The Sextortion of Amanda Todd

A long time ago, I watched the Sextortion of Amanda Todd. This video discussed the Amanda Todd case in depth. Before watching this, I was dissapointed that Amanda Todd was the face of bullying. When this case exploded, the news and online media talked about how an ‘attention whore’ would show nudity online (at the time, I thought it was to some of her friends over skype, rather than 150 blog tv viewers). It was never reported (To me) that she was harassed for years and attempted to get away from it. Now I see why she is, and deserves to be, the face of bullying.

The video quotes “When the boys are giving attention to a girl, the other girls get upset” This is a Common scenario. The early bloomers of puberty for girls tend to be bullied at future dates, while the late bloomers tend to become the popular ones.

Amanda was smart enough to not fullfil threats and blackmails to send more photographs for the promise of the screenshot of her flashing to not make its rounds (for the third time). But eventually, Amanda went back to the sites that she originally found trouble on, talking with people making ludicrous requests again.

Before watching this video, I only knew about the Amanda Todd incident from her single video that went viral. I believed that any child that got in trouble online did so because the parents did zero monitoring of the computer. I myself was in one of these categories; my parents did not monitor my internet or computer usage at all and there were very clearly problems with video game addiction and other things. But it becomes clear after watching that her parents did in fact monitor her activity regularly and were open minded to the possibilities of the internet.Why would she do this?

 

Keep reading to find out. It’s a well known reality that teenage girls are very mean to one another, and that this can create extremely bullied women with little self-esteem who hear very little, if none, positive things about themselves. Give them a small or large audience of compliments and flirting and bullied individuals might do things that they know they shouldn’t for it these good feelings and comments to continue.

Society took a girl who was bullied harshly, but online she was wanted and adored. She had hundreds of followers whom talked nicely to her… Even though all the trouble started online, she probably told herself to never do something like flashing again and went back on to her ‘adoring fans.’ But this is all speculation.

 

Amanda Todd is a lesson for us as people, teachers, parents, friends, and strangers. It’s a sign to stop bullying, stop cyber bullying, and teach safety to the next, current, and past generations.

Ruining Star Wars

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Part 1I never heard of Led Zeppelin being ripoffs until this… but now it’s clear that they were heavily influenced and snipped parts from other songs and artists.

It would be okay to take these parts and incorporate it into your own (original) piece, if enough change was made, or if attribution was given.

Part 2: I never realised just how many sequals there were to plays, movies, books, toys, characters…. and so forth, until this episode brought up the fact. Many movies are inspired by other movies, and characters by other characters.

This episode also brought up the fact that star wars heavily reenacted many scenes from many movies. I don’t want to believe that star wars is based on many other stories. While they have their own twist… But many scenes were made similar to multiple movies (intro, fight scenes, etc). Thank you for ruining my childhood. However, I feel that some of these were overexxagerated… Some movies had holograms of women or robots before star wars… does that mean that without the prior, the current would not exist? No!

It demotivates me to think that all these incredible pieces of work were filled with copies using similar camera techniques, sounds, quotes, and landscapes.

Part 3: “nobody starts out original… we need copying to build a foundation of knowledge and understanding”

copy, transform, and combine –> basic elements of creativity

When kirby was talking about the Macintosh copying everything… the thought popped into my head… is this BAD? Is it bad to copy something and give innovation? No! Progress comes from taking existing ideas and modifying them to become more efficient or serve a greater purpose.

Multiple discoveries theorem was also something that was a reality check for me. .. Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace both came up with the theorem of natural selection in the same time period. Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Grey patented for the telephone on the same day. It’s clear that progression is universal, and that our future is not dependent on single individuals. Concepts and technologies are being invented at the same time, or in close time periods.

 

 

Part 4:

Even the US is a copy of the Iroquois Confederacy.

Copies are cheaper to make and sell than original products… originals cost more to research and have more trials. Even something that seems innovative is most likely just a copy.

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Take the Oculus Rift for example. It’s based on and competing against…well… all of these

 

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“when we copy… we justify it…. when others copy, we villany it”

 

 

 

 

 

Youtube in the Classroom

Youtube is a great tool. It’s free, has tens of millions of videos, and is one of the largest sources of knowledge in the world. In the last four months, I’ve used youtube videos in almost all of my lesson plans.

 

Why?

 

  1. It can capture emotion and provide a better reference point than me lecturing or students reading
  2. It captures the attention of students better than most methods
  3. It works great for audio and visual learners
  4. A video can be found for almost all scenarios and content

For example, on the history channel on youtube, there are dozens of playlists. Some of the more useful ones for education would be The Men Who Built America, Deconstructing History, or WWII in HD.

The above are great playlists for pure content. Some videos will portray a hidden message or attempt to convince the viewer to adopt a new style of thinking (Ted Talks are great for this!)

My personal favorite youtube channel is SpaceRip. I have watched almost every video on this channel and it has fueled my passion of physics and astronomy.

Youtube is a great place and excuse for people to practice something unusual and unique, upload it, and get applauded for it. Musicians upload themselves playing, gamers upload themselves playing video games, educators may upload videos of them teaching, or students may upload videos of them doing whatever!

 

If I need to learn how to fix my car, I can. 

 

If I want to learn how to play piano, I can. 

 

If I want to learn about treaties in Saskatchewan… I can.

 

Save yourself some time, give yourself some knowledge, and have some fun with youtube in your classroom.

Really TED?

For an assignment, I’ve had to write an essay about a topic that interests me. I chose cyber bullying as part of my topic and went to Ted Talks for some video resources. I had some severe troubles finding results… in fact, I found absolutely zero presentation results about cyber bullying on TED.com. Cyber bullying is a topic that needs serious addressing and is hardly being recognized in the school system. Why would TED not give curious teachers a twenty minute presentation about such a key issue? Fly someone in!

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Learning Code

I was given Tech Task #5 which instructed me to go and learn some coding! I decided to check out CodeAcademy and was greeted with an interesting screen. 1The home page was actually a tutorial on some of the basic inputs on coding, which was an easy way to pull the user into learning more. I followed the prompts, and eventually I was led to three beginner projects. 2

  1. Create a solar system / orbit pattern (which I have done in the past)
  2. Create a website about myself (I think I’ve got that one covered!)
  3. Animate my Name

The choice was rather obvious, and I decided to go with #3. This tutorial came with 15 instructions and it checked the work after each line of code. Hints were available if needed. The first page started with the completed product. 3

As the tutorial progressed, I was instructed on the terminology of coding, what these inputs did, and how to combine previous lessons into one giant collage of code. 4

Overall the entire experience was short, fun, and educational. It provided a brief introduction into coding and can be used to diagnose if students want to look at coding for some sort of project for future classes. CodeAcademy allows one to do learning on their own by providing advanced tutorials and project ideas, and then allows the creator to share these creations to the world.

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Smaller is Better

 

 

8413482843_c8be51a81fI’ve noticed that with the ever-increasing tech filled world and its entertainment value that people are reading summarized content and watching shorter videos for entertainment and learning. This can be easily seen via facebook with likes and twitter with retweets. It’s easier to have your posts liked and retweeted if its a small text with little filler. It seems that the smaller the message, the bigger the impact. I’ve been trying to shorten my posts and tweets to improve interest in them (and a catchy title does wonders!)

 

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