Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The internet is a dangerous place... T3W9 Task Due 5/10

The internet is a dangerous place.

Do you agree or disagree?  Your task this week is to write an opinion piece arguing either for or against the sentence above.  You need to have an introduction, a few paragraphs and a conclusion.  Remember to reference your sources by adding a bibliography at the end.

Stuck for ideas?
-Try looking up cyber bullying or crime (the New Zealand Herald website has heaps of articles)
-Here's some interesting statistics about Facebook.
-How would you feel if your potential employer in 10 years time could see the photos you posted up on the internet now?  Can you put too much information out about yourself?
-Isn't it easy and pretty instant to access any information you want on the internet?  Is all that information correct - can't anyone post info up?  What if children access inappropriate material?
-Think about what the internet is used for - social networking, file sharing, an information database, entertainment, work, etc.  Has the internet changed how we do things in a positive or negative way?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Review Writing T3W8 Task Due 28/9

1. You need to follow this blog.
This means that you only need to log in to blogger and from your dashboard you can access here and your own blog.  Some of you have already done this :)

To follow a blog...
Go to your 'dashboard' - the page it takes you to when you log in to blogger.
Down near the bottom of the page it will show you the blogs you follow, or your reading list.  There will be an 'add' button.  Click this and type in in the box that pops up.  You need to follow the blog publicly so I know you have done this.

2.  Review Writing!

You need to write 2 reviews about whatever you want... a TV show, a movie, a rugby game, a book, a CD, what i-learn was like, etc.  They need to be at least 2 paragraphs each.

Check out The Corner for some ideas.  This blog was set up by one of my friends from when I was at school.  He started it last year and now gets free CD's to review from record companies and recieves tickets to concerts and events.  He is also now published in music magazines like 'Rip it Up'.

Have a read of reviews online and in magazines for some ideas.  You might want to check out the Film3 reviewer, Kate Roger, and have a look at the stuff she does for TV 3 news.

Try to:
-Make your two reviews seperate posts
-Add link (could be to one of your sources)
-Add a picture or video clip (something relevant to your post)

Friday, September 16, 2011

About Me

Last book read: The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Favourite website:
Pets: None
Hobbies: Baking, Craft, Swimming
Favourite colour: Yellow
Last movie you saw: Crazy, Stupid, Love
Favourite singer: at the moment it is Adele
Favourite subject: English :)

Some of you might want to try a post before we get into doing the homework assignments to familiarise yourself with using blogger.
So, try making a new post, you can copy and paste the info above and change it to suit you.  See if you can change the text colour for you favourite colour and try adding in some links or a picture!

Remember, once you have set your blog up post a comment on the Welcome Post with a link to it.  You can see a list of links to everyone else's blogs on the 9IC Blogs page.



Welcome to our English class blog.  Each week I will put up a new post containing a writing topic or homework assignment for the week.  You have one week to complete it.  New assignments will be online here each Wednesday.

By Wednesday 21 September you need to have set up a blog and sent me the link - do this by commenting on this post.  Once you have sent me the link, I will put it on this page so that you can access each others blogs.  Try following one another's blogs and write comments on each others posts that will be made in the following weeks.
You also need to put a picture on your profile.

Other programmes / websites you might want to have a look at which will help enhance your blog experience (reading, writing and editing) are:
-Windows Live Writer - you can search for this, it is a free downloadable programme which is easier to sort out the layout of your page when you are posting.
-Picasa - this is also a free downloadable programme - it makes it really easy to edit photos.
-Bloglovin' - this is an internet site where you can manage the blogs you follow - you can mark posts as read,  like posts and see how popular blogs are against all the other blogs that members of the site follow.

-Miss Kelly