“How To” Do’s and Don’ts

When asked to pro and con the videos I looked up a major issue I found with most videos was the speaking clearly. Most videos the main character had either background noise or couldn’t speak loud enough to over ride the noise. I assume that this lies in the type of camera or recording device that you use. I’m no videographer but I do know the importance of enunciating. Also something that I found interesting was none of the videos gave any type of credits like “information collected from…source”. How do the viewers know that you aren’t filling them full of a bunch of random information? They don’t, they’re just believing what they view on the internet. Again a problem with our world today! I also found that characters that use proper grammar sound like they at least know what they’re talking about and those who don’t just sound like a random person posting another “How to” video.

Negative: How to curl your hair with a flat iron?


Positives: How to curl your hair with a straightener?


– background noise/she was not loud enough – keywords used on the screen
– the speed up doesn’t help it confuses – spoke loud and clear
– be clear and upfront – went through the steps completely
– didn’t use proper grammar – very descriptive
– too much side chatter

Article Review

The article that I chose to summarize and evaluate is “YouTutorial: A Framework for Assessing Instructional Online Video” by Matt Morain and Jason Swarts published for North Carolina State University. I thought that this would be the perfect choice that ties in perfectly to the next unit that we are covering in class.

The article is mainly about the rubric for assessing the instructional content of tutorial videos found online. The rubric is based on descriptive data derived from a constant comparative study of user-rated YouTube videos. The article states “User-generated tutorial videos are quickly emerging as a new form of technical communication, one that relies on text, images, video, and sound alike to convey a message.”

Here are a few examples of how the 47 videos were tested. There were many factors that are considered an “excellent video” and here are some examples of that. Sound was classified by type, background, voiceover, and fx. Moving image defined on-screen movement within the frame of instruction. Still image defined visual information within the frame of instruction that was not moving. Text defined any written words, moving or static. The second “grading” these videos went through were differentiated kinds of rhetorical work such as, explanation defined any instructional talk that was not accompanied by actions taken to complete the step. Demonstration defined any movement within the frame of instruction intended to illustrate a step, that is, accompanied by explanation. Doing defined any movement within the frame of instruction intended to illustrate a step, that is, not accompanied by explanation.

Overall the findings were good, average, and poor videos varied in terms of how modal forms of content were used to help viewers access, understand, and stay engaged with an instructional message. This is extremely important in the online world, there are so many videos out there that come across as informational at first but do not fully explain the needs of the viewer. The article states, “Assuming that viewers can access the content in a video, they must also be able to understand and apply that content. In connection with cognitive design we focused on the structure of the content: how tasks were outlined, how actions were related back to the task, and how the information was made generalizable.”



Above is the link to my infographic. This is something that I truly enjoyed doing. I was forced to pull all of my creative bones in my body out and hopefully the viewers love it. Technology in Education is something that i’m passionate about. I believe that all students should have access to the technology that the world is using today. It keeps our young students involved and our older students connected. Something that was my main focus when making this infographic was “the selling point” to teachers and schools. In a way its a type of marketing strategy a way that those that are passionate about something to sell it to the viewer.

Blog #4

In the fight over paper vs. technology…technology will always win. Personally I like to write everything out and then transfer it to my computer but that’s not the case for every student. When it comes to reading on technology vs. an actual book I prefer an actual book. Is it inconvenient? Yes. But I guess i’m “old fashion”. I think however that the students of today starting in elementary classrooms need to start on technology at a young age. Thankfully they are.

If I had grown up reading off of an iPad or submitting online homework I think I would have made it just fine in college. But now I think I struggle with the technology scene. As far as the Blog “Is Google Making Us Stupid” I don’t really think we’re “stupid” I think it’s making the world a little bit easy for us. An example I like to give is if it wasn’t for Google I wouldn’t remember how many ounces are in a pound or I wouldn’t know the meaning of a word I wasn’t familiar with. Something that I cannot imagine though is life without Google. As spoiled and as bad as that sounds I cannot imagine a life without Google.

Something we’ve talked about in class is how fast our world is moving with the internet. Our world is go go go go and the internet is what keeps us going. For example, if my phone were to go dead and I was in the middle of no where without my internet on point.

Blog #3 Source of Stats


When researching sources for statistics for my infographic I ran across an article called “EdTech Stats About the Current State of Technology in Education” by Fractus Learning. The article shared different polls and studies from many different credible sources. Something that I also thought was interesting was within the links to the different polls most all had infographics on their websites.

According to a May 2013 poll of teachers across the US by Harris Interactive… “86% of teachers think it’s “important” or “absolutely essential” to use edtech in the classroom. 96% of teachers think edtech increases student engagement in learning. 89% of teachers think edtech improves student outcomes. 92% of teachers would like to use even more edtech in the classroom than they already do” (Bates). A few stats on the lower side say that only 14% of teachers use digital curricula weekly. “Only 19% of teachers use subject-specific content tools weekly” (Bates). And only 11% of teachers are implementing “BYOD” (bring your own device) programs. A good was for me to let the viewer visualize this information is make the larger numbers in large font so that there is no confusion in the high numbers. In this type of advertising you want the viewer to assume that the larger numbers stand for positive things. In this case they do.

Toward the end of the article it shares the percent of social media in schools. Whereas these percents are more middle of the road it’s still an important amount of information that ties students into technology. The article reads, “According to a July 2013 oBizMedia Infographic …96% of students with internet access report using social media, 59% of students who use social networking talk about education topics online, and 59% of schools say their students use social networking for educational purposes” (Bates). The main thing that I want to stress with this infographic is that students use technology for all sources of communication. Which honestly isn’t that what our English teachers were trying to beat in our heads all those years? The article states, “35% off schools have student and/or instructor-run blogs, and 46% of schools have students participate in online Penpal or similar international programs” (Bates). Students use the internet for an outlet of communication. This source will be extremely important to my infographic because this is where all of my statistics will come from. It was the perfect example of what I wanted with the sample infographics on hand.

Bates, Laura. “18 EdTech Stats About the Current State of Technology in Education.” Fractus Learning. N.p., 26 Aug. 2013. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.

Blog #2 Thinking About Remediation

When asked to think about remediation in a piece of technology we look into pieces of technology we use on a day-to-day basis. Something that comes to mind is the camera. Isn’t it hard to believe that years and years ago people weren’t snapping pics on a iPhone 6 Plus? Weird right?

In 1840 the first invention of the “camera” was brought about and even then only a still picture was made and there was no promise that it wouldn’t fade. Nowadays you’re called old fashion even if you get prints made to send to our grandparents. The first film camera wasn’t invented until 1925, can you imagine having to keep up with rolls and rolls of film just for one single picture? I’d rather scroll my camera roll on my iPhone than do that.

In 1947 the Polaroid was invented and that let the photographer have the picture printed out immediately. They’ve actually made a come back and the modern Polaroid picture makes the perfect Instagram for the trendy girl. The first cell phone camera wasn’t actually invented until 2000 if you can believe it. Just think how much a cell phone camera has changed just within 15 years. Personally I don’t even think I own a digital camera anymore. Now my iPhone camera serves as my primary source of image snapping. Wow we’ve come a long way.

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