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Weekly Play – Final Memes

Meme_You Get an A

I’ve been wanting to make this Oprah meme for awhile now, but decided that I would save it for my final play. Something that I have learned about creating memes is that it doesn’t always make sense or turn out as good if your audience doesn’t understand the “image” content used, original or remixed ;), or write caption appropriately for their audience.

For example, when I sent the one our professor made for our class website to my friend, she never replied back. I asked her about it the next time I saw her and she said that she didn’t understand it (even though I knew she watched all of “Game of Throne”). I quickly realized that she didn’t know what “BEDUC 476.” She didn’t know it was a “Digital Literacy” class, let alone it was a “class” in school. So, of course, it didn’t make sense to her.

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I, on the other hand, thought this was really funny and amusing. However, had I  not watched the first two season of this show, I am sure this would be one of those jokes that I didn’t get and nor would I have been sharing as I did. This wasn’t my only fail of this sort, my sisters didn’t understand some of the ones I made for class; so, I was bummed.

Thus, I provided the YouTube link below to show my classmates where my final meme originated from, in the case you didn’t know. When I started to yell/shout my caption out to my boyfriend, in the enthusiastic manner as Oprah, he was chuckling like “What are you doing?” I told him I was practicing my final meme. Then, I found this clip below so that he would understand. Every time I do it now, he thinks it’s funny.

By the way, my sisters and I watched this episode together back in the the day; so, they totally played into it, when I announced my final meme over dinner months ago. 🙂

The one below is another meme that I created just for fun. I was going to use it a previous weekly play, but decided I would learn something new and challenge myself with another “make” instead, especially since I was going to post the Oprah one as my  final play.

Seriously though, can you believe all the blogs and plays we’ve made for this class? Amazing how much we’ve accomplished as we reflect on our work this quarter.

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Mediated Writing – Adobe Slate

Language Learning

For this assignment, I used parts of a paper that I have written for another graduate class and mediated onto Adobe Slate. The main reason why I chose to use this writing piece as oppose to a research paper was because of the images that I wanted to use. I knew that these images are essentially “texts.” However, I felt that these foreign texts would serve as a nice backdrop for the “writing” parts.

The videos and hyperlinks that I chose, provided additional information that weren’t conveyed or written in my actual paper. This format allows for a nice segway without feeling like it didn’t belong in the original writing. Additionally, it shouldn’t detract readers from the overall Slate presentation if they chose not to click on them.

I’ve been working on this assignment for the past week now and really enjoyed this new medium. I might want to try using this over PowerPoint slides to add variety. I love visuals in general, and using Adobe Slate may illicit emotions through this medium more prominently than reading conventional writing. What’s lost are the details in writing, but this doesn’t takeaway from the overall content. I do want to mention that there was a historical piece on the banning of the “Taiwanese language” that I was going to include, but decided not to since I didn’t write it in my actual paper.

All of my images are purposeful. So, if you have a question about any of it, then please don’t hesitate to ask me; or I would love for you to share your interpretations for their purpose. 🙂

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Inquiry?

I’ve sat here for almost half an hour trying to figure out what to blog about. My thoughts are a hodgepodge of different readings over the week. In any case, I keep coming back to this “inquiry” idea. So, it’s only ironic because I still haven’t solidified “my question” for this class; and honestly, probably it may not happen by next week. Hopefully, this blog and my recent insight will shed some light to it.

Inquiry is the process by which we ask not “What is it that we know?” but “What are the things that we don’t know and what questions can we ask about them?” (Thomas & Brown, p.83)

Something that troubles me a lot about inquiry is the fact that we’re not taught this process, especially if it’s within content that we’re either not interested in or familiar with. I know through experience that teachers, for the most part, encourage students to ask questions, especially questions that require clarification for better understanding. However, as a math tutor I quickly learned that students don’t ask questions because they don’t understand what to ask! In other words, in the quote above where it mentions “don’t know” implies an underlying “know” or “understanding” for one to be able to ask “what they don’t know.” (Hopefully, that made sense.)

So, the fact that I feel so overwhelmed with all this new knowledge about technology, digital literacy, and issues on digital divide, it’s no surprise to me that I don’t know what to ask. I barely have a grasp on all of this, and swimming to stay afloat with all this new information that I have no passion of inquiry. I am not saying that I don’t care about access to the digital world; but how am I supposed to care about this when I don’t have Wi-Fi myself and I don’t see it as a “basic” need in life. To add, I don’t teach nor plan on doing so in the traditional classroom setting. Perhaps, another reason why it’s been difficult for me to come up with a tangible question this quarter.

Is it just me or did you have a hard time coming up with a question for this class? What questions or insights do you have for me after reading my problematic post? Were you able to read between the lines and see something that I didn’t catch myself?…