Digital Taxonomy

I feel like my personal abilities regarding Bloom’s digital taxonomy range from least to greatest starting from lower order thinking skills. What i mean by that is my lower order thinking skills are much weaker than my higher order thinking skills. I think this could possibly pose an issue as moderation throughout seems to be ideal. The description of my order of thinking skills go as follows:

 

  • Remembering – I like to think my memory is great however I know that my memory is pretty bad. I find myself remembering the most trivial parts of lectures or important topics while the actual substantial information seems to always glide right over my head. It usually takes me a few times to read or retain information before it is actually ingrained into my memory
  • Understanding – Once again my ability to understand is a lot weaker than I’d like to think it is. When it comes to understanding concepts it takes me a few times to cover and re-cover the material to finally gain a proper understanding; however, once an understanding is gained i have a real and genuine understanding for said material.
  • Applying – My ability to apply is moderate, once i have gained a good understanding of that which is needed to be applied I can execute said application with general ease. 
  • Analyzing – When analyzing come into play is when i start to flourish. Once i fully understand a concept, i then further consider the ideas and and analyze its meaning and contents. This is where I fully understand not only what it means but what how it can apply to the exterior world.
  • Evaluating – Evaluating happens to be one of my greater skills. This is where i actually dissect the material and its contents and approach it from my own perspective. This is where I can possibly expand on certain ideas and concepts bringing the material to a beneficial position to me.
  • Creating – Creating may or may not be my strongest attribute, regardless it is my favourite. This is where I gather all the previous mentioned abilities from Bloom’s taxonomy and produce something of my own. This is my favourite and probably best ability of the bunch because the possible outcomes are endless and limited to my own Remembering, Understanding, ApplyingAnalyzingEvaluating, Creating and my overall mind.

    citation:
    “educational-origami – Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.” educational-origami – home. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. 

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Group

Group work abilities I currently Posses:

  • communication skills
  • leadership abilities
  • cooperation
  • responsibility
  • assertiveness

Skills I could improve on:

  • Inclusivity
  • Ability to tolerate
  • Open mindedness to others’ ideas
  • Organization

I feel like my abilities when it comes to group work are completely decaying/deteriorating. In the past i would take the position of the ‘observer’ and just watch as a certain group member handles most or all of the work. After that i started to notice that my groups would start getting less and less involved to the point where if I wasn’t taking any initiative in the group no one else would, leaving the group in a horrible position where  not only would there not be a single person doing all the work but no body at all was doing any work. I now find myself in a position where I usually take the leadership role and that results in me doing all the work. I suppose through reading these articles i found a few solutions I am willing to try out, for example distributing jobs to those i feel best suited for each specific responsibility. Group work is one thing i hope perfect or at least improve my skills on since i hope to work in groups, as well as lead groups in my future academics and career.

citation:
“Working in Groups : Academic Skills Centre : University of Canberra.”University of Canberra Home : Home Page : University of Canberra. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.

“Group projects Academic Skills & Learning Centre ANU.” N.p., Web. 25 Sept. 2013.

“Skills4Study.com: Study Skills.” Palgrave Macmillan – academic publisher serving learning and scholarship in higher education and the professional world. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.

21st Century Skills

In terms of twenty first century literacy skills I seem to be somewhat well equipped, that is as well equipped as the average person of my generation. The one point that was constantly mentioned in the article was ‘online crap detection'[1] which honestly is a skill i definitely need to develop due to my naive nature. When it comes to the internet I have decent researching skills and so forth however my ability to separate valid or usable information from that which isn’t could definitely use some attention. Also as the article pointed out, with large exchange of information things like identity theft can be a devastating issue. Although this is something i know i am still giving out personal information to any website that entertains me for a few minutes. Critical thinking is one skill i need to sharpen when dealing with twenty first century skills.

citation:
1 – http://blog.sfgate.com/rheingold/category/21st-century-literacies/

Social Media as Research

Group: Andrew, Carlos, Lucas, Aaron

 

Social Media platforms can be utilized in several ways to extract a variety of research content. One of the most useful resources is statistics drawn from social media platforms allowing us to see what interfaces are most effective. For an example: “700 YouTube video links are shared on Twitter every minute, 500 years of YouTube videos are watched on Facebook every day, The equivalent of 100 Hours of video is uploaded to YouTube each minute and 99% of US online specialty retailers use YouTube, up from 93% in 2012” (“28 Must See Social Media Statistics”).  Social Media is also a great resource in finding information on campus related topics. For an example theRyersonRTA twitter feed allows RTA students to get updates on events, facilities, etc.

 

News Coverage and current events are also widely found throughout social media. During the Colorado floods of 2013 audiences no longer had access to TVs as broadcasts were suspended. The television stations in Denver utilized Twitter to post updates for locals in the progress in disaster relief. Lastly social media is an excellent way to research trends among the current youth. If you’re looking for the next big thing or what is new and popular; looking through the major social networks is a great way in finding this information. For an example when actors or musicians gain popularity this can be monitored by how many twitter or Facebook followers they have and YouTube views they have.

 

Citations

 

Ostrow, Joanne. “Social Media plays a key role in Colorado flood coverage.” Ostrow off the record. The Denver Post, 16 Sep 2013. Web. 23 Sep 2013. <http://blogs.denverpost.com/ostrow/2013/09/16/social-media-plays-key-role-in-co-flood-coverage/16485/&gt;.

“RyersonRTA.” Twitter. N.p.. Web. 23 Sep 2013. <https://twitter.com/RTARyerson&gt;.

“28 Must See Social Media Statistics.” Social Media Today. N.p., 11 Aug 2013. Web. 23 Sep 2013. <http://socialmediatoday.com/node/1656466&gt;.

 

What Makes a Good Blog

Group: Andrew, Carlos, Lucas, Aaron

A good blog is a blog that has some or all of the following contents: A user-friendly interface with an aesthetically pleasing layout. The content/topic does not always have to be interesting however the manner in which it is presented should be, for example, including cited pictures, videos or any other form of media that helps the reader get a better understanding of what the blogger is trying to convey. A good blog should give you clear insight on what the persons trying to illustrate. Blogging helps you to bring up important topics that people have a general interest in and having put yourself into it is what distinguishes a blog from another. In my opinion, always updating and showcasing your clear generosity and passion to post for others is also one of the many reasons that make a blog unique, a sense of formality, like for example the news or a famous YouTube author. What also makes a good blog, is the clear and concise contexts it holds verses a longer, broad and dull blog that seems to be like an academic article verses ones own thought generally. Finally, it’s the call to the next step, you know a blog is good when it exceeds expectation and gets the readers intrigued on the temptation to explore more.

The usability of the interface, highly influences my evaluation of it because;

-Typically, a person is dragged onto simplicity, and organization, which is found by the categorization, the layout and the context of the authors blog.

-The notion to be very open ended and concise, affects me in a way of continuing my research and looking at other blogs done by that author. The usability of his context intrigues me to continue following his blog in other words.

-The access of the blog is also one of the main usability influences of it because generally, a person is also dragged onto the beauty of it and its vast range of color, shape, form and etc. The usability of the interface consists highly of its look, and that influences my evaluation of it due my ability to marvel at it as if it was a piece of art done by a famous artist.

An example of a good blog would be ‘The alxbal Daily’. I’m not just using this blog as an example to get good marks but instead because it is a great template for anybody interested in blogging, but unaware of how to format their ideas.  This is an example of a good blog because the layout is very user-friendly and visual oriented. The layout of the home page contains published articles starting with the most recent. The links to the articles have sub-text giving the reader an idea of what the article is about, and some even have pictures to further promote that idea.

An example of a bad blog would be ‘andrewpsoares.wordpress.com’ for the exact opposite reasons to the latter. This blog contains no visual reference points or an easily to navigate layout. All the articles and information are just there in plain text making the blog look ordinary and boring. Furthermore the fact that the articles only contain text means that the whole blog is uninteresting and not catching to the eye. Lastly there seems to be no actual coherence to the layout of the contents of the blog, its all one black and white page of assorted information displayed in the least unique way possible.

In terms of my own blog I already mentioned a few of the many changes i could make to improve it; many of which are directly related to the visual component of the layout. My blog is almost if not completely constructed of text. While essential, text alone does not make for a good blog. This is why I am considering adding photographs, charts or any other form of media to make the overall blog more interesting.

https://andrewpsoares.wordpress.com/
http://paper.li/alxbal/1337146946
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

Oral

I feel like my oral skills are something that have come a long way since i was introduced to the idea of presenting orally to a group of people. By no means is it perfect, however I’m slowly learning after every oral presentation i give what i did well on and what I could improve on. some points mentioned in the second link, like: “to your audience, don’t read to them!” and “A presentation is not the same as an essay.” are two points that have become very clear to me within the past couple years. I feel my oral presenting skills are at an acceptable level when I’m discussing a topic I really enjoy and find intriguing. I also find myself doing well when I not only engage the audience but truly engage myself in the topic.
When it comes to oral communications i have too many weaknesses to count. For example, i often find myself having unorganized thoughts which can sometimes translate to unorganized speech and maybe even sometimes an unorganized presentation. I also find myself getting too involved in my topic sometimes that I begin to use words, phrases or thoughts that may not be entirely appropriate for the topic, or sometimes even the classroom… However these two things as well as the countless other flaws i have when it comes to oral presentation are slowly coming to my attention, so they slowly being fixed and altered.

 

tinkering

Tinkering as I see it is dissecting anything from actual objects to ideas, not sole for the purpose of fixing an issue but instead modifying it in a way that it is still fully functional but greatening its potential. Tinkering constantly results in crazy new discoveries and inventions which wouldn’t have been possible without the initial product or concept. This is once again playing with the idea of collaborating ideas. I feel like my skills when it comes to tinkering are actually pretty limited. Because my actual skills with physical technology like circuits and wires and all that jazz is next to non-existent. However my curiosity when it comes to dissecting and expanding ideas is my one attribute which could prove to be extremely handy when it comes to tinkering.