Ahaze’s Weblog

November 6, 2008

Progress Report

Filed under: Uncategorized — ahaze @ 1:55 am

Things are not going the best for us video wise. I am currently sitting in 408 Stv, uploading vids but I’m having technical difficulties. The computer I’m working on captured the video, but when I pull it up the video won’t play. I also tried two other computers one which froze while it was uploading the video and the other one won’t recognize that the camera is plugged in. So we basically have one video that MIGHT play.

Other than that, I emailed Roxanne from Oui We Wii about setting up an interview in the next week or so and she replied! We just have to work out exactly what time would be good for us.

I was wondering if we could go over how to upload the video and transfer it to another computer. It might just be that I’m bad luck but nothing seems to be working for me. The same thing happened to me in class last week too.


October 8, 2008

Sessions I want to go to for The Watson Conference

Filed under: Uncategorized — ahaze @ 2:53 am

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Session A. 9
1:15 PM to 2:30 PM
Recomposing the Design Paradigm: Understanding the Critical Effects
of “New Media”
Humanities 215
We examine “new media” as a disciplinary construct to be challenged in its
representations, and in how it alters and normalizes pedagogical discourse around its
Shereen Inayatulla
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Michael MacDonald
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Andre Buchenot
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Katherine Malcolm
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Royal Bonde-Griggs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Session B. 3
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Samantha Blackmon
Purdue University

GameBoi Advances: Queerness and Interrelativity in Games, Gamers, and Games Media
Interpretation of sexuality, gender, and nationality in video games and advertisements blur in a
way that allows claims of prejudices to merge. The ways that sexuality gets written in/through
games allows us to read them through the lens of Gloria Anzaldua’s notion of mestiza

Friday, October 17, 2008
Session C. 9
8:00 AM to 9:15 AM
Sonya Borton
Philadelphia University
How Rhetorical Elements Differ in Student Print Texts and Multimodal Compositions
This speaker explores the rhetorical complexity of multimodal texts by examining teachers’
articulation of their criteria as well as students’ expression of the rhetorical elements.

Friday, October 17, 2008
Session D. 12
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
Kathie Gossett
Old Dominion University
Gossett will discuss why paying attention to and engaging in the development of media
standards is critical for scholars and their students.

Friday, October 17, 2008
Session E. 8
4:15 PM to 5:45 PM

Kyle Mattson
Illinois State University
Anachronistic Memories: The Historical Image Repository and Stubborn Materiality
Historical images stored online obstruct our perception of new materiality in some instances.
Reading, writing, and memory itself defer to materiality of early photographic processes.

Linda Stewart
Kennesaw State University
Measuring Up: The Uncertainty of Assessing New Media
This multimodal presentation traces how one writing teacher’s foray into understanding
assessment and new media is transforming her assessment practices and her professional

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Session F. 2
8:00 AM to 9:15 AM
Kevin Eric DePew
Old Dominion University
Using the PhD students’ feedback, the speaker will describe their responses to the
program’s infrastructure and how their feedback shapes the program’s development.

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Session G. 8
9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
So, what are students really learning in digital classrooms?: A program-wide
qualitative and quantitative assessment
Humanities 117
Heidi McKee
Miami University
Cythia Lewiecki-Wilson
Miami University
Wioleta Fedeczko
Miami University
Kerrie Carsey
Miami Universit
We report on the findings from a two-year program-wide assessment of the digital writing
curriculum and student learning at Miami University that was comprised of four components: (1)
a direct assessment of student writing; (2) pre- and post-surveys (n=1,000 students), addressing
multimodal composing, online research, and rhetorical concepts; (3) process- and discoursebased
interviews with students discussing specific writing projects (e.g., audio essays, blogs,
websites); and (4) video interviews with students, discussing their perceptions of the new laptop
classrooms and the digital curriculum.

1. Interview Heidi McKee, Cythia Lewiecki-Wilson, Wioleta Fedeczko, and Kerrie Carsey from session E. These are the students who the speaker is talking about. Ask them about their teacher and student relationship.

2. Interview Kyle Mattson about new technology such as facebook and myspace. Ask him how involved he is in the material.

3. I’m not quite certain who, but I would like to question one of the older professors in the field about the training they had to go through and how involved they were in new media, prior to their training.

4. I have a teacher who has a facebook who friends all of her students. I would like to maybe interview her.

5. I think we should also video record us and our peers from class about our overall opinion of the class, what we learned from Cheryl (and Andrew), and what we feel that we taught Cheryl (and Andrew?) in return.

Some reading would also be required…. I haven’t looked up any texts yet though. I saw Katie did and I think those would all most definitely be good texts to read before we conduct our interviews.

October 2, 2008

New technology and their professors

Filed under: Uncategorized — ahaze @ 7:11 pm

How informed are the professors and professionals about new technologies such as facebook or myspace. What can we teach them and what can they teach us? How technologically savvy are they really?

September 25, 2008

Revisions of my CFP

Filed under: Uncategorized — ahaze @ 6:36 pm

Here’s my revised version of the CFP video. It looks alot like the first video I did, but I made a couple changes. I tried to get the slides to show up when the music changed, let me know if it worked. Also, I think that I made the music too soft. Let me know what you think.

September 16, 2008

My CFP video

Filed under: Uncategorized — ahaze @ 7:18 am

Just to let you all know, this is a VERY rough draft of my CFP video. There’s a lot of different things that I want to do to make this smoother or I might even change the whole thing all together. It’s still very early on in the whole process.

September 11, 2008

My intro

Filed under: Uncategorized — ahaze @ 5:47 am

Hey guys! This is my intro from the first day of class. I think it took me entirely too long to actually figure out how to do this assignment.

September 3, 2008

What Do I Look For When I Read?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ahaze @ 2:50 am

I never was really asked to specifically talk about what I look for when I read and for this reason I never really thought that I looked for anything. Throughout my high school career, my teachers told me what to look for. Usually it was the literary elements that were included in the text. My teachers in high school had me look through the lens of New Criticism. For those of you who do not know what that is, it is the throwing out of an idea that there is an author or even an outside world. Everything you need to know is in the text and only in the text. My reading of a text has been sculpted so that I mainly use the lens of new criticism. In college, the teachers encourage us to look through all different types of lenses but I find myself continuously going back to the lens of new criticism. Therefore, the first thing I look for would be the literary elements contained in a text without knowing anything else about it. These literary elements would include personification, imagery, setting, and theme.

The Second thing I look for is the tone of the novel. The tone to me, as to most people I think, is the overall feel of the text. This may sound kind of dumb since the tone should be a no brainer and it usually is, but I need to know the tone in order to know what emotions I should be feeling when I’m reading the text. Should I be happy? Should I be sad? Should I be laughing or should I be crying? Only once I know the tone, can I know how I should feel.

The Third thing that I look for is the plot. This basically means me just reading the story for enjoyment. I try to read the plot and ignore the literary elements. I love reading a story and just enjoying it. I like to just be enthralled in a text without having to analyze it and find the symbolism.

I feel like I’m closing a mini essay. This reminds me of a 5 paragraph format despite the fact that there is only 4 paragraphs. So I don’t think I will add a conclusion more than the one I’ve just written. Also, Andrew, I stole your idea of high lighting the points of what I look for when I read and I did not mean to steal your idea of new criticism, but it just so happens we both look for that while we read.

August 21, 2008

Something of interest

Filed under: Uncategorized — ahaze @ 9:44 pm

Here’s a video from youtube that I like a lot. It’s super cute but it really doesn’t have anything to do with me. I am convinced that my sister, who is 19, looks exactly like the little baby Charlie from this video, though.

Welcome to my blog!

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Hi! My name is Ariana. I’m an English major here at ISU, probably like most of the other people taking English 239. I don’t know too much about blogging but I had a xanga at one point so I know more than some. Feel free to view my blog and leave a comment about what I write or just leave a comment saying hello. Hope to hear from you all!

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