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December 10, 2011


Weekly Response #5

October 7, 2011

“New Learners of the 21st Century” was an amazing documentary that gave me wonderful insight into how the digital world is pushing education forward.  I loved how all the kids interviewed and shown were so enthusiastic about their digital school.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen children as engaged in an educational environment as these students were.  It’s exciting to think about what the future holds for the upcoming generations considering our technology is advancing at such an astonishing rate.  Schools like Quest to Learn are taking full advantage of this by thrusting elementary and middle school-aged students into the technologically progressive world that’s all around them.  All of these children will have such a critical advantage over kids who went through traditional public schooling when it comes time to continue onto higher education and (more importantly) the job search.  Quest to Learn is accepting the fact that the general population is fixated with computers, the internet, video games, cell phones, etc. and getting all of their students started in the right direction by surrounding them with these ever-changing digital tools. The children learn how to become digitally literate at a ripe age– making the abilities to navigate, learn from, and teach different facets of technology encoded (no pun intended) into their daily routines (regardless if those routines are educationally centered or not).

Despite the undeniably good things that can come from forcing children to become digitally literate at such a young age, there are definitely some impracticalities as well.  First of all, I can’t see public schools incorporating these methods within at least the next ten years.  Schools have remained very traditional for quite some time, and even though my generation got the first taste of computers in the classroom, it seems a little financially demanding to garner every elementary/middle school the onslaught of technology a school like Quest to Learn possesses.  The students would surely benefit from the upgraded classrooms, but I have a feeling the taxpayers wouldn’t be quite so keen on the thought.  Secondly, it’s a little disconcerting thinking about education changing so drastically from it’s 20th century predecessor, but the benefits seem too real to deny.  The students at Quest to Learn were ecstatic about studying there and were clearly learning in a more efficient way then the average American student learns.  I know for a fact I wasn’t nearly as engaged in grade school as the children in the video were.  Their collaborations had a tangible gleam to them and their eyes were bright with knowledge.  They were learning through teaching each other– an impressive and amazing thing.  Once again though, I unfortunately can’t see public schools incorporating these methods anytime soon because of their strong deviation from traditional education and the costs it would require to install so many new technologies.  The staff of public schools would also have to undergo a 21st century makeover– learning new methods to integrate the new mediums.  Eventually, I’m sure public schools will transform into something like what we saw in the documentary.  It seems almost impossible for them to not.  But when that day will actually come is still a mystery.  Hopefully by the time I have kids, they’ll be as educationally engaged and digitally literate as any of the children in “New Learners of the 21st Century.”

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Digital Literacy in a 2.0 World:

Weekly Response #3

September 23, 2011

This is one of the original commercials for the original iPad released sometime last year.  The ad is decently quick– topping off at a hasty thirty seconds– but the iPad itself never leaves the screen.  Apple stays true to its user-friendliness as its commercials are functionally similar to its products:  simple and easy to digest.  We are thrown into a first-person perspective as “we” scroll through the various uses and abilities of the device.  The scene changes frequently and though the entire commercial is simple, following what is actually going on on the iPad is rather difficult.  The author is undoubtedly the advertising department of Apple, and the purpose of the commercial is most likely to propel you to purchase the innovative, touch-screen computer.  An upbeat, catchy song is played the entire time to grab our attention and play into the “hipness” of the product.  The lyrics “there goes my love” are the most evident part of the song as they are repeated several times towards the end of the video.  This lyric connects to the ad as the iPad “flies by” and should be interpreted as your (understood) love.  The band has an indie sound to tie-in with Apple being the company for the people.  They aren’t trying to intimidate us with any flashy, epic, or inspirational music.  They clearly want to come off as basic and fun.  The first-person perspective is another technique used to grab our attention.  When we are forced to see the iPad as if we ourselves are holding it, it becomes more realistic that we would actually own one.  The ending of the ad (right before the date of its release and the product name) shows the iPad on a plain backdrop with hundreds of its screens (and uses) quickly flashing.  This is most likely a technique used to further illustrate the “nearly endless” uses of the device.  Along with the camera perspective, all the people using the iPad are casually dressed.  There aren’t any businessmen using the computer, so Apple is further implying the everyday you and me as the user of its product.  Despite its relatively simplistic nature, different people may interpret the commercial as confusing because no actual specs are discussed or are the flashes of uses elaborated on.  The price is also omitted.  Clearly, the company doesn’t wish to delve into the somewhat pricey aspect of its product as it is mainly focusing on its too-many-to-talk-about abilities.  Overall, the ad is very basic and does an excellent job of getting the attention of the viewer.  The knitty-gritty is left out, and the consumer is forced to do more research on their own if they wish to purchase the intriguing iPad.

Intro to Media Technology

May 6, 2010

Assignment #1: Website Analysis

The website itself is a fairly easy one to navigate with the main portion of the site dedicated to blogs the band themselves post every few weeks that include tour info, fund raisers, etc.  Located on the left margin of the website aside the blogs is a link to, an indie merchandise site where Circa Survive’s apparel and music can be purchased as well as other alternative bands’ paraphernalia.

The site itself actually does a pretty decent job of keeping fans up-to-date with what Circa Survive’s been currently working on. Through their recording process, they would often post short video updates of how their studio time’s been progressing and their thoughts on the new album.

Though there are many positives to, the site also presents a few cons.  The website has gone through much construction over the years most likely due to the band’s signing to a major label and the restrictions/constrictions a bigger business can put on your artwork and the way you wish to present it to people.  The site is definitely still run by the band but what’s peculiar about their page is there isn’t any sort of music player or preloaded background music for the site surfers to indulge.

Overall, does an excellent job of giving fans of the band a more in depth perspective to the members of the band and their thoughts on whatever, but lacks too much professionalism to be attractive to anyone other than people who already know/listen to the group.

Assignment #2: Website Design


For the website design project, I chose a black and white still to illustrate the depression and lack of color in the main girl’s feelings and to better follow the helpline theme.  Everything is decently blurred and the girl’s face is the only thing relatively in focus.  This was to further emphasize her or “you” as the most important part of the full picture.

Assignment #3: Stills Editing Assignment

For my project, I chose to show a few minutes in the relationship between the girl and guy.  Basically there are three parts within the short film:  the beginning scene on the bridge showing the couple in their happiness; a fight that follows; and the following moments showing the couple separated and reminiscing about each other.

I used three different song clips to emphasize the mood transitions between the beginning, fight, and end of the film.  Though I didn’t directly link the video transitions to the beat of the song, there is a pretty comfortable amount of flow between frames.  I used multiple transitions between images and used the fade in fade out for the transitions between the beginning and fight, and the fight and ending.  This fade in fade out correlates to the fade in fade out of the song transitions as well.
Assignment #4: Video Editing Project

For the final project, I cut together some footage of a man walking into a bar or dinner hall of some sorts, seeing his friends, and engaging in a pie fight with them.  I tried to use various angles and tried not to let any cut go longer than 10 seconds or so.  Typically, I would try to cut scenes just before or just after a serious action (like the throwing of a pie) to give the viewer a different perspective on the situation.

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January 25, 2010

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