Nasrin CyberFanatic :D Check out What I Have Learned!

Here is a link to my reflection on the texts of Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom by finding

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I was computer illiterate before taking Academic Computing 230. I was scared to use  a computer  before because I was afraid to  click on any other  tools  on an application  that  I was not familiar with. If the computer in my house were not to be working properly, everyone would point at me.  During the course of Academic Computing 230, I have overcome that fear. I have learned to explore many applications and its tools. YouTube and Professor Smith have helped me overcome my struggle. I have never used YouTube so much before this class. Now that I do use YouTube, I am amazed with what it can help us do. I have become somewhat of an Edupunk now. I strongly believe in Jim Groom’s DIY theory, which Professor Smith enforced in our class. Professor Smith’s do it yourself strategy really helped me through the process because he wanted everyone in the class to first  try and figure things out on our own. You can even check my blog to see how far I have advanced with my technology skills. I am extremely proud of myself.

According to the article, “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” by Gardener Campbell, web would help students “build a personal cyberinfrastructure where they would play with wikis and blogs; they would tinker and begin to assemble a platform to support their publishing, their archiving, their importing and exporting, their internal and external information connections. They would become, in myriad small but important ways, system administrators for their own digital lives, one they would continue to modify and extend throughout their college career — and beyond.”  According to Gardener Campbell,  “in building that personal cyberinfrastructure, students not only would acquire crucial technical skills for their digital lives but also would engage in work that provides richly teachable moments ranging from multimodal writing to information science, knowledge management, bibliographic instruction, and social networking. Fascinating and important innovations would emerge as students are able to shape their own cognition, learning, expression, and reflection in a digital age, in a digital medium. Students would frame, curate, share, and direct their own “engagement streams” throughout the learning environment.” Furthermore, in the article, “A domain of one’s own” by Reverend, he states “as Brad Kozlek suggested recently in this post, “[the] blog is a tool for students to craft their digital identity with intention.” The key here is the crafting of an identity with a purpose, the conscious consideration and creation of one’s professional/academic identity online: a domain of one’s own!” This will help frame one’s digital identity and help him or her become an independent thinker.

Professor Smith has given his students the freedom to explore and create and express things on our their minds by using technology and motivating us to create our own space, which is our blog. I have learned things I did not expect to learn in this class. This class was a great hand on experience and I loved it! I figured it would have been just like all my other classes where I just sit and take notes to memorize about different parts of the computer and its applications. However, this was not the case. Professor Smith amazed me the first day when he had the class actually work with the computers, which allowed us to think outside the box. This class was a great experience!

Major K-12 Assignment

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Students are going to do this assignment in groups outside of class as a major project grade. Students will video tape their drama and then edit it using the movie maker application. After this student’s will then burn their video on a CD and bring it in class for the class to view and judge. This assignment is going to enhance the student’s understanding of the study of plot and characterization in the drama Romeo and Juliet. Student’s will learn to analyze the imagery of the part of the sonnet they choose to act out. This will help the student’s actually have fun while they are doing the assignment. They will also be able to open up to some of their class mates and share their ideas on how they can make their part of the drama better and dramatic. It’s hand on understanding which will help students understand the play Romeo and Juliet better!

How to Tie a Half Windsor Knot on a Tie

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I created this tutorial because my father, brother’s and brother-in law likes a female fixing their tie. I am the only female in my house who knows how to a tie. So I made this how to  tie a tie tutorial in dedication to all those men who looks up to  a female to fix their tie for them. I hope the following steps from this link helps!

1. Start with the wide end (“W”) of your necktie on the right, extending about 12 inches  below the narrow end (“N”) on the left.

2. Then cross the wide end over the narrow end.

3. Bring the wide end around and behind the narrow end.

4. Then bring the wide end up.

5. Pull the wide end through the loop and to the right.

6. Bring the wide end around front, over the narrow end from right to left.

7.  Again, bring the wide end up and through the loop.

8. Then, bring the wide end down through the knot in front.

9. Then using both hands you  tighten the knot carefully and draw it up to the collar.



I am an Inspired Edupunk…:D Are You?

Comic: WTH is EduPunk?

Comic: WTH is EduPunk?

As assigned by Professor Smith, I began to read Never Mind the Edupunks; or, The Great Web 2.0 Swindle. This article grew my curiosity to find out the controversy of this “Edupunk” topic. According to this link, Edupunk is an approach to teaching and learning practices that result from a do it yourself attitude (DIY). I started searching Google for a better understanding of Edupunk and here I found that “rather than relying on whatever learning management system one’s school subscribes to and e-paks from the publisher, edupunk educators go out to the blogosphere, the metaverse or into a MMORPG to find what will engage their students. It is an attitude about teaching that involves creativity, whimsy, Web 2.0 and a very limited budget (if you get a budget at all). So you DIY, you bootstrap, you use your strong and weak ties over the Internet to learn what others educators are doing. And most times you come up with something for your students that is engaging, challenging and creative. It’s about the passion for educating and learning – doesn’t matter what it’s called edupunk, DIY, Web 2.0, bootstrapping or bricolage. You do it heart and soul and it shows. Edupunk is just a word that seems to work for educators who have been DIYing it, bootstrapping and pushing education and learning to the bleeding edge.” 

Basically Edupunk open’s the door to experiment through technology and  gives us the ability to figure out what best works for us and perhaps our students. Edupunk, in my view is a struggle to advance along with technology. Edupunk opens us to go beyond the thought that we can only learn in school. No, this is not the only way, we have to take advantage and enhance through the DIY process. What I mean by this is, if I don’t understand something in class I would take it upon myself to understand what I don’t understand better. This blog of Tiffinianne is an example of the impact on Edupunk in our society, it was an inspiration to me.

I believe Edupunk is a better way to help gain the interest of students in institutions. This makes me wonder if we install Edupunk in institutions will there be less drop out’s? I mean if students are given an opportunity to figure out things on their own this will challenge their thinking and motivate curiosity  to adventure in order  to learn. Students can figure out and do things the way the enjoy doing it, in this case learning it the way are able to understand. Often students find school to dull which takes away from their interest in learning. Edupunk is a way to grow better understanding and share knowledge to help others who may be struggling to understand. Edupunk teaches us to rely on ourselves through doing it on our own. This is going to be a great learning process!


Poll: Should We or Should We Not Upgrade Our Outdated Thinking to Openness?

Here is the link to my poll question and David Wiley’s perspective on the role that “openness” plays in our lives,  most importantly education. Based upon the results to my poll question on David Wiley’s perspective I found that this topic is very controversial. This is the result I have expected because I figured there are some people who doesn’t like their work to be a derivative by others. However, I strongly believe that the outdated way of thinking of reinforced by law limits ways to gain knowledge. First, it withholds intellectual property. Secondly, it limits our capacity to  modify by upgrading and sharing more knowledge.My belief is supported by respondent # 1.

Respondent # 1 said:

I agree that we should overcome the outdated way of thinking by law. Thinking should be open. For example, in the past, students were not to ask questions, but now students have freedom to ask questions in class. I believe that this leads to better understanding. therefore, thinking should be done in openness.

It’s very interesting that respondent # 1 pointed out that in the past students weren’t allowed to ask questions in class. Well there are still countries where institutions doesn’t allow that. The institution in Bangladesh that I went to long back would beat students for asking questions because it was a sign of rudeness. For a country that hasn’t advanced much with technology, this type of institution is very bad. Students in Bangladesh lacks technology to share, so it’s even worse when they aren’t allowed to share in class. How can we learn if we can’t ask questions? According to David Wiley why are they even teaching? You can here what David Wiley has to say about these type of educators here. As David Wiley said ” knowledge has a special property, you can give it without giving it away. you can share your expertise with out losing part of yourself.” I believe what me and my respondent are trying to is that students, for example in Bangladesh basically learn through memorizing, which is not a good way of learning. If they are able to share it would  a great way to actually understand and gain knowledge in a different perspective. Students should be allowed to be open. According to David Wiley, “successful educators are those who share most completely with the most students.”

Respondent # 2 said:

Although I agree with the idea of an open society where technology is used to promote social well being, the reality is that new technologies are copyrighted and used for personal gains.I think this is a personal decision and it depends on those who create and innovate to decide if they want to share or not share what they developed.

According to respondent # 2,  I agree that personal choice to share or not to share one’s innovation is a controversial topic. But this type of thinking will only retain knowledge form growing.The world have changed so much today through technology it’s unbelievable. Which leaves me thinking that those specific people who decides not to share will be left in the “dark” as those who are open and generous enough to share advance. So when we enforce technology with policies such as with password and copyright it keeps us from moving forward. This is something that we can go on and on about. This should not be a personal choice when it comes to education and it’s sad that people still thinks the outdated way today. “Technology is being used against it’s own potential to conceal and withhold” as David Wiley said in this video. People need to change their outdated way of thinking for the better of our future children. The outdated way of thinking will only leave them in the “dark”. The whole concept of intuitions is the “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT”…think about it again. Should we or should we not upgrade our thinking to “openness”?

Be More Open…Upgrade Your Thinking!


According to Professor Wiley, through openness we become better educators and better learners because openness is sharing and if there is no sharing, there is no education. Technology has helped our ability to share and give without giving our credentials away. “When knowledge or expertise is expressed in digital way it is no longer  a resource we have to compete for access to. However, when we think by the outdated reinforced law we tend to protect our intellectual property through copyright . When one protects his or her intellectual property,he or she is actually withholding the knowledge.Copyright is a “material of withholding  and not a culture of generosity of sharing and giving” as  David Wiley said in this YouTube video. Professor Wiley believes that there is no point in teaching or publishing intellectual information. By this, Professor Wiley simply means that if one goes on to  enforce his or her property (expertise)  with policies  then there is no point in teaching or publishing through digital means. These policies only takes away from the concept of openness which is sharing one’s intellect through the means of generosity.

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Your Imagination

Building Our Vocabulary

I want my student’s to build their vocabulary. This will help them build their personality as well their language.

Since I am going to teach English Literature, I am going to have my K-12 students create a slide show of vocabulary words. My students would have to use vocabulary words they learned through out their readings  and use Powerpoint; insert images to help explain the vocabulary words to a group of ESL students to build on to their language.

“It’s like learning a language; you can’t speak a language fluently until you find out who you are in that language, and that has as much to do with your body as it does with vocabulary and grammar.”
Fred Frith

Read more of Fred Frith’s quotes here:


I don’t want my students just reading literature, I want them to engage with what they are reading whether it’s through imagination or emotional involvement. Students will be able to grasp the main idea of their reading better through imagination and actually getting involved in what they read. This will not only help them become better readers but also better writers.

I am going to do a creative session, where I will ask my K-12 students to write their own drama in a group of five and present it to their class. Students can either video tape themselves and show their video in class or they can act out the the drama in person to the class.

Romeo and Juliet

It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return....

La douleur exquise: “The heart-wrenching pain of wanting someone you can’t have. Even a Sex in the City episode was named after it!”

What if the person you secretly love is in love with someone else

This is a pretty simple assignment. Here is a link to the assignment,  Make The Untranslatable Understood. Drama attracts any age group. I want to get  my K-12 involved in their readings, specially with plays like Romeo and Juliet.

How I Edited this Image for the Assignment:

First I searched for an image of painful love on Google. Then I opened Pixlr and copied the image i founded on Google to Pixlr. Then I used the text tool to insert the text onto the image. I then saved the image by going to file and clicking save for web and devices and uploaded the image to edtech.