Professionalism Session 2

Compared to my other blog posts, this one was not as personal. I didn’t really state my own experiences. Instead, I used information directly from the text and found media compositions (pictures and videos) that were straightforward. This blog post was more academic than the other ones I have done. It seems like it would fit in a textbook.

Design Writing Process

The design of this blog post was to mix academic writing with humor. For the most part, I give simple steps to my writing process  in a straight-forward way, then included a video for helpful tips for beginning writers. Then, I went into more detail about why novice writers struggles when they first start writing, and included a funny cartoon that gives an ironic twist on the seemingly hard task of writing in college.

Creativity Appropriation

With this blog, I wanted to be really creative in the details. As far as the text goes, I gave the reader a lot of examples about appropriation, from how I used Nine Inch Nails’ combination of musical styles to explain teachers combining information to teach their students and included an infographic. When it comes to choosing an important topic, I chose a song I wrote about getting bullied in high school, “Tangled Up In You,” or including the video “Knowing” to express the topic of why I want to be a teacher.


People’s Choice Student Writers

This blog is definitely my favorite. In retrospect, it’s like a combination of the best elements from all my other blogs. Like “Session 2”, it was highly professional, as it demonstrated my knowledge of the material. Like Design, I went into detail about helping students be better writers. Like “Appropriation,” I used my personal experiences to emphasize my feelings on why positive feedback is important.


From its effective use of colors to its professional approach to a difficult subject, Emily’s post is a perfect example of how multimodal compositions should be made, and how it allows students to be creative while doing assignments.

From its effective use of colors to its professional approach to a difficult subject, Emily’s post is a perfect example of how multimodal compositions should be made, and how it allows students to be creative while doing assignments.
Tweeting was similar to blogging because it allowed me to use technology to communicate with others in the class about what we learned in discussion and what we wrote our blog posts. Tweeting is different from blogging because my posts were much more condensed and not nearly as detailed. Advice I would give to teachers about tweeting is to consider doing it to interact with students who are either quiet or shy in class to share their ideas.

Media Literacy & Ethical Participation

In Jenkins’ paper, “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century,” he states how important technology and media are to students and young people of the future. I obviously related to his claims because so many children are falling behind in school because they do not have the resource,s whether at their schools or at home. He stated three gaps that i see far too often. The Participation Gap is when students fall behind not only academically but also in the workplace later in life. Students who do have these resources early on are better prepared for the real world, which causes the gap to widen. The Transparency Problem is when schools disregard the importance of media as resources to help them, as they do not consider them relevant or useful tools. Teachers are close-minded that textbooks are the only logical way for students to learn information, which can harm them as they enter the workforce. The Ethic Challenge is students being educated on the effect the information they post through media can have on others. The more they are taught in this way, the more schools will see the positive impact media can have on education.

Jenkins also explains the ways teachers can use negotiation to help their students be open-minded about the world around them. Society has caused young people to turn away from those that are different from them, based on race, sexual orientation, geographical location, or language. Teachers have to find ways to make their students see that what classifies others as different can be a good thing, as they can learn something from them. I like how Jenkins mentioned Japanese Manga and how Western audiences, like Americans, have embraced it when they initially thought of it as weird. I watched anime in elementary school, such as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, without knowing it was anime, or even from Japan. However, when I was in high school, people would say how weird it was and it was hard to relate to, but now that I am in college, I have accepted its differences and found something new and different to enjoy about it.

Hobbs’ “Fair Use and Digital Learning” describes the safe ways students can use copyrighted materials and how it is violated. She explains how the availability of the documentary “Eyes on the Prize” was limited due to its licenses expiring and the For Foundation estimating it would cost $5 million to renew the license. EMI had unreasonable rates, and Warner Chappell owned the rights to the song, “Happy Birthday,” and earned $2 Million a year. Hobbs also states that for teachers to allow students to use copyrighted material, they need to form communities so that they can convince large companies that using their licensed material will benefit the students.

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