there anything special that the teachers had to do to make this the case, or did people just happen to come across the website full of student’s podcasts and videos on a random search for “West African Child Labor and Chocolate?” 

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Nostalgia, Perception and ‘reality’

January 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm (Uncategorized)

mlk-jr.jpgLast Monday I was thinking about how nice it was to be able to call it a ‘holiday.’  Yes, “Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”  But the more that I thought about it, I realized I don’t know that much about him.  Holidays are usually loaded with nostalgia  When some people hear Christmas carols,   they immediately (allow themselves to) feel a certain warmth in the air.  I think it’s also safe to say that we idealize people after they die.  This is not to say that I think MLK Jr. is getting idealized or way to much credit.  I am interested in this as a phenomenon with all people.  He is remembered for a reason.  But this video proves the power that it can have over our perception of who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was without giving us much factual information.  We get a whole day off of school to remember him.  It would make an interesting study about how videos, music, pictures, and lighting can affect our perceptions.  This video offers the faces of Dr. MLK.  People were asked to make comments about the man we celebrate, and we can ask our students to consider their answers.  How does this video affect our perception of Dr. MLK?  Does it satisfy our curiosity, or do we need more information?  By the end of the video, I wanted to know more.  Students could use the writing and technology skills they are learning in class and apply it to making a new Dr. MLK video or by picking a new person/ event to cover.  (Wikipedia has an article on Dr. MLK and it is currently locked from editing due to vandalism.) This study could eventually lead into our need to question biographies, autobiographies as totally “factual.”  It could be called nostalgia, perception, and ‘reality.’ http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=2572eef9076c03b7b8c6

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Famous People

January 15, 2008 at 12:57 am (Uncategorized)

I don’t know many.  In our reality TV soaked age I think we’re all bound to meet or be friends with somebody famous.  I guess I had better start figuring out who’s gonna be famous before they are so that they don’t think I’m just being their friend to get their monaaay and stuff.  My cousin is in film school right now.  Here’s his latest work.  Maybe he’ll be famous.

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Let’s Get Paid

January 15, 2008 at 12:40 am (Uncategorized)

Did anybody know that network systems and data communications analysts make at least $64,000.00 a year?  According to MSN’s top 50 jobs- these people are makin’ bank.  Check out the other 49 jobs you wish you had. http://msn.careerbuilder.com/custom/msn/careeradvice/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1264&SiteId=cbmsn41264&sc_extcmp=JS_1264_advice&catid=

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