I will be working alone for this project. I am going to illustrate the three major course themes listed in the syllabus using glogster. I’m going to make a poster glog with all three assumptions and explanations on the one poster. I am going to try to talk about and use some quotes from every author so far. I have never used glogster before, but I’m going to play around with it and see what works best to make it look nice and organized. I will probably use some text bubbles and pictures, but I don’t know what else yet. I don’t think I will need to hand in anything written because I will have text on the poster. If my explanations get too long for the poster though, I will probably write it up better and hand it in separately and just have notes on the poster.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
1) Wesch, From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able”
emphasis on learning by doing, understanding and action as the goals of learning as opposed to rote knowledge, collaborative and cooperative learning project, education for social responsibility and democracy, personalized education, integration of community service and service learning projects into the daily curriculum, selection of subject content by looking forward to ask what skills will be needed in future society, de-emphasis on textbooks in favor of varied learning resources, and an Emphasis on lifelong learning and social skills
3) For Class:
I agree with Wesch’s argument and think that education should be different. Students should be “knowledge-able. My question to the class would be: do you think Wesch makes a good argument or are you more in favor of the traditional teaching style?
Friday, February 15, 2013
1.) Hine, The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager
Thomas Hine argues that the definition and experience of a teenager has changed over time and is a socially constructed idea. Hines draws examples from different fields, such as history, psychology, marketing, etc, to show how teenagers have been represented. Hine explains how teenagers are grouped together simply by their age, and are expected to act in immature ways and are not given enough credit to fulfill their potential. Instead of considering each teenager as an individual, people (adults, in particular) see teenagers as an irresponsible group whom are not ready to understand the world as somebody older would.
Hine talks about the teenage period nowadays being longer than previously before. Before, teenagers were working and had more independent lives, whereas now, schooling has become longer and teenagers and young adults are more dependent. Just by the way we live our lives, our place in society is viewed differently. Hine also talks about how our maturity level and place in the world is judged by our size. Young people who are physically bigger or look older can be thought of as acting older and more mature. These two examples show how being a teenager is socially constructed and varies based on how one acts or looks.
Hine also gives examples of how teenagers are viewed negatively by different people. Hine tells the story of a girl who gave birth at her high school prom and whose baby was found dead. Some people weren’t shaken by this story because they expected a teenager to not be emotionally mature for a baby. Hine also talks about how teenagers are expected to be doing things like shoplifting, smoking, drugs, or other behaviors that need to be watched carefully.
Toward the end of the chapter, Hine gives examples of how teenagers now are actually more motivated to go to school and optimistic about their future. This shows how teenage stereotypes can be incorrect and how judging teenagers is not a smart move.
3.) For Class
This chapter had a lot of information and was a little tough to read, for me. I summed up Hine’s argument as I understood it. I am interested in seeing how other people interpreted Hine’s argument and what their reaction to the text was.