Refelction Blog: 5 “Wikipedia & Group Blogging”

Group Blog – it’s turning to quite an ordeal… I wish that we talked about subjects like “style guide” before we started to write. My group seems to be having a lot of trouble and we all have “leadership” personalities so it’s really hard to have a meeting without some small disagreement.

Since spring break we have talked about Wikipedia – I am not a huge fan because for the most part they are no a reliable source (but the links used to get the information, for the most part, are). So I guess I would have to say that I do like them, for the should purple that they have good links to credible sources and that they do have a history factor so you can go back and see changes that have been made. I just never really was part of the Wikipedia hype. I had to work with a group last semester in Dr. David Parry’s class creating a Wiki. It didn’t go well, we fussed and had trouble publishing and only 2 out of the 4 of my group members, including my self, actually did and work.

We did have a fun experiment in class this week. We all spread out around the campus and our leaders stayed with our professor and through social media we had to communicate and complete a task. I liked and disliked this ‘game.’ One of my group members isn’t as tech-savvy as the rest of us and we had trouble choosing a source of social media to us. I also felt so rushed and I know it was a ‘game’ but I got tense and didn’t fully understand the exercise till the last topic was given. What we had to do was go to Wikipedia, form there we were given a word/phrase (i.e. “Hot Jupiter”) from there we had to find links that traced back to “Dallas, TX” It was fun and something new but hard because I’m not a fast reader nor do I have a need to use this technique in the future. I know that part of this game was to see that linking happens in the most unexpected places.

Another thing that we have talked about in class this week was “Style Guide.” I really wish we had talked about before spring break. My Group Blog really needed that extra bit of help, it think if we had more time to prepare we could make out blog so like all our 4 topics belong and flow better, that what they do now. I do find it interesting, how different a person’s writing style can be, and I know it’s hard to change it, and it’s even harder to clique someone’s and make changes to their blog. I’m not a big fan of that. But I do see the need to do it.

 

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Reflection Blog: 4 “Creative Commons, Linking, and Presentataion”

What a loaded week. I’ll be honest, in the past I never really thought of Creative Commons or any of the protection laws on images and such. I am so glade we covered this in class, I just wish we cold of been able to spend more time on it. It was a lot of new information for me and I felt extremely overwhelmed and I’ll be honest, even now I’m still a bit confused. I did like the reading; I will be referring back to it when adding images to our Group Blog.

When we talked about linking, I didn’t really learn anything new. I have been hyper linking, and citing my sources all my tweeting/blogging, life. It feels like second nature to me. Maybe it’s cause I have technology flowing there my veins, it just seem to get the positives to linking. I have talked to my group about it and they all agree that we need to have links in our blog. It will help give our readers more information as well as lead to examples to explain our points better. As one of the editor I do plan on adding more hyper linked, deleting those that aren’t really necessary (we don’t want to distract our readers form reading our blogs), and editing links (making sure that when a read scrolls over them the correct information about the link is shown). I think that linking will be very helpful with all our blog topics.

Presentations, I’ll admit that I was a little nervous about them. My group seemed to have a lot to talk about and I know we didn’t have much time. We didn’t even get to my part of the presentation before time was up. Any way I feel that it could of gone better. Although I will say that I LOVED that twitter feedback. I thought it was a great idea and it really helped my group see that people would be interested in our topics, as well as questions they had, topic ideas for us, and more. I felt that was the best part of that class. I would love to do more exercises like that, they are a lot of fun and everyone gets involved.