Tech Task No. 10

After watching the Everything is a Remix series, I was and wasn’t shocked. To see that things we all know and love to really be just an accumulation of other things we might not notice is an interesting thought. In the video, they mention “genre” movies, and pointed out a couple of things that characters tend to do in said movies, like “Meet the Goddess”, or go to the “Belly of the Whale.” I find this interesting because I studied this exact guideline in another class.

I’m not really in tune to music like others might be, but even I notice similar beats once in awhile. It leads me to thinking – how far can copyright laws be pushed while still being considered legal? As someone who has posted artwork online, I often wonder about whether or not somebody is stealing my ideas and characters. How can I post things online without worrying about my art being stolen? I’m not sure if there really is a way. The Everything is a Remix series creates/provides a pretty good argument stating that everything is, in fact, just a massive remix.

What laws do you think should be made about the boundaries of copyright and remixing?


Tech Task No. 4

For the fourth tech task, we were instructed to make a 3-5 minute presentation on a topic that mattered to us. I chose to talk very briefly about the importance of Arts Education. This is my first podcast; I’m not used to recording audio, or writing (legible) script, so pardon the strange transitions every now and then.

Tech Task No. 6

For my sixth tech task, my class was instructed to get into small groups and recreate the door scene using page seventeen of the 21st Century Educator’s Handbook.. In the end, my group created our own rendition of The Door Scene. Enjoy!

Tech Task 7: Part A

Today’s Ecmp355 class studied stories, and tools to create them. We were introduced to Five Card Flickr, a random-image generator that allowed you to write a story based on random pictures. Here is the super short story I came up with, and the pictures it is based on!

Five Card Story: Inspiration

a Five Card Flickr story created by Shelby

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

He watched the waves roll over the beach as he ran past them on his morning jog. The raw power residing under the ocean’s surface always inspired him in his writing. The beach was long; the rough sand eventually began to lead off into a small stone path that led back to his car. He’d ran the length of the beach and back, but it was time to return to his apartment in the city.

He started the small two door car and drove off through the grove of trees, and eventually the city came into view. He sighed. The natural world had more to offer in the ways of peace and motivation. After parking a ways away from his building, he began to walk back and crossed the crosswalk he did every day, taking the elevator to his room on the fourth floor. When he got back to his room, he sat down in his chair by the window and thought for awhile before continuing his writing.

Tech Task No. 5

For my fifth tech task, I was instructed to dabble with the programs Scratch had to offer. In the end, I created this neat little game called Squishy the Squid. Voila!

The other option I could have went with was Codeacademy, and really get into the nitty gritty parts of coding. I’ve had past experience with HMTL, and a bit of CSS, so I have a faint grasp of how complicated it is. I think it is a fantastic thing, but very complicated. I have a friend who actually used CodeAcademy to learn how to do scripting with Java. He ended up making his own mini-calculator in-class, and finished his physics assignment in ten minutes. Needless to say, it was quite impressive. He’s also learning how to code videogames and other such things. I think its wonderful to have such knowledge! However, for the time being, I prefer Scratch’s simple interface.And, finally…

Any feedback for Squishy the Squid?

Tech Task No. 3: Sext up Kids

This week, we were to watch two videos. One was a documentary about the “Sextortion” of Amanda Todd, and the other was called Sext Up Kids. Both were equally shocking, though I’m more moved by the Sext up Kids video. I never really noticed how sexualized women are, and now I find it difficult to look at a lot of things I did before without getting upset. (Makeup ads, anyone?) I find it really disappointing and depressing that modern societies accept the things covered in this video. But, what can be done to contain these damaging aspects as much as possible?

Every Canadian has to go to school, while they are young. Perhaps this is the best and only opportunity to educate children about the realities of sexuality. In my opinion, every child should have somewhere to turn to when they have a question – EVEN with a subject as “taboo” as sex. If a child can turn to an adult and receive a respectable answer, then they will be able to filter through the constant barrage of sexualized media that they will undoubtedly be faced with as they grow up.

My parents always provided me with honest answers, and I am a much better person from it. I realize that teachers face many different challenges and barriers when it comes to sensitive topics, but there has to be some sort of communication. As they say in the video, there is a “large elephant in the room” that needs to be talked about!

Do you think teachers/the education system should be where young children learn about sensitive topics?