Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Here's to the crazy ones.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal.
They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.
From Apple Computer
Steve Jobs had just returned to the struggling company, Apple. Jobs
and Lee Clow had collaborated back in 1984 to launch the MacIntosh.
Now was the time to recover the sene of Apple's place in the world of
creative users. The TBWA Chiat/Day team said that Apple should be
aligned with the creativity of personalities and people making an
impact on the twentieth century. The "Think Different" phrase provided
an opportunity to celebrate both the creativity of these people but
also the distinctiveness of Apple in the computing world, responding
to IBM's historic campaign motto, "Think". The campaign was swiftly
approved by Apple, then begun with the television commercial, which
first ran on Sept. 28 1997, followed by the print ads, billboards and
First, you should always look at the URL. The address will have a tell-tale ending. Here is an excerpt from a great site (http://www.lesley.edu/library/guides/research/evaluating_web.html) that explains it best:
What does the URL (Web address) say about the producer of the web site, and its purpose? Look at the final syllable in the domain name. The first three sites below are all "White House" sites. Which is the official White House site? How can you tell? Note that all three sites are easily accessible in a web search for 'White House'.
Government agency: www.whitehouse.gov
Internet Service Provider: www.whitehouse.net
Higher education - www.lesley.edu. Other educational sites may appear with different domain names: www.whitehouse.gov/kids
Military site- www.navy.mil/
("tilde") Personal site - http://www.members.tripod.com/~DAdams/qkbrdinf.html
Organization; may be charitable, religious, or a lobbying group - http://www.rtda.org.
Some links about website evaluation:
Remember this is a research paper. It requires the "so what?" factor. You have to prove and analyze a point within your paper.
The question is, have you ever seen sites that claim validity only to find out that they were a hoax, satirical, or trying to get you to signup/ buy something?
Check out this site.... valid or not?
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Someone made a comment today that made me think. She said, loosely paraphrased, "Why do we have to use all of this technology?" My defense was that I wanted to introduce you guys to technology that I thought you would eventually use in college or in the workplace.
So, what do you think? Is it overload? Of the tools we have used- blog, wiki, discussion board (moodle), turnitin.com, video editing, online quizzes, online storage, electronic peer editing, pocket pc, laptops,.... whew it is a lot- what do you honestly believe will be helpful in the future? What do you think is a waste? Don't just try to be funny- be honest so I can assess what we might pursue next year.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Specifics for citing verse from Shakespeare:
Best online MLA style guide with detailed guidelines of citing dialogue in plays:
Friday, February 17, 2006
- Rough Draft (three body paragraphs complete with citations- should be minimum of 4 pages) due Thursday!
- Peer Review- you will review someone's paper and have yours reviewed- due Friday!
- Costume and Prop plan due Mon., Feb. 27
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Do you know any poetry about love? Have you ever written or received a love poem? Can you share a poem you like or have written about love?
Write the poem here and credit the author.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
So we have talked so much about critical articles and essays regarding your research paper topics. If you were inclined to write about a topic in which you could be considered an expert or a critic, on what topic would you write? What I am asking is- where does your expertise lie? What would you write... title of "your critical essay" on ______?
Monday, February 13, 2006
Normally I try to find class related topics, but since all of you are seniors, this is life-related instead.
I noticed that Beth Holloway Twitty is starting a national campaign regarding safe travel called Save Yourself (http://www.saveyourself.org/). This campaign kicks off at MBHS on February 28 at 7 PM. I encourage all of you to attend.
On that note, since many of you are traveling during Spring Break and Summer, do you have any tips to keep students safe while traveling?
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Ex. Ophelia from Hamlet
"Wade in the Water" by Eva Cassidy
Unfortunately, she found a watery grave because she was so wrought with sadness over the death of her father at the hands of her lover.
Monday, February 06, 2006
I am sitting here in the early morning hours thinking about how monotonous our days could get these next few weeks...
Argh! For a change of pace, use this space to tell me one of your favorite books (yes, you have to have read it to count it) and why it is so great.
Mine- Suzanne's Diary for Nicolas by James Patterson
It was an easy beach read and had romance as well as tears. I loved the format too.
Friday, February 03, 2006
Give me a movie quote that best relates to a character in a Shakespeare play.
Example: A typical conversation for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth-
Veronica Corningstone: This is pathetic.
Ron Burgundy: You're pathetic.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Comment here about your favorite snack for studying. Prebraces I would have to say mine was popcorn. Now I just go for something chocolate.