New Media in the Classroom


Blogging:  Blogging is a creative way to share your experiences.

Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004.

Girls continue to dominate most elements of content creation. Some 35% of all teen girls blog, compared with 20% of online boys, and 54% of wired girls post photos online compared with 40% of online boys. Boys, however, do dominate one area – posting of video content online. Online teen boys are nearly twice as likely as online girls (19% vs. 10%) to have posted a video online somewhere where someone else could see it.[*]



Social Networking:  55% of all teens (12-17) have created a personal profile on a social networking site, such as MySpace or Facebook




Photo and Video Sharing:  Sharing content-specific photos and video is an effective way of communicating with media-conscious students.


Nearly half (47%) of online teens have posted photos where others can see them, and 89% of those teens who post photos say that people comment on the images at least “some of the time.” Teens who post videos report a similarly large incidence of feedback, with nearly three quarters (72%) of video posters receiving comments on their videos.[†]






[*] Pew Internet/American Life Project: Writing, Technology and Teens 4/08.


[†] Pew Internet/American Life Project: Social Networking Websites and Teens: An Overview 10/07


What’s coming up?

We’re going to watch a film tomorrow about the building of the Berlin Wall.  I haven’t shown many movies this time around, I suspect that’s going to change a little as we go forward.  Also we’re going to review the outcome of “What are my favorite assignments” assignment.  I sure appreciate everybody who took part in my impromptu questionaire.  Thanks!

Construction of the Berlin Wall

Here’s a short video about the construction of the Berlin Wall.  We’re going to begin to talk about the Berlin Wall on Wednesday.  The wall was an incredible symbol of the failures of Communism.  No other rhetoric, or propaganda can express the failure of the communist system quite like the wall that separated East Berlin from freedom.