Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Monday, 28 March 2011
|“I was at the end of knowing what I should do.... I was anxious and distracted at work because I was just waiting for a phone call from school to say what had gone wrong again. It was costing me time and energy and I really didn’t know what else to do.|
I got in touch with Lifespace and found they were really genuine and professional and they let me explain what the situation was. I thought I was rambling but they listened to what I had to say. Very quickly I felt confident in the process.
Beforehand I was worried about being judged as a “bad parent” but Lifespace were really sensitive and listened to what we needed and gave us support throughout the process. I know they went out of their way to accommodate our needs.
Without a doubt our son’s life is easier now, more settled. It has made a huge huge difference. In seven months he has had just one lunchtime detention, whereas before it was at least two detentions a week. Things had hit a real low point when he was involved in handling stolen goods, the Police were involved and he was expelled for four days.
With the input and help of his mentor his behaviour has changed. The mentor has helped our son learn new techniques to keep calm and begin to really believe in himself. He uses these techniques even when we are out shopping. He has learned to stop and think about things rather than just lose control. Before he would cry uncontrollably and kick and scream. Now he takes a step back, and calms down much quicker.
School staff are really positive about our son now as well. Our whole expectation has changed.
The Lifespace team also helped us as parents see what was getting in the way and what we could change at home too, things like realising how our son learns best is not with words, but visually and through diagrams. I am so much happier as we have a lot less arguments now. I really don’t know what I would have done without Lifespace…I think I would have had a nervous breakdown! Our son’s life has been transformed”
Friday, 25 March 2011
Some great work is happening on some blogs! Next Friday we will pick a Blog of the Week and distribute an edible prize!
Reminder of home learning tasks:
- rough draft of your leaflet (hard copy) brought to the lesson.
- the rough writing (copy) should also be on your group blog. Share the writing!!!!
Other tasks ahead:
- Neat improved version of the leaflet (hard copy and digital copy - could be a photo of your work or you could scan it etc...)
- Peer-assessment through group blogs.
- Storyboard and/or animatic for your TV advert.
If you want to be ahead of the rest, by all means do...
I know 2 groups are planning to shoot and edit the TV advert...
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Some of you are still missing some older tasks. Catch up quick or you will have to stay after school to catch up!
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011
Explain what they do, how they help.
Give examples of past and current campaigns, with pictures of the posters and links to or embedded videos.
Explain the concept/ idea behind one of the advertising campaign and find evidence of whether if was successful.
Set up a group blog – SEND ME THE URL. Email me if there is a problem.
Label your post Charity Campaigns.
Many of you have not done the last h/l set on the blog and some of you still haven't signed up. Get it sorted over the weekend or you will be kept behind on Monday at 3pm to sort it all out with me and set detentions if necessary.
Monday, 14 March 2011
"There's nothing more elegant than Belgium Truffles"
This slogan is very attractive and stands out as it basically makes a statement to the target audience and describes it in a intense manner.
If my target audience was children then you would think that Belgian Truffles has no real appeal to them but with the following slogan I think it would-
"Try to Taste the Truffle"
As you can see this slogan is short and simple as it is also understandable for children. But what makes the slogan so strong is the mystery hidden in the slogan of wanting to taste the truffle and see what it is like. Furthermore, there is alliteration which also is another factor of the slogan.
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Text, text, text, that's all they think about: but are all those hours on the phone and Facebook turning teenagers into screen-enslaved social inadequates? Jon Henley finds out
2. On the blog, in a new post, come up with 2 new slogans for a chocolate bar of your choice (or create a new brand) for 2 different target audiences (adults and children).
You need to explain which technique(s) you’ve chosen to create a memorable slogan and target each audience specifically.
If you feel creative, design the magazine advert to go with one of your slogans, or both! Save as a .jpeg on your computer and and insert into your post.
Use the label "slogans" for your post.
In my opinion I find the statement above to be quite injustice for several different reasons. Many teens and pre teens may argue this case by mentioning how it allows them to communicate with their fellow friends and family; but do they really think about the consequences they are getting themselves into. A mass number of teens do not realise how much personal information they are giving away all to be part of some of the most popular online social ‘communities’ on such website as ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’.
Statistics show that 71% of teens reported receiving messages online from someone they don’t know and only 18% said they’ll told an adult. Which leave number teens in danger as they do not know what that person may have planned for them. Many teens are also not taken seriously on social networking sites and many are cyber bullied every year. Many teens feel as though they are invincible behind a computer in which in eyes gives them the right the bully and torment others online. This soon leads to many regretful acts which cannot be undone for example: last year in March 2010 17 year old Alexis Pilkington living in New York committed suicide after nasty hurtful comments were left on her Formspring page. It was reported that the cyber bulling was still carrying on after her death. The bully was taken to court where justice had been served for all events that caused Alexis’s death. This event raised awareness of the type of bulling that happens to hundreds on daily and the extent people as there are no boundaries or limits online.
Many teens are also abandoning and neglecting their school work to spend more time updating there social statues online. They are throwing away their hopes and dreams for the future to be in front of a monitor. Social networking is becoming highest rising addictions people have and also the most money making online industry. If teens don’t limit themselves to social media now who know where they will be in 10 years time
On the other hand many teens now have got more communication with teachers and other students from school which could help them revise and complete coursework online. Also many people can communicate with relatives and friend abroad on such websites as ‘Skype’ and ‘MSN’ this allows you to be apart of lives while there not around.
Overall I feel that teens should take control and limit themselves so they do not get addicted to social networking. I also feel that cyber bulling should be spoken to more about so kids realise what regretful consequences could happen due this problem and hopefully the rate of cyber bulling would go down.
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Friday, 11 March 2011
This in itself is a very controversial statement that raises two very strong arguments, a for and an against. When looking at this statement it becomes important to look at it from these two points of view, and not a biased account based on personal opinion.
This statement raises an opinion that it is indeed true, whether fully or to some extent. When looking at all the positive media avaliable, it becomes instantly clear that the obvious examples of positive media are newspapers, blogs, there are many other examples of this, which benefit out society and the way we think. Social networking sites have become increasingly popular in recent years, mainly due to the sudden dependency on the internet in many places, the sudden realisation that you can communicate with friends and family for free online, advertises itself. Media can also be positive as the Media can influence everyone in certain ways - it can warn people about what life has in store for them if they are not weary of certain situations.
The link above for example, is an excellent example of positive media advertisement, as television is widely abused by many households, it reaches a large target audience therefore warning more women of the dangers that lurks among the streets at night.
However some people may raise the opinion that media is extremely harmful for society, especially where teenagers are concered. Nowadays, it is clear that media has taken the route of 'sex sells'. Teenagers are currently able to access sexually explicit images and videos. An example of what can happen to the generation is highlighted in a television series 'waterloo road' and in it, shows what happens to people, mainly boys, who are continuously in reach of this kind of thing. It is also highlighted that Social Networking sites such as Facebook can be the start of devistating events if someone is silly enough to let this happen. Although internet safety is taught to all students at some point or other, the immediet assumption made by many is the fact that they will never be as stupid, so they let their guard down and may even end up meeting up with people, who have communicated with them through the site, and they end up hurt, and in extreme cases rape comes into the prediciment.
I personally believe that media is both good and bad depending on the person who uses it. Someone who uses the media in a positive way, to benefit their studies, their lives, and those around them would strongly agree with this statement, however people who use it in negative ways to access harmful things (which in some cases is illegal, whether the user is aware of this fact or not) this statement no longer applies to them.
However I do believe social networking sites are acceptable, as they are an easy way of communication and with quick access, but this depends on how smartly the site is used, all sites have a way to protect information from people who you do not know, so therefore this becomes something we see as a way of being safe, and communicating.
Thanks, Zoe (:
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
When teenagers have Facebook, they would want to get the Facebook application on their mobile phones which is even worse because they can sit on the sofa to a whole week with a mobile phone and charger and constantly be talking to their friends. This is equally disagreeable because teenagers want the best phone or the most popular phone in school such as smart phones like the BlackBerry and they use it in school.
Firstly it is true as social media can be good for teenagers. There are lots of examples of media such as reading newspapers, going on the internet, watching tv, reading a book, texting people and more. Out of those examples reading is definetly good for teenagers. Reading books helps you as it gives you a lot of knowledge and it helps you in engish classes as you can gain different types of skills. Using the internet can also be good as people use the internet for good things such as work, researching things, presentations etc. Reading newspapers is similar to reading books as you get knowledge but by reading newspapers you also get knowledge about the world and you can learn about whats happening around you.
But i think that the statment above can also be false. My reason behind this is that there are some types of social media that do more bad than good for teenagers. Some of the media that is bad is also good as I have stated above. The types of media that I think could be bad is using the internet and watching tv. I think that using the internet is something that all teenagers use and I think that most of them are using it much more than how much they are supposed to be. The main site on the internet is facebook and that is what most teenagers use. I am also one of those teenagers that use facebook but I think that using the internet for socialising with friends can be a waste of time. This is because friends meet each other 5 times a week and I think that they have enough time to talk to each other!
I think that another thing that could be bad for teenagers is watching too much tv. There are many soaps/tv programmes that teenagers watch that come on tv and many of the teenagers just pay attention to the tv and not any work that they have recieved from school. This is one of the reasons why some teenagers do not hand in their homework and make up excuses. Also, watching too much tv can be a problem for your eye sight. In schools atleast half of the teenagers have to wear glasses either just for reading or permanently. Watching too much tv is one of the reasons why people get glasses and that is one of the reasons why social media can be bad for teenagers.
In conclusion from my point of view I think that the statement "social media does more good than bad for teenagers" is true as I think that if teenagers use the internet and tv I think that they can also get knowledge and they can learn about many things that they did not know about before. By using the internet they can also produce different kinds of work and by using computers they could also be more confident in I.T.
By Ashish Pattni :)
Monday, 7 March 2011
Speaking off watching movie not released yet, there are also negative things about social media, for example to watch a movie which has not been released yet means you most likely are going to access an illegal web-site. Another negative point is games, you can gambal online wheather 18 or not and if you start gambaling form a young age you are most likely to start doing the real thing when you get older.
Cyber bullying, if someone is being cyber bullied it is most likely to be online on Facebook, MNS or Twitter. If the person being bullied does not inform anyone of it and keeps it as a secret the person will adventualy loose it and are most likely to seriousely hurt them selves, or even kill themsleves.
One last negative point is addiction, no matter what age you are it is easy to get addicted to any sort of social media, it may be Facebook, games or even just surfing the net. If you get addicted and you have other and bigger responcabilities, you may end up forgeting them and at the end you may loose it or them. For example if you have a baby and you are addicted to a game online, you may forget to feed the baby and give it the care and attention it needs, in the end the baby may die of starvation.
Nikhil Patel :)
Sunday, 6 March 2011
I think that the statement is not true. All over the world Facebook, Twitter and Skype has been really over-rated as it’s addictive and it distracts you from work. This makes you lazy and anti-social. There are also pop ups on the internet which attract people to go on games and socialise online which can be dangerous. Children can do their work easier because it’s all over the internet. Social media can affect your eyes and because it’s so addictive you mostly think about it than work. Overall, I think that social media does a lot worse than good because of all the disadvantages.
Recently, the media has been focusing on the bad consequences of teen social networking such as cyberbullying and sexting. But is social media actually bad for teens? According to the Los Angeles Times, teens who are most active on social networking sites such as Face book are actually more well-adjusted than their less-connected peers. The digital world is simply a new and more multidimensional place for teens to do what teens have always done – form their own identities away from their parents.
I disagree with this statement because social media like the Internet have been proven to make children dumber. In the past the Internet has been used to find out little fact to help you with your homework, now the Internet does most of it for you, all you have to do is copy and past!! The Internet has also been proven to make children lazier. Websites like facebook and twitter have reached more than 400 million active users each. Know these websites can be accessed from a phone as well as a computer which means that people that are addicted can now be on facebook wherever they are. There are now more that 200 million active users accessing facebook through their phone. it has been proven that use facebook on their phones are twice as active on facebook that non-mobile users.
These are the reason why i think that social media does more bad than good for teenagers.
Saturday, 5 March 2011
Write a response to this statement in your own post. You should refer to at least 2 specific examples. Show your engagement by doing some of the following:
- You can include links to relevant articles as well.
- You can include relevant pictures or logos.
- You can create a video response - You, talking to the camera or talking as a 'voice over', on top the visuals (maybe logos, news stories etc...). You could film it as a discussion between 2 people, maybe as a conversation withan adult at home to get 2 points of view.
If you are creating a Prezi or video, don't worry about bringing a hard copy to the lesson.
Upload your video straight to your post by clicking on the film icon. If this takes too long, you might want to upload to Vimeo or YouTube, then copy the Embed code and paste in into your post.
Here is another video to get you thinking:
And this is the one I showed you in class:
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
If you cannot produce a film for your presentation, you can use different tools to put your findings on the blog:
- Upload your PowerPoint to a site such as Slideshare, get the embed code and stick it into your post, clicking on the HTML tab first.
- You can also use Zoho Show to "Create, Edit and Share Your Presentations Online"
- You can use Prezi, and again, copy then paste the embed code.
And many other solutions that you can probably tell me all about...!