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stemer81
02 December 2005 @ 02:13 pm
I must say that I never thought that I would get through this course without a nervous breakdown, but I did, and to top it off I actually enjoyed and maybe learned something. To celebrate I will be heading off to Fallsview casino for the day....Wish me luck!
 
 
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: It's All About the Benjamins
 
 
stemer81
30 November 2005 @ 01:27 pm
I don't know who thinks that computers reading a story to a child is the same as a person reading it. What child will pay attention to the actual words and the phonemic awareness (the important parts about reading and learning to read) when the computer is telling them a story? When you are reading a story, especially with children, you want them to be able to ask any questions they may have as well as respond to questions to see if they truly understand what has been read to them. This gets eliminated when reading a book online. I believe that children will be more concerned with the novelty of the project. I also thought, since this is the last journal entry, that I would comment on the fact that these mini digital cameras have really been a bitch. My brother got mad at me because everytime I tried to upload pictures the computer would shut down. Actually it wasn't the uploading it was when I hooked the camera up to the computer. Maybe it was because sometimes I put the plug thing in the camera the wrong way. But it still shut the computer down which was really annoying. Also, several times, after taking pictures, I would hook it up to my computer and the pictures would be gone. Also, the majority of the pictures came out blurry unless they were taken outside.
 
 
Current Mood: busy
 
 
 
stemer81
30 November 2005 @ 11:41 am
Weblogs is definitely a term that I had not heard of until this particular reading. I think that it is good that I am writing this journal late because now I have a bit of a better understanding of what blogging is and how it can be beneficial for early childhood education. I think that blogging would be a great opportunity for children. They get the opportunity to express their feelings. Especially children who are shy , who aren't willing to contribute during classroom discussions. This weblog can also be used as a portfolio for children. A way for parents and teachers to get a better idea on what their children or students are interested in. I would hope that there would be sufficient security on these things so that they were private and couldn't be hacked into by just anyone. I also see this as a great means of communication. This is the case because sometimes children don't want to share everything with their teacher. This way they would feel more comfortable to let their feelings out. The only unfortunate thing is that come children may not have internet access other than while they are at school so it would make it harder for them to use this feature on their own time.
 
 
Current Mood: crazycrazy
 
 
stemer81
30 November 2005 @ 11:19 am
After reading "Cyborg Babies and Cy-Dough-Plasm Ideas about Self and Life in the Culture of Simulation" I have decided that computers are machines and not humans. It is humans that created the computer and we control it as well. It is scary to think that soon the computer will take over many jobs that right now are being done by humans. but I think that we put ourselves in this position by making computers do new things year in and year out. In addition to that I believe that a major quality in humans is their emotions. What kind of emotions does a computer have? None at all and that makes them very different. I don't believe they will ever make a machine that is totally the same as a human being and it scares me to think that anyone would want to try. In the second article I very much agreed with the fact that the computer and chatting in chat rooms gives people the chance to have multiple personalities. I think that it is easier to express certain emotions while online rather than face-to-face. You can really let out your true emotions online because you are not so worried what the other party will think of you. The unfortunate thing is that you can express all the emotions that you want when you are online but what are you going to do when you actually see that person. They are going to find out your true colors sooner or later, especially if you are a shy person and can't be up front when put on the spot.
 
 
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: Anything from Rent
 
 
 
stemer81
30 November 2005 @ 10:53 am
Since this is the only reading that I understand I can only talk about this specific website. Although I do think that it is cool to be able to make pictures online with several cool features I still think it takes away from a child's ability to be creative. With this website you have so many choices, which is in a sense good, but you aren't really creating alone. You are creating with the help of your computer. In the sense that you can learn about shapes and colours it can be quite meaningful, but other than that I don't really see it as a learning experience. In terms of computer games I think that it is better than a lot of games that children are playing nowadays because at least children get the opportunity to create something rather than kill someone.
 
 
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stemer81
16 November 2005 @ 12:15 pm
I feel like I have read the article Children as Photographers: An Analysis of Children's Photographic Behaviour and Intentions at Three Age Levels, however it is this weeks reading so I will respond. I am not surprised to read that children at different ages show different interests in certain aspects of photography. I find it interesting that children at such a young age exhibit such awareness when it comes to taking pictures. Times have really changed from when I was a child.
The Children as Photographers website seems like an excellent resource for teachers. It can really give a teacher some insight as to why children take photographs. I also believe that children will benefit from taking a tour of this website so that they can see what different children around the world take pictures of. It really introduces a multicultural approach to teaching and learning. Children can look through a large photo album of their peers while teachers can get a sense for what interest children at different age groups.
In the article Children as Photographers I found a lot of the results that came from the research project to be interesting. I am surprised to hear how well children were at manipulating their camera even at the age of four. I was not shocked to hear that the younger children had a harder time reflecting on the pictures that they took. I am sure that the younger children were having more fun actually taking the pictures rather than the finished product. Once the pictures were taken I am sure that the older children were much more interested in seeing what their pictures looked like rather than the younger children.
 
 
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
 
 
 
stemer81
09 November 2005 @ 01:32 pm
Although I missed last weeks trip to the Rogers Centre I am starting to get a little bit of a better understanding of what an access grid is. To the best of my knowledge it is an enlarged version of the webcams that we have at home. Of course there are more functions as well. Another thing that I heard about the trip was the classes participation in web conferencing, that is a really neat concept. Just for that reason alone I wish that I made the trip over. It is hard to get an idea of how young children would react to this new technoplogy. I would like to think that it would have a lot of benefits for young children. I do believe this is not something that should be in children's classrooms on a regular basis, however I do think that achildren should have the chance to test it out. the idea that the children will perhaps be viewing children from another country may be a difficult concept to grasp. That being said, the children can benefit from seeing the similarities and differences amongst children of the same age group. Children in grade school, I believe, are at more of an advantage than younger children. There are a lot of learning experiences that can be made available by these access grids. Some examples may be collaborative assignments with children from other countries, observing different learning strategies, making friends from other countries, etc. One disadvantage to these access grids, at first, would be the fact that it may be harder to concentrate when you know that there is a camera on you. Children may be mesmerized by the cameras and more interested in the technology aspect rather than the learning experience. I do think that after getting used to the access grids that children would be able to concentrate a lot better.
 
 
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
 
 
stemer81
02 November 2005 @ 03:06 pm
I believe that, for some reason, I responded to one of this weeks readings last week. I am pretty sure it is the one regarding children and cameras, however I will respond to the two other readings. All this talk about new technologies is starting to freak me out. For example, the article that talks about children learning music through video conferencing is, to me, going a bit too far. Is there really a need for children to be learning music any other way than by a teacher. What about people that major in music in school, like for example music teachers, that happens to their jobs. I have this picture of the future and I don't like it very much. Computers are taking over the world and soon alll our jobs will be gone. Children learning anything through video conferencing, to me, seems very stupid. What if a child needs help or has a question, then what? While I do have very big issues with technology taking over, I do see how this has benefited children in many other ways. They have access to a wide variety of information that is right at their fingertips. Exploration is very important for children of all ages, it can introduce them to a vast amount of information that they may not have known that they were interested in in the first place. I realize that I probably haven't hit 250 words yet, but seeing that I responded to the wrong article last week I can't really talk about children as photographers. So I will have to make up for it next week.
 
 
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
 
 
 
stemer81
26 October 2005 @ 03:33 pm
I found all these articles to be rather interesting. I know that when I was younger there was no possible way I had any idea about taking pictures. Times really have changrd and it is most noticable in the field of technology. Last weeks reading about the simulation city is just another example of how times are changing. I remember specializing in photography at one of the summer camps that I went to, but back then there were no digital cameras (at least not ones that campers like us had access to). Now everyone has a digital camera or a camera on their cell phone. Even the way that we develop pictures has drastically changed. When you wanted to get pictures developed before you used to have to go to the nearest Blacks or Kodak store. That is not the case anymore. Now you just have to download the pictures and you can print them up in the comfort of your own home. Even if you want to have them developed by a professional such as a Blacks technician you can easily send them your photos on a disc and in less than an hour they are ready for your viewing.
It was also neat to see the differences in the types of pictures that children of different ages took. It is funny because I can remember the type of pictures that I took while at camp, versus the ones that I take now (with my digital camera, a Sony one). All the pictures that I take now are in social situations or special events. I can distinctly remember taking the most random pictures when at camp. The most common picture for me to take were ones of the animals at the barn. It is weird how it never really entered my mind to take pictures of my friends, and it is even weirder now how it would never enter my mind to take pictures of animals
 
 
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stemer81
25 October 2005 @ 11:03 pm
The first thing that came to mind for me when reading the article :Race In/For Cyberspace: Identity Tourism and Racial Passing on the Internet" was a recent incident that happened between my brother and this girl that he met through an internet dating website. My brother had been chatting with this girl for a couple of weeks and was starting to think that he had a lot in common with her. they shared many of the same interests (so he thought) and it seemed like they connected perfectly. Finally, after two more weeks of online chatting, they decided that they would meet up for their first date. I remember that my brother was looking forward to meeting her. He knew that he was attracted to her due, to the various pictures they sent back and forth, and he was positive that he loved her personality. I was completely shocked to see him walk through the door later that night fully let down. He said that she had absolutely nothing to say for herself and that all the things she said that she was interested in during their online chats were an over-exaggeration. The one thing that my brother loved about her was the interesting conversations that they used to have with eachother. He told me that the conversations they had that night were boring and uninteresting and he felt cheated. This is the perfect example of how a person can totally misrepresent themselves on the internet. You can have people believing you are something that they are not. I know this may sound selfish. but mow I have learned from my brothers mistake and I will never date someone I meet on the internet. This is only one of the ways in which internet chatting can result in a misunderstanding. I couldn't even count the amount of times that I have gotten into fights with friends over a silly conversation. When talking online people can misinterpret what you say and take it the wrong way. Writing something is very different then saying it, and if the receiving party doesn't know what context to take it in then that can result in a misinterpretation. I have stopped signing into MSN as often as I used to for this very reason.