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Kean University 2019, The Network

Brace Yourself…A Blog Post Is Coming-Week 7

Give me all the Sean Bean memes!                In class this week, we talked about all  memes! Not going to lie, there was a part of me that thought it's just funny-does it have to mean more? And even as we talked, and I took it all in, I couldn't help but think we were over thinking it. As we were thinking about memes in our culture, there were some references I didn't quite get. Not sure […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

SelfIE Assessment and the Real Self: Week 5

Selfie. One word. But it means so much.It's for the Kylie Jenner's of the world to get likes and compliments and feel good about themselves.It's a way to capture a moment when there's no one to capture it for you.It's about angles and filters, or it's about showing what's real. Which lately, I feel like a lot people have. I was scrolling through my social media and realized so many of the people I follow post selfies. TONS AND TONS of […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

#SelfieUnselfie

Here is a typical selfie I take many times a day! I take selfies like this because I'm having a great hair day or because my eye liner wing tips are pretty great that day!But what I love about these pictures, is that I don't post them on social media or anything like that, but I send them to my husband! We have a back and forth game of selfies that fly between us on a daily basis! For mine, […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Znelxngr…My Unselfie Self

Me: What do I think of selfies? Idk ...I have a whole album of them on my phone! When I make a silly face...have a good hair day...Znelxngr: You're so into yourself! Me: Shut up Z!Z: It's true! You love looking at yourself in your phone. Idk...the whole selfie phenomenon is absurd.Me: Who cares? It's not like it hurts you to see a selfie?Z: It's the whole idea of them! This image conscious and self-obsessed culture we live in drives me […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

When Did the Social Network Become Less About Being Social?

Should we start regulating social media?The Forbes article "Do We Really Need to Start Regulating Social Media?", by Andrew Arnold, discusses the concerns people have over laws that regulate social media. The article explores multiple perspectives, such as the importance of regulating to prevent large companies from controlling the information accessible. However, those against regulating social media suggest it won't do any good, only stifle the exchange of ideas.I think the concern boils down to too much of anything isn't […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

When Did the Social Network Become Less About Being Social?

Should we start regulating social media?The Forbes article "Do We Really Need to Start Regulating Social Media?", by Andrew Arnold, discusses the concerns people have over laws that regulate social media. The article explores multiple perspectives, such as the importance of regulating to prevent large companies from controlling the information accessible. However, those against regulating social media suggest it won't do any good, only stifle the exchange of ideas.I think the concern boils down to too much of anything isn't […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Reclaiming the Fourth Estate-Week 4

During last week's class, we talked about "speaking truth to power"-speaking your truth...taking a risk...knowing your truth may not be the popular opinion...standing for something.I think we may have lost this. I'm overgeneralizing for sure; there are most definitely people who speak their truth. But I'm talking about as a whole. We're afraid or hesitant to speak our truth and fear retribution. But who is it we fear? And why?As we were talking about this, I kept thinking back to […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Field Guide:If I Won’t WebMD it-Don’t WebMD Me!

As of now, I want to center my contribution to our Field Guide for surviving the darkness around today's youth. Being a teacher, I find this idea of digital surveillance fascinating, but also discouraging in terms of how to teach my students. They only care about the latest music or what Youtuber said what this week. I struggle with finding the words to make them care about this issue, as they need to be aware of it. During my research on […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Field Guide-Illuminating the Darkness one nightlight at a time!

In Network Narratives, our class discussions and work is being culminated into a Field Guide at the end of the semester. This is a guide to navigating our way through the darkness and into the light of this digital age we are in, and continuing to learn about.My passion for the work I plan to contribute may grow and evolve, but at this stage, my primary concern is preparing my students for the world they are inheriting. I want them […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Alchemy: Is the chemistry there?

In class last week, we practiced using the tool Hypothes.is...which I am obsessed with and seriously considering bringing into my eighth grade classroom, provided I trust my students enough to write comments that would make my grandmother blush and warrant a trip down to our VP of discipline...any who...I love Hypothes.is and really enjoyed reading about the history of alchemy!I'm new to the idea of digital alchemy but am becoming more and more familiar with the metaphor. As I mentioned […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

I took a step…so enjoy the fall…Week One

This week was my first soiree into the world of digital alchemy and I must say...I'm intrigued. I had heard other students, and my professors, mention #netnarr before, but at that time it was nothing more than word I didn't know. It sounded fancy and intimidating...and it is! BUT, it is also exciting!I am currently typing this as I work my way through the labryinth, bravely preparing to face any minotaurs that come way, and although I am no Theseus, […]

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