New Media


Name of New Media
o Word Press

I was completely against blogs because usually all you read about in the news is how someone killed themselves because they were being bullied. Or people just posting intimate images on their blogs and them thinking that it would be something private that NO ONE in the world would see. When I found out we had to make a blog for this course I was torn. Do I leave the class or do I have an open mind and see what this is all about. Obviously since I chose a blog, I think I am coming around to this whole new thing.

• URL or other identifying and locating information.
o http://wordpress.com/

Review of the features and/or characteristics of the tool.

o When I first registered for Word Press I was like a kindergarten student not knowing what to do the first day of school. It was literally a foreign specimen that I had not encountered before.

o When you first login and it loads up it takes you to the first page where you are able to see the blogs you follow, on the right side you have your reader which contains:

 Blogs I follow
 Comments I made
 Post I like
 Freshly pressed
 Recommended blogs
 And find friends

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o Then you come up to tags you explore and finally a section for “you may like” which is based on either what you have written or what you have searched.

o Once you enter your blog you are given the choice to see your posts you have made and the comments as well.
o Under post you are now able to see the blog post that you have made in the pass and edit if you decide too.
o On the left side bar there are many options such as:

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 The home button which contains:
 The dash board
 Home
 Comments I have made
 Site stats
 My blogs
 Blogs I follow
 Omnisearch
 Then we have the store button which contains options such as:  Store
 Premium themes
 Domains
 My upgrades
 Billing history
 Then we come to the post which contains:
 All posts
 Add new
 Categories
 Tags
 Copy a post
 We also have the media button which contains:
 Media
 Library
 Add new
 Then we come up to the links button which has:
 All links
 Add new
 Link categories
 We have the pages button which has the features of:
 Pages
 All pages
 Add new
 Copy a page
 Then we have the feedback button which has:
 Feedback
 Polls
 Ratings
 The beginning of it all (this is the first I started with) the appearance which has the features of:
 Themes
 Customize
 Widgets
 Menus
 Header
 Background
 Custom design
 Mobile
 Now we have the users button which contains things like:
 All users
 Invite new
 My profile
 Personal settings
 We now come to the tools button which has the options of:
 Available tools
 Import
 Delete site
 Export
 And lastly, we have the settings which contain:
 General
 Writing
 Reading
 Discussion
 Media
 Sharing
 Polls
 Ratings
 AdControl
 Email post changes
 Open ID
 And Webhooks
o Then you click a new post and you are given the option to start a text, photo, video, quote, or link. I usually have gone with text.

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• Discussion of the tool’s capacity to facilitate communication

o This tool facilitates communication because it is a blog. The creator writes, says, or makes a video and then they can post it so others can view it. What we have been doing is doing the assignments given to us each week and then our peers comment on what we wrote as well as their opinion on the topic. Of course our professor also comments on our blogs which helps with feedback on how it is going.

Explore this capacity in terms of one or two way communication and relevant media theory.

o First, a little definition time to refresh our memories from Waterhouse pages 97-118 and pages 120-140:
 One way communication would include:
 Textual information read on paper in written or printed form
 Presentation graphics slide shows which convey information visually
 Spreadsheets and databases as in gradebooks
 Multimedia objects such as still pictures images, drawings, videos and animations
 Announcements either to clarify issues on an assignment or to congratulate the class on something specific.
 Two way communication would include:
 There are types of discussions
 Forums
 Chats
 Discussions also have subcategories
 Used for promotion of critical thinking
 Brainstorming discussions
 Discussion to summarize and clarify
 New topics discussion
 Water fountain
 Get help/online tutoring
 Private consultation
 Frequently asked questions
 Homework discussions
 Guest Speaker discussions
 Small group meetings
 Field experience
 Discussion to quiz students
o My lovely blog falls under the two-way communication capacity and if a blog had a specific purpose, I think that the one-way could also apply.

• Compare the capabilities of the new media tool with tools that are available in your current CMS/LMS.
o There are obvious differences between a blog and blackboard but there are also similarities and that shocked me because I was NOT a supporter of blogs at all.
 One way communication would include:
 Textual information read on paper in written or printed form (YES TO BOTH)
 Presentation graphics slide shows which convey information visually (YES TO BOTH)
 Spreadsheets and databases as in gradebooks (DON’T THINK SO ON A BLOG)
 Multimedia objects such as still pictures images, drawings, videos and animations (YES TO BOTH)
 Announcements either to clarify issues on an assignment or to congratulate the class on something specific. (CAN BE BOTH)
 Two way communication would include:
 There are types of discussions
 Forums (BOTH)
 Chats (BLOG)
 Discussions also have subcategories (BLOG)
 Used for promotion of critical thinking
 Brainstorming discussions
 Discussion to summarize and clarify
 New topics discussion
 Water fountain
 Get help/online tutoring
 Private consultation
 Frequently asked questions
 Homework discussions
 Guest Speaker discussions
 Small group meetings
 Field experience
 Discussion to quiz students

• Critique the ability of your selected new media tool to support an eLearning activity of your choosing.
o An eLearning activity that I would do using a blog would be a writing topic such as “Who do you admire the most in your life?” My students would first write their paper, make edits to it, show me, and then we would post it under a class blog that we have created. Depending on the grade, students may have access to computers in the classroom and they can upload it themselves.
o Then I would have students read 3 to 4 blogs from their peers and make comments on them. Having an outline like:
 What did you like best?
 Was there something you did not understand?
 Is there anything you would edit or move around so there could be more of cohesiveness to the paper?
o Again, something where you can critique but not insult or bully because then the assignment has lost all of its purpose.
o Students are into technology now so I think the class would be excited to publish something online. Having standards and incorporating new technology gives students the reassurance that their skills learned outside of the classroom can be useful inside of the classroom.

• Explain why the tool would or wouldn’t work to support the eLearning activity you describe.
o The assignment seems like it would work but it can go very wrong.
o The decision would have to be made by me as to whether each student creates their own blog or we just have one blog. The problem with having multiple blogs is that I would have to make sure I have access to them. I do not want rude or bullying type messages/comments to be posted and then have parent complaints or even worse.
o On the flip side, blackboard seems like a safer place where students can make such post and me as the teacher, not have to constantly worry if inappropriate things are being published on the blogs.
o Although I have enjoyed blackboard it just seems so dull compared to this new blog system I have been introduced to. However, for the activity that I want to do, I can see why it would work better. Under blackboard, you have different sections for different classes. And I am pretty sure blackboard is monitored by either those who run it or the professor. The professor is also able to comment on their right away when compared to a blog you have to wait for your message to be approved. Believe me, I have had to wait for my comments to be posted on blogs and then on the professors side it looks like I have not commented on anyone’s blog when in reality “it is awaiting moderation.”
o Both systems have their ups and downs. It is up to the teacher/professor to make their call on what tool to use or what tool would be appropriate for each assignment.

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8 thoughts on “New Media

  1. Hi Amy, nice post. I like that you included screenshots in your blog…I haven’t attempted to get creative with it yet. I’m like you; I’d never worked with a blog before so it’s all very new but I really like it. I’m actually considering starting one for personal use…just to write for fun. I think you have a good idea for a class activity and that having a class blog might work. If you are the creator and post the student’s work then you would have full control over the comments they write since you are the moderator. This would prevent bullying and since you’re in control of moderating you wouldn’t have to worry about waiting for others to allow the comments to show up. Nice work.

  2. Hi Amy,
    Great post! I enjoyed all of the examples you provided. Also, thanks for providing a review of the concepts covered in the book. I really like your activity idea of having students write about who they admire the most. This can truly engage students because they would get to write about someone they admire. They can also post videos, pictures, and much more. I could see how difficult it would be to monitor and moderate student activity especially if they have their own account. Having a single blog (as you mentioned) would allow you to monitor student work, and prevent bullying, and negative comments.

  3. Hi Amy
    well done. i found the information abot Word Press. i am using google blogger. but it is seems to me that word press has better futures than google blogger. i agree with you, we can consider blog as on way communication if the blogger does not expect a feedback or comments from others. in our situation in class it is two way communication.

  4. Amy, I spent a good 5 minutes reading your post and navigate your links. I found important information that I did not expect. You have done a wonderful job. In your link, I found those followings: Objects on which data can be stored. These include hard disks, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, and tapes. In computer networks, media refers to the cables linking workstations together. There are many different types of transmission media, the most popular being twisted-pair wire (normal electrical wire), coaxial cable (the type of cable used for cable television), and fiber optic cable (cables made out of glass).

  5. Hi Amy,
    Well I am glad that you opened your mind to something new. Although all of us have reservations at times we only become a better person when we open our mind and learn new things. Also I am very glad because I really enjoy your feedback and posts which are very interesting. Also I would like to say that when I look at you blog page it does not look like you are an amateur. I really like your design of your home page. Keep up the good work. 😀

    -Nicole

  6. A blog is as helpful or hurtful as the intent of the user decides. Good job deconstructing capabilities and I’m glad you are open to new tech experiences!

  7. Glad you came around. Blogging is new to me as well. Still haven’t done much with it. Hope to eventually find a use beyond this course. You really do not look like a newbie at all.

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