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Today has already been so productive. I woke up around 7 A.M. and attended my APRN appointment in New Haven at 8:30 A.M. After that important appointment, I decided to treat myself to some scrumptious breakfast at Cedarhurst Cafe. I had some healthy avocado egg toast with a iced Dirty Chai tea. The only reason I stopped at this little but delish cafe was because my friend Abby works there and I never get to see her with both of our busy schedules. After my flavorful meal, I went to Southern. Keep in mind, I don't have classes on Friday so you can tell I wasn't excited to be there on my day off. I had an Academic Advising meeting with Joanne and I had such bad anxiety. I was so worried of her answering my questions but to my surprise, it was the most useful and simplest meetings I've had thus far at the school. Not only did I get all my questions answers, Joanne was able to questions I didn't even ask! Now, I have to gym it and then have the rest of the day free with my sister, who lives in Massachusetts, came home for the weekend. Did I mention I finished all my important tasks before 11 A.M? 


Breakfast of Champions

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Reading Images: Multimodality, Representation and New Media

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The 2nd reading for this module (Online Content Construction) was by Gunther Kress and defiantly was not one of the best readings I have had to read for this class. Most of the readings for EDU 106 has been intriguing and actually motivated to read more than I am supposed to but this one was a total bore. I believe that there was entirely too many random examples in this reading to help the reader understand what he was talking about. In example, Kress started off with an example with a illustration of a cell and nucleus. Why did Kress have to spring to a whole different subject for the next example. I barely understood them either. I think the whole reason for writing this piece was for Kress to explain the issue of ways of writing info vs illustrating it in order to retain and absorb the information each provided. Writing in my opinion does give a helping hand in remembering factual info but I believe that using illustrations also give factual information but visually lets someone learn what they are reading with pictures referencing what they are learning. But overall, I did not emjoy reading this piece but I understood somewhat Kress was trying to explain.....I think.


So Gunther Kress, 


Construction and/or Creation of Online Content

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W. Ian O. Byrne wrote such a short piece but it packed in so much information. This piece was named, Construction and/or Creation of Online Content. As I read it, I became a lot more motivated to read on than I thought I was going to be. Overall, the reading was about two online concepts and how it each was expressed and used. The two topics Byrne discussed were Online Reading Comprehension and Online Content Construction. What I thought was very interactive of Byrne to do was put a question as a heading of a new set of paragraphs where he then answered that question in them. He described how each person as the ability to make something from the use of the internet, "Creation can be viewed simply as the act of producing, or causing to exist. Construction is equal parts inspiration and perspiration." From this EDU 106/New Literacies class though, I do feel as though I am participating in what Byrne wants the world to do and that is to construct and create online content to better everyone's knowledge from creative tools. 




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Today in my class, Professor McVerry had us remix a photo in our "Monday Maker Challenge." Each Monday, Professor makes up creative technological experiments for us to complete then post to our class stream. This challange was to use the websites of and in remixing two photos into one completely different picture. 

Due to the New York Rangers hockey team starting their 2015-2016 season this Wednesday, I decided to remix a picture of a hockey puck with the NYR's logo and the number two. Finding each picture on Flikr was simple enough. All I had to do was type in the search box what I was looking for, press the Enter key, and the website loaded all images that pertain the subject that was searched. Professor McVerry told us to only use photos with the liscense, "Modifications allowed," from the drop down menu when searching a photo. This allows others to take a picture and modify it to whaever they would like. 

After saving each photo I found and wanted to use in my remixed photo, I went on and opened up the puck picture first then layered it with the number two photo so it was covering the puck. With the eraser tool on this picture editor, I was able to "erase" the filling of the two to show the puck photo. From this website, I was able to remix a photo much easier and funnier than I would ever expect to. I hope to make more photo remixes in the duture...even tomorrow quite even!


Look Mom & Dad, I can blog!

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As the title of this posting says, I finally reached a milestone in blogging. I can now confidently say that blogging isn't as hard as I once thought it was going to be. At first, I had no doubt in my mind that I would be easily confused with starting a blog and basically dread each time I would have to post anything in it for this class. But now, I genuinely enjoy having to post an analysis of Twitter chats, annotations of short readings based on technology, or even just about everyday life. 

I mentioned how I had to create a blog for this particular class, , to my aunt who is months away from retirement. She was ecstatic to hear that I know how to actually compose such technology because she has had some thought in making one as soon as she's retired. I am glad I can actually help someone in making themselves a new form of technology to be seen all over the world wide web. 

I really do I hope to continue with blogging after this class is over and that I learn even more about enhancing my life with technology. 





^(I just love Seinfeld so this gif just had to be added)


Tweet Tweet

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I never thought that my Twitter would actually be used academically. But last night, I was involved in a Special Education chat. To know that I was apart of this particular chat on the Twitter sphere, I had to use the hashtag, .

At first, I decided to bookmark the Twitter feed tool named Tweet Deck on my browser because I noticed how my Professor used this to organize all the chats he's apart of. As soon as I was done setting up that bookmark, I logged on Twitter around 9:09 P.M. and saw how one of the three moderators, INIS Special Ed (Indiana Schools) (@INISSchoolsSpEd), tweeted welcoming everyone to the and encouraging everyone to introduce themselves. As told, I wrote a little intro stating, "Good evening everyone! My name is Alyssa & I'm considering studying Special Ed. I am taking @ SCSU.I'm happy to talk in this ." Instantly, I received a response from other Tweeters, welcoming me in the chat such as Natalie Krayenvenger (@NKrayenvenger), INIS Special Ed (@INISSchoolsSpEd), and Eric Fieldman (@mrfieldmanchs).

When I scrolled back in previous tweets before mine, I saw how the moderators, INIS Special Ed (@INISSchoolsSpEd), Jodi Click (@singoffpitch), and Karen (@Teach4SpclNeeds), tweeted how to answer the questions they propose by starting the Tweet reply with A1 signifying the answer for Q1 or Question 1 and using the hashtag . So I was impressed to see that this Twitter Chat was actually a lot more organized than I thought it was going to be. The chat would be very easy to follow due to using those two context tools.

From what I witnessed during the chat itself, I'd say the experts of this Twitter chat was the moderators I mentioned before. They proposed all the questions of the chat and made sure to to engage everyone involved in this chat. To be honest, I believe I was defiantly the noob involved in this chat. All the Tweeters that were involved in this chat all seemed to be Special Education teachers, connecting with another on Twitter, while I am just a college student with background working with Special Education students in a group called Unified Sports. The moderators and the rest of the Tweeters also seem to be the stand out leaders of this chat. Each person seem to have a strong passion for Special Ed and the desire to compare one another's ways used daily to better themselves. 

From this Twitter chat, I learned much more than I thought. The topic of this particular Special Ed chat was Student Motivation. The questions asked all about how everyone encourages their students in their school work, self regulate themselves and students, sustain the students' attention and effort, and much more. All the answers varied from all the people involved in this chat and really did give me new ways to motivate students I work with in the future to come. I saw how others also learned because some related how maybe they used the same methods. 

I believe all the voices were equal in this Twitter chat. Everyone seemed to get along with another just because each one seem to love what they do everyday. People left and right were relating with another. It was a very engaging and fun chat to be apart of. 

To actually read what the Twitter chat was all about, one of the mediators,Jodi Click (@singoffpitch) made an Storify website that involves all the tweets from start to finish. And to even be involved in this chat, the chat happens every Tuesday at 9-10 P.M. I hope to be more involved in this chat if I do end up choosing Special Ed as my career choice because I had a lot more fun than I though I'd have in a Twitter chat.

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Working in/at Public

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Each reading I have to annotate, I keep getting surprised at how much I enjoy and relate to each one. The second reading for this module was named Working in/at Public by Robin DeRosa. This reading started with this little introduction, explaining that the Digital Pedagogy held it's first ever institute from August 10-14, 2015 where Hybrid Pedagogy sponsored to Fellows to it, one being the author and then Stephan Barnard. It also mentioned that this article I was going to read was a contribution from Robin DeRosa in response of her time at the Institute and the complications that Critical Digital Pedagogy made. I thought having a little background information in an introduction like this article had defiantly allowed me to understand what I am about to read compared to being so confused on what I was reading. As I read on, I learned how DeRosa defiantly paid attention at this Institute. She talk about a keynote speaker named Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab and how she had issues over a tweet she sent out. Because it was her opinion, Professor Goldrick-Rab reserved a bunch of criticism from others, disagreeing with her views. I agree with how she had backlash because as a volunteer assistant lacrosse coach at my old high school, I do engage in social media so when I do tweet, I do feel hesitate to even tweet. I get nervous as to what my players may come back at me with and I don't have time for that nonsense. The article went on with DeRosa discussing how the public is really public compared to what others may believe. One quote in particular states, "The public is not just a place we might be willing to work in; it's a place we must be willing to work at." I agreed that in order to have any type of success in life, everyone must put their effort at working towards the public compared to just working the inners of the project at hand, not focusing on the big picture at hand. So after this reading, I defiantly related how the public universe, particularly on the internet, really does interfere with actual life.



Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century

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At first glance, I almost guaranteed that the readings from Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century would be a snooze fest for me and my classmates. As I read on though, I actually related and understood how the author wrote how Media really does do work to us living in the 21st century. For insistence, not even 5 pages into reading, I read the quote, "One-third of teens share what they create online with others, 22 percent have their own Web sites, 19 percent blog, and 19 percent remix online content." I was baffled to come to my senses that now I was apart of those percentages just from taking this course. I kept reading on to relate to the quote stating, "every child deserves the chance to express him- or her-self through words, sounds, and images, even if most will never write, perform, or draw professionally." I associated how being an arts & crafts coordinator at my town's school summer camp and new technology are likewise when I put thought into it. I always tell my 6-12 year old campers to express whatever they'd like (PG rated) onto the project we were currently doing to show their true colors on their own masterpieces such like the world wide web is allowing people to express themselves freely even if most of the both parties won't professionally take there skills onward. I kept reading to the last page, 27, and was very intrigued how much I actually related to this reading in particular.

Onwards to my next annotation....