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Sophomore at SCSU. Psychology major. Love to read.

Maddie Dunbar

Blog post 1 - Online Reading Comprehension (module 4)

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Here is the link to my x-ray goggled ctmirror page!


I really enjoyed doing this maker monday challenge! I was super interested in it and wanted to keep going even after the time was up. It was easy to understand and simple to do, which made it all the more interesting.  I thoroughly enjoy these kinds of Maker Monday challenges and am not sure what else to say!

Maddie Dunbar

Blog post 4 - free write (module 3)

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What's better than a free write on a Friday night? Nothing!!



Today was an extremely productive day.

My boyfriend and I got his car washed, got our eyebrows waxed, got my hair cut (gee, short hair is the weirdest thing ever...), went shopping for dinner tonight and cooked an amazing dinner! If any of you want a delicious, healthy, fall dinner, here's the link.

I then made dinner while my boyfriend went out with his friend, and when my family came home (dad, mom, older sister), they were so happy because they barely had to lift a finger.... (well I made my dad cut the potatoes and pretty much do everything having to do with the pork chops because me + cutting/meat cooking=bad idea.)


We then had an amazing family dinner, talked about our days, and everything was perfect! I then ate some black raspberry chocolate chip ice cream and GOOD LORD that was the highlight of my night. (sad, i know.)

I cleaned up, and now I am here. Blogging for school. 

Next up on the agenda before the sacred sleep is to watch Elf with my mom. It is never too early for Christmas movies, people. 

Hope you all had a great Friday and an even better weekend!!!! :)

Maddie Dunbar

Blog post 3 - Reading Images (module 3)

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This reading... confused me to say the least. I kind of think that since we don't learn these terms (multimodality, representation, and new media) in class and aren't necessarily tested on them, that it's kind of pointless to learn them. On the other hand, these terms could be useful for future references and stuff like that..

The reading pretty much defined and explained all these terms, and also gave a video. The point of this paper, according to Gunther Kress, was to "point out what I see as the central issues in the linked shifts in representation and dissemination..." To me, that was all just a bunch of big words and terms I did not know/understand. 

Reading people's annotations did help me more than anything else to understand the reading just a little bit, but I think there were quite a few people who were/are just as confused as I am.

As a whole, much of this reading did not make sense to me and was difficult for me to completely understand, but with the help of annotations and just re-reading, I was able to comprehend most of it.

Maddie Dunbar

Blog post 2 - free write (Module 3)

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Since this blog post is basically a free write I'm just going to talk about fall, and how it is my absolute favorite season of the year. 

I mean come on... how can it get any more beautiful than that?????

As much as I love the other seasons, fall has always been my favorite. I just get so amazed every year by now the leaves turn from green to yellow, red and orange. It fascinates me! And then they start to fall and right now it's that perfect medium where there are tons of leaves on the ground but a lot still on the trees. It's the most beautiful time of the year and I find it the best season to relax. 

With the stress of midterms, and well, school in general, I love lighting a candle (preferably "leaves" from Bath & Body Works), getting a good book, dropping a Lush bath bomb in the tub, putting on a face mask, and just relaxing. It really helps to take the stress off and just being able to soak in my bath while watching the leaves fall is something that will never get old to me. 

Fall is so much more than leaves changing colors and apple slice and pumpkin spice everythig to me. It's serenity, peacefulness, happiness, and relaxation. It's when I look outside and think how beautiful this world is. 


I love fall!!!!!

Maddie Dunbar

Blog post 1 - Construction and/or Creation (module 3)

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This reading talks about online collaborative inquiry, and online content construction. Both are moduels for this class and what we are learning about/have learned about. These two aspects are both extremely important when it comes to new literacies, the world, and online learning. If one wants to be successful with online work, they must know how to collaborate with others (since the web is really just a community of online workers who work together) and construction of one's own work. 

These two aspects are used to "develop media skills", as said by W. Ian O'Byrne. Media skills are crucial to have in this day in age especially. I am positive my parents would say "When I was your age, we didn't even have all this fancy computer crap, we wrote letters" blah blah blah. I have no doubt that that is true and yeah, they didn't need the media skills professors try to teach to their students, but it's important now. 

There really are a lot of acrynonms in this reading, and they all make it kind if difficult to understand. It's almost like a code we have to crack in order to even slightly understand what is being said. Quite frankly, I think it would have been much much easier to comprehend had there not been all the acrynonms. I feel like I keep spelling acrynonms wrong... there I go again! 

This reading also goes in depth on how online creation differs from online construction, in that "creation can be viewed simply as the act of producing, or causing to exist", while "construction is the building or assembling of an infastructure." This was helpful to me because all this time I thought they were basically the same thing and really didn't look into it more than I had to. This helped me to understand that they are similar, but differ as well. 

Overall I enjoyed this reading and although some parts were annoying and not very helpful (all the acrynonms), I did find a lot of it helpful and understood it. The annotations others made were also helpful, as sometimes I didn't exactly grasp a concept fully.