Archive | March, 2011

Final Project Update!

17 Mar

I just finished one of the pieces of my final project! I created it using Glogster and Windows Live Movie Maker.  I won’t continue to post the rest of my final project on here but I was so excited to have completed something! I am not planning on putting it on my blog yet because I want to create and post an introduction of myself first. Please check out my Glogster and let me know what you think:)


My Final Project

17 Mar

For my final project I decided that I was going to create a makeup blog that contained tutorials and resources for anyone interested in makeup.  I decided to do this because I have been interested in makeup since I was about 4 years old. I do not know why I became so obsessed with it since my mom rarely wears makeup and owns very little products.  Nonetheless, I have many memories of myself playing around in her bedroom with her small collection.   As I grew older, I began experimenting with different types of makeup and with lots of trial and error, I taught myself how to apply makeup.

Presently, I still love to play around with makeup.  I am a creative person who loves to dance, draw, play music, and so makeup is just another way that I can express myself.  I do not believe that any person needs to wear makeup or should feel pressured to do so.  Every person is beautiful and should realize that they do not need to change who they are.  I wear makeup because I enjoy experimenting, trying new products, and being creative.  I never feel that I have to wear it to feel comfortable with myself.  I feel that I should explain why I am creating this blog because some people would argue that wearing makeup is wrong.  I know some people that view wearing makeup as a way to cover up who you are.  I do not want people to think that I am trying to send the message that they need makeup to be beautiful.  I am creating this blog for people who share my interest in makeup and for anyone who is interested in getting started with makeup. Many of my friends like wearing makeup but they feel that makeup is too difficult to apply.  Thus, I decided I would create tutorials showing easy ways to apply makeup at different levels.  I think it will be a fun way to experiment with technology and different programs that Alec introduced us to.

I began working on my final project about a month ago and just edited my first video today.  Initially, I thought ‘what did I get myself into?!’  Editing a short 7 minute video took me 2 hours! However, I think I have figured out the program (Windows Live Movie Maker) and I should be able to edit my other videos faster.  I know I have a lot of work ahead of me – I have only filmed 4 videos and have plans on creating many more.  In addition, I created a Glogster and want to try out more programs.  I find myself wanting to spend all of my time working on this project because I have so much fun doing it! I hope everyone else is enjoying their final projects and I would love to hear about them!

You can find my Makeup Blog here:). Please check back for updates!

EHE Presentation

15 Mar

Tomorrow night my group and I will be presenting on the topic of stress.  We created a power point to aid in our presentation and wanted to have a back-up option to access the document. I decided I would put the presentation on my blog incase we experience difficulties tomorrow. Wish us luck!

Presentation

Tech Task #9 – 6 Word Stories

11 Mar

I created these two six word stories with the help of my boyfriend.  Together, we looked through photos and came up with the “stories”. Both pictures are my own – one is of my puppy and the other is of a waterfall in Huatulco, Mexico.  We had a lot of fun making them and I hope you like them!


Body Image, The Media & Schools

10 Mar

Note: This post is centered around the body image of girls.  Most of the information is applicable to boys but I do not specifically reference any males.  I do believe that male body image issues are just as frequently occurring and as  important to discuss as females’.

Body image is something that I have been interested in for many years.  Growing up, I can always remember having a poor body image but I have always managed to maintain a fairly healthy lifestyle.  I know how lucky I am to have been supported and not let poor body image overtake my life like many girls who have to struggle with eating disorders. This post will explore the connections between body image, the media, and what I think schools should be doing about it.

Body Image and the Media

I grew up surrounded by media and inaccurate representations of what a beautiful woman should look like.  I envied Disney princesses, Barbie dolls, and the girls in magazines. However, I believe the media has become more powerful and more and more girls are being exposed to  unhealthy representations of women. Many girls don’t realize that almost all magazine photos have been retouched, all of their “flaws” erased.  Check out this video, which looks at some photo retouching that happens in magazines today.  In addition to photo retouching, many of the celebrities that appear in these magazines have nutritionists and personal trainers – something that many of us cannot afford. Many models and celebrities stay thin through unhealthy eating disorders including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.  I am troubled by the amount of people that look up to these people and aim to look like them.  I do believe there are many positive role models but we, as a society, have so much more work to do.

My Experience in Schools

I used to wonder why my school never discussed eating disorders or gave presentations about it, like they did with drinking and doing drugs.  In my opinion, eating disorders and poor body image were almost just as prevalent in my school. I knew many girls who were anorexic, bulimic and/or over-exercising. I know one girl who still struggles with her disorder, which began when she was about 12.  She is turning 22 this year – imagine 10 years of constantly struggling with food and never feeling happy with yourself.   Another troubling fact is that eating disorders are linked to depression, which only intensifies the problem.

What Should Schools Do?

I know that body image is an issue that is present in elementary schools as I have heard healthy young girls comment on how “fat” they are. I worry about these girls and feel that schools need to start promoting healthy body image at a young age.  I think that teaching about nutrition is a good start but I feel that we should be discussing ways to love our bodies beginning in Kindergarten.  Teachers need to support students in learning to celebrate their unique body shape and size.  We should focus on healthy lifestyles that include balanced, nutritious foods and physical activity.  In addition, I believe schools should have speakers come and talk to the students about positive body image and disorders.  These presentations not only educate students but they encourage them to open up and get help if they need it.

I know that body image and may not be the first priority for schools but I believe it is still important.  I know that this blog post is somewhat scattered but I just have a lot of thoughts.   I am very passionate about promoting positive body image at a young age because of my experiences and the people I know.  I encourage you to examine your own body image and think of ways that you can support your students.  I’d love to hear your ideas. Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy post.

I invite you to watch the HBO documentary, THIN, that inspired me to write this blog post.

Tech Task #8: Teacher Marksheet

8 Mar

Today we worked on creating spreadsheets using Google docs. Here is the spreadsheet that I created!

Podcast

1 Mar

Here is the podcast that Heather, Megan, Aaron and I made. We decided to cut and mix the song “The Creep” by the Lonely Island. We hope you enjoy it!