26 August 2009

Are College students different from high school students when they suck up media? Let’s watch this little four-minute film and talk about your thoughts on the question… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o

Level I, II, III

Review: What did we learn yesterday?

1.    Remember the types of media I pointed out? No? Well, look for  the tab “Mass Comm Who?” on our class web page: http://www.wordpixel.wordpress.com
2.    Remember the difference between the World Wide Web (WWW) and the Internet? The Internet is a connection, a network, among computers originally  designed to survive a war. The World Wide Web uses the Internet to connect pages and links that have been created (by the WWW) between computers.
3.    In class, we use the WWW. Our class’s web page is http://www.wordpixel.wordpress.com. Each day’s assignment will be found here. Day- by-day, date-by-date, each semester, every semester all your studies are here for review. Please feel free – I encourage you! – to comment and to ask questions in the “comments section” of each days blog. I always reply.
4.    Hey, what’s a blog? Ask me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
5.    Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, but be prepared to defend your answers or your projects. Also, remember top 10 most searched keywords by youngsters? Here’s the site — http://mashable.com/2009/08/12/youtube-kids-search/ — compare it with our list on the board.

6. Let’s take a quick review of how YouTube promises to move from content to communication: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g&NR=1


1.    Study the variety of media.
2.    Keep track of new developments in “hard and soft” technology, like “bing,”
3.    Understand the role of media in our lives.
4.    Learn the basics of making your own media

During this first week, we’re just going to handle the media, play with it, appreciate it, think about it and have fun with it. Remember there are no right answers, so take out a notebook.

The goal of today’s lesson is to begin thinking about the media as a creative tool, a tool you can use to present your ideas to the world.

Take 15 minutes and be prepared to present to your classmates a plan based on these questions… Let’s first briefly discuss each item below, so you understand what it is you’ll be doing.
•    What would you like to create?
•    What style would you work in –documentary non-fiction or fiction; do you want to make something real, or do you want to use your imagination.
•    Then, think about what medium you would like to use to present your idea or project. (Remember, medium is the singular form of media… any questions?). Would you like to do a podcast, a blog, a screenplay?

Next, as part of goal number two “Keeping Up With the Media,” I want you to follow  The New York Times’s BITS Blog at http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/?scp=1-spot&sq=BITS%20blog&st=cse

Tonight, at home: Why are we doing this at home? Because there are no facilities to do this in class. We don’t have enough computers or switches to do the teaching. So, here’ you’re homework.

I’d like for you to analyze the new “bing” search engine and to compare it to Google. Why is this important? Because we are about to watch the beginning of the latest, great Internet war, and we want to understand what’s taking place from the start, and to be able to judge or predict the winner of “The Great Search Engine Wars!!!” Simply give three short answers to each of the following questiona:

1. How is Bing like Google?

2. How is Bing different from Google?

3. Devise a search based on his question, then tell me the differences you found for each site offered. (Hint – what order did the site present its answers in? Was that order helpful? Did the site answer your search? Or were the answers identical?) Search for the answer to the following question and tell me the terms you used for the search: What is the most important lesson for high school students to learn before graduation?

4. Also, what two companies are working together to create bing?

5. Compare bing and google with cuil.com. Which search site gave you the best answers, the most interesting format? How do you pronounce cuil, in cuil.com?


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