Thursday, December 3, 2009

Revised Pieces

I chose to revise my process blog, and my web redesign proposal memo.

For my process blog I want to go back in and fix a couple of things:
-edit the posts, go back and make them flow better, break them up
-add more video, more media to make my page more appealing
-possible color scheme change...haven't fully decided on that yet
-change the description..make it more generalized
-edit my about me

I also decided to change my proposal memo from the web redesign project.
For this one I want to do basic editing of grammar, spelling and then I want to reconstruct it. Revise it so it comes out shorter and gets to the point quicker, take out some detail and make it more exact

Kimball Reading

After reading this article my main thoughts are that based on context I think academic portfolios are a great way to get introduced to professional portfolios. Academic portfolios allow you to practice what goes into them and the editing process behind them.

In the discussion box on the second page writes about how a student provided a brief introduction to each piece she included. I know that in past portfolios I've done I have never had to introduce each piece but just had to write a reflective introduction. I think that even though it may be more work introducing each piece briefly is a great idea. I think it lets you focus on the one piece at hand and not think of the portfolio as a whole like you do in the reflective introduction. I think it narrows your focus for better explanation.

The Web: I think web portfolios are a great idea, they allow you to add more diverse things to your portfolio and they let more people access it. However, I also think that a portfolio should be something you hold in your hand, factual evidence that you accomplished something. Having something in print is more reliable that typed text. Showing someone you did the work and you have it in person, I think is way better than sending or sharing it over the Internet. I also think constructing a web portfolio is a lot harder than doing it with real paper. I need to be able to hold the things that I created, I need to be able to know where I want them, where they need to be placed, and I need to lay them out to see that. I can't do that on the Internet like the way I want too. I think it is a lot harder to organize my thoughts at least by looking at a computer screen than looking at a messy floor covered in papers.

Monday, November 30, 2009

reflection 3

For the last reflection on this project I decided to wait until we got to do peer review. For the workshop day we were told to finish up what we were working on and I think as a whole we finished strong. Our site was altered for the design and I think it looks pretty spiffy. 

For myself, I think this project project was pretty good. I found it easy yet challenging at the same time. I was in charge of the events and I think I chose some decent events. I didn't  really have any problems with this part but I did have trouble with putting a song on my personal page. I had to uploaded the song from my home computer because my laptop doesn't have all my music on it. When I uploaded it, it worked without any problems, and I opened it up on different computers and different browsers and it was fine. When I checked it again before leaving for school this morning it wouldn't work but unfortunately I didn't have time to fix it. So hopefully I can figure it out because currently it's out of order. 

Other than my music mishap everything went smoothly, and we worked really well together. 

Sunday, November 29, 2009

reflection 2

During our last class the group was really ahead of the game. We decided who was commenting on the disucssion boards, which was everyone, respond to everyone. And we had to finalize the details of our own tasks. We left it so we didnt have a lot of work over break, so it worked out quiet well.

Our group is working well together and the project is going smoothly; it's interesting and gets you involved. Not to mention sharpens your web skills, but I think this is a good group project because the work is split up evenly.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cause Site Reflection

Our group decided to Animal Abuse as our topic and so far its going really well. Our group works really well together, I think it's best group I've been in all year. We all have topics that we care deeply about so it works out well for our site, we each are focusing on one area and we have organized ourselves quiet well this far into the project.

We each decided what we would talk about in our discussion and blog posts, and I chose to discuss the laws and legislation for the blog and for the discussion I chose to examine slaughter houses. We gave ourselves deadlines so that everything would be put up on time and no one would be waiting and so far it has worked out well.

While I was doing some research on this topic I really found myself upset and angry. I did this topic in another class but it was focused on animal testing in laboratories and I was all by myself. I like this project because it allows all issues to be looked at and your not doing it all by yourself which makes it better especially with animal abuse. I look at my group members as others who care about animal abuse so it's nice to have them there for support of the project.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Discussion Forum

My group decided that for our discussion board we would each pick a topic to talk about. We would each tell a case of cruelty that was currently going on. The topics that we chose for our blog are now becoming our discussion board questions. I will be doing a post on slaughter.

So the point of this post would be to inform about what the blog will be about since our discussion board has been filled already. Our blog will be meant to inform and we all chose something that related to our topic that we felt was important enough to have a post. Our categories were:

ways to report abuse
animal testing
laws & legislation
fur trade/clothing

I will be doing a post on laws and legislation regarding animal abuse.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Blog Topics for Cause

-The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are to be held in Vancouver, Canada. Currently Canada is undergoing a "seal slaughter" meaning people are killing poor baby seals for fashion purposes. With the games being held there, there is much controversy regarding these killings. They are scheduled to be stopped but with dwindling support the killings are slowly starting again.

-The University of Utah recently got in a lot of trouble for inhumane animal testing on dogs, cats, rats, monkeys, rabbits, cows, pigs, and sheep. Currently this testing is still underway and animals are being studied and ripped apart for their pain to be studied.

-IHOP is using a caged method for all their chickens who lay eggs and the chickens are abused and neglected and left in inhumane cages. IHOP is neglecting to find alternative methods such a cage-free feeding for their chickens, and their customers are unhappy.

After all my research these are the 3 that I thought were most important and most recent.