Digital Teacher Identity

If you’ve seen the movie Wanted, then you know how the main character googled his name and nothing came up riiiiight? Well I was hoping to have the same results, but seeing as how I’m awesome that just didn’t happen for me. While many of my social network accounts did come up out of the 5 that were there only 3 that were active. Facbook, Pinterest, and Twitter, and Twitter was only active for this class. The rest I signed up for just because it was to keep in touch, but I’ve never posted to them or I simply don’t know how to deactivate the wretched accounts. There is nothing incriminating on them except unflattering pictures of me making stupid faces. Lastly there are pictures of me when I was in the paper for highscool basketball events, college highlights, homecoming photos, and being representative of the RedCross. None of these things I feel hinder me as a professional although I will consider placing more security on them before I enter into the school system.

Some of the sites however such as twitter and pinterest I feel will be interesting to keep/create just to stay in touch with the students that I will be teaching. For twitter I can post assignments, and keep in touch with parents and create an open forum. This sounds good in retrospect but only time will tell if this will be beneficial to me or my students. This will show my peers that I’m not stuck in the past or unwilling to make an attempt to reach out. This will also show my students how cool I was when I was their age 🙂

Reading Shakespeare Trajectory

Shakespeare can be very difficult to read and comprehend if you don’t have the right tools. My Shakespeare teacher is very right in saying that Shakespeare has to be read and heard and watched on stage, but who has the time. So as college students what do we do? We go to spark notes or try to find the movie version online (not the most recent version because that one wouldn’t be as accurate right?) Well most teachers know that we do this, some are okay with this method while others deem it blasphemous! So to make sure that we’ve read the text they go though and ask specific questions that only the text can answer like a footnote question or an ambiguous meaning of a word. So with that being said, here is how I attempt to tackle Shakespeare: HERE IS THE PROCESS

Firstly I crack open that big Norton Anthology Shakespeare book to the play and get comfortable. Then I look for the sparknote version on my iPad and the audio version on youtube via kindle. Now that I’ve done this I’m not as comfortable at my desk as I want to be so I move it all to the floor, only to realize that the floor is dirty so now I have to vacuum the floor. Now I’m ready so i put a blanket on the floor and set up my station. So now I’m ready. I scroll through the audio on youtube to find which version is the shortest based on acts, then I see all these other videos that are drawing my attention. So of course I have to look at the largest zit being popped. 7 videos later I haven’t read any Shakespeare so I get back on task. I find a recording that I like and I get started, I follow in my book as the great voices of LibraVox read. Act 1 is finished, now I read the sparknotes because I doubt that I’ve retained much of this jibber-jabber because I was reading the sidenotes and footnotes. While looking at sparknotes my friends sends me a picture on drawsomething. I looks like a spoon with strings, turns out its a violin, so after some witty banter back and forth on his drawing skills, I realize that I’m still stuck on the the 4pics one word picture that has had me befuddled for the last couple of days. Diving, the word was diving, stupid 4pics one word app! Okay back to  Shakespeare!  I’ve read through the sparknotes and made up little mnemonic devices to remember all the crazy names I get through act 1. Now I repeat  the process for act 3-5 and now I’m done and ready for the quiz. This is the Shakespeare process, its not managing my time well but its effective.

Literal Twilight Trailer

This is the twilight literal trailer. I don’t think it does any harm to the real trailer because like the title says it “literally” goes through each shot to say what happens. The voice behind the translation sings the whole thing which makes it funny. It doesn’t take anything away from the movie nor does it add anything. It just a fun parody. In terms of use it fair use and non-profit because the maker of the trailer does not intend to get anything from the trailer, if anything its a promotion of the movie.

Transmedia Franchise…Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty: The “CinderKitty” Story

Hello Kitty brandThis lovable little kitten came from humble beginnings as an adorable bobtail cat  face on  a coin purse circa 1974 in Japan. From her birth to her pop culture relevance now, Hello Kitty is a very marketable, memorable, face for all ages to enjoy.

Spreadability vs. Drillability:

Appearing only as a head and in very plain drab, Hello_kitty_character_portrait

Hello Kitty makes an appearance on the flip flops everywhere in Japan. She is the original creation of one Yuku Shimizu. A Designer wanted something cute to display on his clothing and accessories and Hello Kitty was created.

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Continuity vs. Multiplicity:

Soon after Hello Kitty become a hit and a favorite of both Asian and American consumers. Hello kitty transformed from just a face on a coin purse to becoming a small hit on a few television shows such as Hello Kitty’s Furry Talied Theatere where many of her popular friends made frequent appearances.

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3. Amount and Substantiality of Portion Used

In the early nineties the target audience went from youth to adult in a few short months, and it was at this point Hello Kitty became high end attracting retail stores and A-list celebrity sponsors (Zales Jewelry, Mariah Carey, Kimora Lee Simmons)  to  back the brand.

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Immersion vs. Extractability:

Hello Kitty becomes a popular store

Sanrio store

and even a popular Theme Park (Harmonyland)  Worldbuilding:

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Simply put Hello Kitty is not your average little bobtail cat anymore. Ranging from appliances, to high end fashion, (Seriality) expensive jewelry, and adventure rides for all ages, Hello Kitty is recognizable to the generation X group and the ones before them. (Subjectivity). The popularity of this face and bow will continue to be a part of pop culture and bring in billions in revenue yearly.

Performance: The popularity of Hello Kitty has even sparked some super hero interest. Who knows this caped crusader could be the next big thing.

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