Wikipedia is Bad

24 04 2012

Students should avoid using Wikipedia at all costs.  It is not a reliable source, nor it is acceptable at the college level.  The idea here is that students with access to college-level databases, periodicals, etc. can do much better than a source that has proven to be unreliable and tainted.

The video below describes the story of John Sangenthaler, a member of the Kennedy White House, who in 2005 was listed as an “accessory to JFK’s assassination” in his own Wikipedia entry.  When Sangenthaler challenged it, the user(s) responsible combated it by adding a Nazi logo to his entry.

The founder of Wikipedia is Jimmy Wales (pictured below).  He launched Wikipedia in 2001 and it has exploded to be one of the most visited websites on Earth with over 780 million unique entries.

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Sample Post for Final Draft

26 07 2010

Video Games are Glorious

Since the introduction of video games several decades ago, the creativity and technology that has gone into making these games has been incredible. In the beginning, video games were based on simplicity and didn’t require much detail. Games like Wolfenstein and Doom limited the player to view their surroundings in the first person, walk through rooms without being able to look up or down, and shoot targets, but didn’t offer many options beyond this. The visual graphics on these games were deplorable compared to what gamers expect to see on their screens today, with blurry and pixilated visuals.

Watching a video game today is almost like watching a movie.  Take the hit “Call of Duty” series. The characters in the game have full mobility, look as detailed as real people, and are given capabilities that didn’t exist in past games. The player can personalize and modify weapons, clothing, and appearance, as well as have complete control of their character’s actions. People have been drawn to this series and others because of the realism in these games, and with high-quality resolution on newer televisions, the animation on these games is so incredible, they barely look animated at all.  The realistic aspect of these video games is what lures its audience further into this virtual world, so much so that they feel as though it is a part of their actual lives.  This has boosted sales and consumer loyalty, driving the video game market to new heights.

Works Cited

Shermak, Jeremy. “Video Games are Sweet and I’m Going to Prove It.” New York Times. 21 July 2010. Web. 22 July 2010.





Sample Final Post

26 07 2010

Video Games are Glorious

Since the introduction of video games several decades ago, the creativity and technology that has gone into making these games has been incredible. In the beginning, video games were based on simplicity and didn’t require much detail. Games like Wolfenstein and Doom limited the player to view their surroundings in the first person, walk through rooms without being able to look up or down, and shoot targets, but didn’t offer many options beyond this. The visual graphics on these games were deplorable compared to what gamers expect to see on their screens today, with blurry and pixilated visuals.

Watching a video game today is almost like watching a movie.  Take the hit “Call of Duty” series. The characters in the game have full mobility, look as detailed as real people, and are given capabilities that didn’t exist in past games. The player can personalize and modify weapons, clothing, and appearance, as well as have complete control of their character’s actions. People have been drawn to this series and others because of the realism in these games, and with high-quality resolution on newer televisions, the animation on these games is so incredible, they barely look animated at all.  The realistic aspect of these video games is what lures its audience further into this virtual world, so much so that they feel as though it is a part of their actual lives.  This has boosted sales and consumer loyalty, driving the video game market to new heights.





Chatter Guide: Education

25 06 2010

Keywords

Community College: Most commonly two-year institutions offering associates degrees and various certificates located in different communities around the nation.

Online Learning:  Term used to refer to college-level courses that taken at least partially if not entirely online through Internet-based delivery systems.

Journals

Chronicle of Higher Education:  This journal is used nationwide by college faculty and administrators at all types of institutions.  The journal includes recent news as well as in-depth research articles and guest columns from experts in the academic field.  The journal is also very well-known for its job listings and its website.  This might be a great resource for breaking news as well as links to other education sources.

Websites

National Council of Teachers of English:  The NCTE is an organization of English instructors at all levels from across the nation.  The NCTE has an excellent “Professional Development” portion of their website, which offers links, articles, and even contact information for experts.  I really like the search function here as well; they have allowed you to select the particular section you are interested in and the keyword search uses Boolean terms, which makes it easier.  This site also connects to other associations so it would be wise to keep this on tab.

Google News Search

“Community Colleges”:  A quick news search of “Community Colleges” reveals some interesting trends.  First, it appears that the Obama Administration is still trying to build support for new funding for two-year schools.  This will be important as these schools continue to grow.  In relation to that, enrollment numbers are growing rapidly due to the downturn in the economy.  One has to wonder how some colleges will deal with this.  There was a story from Miami about how a particular community college was turning away students due to lack of space because of soaring enrollment.  In other news, it seems that some schools are planning tuition hikes due to struggling state budgets and a lack of funding.