Monday, May 9th, 2011

Recent studies have shown that kids are posting too much sensitive information online.  Many parents believe that kids are not thinking about what they say before they post it online.  Also, the pictures are too revealing and too much swearing is being shared.  Many parents are completely unaware of what kids have on their pages or what type of posts their kids make on a daily basis.

A)  If you REFLECT on social networking, Why do you think kids share so much information with complete strangers online? 

B)   Social networking such as party lines and chat rooms have been around for 20 years, so how have advances in technology changed and made sites like Facebook and Myspace more interesting now?”

C)  Do you believe there is a line that shouldn’t be crossed when it comes to pictures and things said online on sites like Facebook or Myspace?   What is that line?

D)  Even though kids have been told about the number of cyber predators online, why do you think kids still put so much personal information online for everyone to see?

(You MUST write 5 sentences or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

For more info, you might want to read:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705366050/Kids-revealing-too-much-online-study-says.html

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

[READ AND ANSWER EACH QUESTION AND WATCH THE VIDEOS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OR YOU WILL GET ZERO CREDIT]

On an episode of “Glee” on May 18th, 2010, a handicapped student has a daydream about what he would do if he could ever get out of his wheelchair and walk again (Artie, in the red sweater vest).  In the clip he uses a flash mob.  A flash mob (or flashmob) is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse. The term flash mob is generally applied only to gatherings organized via telecommunications, social media or viral emails.  The term is generally not applied to events organized by public relations firms, protests, and publicity stunts. 

A)  How are flash mobs a good or bad thing?

B)  How could they get out of control?

C)  Is this a good use of technology?  Tell me your opinion.

A “flash mob” pillow fight in Toronto during Worldwide Pillow Fight Day where OVER 5,000 people participated worldwide.

A Flash Mob of Pregnant Women Breakdancing in London

Official Michael Jackson Tribute FlashMob in Sweden

Friday, February 4th, 2011

 [READ THE WHOLE QUESTION AND WATCH THE VIDEOS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AT THE END OR YOU WILL GET ZERO CREDIT]

Alot of people ask me, “How do you come up with this stuff?” or “How do you know about all of this technology stuff?”  and all I can say is by looking at websites like the ones featured below.  Mashable’s annual award for the 5 Best Websites or “Websites that blew us away” is always a good place to start when looking for new tech.   The awards go to:

  1.  Best Social Media App Commercial: The New Twitter
  2.  Best Media Website Design: Vogue.com
  3.  Best HTML5 Website Design: The Wilderness Downtown
  4.  Best Music Website Design: Thesixtyone.com
  5.  Best Design Shop Website Design: Wonderwall

 The question is, …

A)  Why are these mind blowing websites or are they?

B)  What do you think the editors of mashable.com thought was so great about these websites?  Explain ALL your answers.

(You must use at least 5 COMPLETE SENTENCES or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

(For more information, go to the website below)

http://mashable.com/2010/10/31/breakthrough-website-design/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29

Best Social Media App Commercial: The New Twitter

Best HTML5 Website Design: The Wilderness Downtown

#4 thesixtyone.com

#5 wonderwall

 

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

[READ THE WHOLE QUESTION AND WATCH THE VIDEOS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AT THE END OR YOU WILL GET ZERO CREDIT]

Myspace has tried to come back with a vengeance.  In the last week of October 2010, Myspace relaunched with the Myspace 3.0 Experience.  Where it used to be a “place for friends”, it is now a “social entertainment destination”.  This version is more streamlined, easier to read and navigate and not crazy with page design.

A)  By watching the videos below, can you analyze what is good and what is bad with the new Myspace design?

B)  How can this redesign turn into people actually coming back to myspace and making it the number 1 social networking site again?  Or can it?

C)  How does this new look of Myspace compare/contrast to Facebook?  Explain ALL of  your answers.

(You must use at least 5 COMPLETE SENTENCES or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

(For more information, go to the website below)

http://mashable.com/2010/10/27/new-myspace/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29

Myspace’s new logo

An introduction to Myspace’s new 3.0 interface

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The local FOX station in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas recorded a segment satirizing social media called “The Fox 4 DFW Roast of Social Media” and it’s pretty funny.  FaceBook, Foursquare,  Skype and Twitter are all spoofed and the YouTube video is below.  The anchor opens up with breaking news about a gunman on the loose in City Hall, but every correspondent on the scene is so involved in social media technology that he or she has lost touch with what’s actually happening. Is this a sign of times to come with how out of hand people have gotten with social media?  Is this video really making fun of social media or telling a little bit of the truth and we are heading towards “idiocracy”?  Explain why this spoof of social media works or doesn’t work?  Are they taking things too far or getting them just right?  Explain your answers.

(You must use at least 5 COMPLETE SENTENCES or you will get ZERO CREDIT)

(For more information, go to the website below)

http://mashable.com/2010/10/24/fox-social-media-parody-video/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29


The trailer for one of my favorite movies, “Idiocracy”

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