Participation

Participation is vital because it creates a community within the classroom. It allows one to get to know one’s peers through their thoughts and ideas. This further creates a connection with others through a healthy debate and  thus creating a better classroom environment. UNSW Australia’s page of Discussion Skills, highlights  discussion as the main point of participation, as being vocal respectively can be very powerful in a discussion. Class is sometimes run like a discussion, so that students can express opinions and questions . By involving students in discussions, they are able to participate in their educational development and this can be highly beneficial towards their final mark. Participation will benefit everyone, as participation will help keep the mind involved and paying attention to the topic being discussed. In order for students to be successful in University classes, it would help to be recognized as a student who is attentive, responsive and a important role in class discussions.

Works Cited

https://student.unsw.edu.au/discussion-skills

Weekly Presentations…

WEEK 1 – SOCIAL MEDIA

The first presentation I will reflect on is “Social Media”, which has been a fast, expanding concept since it was established fairly recently. The term “Social Media” is confusing as lots of websites considered to be “Social Media” are not very social. By this I mean, Jodie gave the example of “Blackboard” being a social media site, even though many would not categorize this site as a way to connect with people. Examples of more social media would be Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram, and the list goes on. The world today relies on social media as a main way to connect with their society, since the technology is so accessible to the world we live in today.

WEEK 2 – MOBILITY

Week 2’s presentation discussed the idea of Mobility as moving from point A to point B. The mobility culture today is focused on communication being simple. Communication was not always simple, as before the invention of that technology it was that you would not communicate, or it would be difficult to. Mobility has seen rapid development in hardware and software, as well as increased memory storage and virtual speed. In my opinion, as much as the mobility culture helps bring people together, down the road i see only the idea of separation. By being able to virtually communicate, the aspect of physically engaging is removed, being left with a world simulating reality through a screen.

WEEK 3 – DATA VISUALIZATION

Week 3’s presentation by Wyndham talks about the concept of simulation  We know today’s simulation as video games, and the process of virtually interacting objects. Simulation is mimicking reality as it can be used as another dimension. Simulation is used in flying, medicine, architecture  vehicles and engineering. We learned that NASA used simulation to predict the return of Apollo 13. Simulation is a useful concept because it can prevent people from making mistake and will teach people, before their task that will be drawn out in their reality. If you are prepared by practicing through simulation, you will know what to do.

WEEK 4 – OPEN CULTURE

Joelle’s topic is open culture, that relates to network culture. Open Culture is knowledge being spread freely over the web. This does not limit to illegal action, there is not legal restrictions blocking information from flowing openly. (there is little or no copyright laws). An open source mean information can be enhanced or modified by any user, anywhere. Wikipedia is an example of an open source because information can be altered, as the website is peer-reviewed based. The uses for open culture is in computing, open design, open music and open cinema.

WEEK 5 – TRANSMEDIA

Andrew did Transmedia which defines as “many forms of media revolving around a common product or common content”. Web music television film print , games. Can all be considered transmedia if the medium is shifted but the message or content stays similar to the original content. Producers develop many different mediums at once to fill more than one criteria. An example of transmedia is the Lord of the Rings, the games take on different tasks as the movie with same characters and overall scenery.

Week 6 – ROBOTICS

Kirk did robotics, which is “the science of study of the technology associated with the design fabrication theory and application of robots”. Term came from 1950, Isaac Asimov, robots can do things, unable to be carried out by humans like toxic waste or defuse bomb. These robots are built to serve many purposes including military, personal or business reasons, and can use mobility in legs, wheels or wings.

 

Week 7 – Cyborgs

Justice did the cyborgs, which is a mix of human and technology mixing true biological parts with technological replacements. The first official cyborg, Kevin Warwick in 1998, he implanted a device into his arm that allowed him to remote devices around him as he walked into the room. The device is implanted the device right into the nervous system. “Cybornetic organism” means half man, half machine.

 

 

Time Management

“Good time management is essential to success at university” is the opening line of UNSW Australia’s webpage, Support with Time Management. It says the keys to good work habits is to plan ahead, prioritize and be organized. These traits are not only important for University, but in life as well. Work takes time to complete, but the more efficient someone is with their time to quicker it will get done. Time management is a vital skill to possess because it keeps the mind attentive, and motivated to complete tasks. Creating a schedule for assignments, according to the Academic Skill Center, could be extremely beneficial as one can see in front of their eyes what needs to be done for when.

I would say that my time management skills need some work, because like lots, my mind is cluttered and needs to learn how to be organized. I can confidently say that my organizational issues are being worked on with the use of an agenda. As a child, my thoughts were scattered therefor did not show good work habits. Now that I am older, I know the importance of time that needs to be spent focused, and I am teaching myself to be more disciplined in my work habits.

Works Cited

https://student.unsw.edu.au/support-time-management

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/time.html

Problem Solving

Why create so much panic, when the solution is just to problem solve? When approaching a bump in the road, the first thought that comes to mind is how to get around it. There is always a way to get around something, just problem solve. “Study Guides and Strategies” teaches us about the most effective ways of solving problems. This webpage describes to us 5 ways to help with solving problems.

1. Establishing a problem that needs to be dealt with.

2. Developing/weighing alternatives

3. Making decisions and sticking with them

4. Graphic overview of process

5. Come to a SOLUTION!

You will come across lots of problems in everything you do. Whether it be school work, with friends or at home, even writing blogs can be problematic as you need to lay out your information clear for the public to read. These 5 steps can help anyone trying to overcome a problem, as it is a simple and reliable process to moving over a bump in the road. It is impossible that a problem will never rise in someones life, but overcoming that problem will not be easy for someone who would not know how to cope with it.

Be smart and know how to get past a problem that can easily be resolved.

Works Cited

Interactive Communication

There are many ways to communicate ideas to the public, and for some, this is a crucial job. Politics is revolved around the idea of initializing these concepts to the public and shifting them into reality overtime. Representation of Interactive Communication, is the article read for this research, classifies interactivity as accountability, inquiry and connectivity. Politicians need more than one way to speak to their people in order to connect with a wider range of people. The world can only keep working together if there is a strong base of communication. This article reflects on how politics needs to be governed by officials that understand the power of communication.

Works Cited

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2012.757633#.UkOYh2RUMVl

Social Media as Research

Group Members: Sam Legros, Stanley Tsai, Jodie Quach, and myself

Social Media is the contemporary virtual space for information. Content is being mass produced by millions every hour or every day. This method of researching information between users can have its perks, as well as its downfalls.

YouTube is a great social media tool which allows users to create the content. They are in full control of what is said and done in their videos. Once a video is uploaded to YouTube, it is automatically distributed to the millions of viewers. The problem with this is that virtually anyone can create content. That being said, what distinguishes content from being accurate to just outright nonsense? The answer lies with the viewers. It is up to them to determine what channels produce information of integrity and accuracy.

Twitter is one of the fastest way to spread information to a vast audience in a short amount of time. Live Tweeting is very common for every sort of event that occurs on this planet. Political voting, award shows on television, natural disasters, etc… A problem with having 250,00 tweets talking about the same thing is the overflow of information. If there is a sort of “telephone” effect to the tweets. Where one instance may begin with something, but ten minutes in, the information is distorted along the way and is rendered inaccurate.

Blogs! Just like this one! Where users or groups express their opinions to literally any subject. Posting information or personal opinions on blogs is a great way to get your voice out to the public. With comment sections, they can really spark debates, dialogues, and conversations. However, similar to YouTube, because anyone can create the content, or comment on the content, the overload of users may inhibit any positive intentions of a blog. It would be difficult to analyze the credibitily of research done using a blog because the source can remain unknown.

One of the biggest collection of information on the internet would be wikis. Although they are jam packed with information, the same problem arises questioning if said information is valid. One specific example is that of Wikipedia. An extensively large collection of information that can be edited by professionals in their respective fields. This site is a great resource for preliminary research, it gives a general overview of almost any subject. Wikipedia is benefitial for research because it provides external sources relating to a pertaining topic. This method of triangulating resources is an efficient way to determine whether the information is accurate or not.

Click here to view the presentation.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microblogging

http://webtrends.about.com/od/web20/a/social-media.htm

http://www.youtube.com/

http://nms.sagepub.com/content/14/8/1269

Group Work

The most important aspect of group work is communication because communication means everyone is working together. There are many things that make up good group work skills, some including organization, cooperation, open-mindedness, and be able to take responsibility for your actions. It is sometimes difficult for groups work to be successful as everybody is different and works at different paces, naturally. It can help for the group to get to know each other to create a stronger group support. When working with many people, it is easy for errors and miscommunications to occur, therefor the group should be organized in terms of establishing goals, schedule, and a way to contact one another.

It is always beneficial for learners to work in groups as insights of fellow learner can be eye opening for one.

Works Cited

https://academicskills.anu.edu.au/resources/handouts/group-projects

http://www.canberra.edu.au/studyskills/learning/groups