On the Language of Internet Memes

an arts-based educational research dissertation in arts & visual culture education


Exploring pre-service teachers’ beliefs about using Web 2.0 technologies in K-12 classroom

This qualitative study explored pre-service teachers’ behavioral, normative, and control beliefs regarding their intentions to use Web 2.0 technologies in their future classrooms.


Word clouds considered harmful » Nieman Journalism Lab

The New York Times senior software architect would like the newest “mullets of the Internet” to go back from whence they came.

via Word clouds considered harmful » Nieman Journalism Lab.

What Do You Mean… “Like”?

Because New Literacies need to account for the unintended ramifications of the limited options that the current Web 2.0 model still offers.

Nick Falkner

I was alerted to a strange game the other day. Go to Mitt Romney’s Facebook page, note the number of ‘likes’ and then come back later to see if the number had gone up or down. As it turns out, the number of Facebookers who ‘like’ the former Presidential Candidate’s Facebook page is dropping at a noticeable but steady rate. My estimates are, if this drop is maintained and it is linear, it will be about 1666 days until there are zero people liking the page. (Estimates vary, but the current rate of loss is somewhere around 11 likes a minute. You can watch it here in real time.) I mention this not to add to Mr Romney’s woes, because he is already understandably not happy that he lost the election, although you may disagree with the reasoning in the linked article. I mention this because it identifies…

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On Blogging for Educational Purposes

Off Blogging the Examined Life: Expressing, Testing, and Publishing Ideas to Deepen Understanding

  • Engage, then blog.
  • Blog for a captive audience.
  • Reflect on blog.
    • Language and content.

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  • Reblog for a public audience.
  • Engage the blog[ging].
  • Reflect on the engagement. KEEP ON BLOGGING!
  • Assessment of blogging.
    • Adequate rubrics.
    • What does it mean to be a successful blogger?

Further reading:

The Educated Blogger: Using Weblogs to Promote Literacy in the Classroom

This paper explores the role of weblogs in promoting literacy in classroom settings. Literacy remains paramount in learning, not only for language development, but also as the foundation of all academic disciplines including science and mathematics. Storytelling ignites literacy and remains an important part of life from childhood through adulthood. Weblogs resemble personal journals or diaries and provide an online venue where self-expression and creativity is encouraged and online communities are built. Therefore weblogs provide an excellent tool where storytelling and literacy advance for both individual expressions and collaborative learning. Furthermore, weblogs can be used across academic disciplines, making it a viable tool for educational technologists.

Blogging in the Classroom: A Preliminary Exploration of Student Attitudes and Impact on Comprehension

This exploratory study uses quantitative and qualitative data to explore (1) whether educational blogging is associated with gains in student comprehension, (2) the relationship between writing medium (online or hard copy) and student time on task, and (3) student perceptions of blogging in the classroom. College students (n=52) completed a series of writing assignments, submitted either as traditional, hard copy papers or as blog entries (submitted online and reviewed by peers), and then completed a survey instrument probing comprehension of material and perceptions. Analysis revealed no significant differences in comprehension between blog and paper assignments, although students reported spending less time writing in the blogging condition. Qualitative data revealed a need for more guidance regarding the process of reviewing and critiquing the work of peers. Although specific comprehension gains as measured by exam items was not associated with the blogging medium, student comments suggest that blogging was associated with other specific instructional gains, such as exposure to more diverse viewpoints and increased commitment to writing and thinking. Pragmatic guidelines for instructors wishing to incorporate blogging into their classroom activities are discussed.