Holy crap, these have been some stressful past few days! Where do I even start?
First, to make my project, I used a site called Powtoon which allowed me to make a cool cartoon of myself explaining everything I have learned. I loved the site and thought it was super neat. It got a little glitchy at times but it was easy to save and refresh and that made the glitching go away. I had been working on the project for the past three weeks because as soon as I tried a cool idea, I failed miserably. First, I wanted to make a video of myself pretending to be on a safari exploring different networkings… I didn’t have the right tools to go through with it or else I just suck at using my computer. Next, I tried making a comic book where I am a secret agent and Katia is my boss who gets me to go on all these missions to uncover the secrets of different networks. I was going to have Phillip Rose be the bad guy who brings upon road blocks on my missions. I was super pumped about this idea but after many failing attempts at trying different comicbookmakers on the web and in the app store, I crumpled up that idea as well. Just over a week ago, while researching ways that I could do this project, I stumbled upon Powtoon and gave it a try. I loved it! I began forming my project and everything was going smoothly. Like the site recommends, I made a script, added subtitles, AND THEN I began to add symbols and objects. Today, I had everything finished and ready to export to youtube by 11:00 am when a box popped up saying “Unable to export. You have PREMIUM characters within your movie.” I died a little. Had I been using premium? Somehow I had been on a two-day trial of premium and was using all the locked characters! I tried and tried to make it work but no matter what I did I could save it or export it! I decided to see how much of my work was gone if deleted all the premium characters but I was left with just the background and the subtitles. I began literally having a panic attack and as tears streamed down my cheeks I began attempting to “hack” my way into exporting this premium movie I had made. I tried making a new account where I then began my two-day trial and then tried to partner that account with my original account… no luck. I tried using a USB stick, no luck, I tried to screen record… no luck! I was freaking out! The site was getting so glitchy and I wasn’t able to save and refresh because I wasn’t allowed to save a premium movie if I haven’t paid for it… so I did it… I bought the premium plan… 89$ and all:
I was pretty torn that I had to go the lengths I did but at least now I would be struggle free. Or so I thought. I waited for that confirmation email for about 10 minutes and then began to sob again! No confirmation! and no confirmation email = no premium plan! Again, I died a little. I am actually surprised I am still alive! So, what to do? By this time, it was about 10:00 pm and I NEEDED to get this thing in on time! Because I was completely drained of energy, time, and patience, I decided to do something sort of illegal and I screen recorded my movie… If you are wondering why all the icons and characters have little locks on all of them, that is because they are supposed to be locked for only premium members. I am so, so, SO sorry that this project is not as good as it could be and if the premium plan ever kicks in, I can assure that I will post a better video without little locks everywhere and echoing audio. But for now, here is my Summary of Learning Project:
To begin, I found myself interacting within the Twitter world far more than any other network. Often, whatever I posted on other networks- such as our Google Plus Community forum- I also posted to Twitter. Either way, I decided to show a couple examples for each way that I have contributed to the learning go others.
Here are some of the ways I have contributed to the learning of others through Twitter:
I participated in Twitter chats:
I had some great conversations:
I helped some of my peers realize things they:
And I helped with other’s projects!
Here are some of the ways I have contributed to the learning of others through Google Plus Community:
And finally, here are some of the ways I have contributed to the learning of others through WordPress:
To finish off, I do not feel as though I have helped others as efficiently as expected of me. I really struggled in the beginning to understand how everything worked, and then I struggled to keep up with it all. Personally, being a tech. challenged person, I feel as though I did a pretty good job!
I wish I could have made a vlog for this weeks post but my Summary of Learning Project is taking up too much space… Wow! Learning Spanish has been an incredible experience! Not only is it neat to be able to partially speak another language, but because I have experienced so much of Mexico’s culture already, I feel as though I have now dived into it. It was not easy though. Duolingo made the process fun and easier than expected, however, the Spanish language is quite different than English and keeping up with the differences was a challenge. As you can probably guess after watching my previous vlogs, verbs were my biggest weakness. Darn Spanish verbs and their many forms! Taking a week to specifically work on verbs was an excellent idea and I did eventually learn ALL the verbs that I was supposed to! After practicing, verbs actually became my easiest words to say off heart! Crazy right?
Unfortunately, I did not get as far as I had wanted, only making it to skill 4 out of the first 6. I do know the basics though, and because I know a lot of food now, at least when I go to Mexico it will be easier to order tacos!
Near the end of my learning experience, I realized that Duolingo had flashcards that you could use to memorize problem words! I wish that I had known about these earlier because I had to make my own flashcards!
Here is an example:
! I am 16% fluent in Spanish! It might not seem like much but I think it is pretty neat! Either way, I have gotten a lot further than I had thought before starting this project. At least I know a lot of words and terms for food so when in Mexico, going out to eat and grocery shopping, will be easier!
I want to thank my prof. Katia. Thank you for assigning this project! It has gotten me further into learning Spanish than I have ever before! and to those who commented and encouraged me, you guys rock! Thank you!
Duolingo. Tiana Waldbauer-account. https://www.duolingo.com
At last! I have finally achieved my goal of memorizing all the verbs that I have learned thus far (sort of). It was challenging and took longer than expected but better late than never, right? Fortunately, I found a helpful tip that sped things up a bit. Here is my attempt at saying all the different forms of the verbs: eat, drink, speak, cook, and read!
This may seem more like week 7 than week 4 but what I may have not mentioned is that each week’s lesson has started taking me way longer to learn and I will usually spend 2-3 weeks actually memorizing that weeks lesson, all the while trying to learn the next coming weeks lessons. In other words, though it may seem like I am VERY behind, it is just because I have been slow to learn Spanish. So without further ado here is week 4:
While watching “Sext Up Kids” -a short documentary depicting the sexualization of children and the long-lasting effects that follow- I was reminded of my own childhood and began to make comparisons. Growing up, I had limited access to tv, the internet, phones, and even music. While I was the most sheltered child I know, I was still vulnerable to the sexualization that young people experience, and I did experience it. Now, as a young adult, I have realized just how similar my younger self was to the girls in the film.
From Disney Princesses to Bratz Dolls
Like the young girls in the film, I too yearned to be a princess. I dreamed of being that girl; the girl that everyone loved and who was the most beautiful. I played with Barbies- a lot- and at 9 years old I would get up extra early every morning to make a failing attempt at giving myself a Barbie-inspired hairdo. When Bratz dolls became popular, I played with them too. Unlike Barbies, who portrayed a “pretty” self-image, Bratz were “cool” and “hot”. In grade seven -my last year in elementary school- I became more focussed on being “cool”. At only 12 years old, I was tired of being a kid. With my long legs and crazy high metabolism, I struggled to find clothes that fit me. Pants were either too short or too loose and when your idols are Hilary Duff and Rihanna, you think that tighter is better. According to “Sext Up Kids”, my high expectations of my appearance were linked to playing princess:
“Playing princess is priming them for sexualization.”
In other words, it is all about being the fairest of them and when we realize we aren’t the fairest, we go for the sexiest. This is why kids are looking older, earlier.
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High School Years
Looking back through my years of high school is like looking at a story plot line. As I continued to set my alarm an hour earlier to make time for hair doing and picking out my “outfit of the day”, my grade 8 and 9 years became the rising actions of the plot line. I made my early high schools years WAY harder than they should have been by stressing about my appearance. I was so worried about what boys or kids from older grades thought of me that I would take extra trips to the bathroom just to look in the mirror. I was obsessed!
This obsession followed me into grade ten where I was called out by other girls in gym class for wearing “granny panties”. I didn’t take the comment too hard and found myself joking about it too but from that point -which would be the climax in the plot line- I had several paths that I could have taken and some of them may have been fairly unpleasant. Fortunately, as I got older and became closer to being a senior, I began to worry less about what people thought of me and spent more time working to get good grades (The fact that I had hit puberty also helped). I didn’t have to get up an hour earlier just to do my hair as I had lots of practice by then; not to mention I loved to sleep way too much. These were the falling actions, leading to the denouement.
By grade 12, I was completely ok with wearing sweatpants to school and not wearing makeup in public. I cared about myself but in a different way. Instead of stressing my appearance, I focused on who I was inside.
No Longer A Princess
Unlike some teen girls, I didn’t take extreme lengths to be noticed. Though I was very self-conscious I was raised to have good morals. Fortunately, my only regret is spending so much time worrying about my appearance. As for some girls -as seen in “Sext Up Kids”- growing up isn’t an easy process. Some girls are called profound names and some girls have naked pictures of themselves circulating through their school, both of which are devastating to a girl’s self-esteem. So why do “girls look at themselves as objects of someone else’s needs and desires”?
From Media to Market
Forever 21, American Eagle, Pac Sun… ring a bell? These are only a few of the stores that “Sext Up Kids” used as examples of stores that sell sexualised clothes and as long as these clothes are being sold, they will continue to be put on the market. Young people buy these clothes because it is what they see in the media. “When pop stars are looking more and more like porn stars, sexualized clothing is no longer a shock but the norm.” I was brought back to when I was 12 and watching Miley Cyrus’s new music video for her single “Can’t Be Tamed“-also used as an example in “Sext Up Kids”. I remember my jaw dropping as I watched one of my innocent childhood idols strut her stuff in a giant bird cage. I couldn’t believe my eyes but my friend, on the other hand, thought I was overreacting and that Miley was only acting her age. I find that funny now seeing as I am around the age Miley was when she made that video and have to disagree with my friend. As we all know, Miley has moved on from dancing in bird cages and is now grinding and twerking it out and we are left wondering, why do pop stars act like porn stars?
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Porn Or Hypnosis?
According to “Sext Up Kids”, the porn industry is the cause of these problems. An estimated “70-80%” of teen boys watch porn and this porn watching can begin at a very young age. Porn depicts false ideas of female sexuality wich distorts boy’s idea of what sex actually is. These ideas shape girl’s sexuality into being nothing but performance and that is so, so sad. What is also sad, is how negatively these false ideas affect the boys too. Dr. Ralph Diclemente, one of the speakers who made an appearance in “Sext Up Kids”, explained an incident where a man claimed being unable to have a real relationship because he watched porn so much that real sex didn’t excite him.
Stopping The Cycle
Little girls are going to play princess, and boys are going to watch porn -or vice versa. What parents need to do to help slow the cycle is allow sex to be an open topic and not judge. Sex is not a bad thing. Wanting to have sex is not a bad thing, but kids will make mistakes and it is important for them to understand that mistakes make for great learning opportunities. Education is key. Youth, no matter what they are wearing or watching, need to understand what sexuality is and it’s significance it has on themselves and others.