• Social Media Can Make or Break You

    Posted on November 24th, 2013 msmith88 No comments

    I came across a New York Times article written by Natasha Singer titled, “They Loved Your GPA. Then They Saw Your Tweets.” Here’s the link to it: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/business/they-loved-your-gpa-then-they-saw-your-tweets.html?smid=tw-share&pagewanted=all&_r=0

    Honestly, I don’t think many young people actually believe that universities as well as potential employers look at their social media “footprints.” Negative comments and posts on social media can haunt people forever if they aren’t conscious of what they’re saying. The article states that “of 381 college admissions officers who answered a Kaplan telephone questionnaire this year, 31 percent said they had visited an applicant’s Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them — a five-percentage-point increase from last year. More crucially for those trying to get into college, 30 percent of the admissions officers said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant’s prospects.”

    I think that young people need to realize that social media should not be used as an outlet to make negative remarks or comments. In this way, young people are taking advantage of the fact that they can voice their opinion in less than a minute by posting onto social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It’s actually pretty scary to think about…

    After reading this article, I think that it might be something I’d like to talk about in my Unit 4 project. Young people take advantage of the fact that they have countless forms of social media, but are their posts appropriate? Do they even understand how it can affect them in the future? There are definitely a lot of interesting ways to discuss young people and their social media use.


  • Pixlr Google Site

    Posted on November 20th, 2013 msmith88 No comments

    As promised, here is the link to my final Pixlr google site: https://sites.google.com/a/vt.edu/interrogating-the-interface-pixlr/


  • Presentation Nerves

    Posted on November 19th, 2013 msmith88 No comments

    I presented my “Ignite-style” presentation yesterday in class and talked about Pixlr, a popular photo-editing site. It was pretty obvious that I was super nervous, and I totally messed up on a few slides. But in the end, I think that I lost some of those nerves and redeemed myself a little bit (hopefully).

    A little background on Pixlr: it’s free, efficient, and made for mostly non-professional photo editors. Pixlr has a lot of different forms, so I tried to squeeze in as much as I could into my presentation. There are three main Pixlr forms: Pixlr Editor, Pixlr Express, and Pixlr-O-Matic. Also, there are two free mobile apps. One of Pixlr’s forms (Editor) is a lot like Photoshop, so I compared and contrasted them. I explained as much as I could about each form along with their affordances and constraints, but 15 seconds per slide was a lot quicker than I initially thought. Honestly, my nerves got the best of me with the oral presentation, but I think that the website portion of this unit will balance my grade out.

    Tomorrow I’m going to post and share my final website here, so take a look!

  • Ignite: Flash Mob Gone Very, Very Wrong

    Posted on November 5th, 2013 msmith88 No comments

    I can only hope to make my presentation this great! Watching different Ignite presentations is making me nervous because of the 15 second time restraint, but if the presentation is rehearsed, there should be no problem. This Ignite speaker is awesome. His presentation is humorous and keeps the audience interested the entire time. Check it out!


  • Remediation Discussion

    Posted on November 5th, 2013 msmith88 No comments

    Yesterday in class, we talked about remediation and how we can remediate printed text into a website, and then we can remediate it again into an oral presentation. Through this idea, we discussed how through remediation, our material can both lose and gain important aspects.

    Printed text something that is probably the most well-known form for all of us, especially as students. We are used to the standard Word document that is set in Times size 12 and double spaced with one-inch margins. With this standard format, you’re able to focus more on the content. Also, it places all students on the same “rubric” so to speak. The problem with printed text is that at this point it is out of date. Other formats are being introduced and experimented with.

    In contrast, a website allows people to add creative aspects, while still maintaining great content. A website adds visual appeal and is much more easy to navigate than printed text. However, the downside to a website is that it comes along with technical difficulties. The website is still not 100 percent trustworthy, which might make people a little more hesitant to use it.

    Personally, I am not a huge fan of oral presentations because I know myself and my tendencies during my presentations. Most of the time, I forget certain parts of a presentation that I want to emphasize, and once you move on, you really can’t back track. This is something that an oral presentation can lose. It can lose a lot of essential information. However, you can add to an oral presentation with your own charisma and personality.

    Overall, a lot of awesome points were brought up in class while we were discussing remediation through printed text, websites, and oral presentations. I’m excited to see how everybody delivers their oral presentations for our next unit!