Today we start the real curriculum of this course. The world began an information revolution when the internet was created. You, for better or for worse, will grow up in this world. I hope to teach you some of the ways you can thrive in a digital world. Watch the YouTube video above. Ask yourself: are you ready to grow up in a world like this? Tell me in the comments section below what you thought about this video. After you have posted your thoughts, read the rest of this post and then come to the rug.
The homepage is critical. It's where people first drop into your websites and it's where they decide whether or not they are going to hang around or not. Take a look at my example homepage once more to be sure yours is up to speed. Remember how I said you would be getting points for your site traffic? Today I will show you how we will track this using the site statistics module.
Also, your websites are online already, but they are NOT PUBLIC YET. You can think of what we are doing right now as being the development phase of the website launch. You are slowly accumulating content and testing out new features. Once your sites are a bit more full of stuff, we will disable the site password requirement, and begin advertising that your website exists.
One more thing, this is our third day of Digital Citizenship this week. Have you posted at least three new blog entries?? If not, you aren't meeting the requirements of this course. Work efficiently and with purpose. Post quality news. Make your site as interesting as you can.
CURATE THE INTERNET (select, organize, and look after news and information from the internet the same way a museum director would select art and create exhibits around them).
FIRST: come to the rug today. DO NOT READ THE REST OF THIS UNTIL YOU RETURN FROM THE RUG!
Part of your grade for this class will come from your ability to generate page views for your site. You need people to visit your page and read your stuff regularly. If you want people to actually visit your website and read your work, you have to make it easy for them. Today I am going to have you research some important information about web design and layout. I am having you do this because a poorly designed website will not get visited by people.
ANSWER THIS QUESTION BELOW IN THE COMMENTS BOX: What did you learn about the design and layout of good web sites? What did you learn about the design and layout of bad websites?
In other words, you need to make your work easy to read and quick to access. Otherwise people will not visit your site. There is a fine line between making your webpage unique, and making it impossible to navigate or read easily.
After you have answered my question in the comments box below, post something on your blog today related to your new web theme (20 points). Respond to things people wrote as comments on your blog yesterday. In other words, maintain your website today. Things are going to get really busy this week and next.
Last Friday we discussed how tagging your blog posts will become crucial to organizing your webpage. Additionally, we talked about how comments will initially be marked as "pending approval" for your review before they are posted on your blogs. Today we are going to do two things with this new info.
First, you will notice that when you click "class pages" in the menu, there are links to all seven of your websites. You are going to visit each class mates web site today and leave a thoughtful comment on something they have posted to their blog. You earn 5 points for each blog comment you leave. Don't forget to return to your blog editor today and click the comments section so that you can review and approve everything that was commented on.
Next, you are going to complete another quick summary blog post like we did on Friday. Visit the Los Angeles Times website, quickly read an article and create a new blog post on your website providing both summary and personal thoughts about what you read. (25 points). Don't forget to tag your blog post.
Welcome back everyone. It's been almost a week since you last worked on your classic TV show post. I am going to give you the period today to keep working on it. You have until the end of the period tomorrow to get the text all finished. Don't forget to cite your sources by using links.
I do want to clarify one thing: This assignment is a lead-in to a complete web-site transition to the topics you asked for on that sticky-note. Once this assignment is complete we will share your posts with one another and try out some cross-commenting!
Don't worry too much about pictures and videos until you have the complete bulk of your text written out. It is more important that your post be readable and easy to understand.
Today, I am going to give you a lot of time to begin working on your classic TV show research post.
I am going to interrupt to show you some "best practices" along the way.
Please log in to your weebly account and head over to your blog. I am going to share my screen within a few minutes of class starting.
If you have never seen an episode of Gumby, you're missing out. It's maybe one of the strangest and yet most creative kids tv shows of ALL time! (5) And you can watch them for free on YouTube because in 2007 it was announced that every one of the 233 episodes would be available for free on the site! (1)
Gumby was originally created by Art Clokey in the 1950's out of clay. Art had just finished attending film school at the University of Southern California when Gumby was born. (2)
Gumby's sidekick in the show is Pokey, a talking orange pony and his arch-nemeses' are the Blockheads. Here is what wikipedia says about the blockheads.
The Blockheads are a pair of humanoid red-colored, figures with block-shaped heads, who wreak mischief and havoc. The Blockheads were inspired by the Katzenjammer Kids, who were always getting into scrapes and causing discomfort to others. (2)
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Gumby Episode Sample
Here is the first-ever episode of Gumby. The claymation later became much more refined. This first episode was awesome, but a little rough around the edges.
Gumby Photo Gallery
The Gumby World website is the best source for all-things-GUMBY. Click the image below to go there.
Welcome back to our super-windy Monday! Last Friday I asked the question: What is the internet? Many of you responded with answers that provided some insight into what YOU use the internet for. I found your answers extremely interesting. Here are some excerpts:
"I think the internet is a way for the people in society, or all around the world to do several things, meaning they have a lot of options. The internet is where you can browse through web pages and also, it is an open opportunity for other people to look up what they need and what they want."
"I think the internet is a place is a tool used by many people all around the world to look up research, play games, conatct someone, read, do homework, check your mail,or watch videos (etc.). It amazes me how multi-talented the internet is. It is a search engine where you type anything, and in a matter of seconds,(depending on your wi-fi connection) you get links to websites made by people to help you research, give you games to play, or links to videos that interest you."
"The Internet is a place where there are many things. It's a place where people search for anything they need (like in Google and Yahoo). People need it to do many things like homework, professional work and projects. It is useful to find information for other things. You can watch videos, play games and type. One of the most important things about the internet is that you can do anything you want, and sometimes the internet even helps you with the things you need."
There were obviously many more posts, however, I noticed a common theme among all of them. The primary emphasis everyone in this class placed on the internet, was that it was for finding information, and for entertainment (videos, games, social networking).
So, this leads me to my question for today. If the internet is all about you looking for information, sending emails, playing games, using facebook, looking up recipes, checking the news, and weather, then what part do you play in shaping and creating what is on the internet?
Before you answer this question, look at this graphic breakdown I found online of what people are generally doing on the internet (you will need to click to zoom on it). You will see lots of percentages. Think about how often are people really spending their time creating content for the internet?
Click Here to see Graphic Breakdown of online use.
Now that you have looked into it, return to my question above (use the comments section below to post your answer). What is your role in shaping and creating the internet? Are you just a mindless reader, who sits in front of a screen blindly shoving others opinions and information into your brain? Or, are you an active participant in what people see when they begin looking for information online? Do you have a voice on the internet? (40 points) Remember, First Name ONLY.
Please keep in mind that the above assignment is VERY IMPORTANT and a one sentence response will be a waste of my time, and the time of your classmates to read. This is a discussion board, not a twitter feed. Also, since this is a discussion board and a blog, responding to what your classmates have written is key to your participation grade. So, make sure you reply to other's posts once you have had a chance to post your own (10 points for particpation). First name ONLY
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