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1109 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Marian 1109 days ago
Marian Facebook - New Privacy Settings
Facebook is messing around once again. This article drew my attention to the privacy notification I received earlier this week asking me to accept the new terms and conditions by January 1st. At this rate, I think it may be much easier to just drop out of Facebook permanently. Who's with me?
This notice is especially troubling (as found on FB). Sure, we all want a Facebook with enhanced stalking capacities:
Discover what's going on around you: We’re updating our policies to explain how we get location information depending on the features you decide to use. Millions of people check into their favorite places and use optional features like Nearby Friends (currently only available in some regions). We're working on ways to show you the most relevant information based on where you are and what your friends are up to. For example, in the future, if you decide to share where you are, you might see menus from restaurants nearby or updates from friends in the area.
1110 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Marian , Maya Sheikh Al Souk , Najla H 1110 days ago
Marian Project Narrative: Be Your Children's Dr. Seuss
Maya S Title:
Be Your Children’s Dr. Seuss! 
A Storytelling Journey
Team Members:
Chirine Nassar Rizk
Marian Deldelian
Maya Sheikh Alsouk
Najla Hammad
Have you ever tried teaching your children how to do something new and been entirely ignored by them? Do you recognize your child’s behaviour changing depending on what cartoons he/she is watching? Are you an elementary school teacher that needs to maintain control of your students’ classroom behaviour? Would you like to learn how to self-publish a book that you’ve been working on for a while?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this workshop is for you!
Using simple geometric shapes and focusing on the basic principles of storytelling, this workshop will show you how to write, illustrate, and publish a children’s eBook. Storytelling often attracts the attention of children, especially when accompanied by dynamic and vivid illustrations. It is therefore a positive way to convey messages and morals to them.
This theme was chosen in order to maintain the simplicity of the learning tasks and to allow participants to acquire the knowledge and skills to pursue self-publishing on a greater scale in the future. 
Do your children ever listen to you? Publish your own children's eBook to shape and reinforce their values and behaviour! #Storytelling.
Project Video
Project Narrative:
A.    The Idea
 a. Context
In an era dominated by technology, it is especially important to incorporate digital media into our educational system in order to take advantage of its potentially beneficial outcomes. Education is one of the most important contexts where technology should be rightfully applied due to its influence on children’s everyday lives. Creating digital eBooks to bridge the gap between the traditional and the contemporary, as children will be encouraged to read and learn while using technological tools like a computer or tablet. 
b. Driving Questions
Why do you need to create a story for your child?
What are the steps of storytelling?
Why is it important to use illustrations for your story?
What kind of tools do you need to create a story for your child?
B. The Project
 a. Project goals
Because we believe that storytelling has a powerful impact on children’s behaviours and their attitudes, our goal for this project is to teach learners the main elements of self-publishing. This begins with writing a story, and is complemented by the use of a simple software to illustrate characters. Finally, participants will be taught how to use an online publisher to upload and customize their books. Participants have the choice between publishing their books for sale or for personal use.  
 b. Project objectives/learning objectives
This workshop will allow learners to:
·      Understand the importance of storytelling and its impact on children
·      Recognize the main elements to create a story 
·      Write a short story and provide illustrations for its main characters
·      Follow the time-frame suggested for each task
·      Publish an eBook that is compatible with various digital platforms
c. Theoretical concepts
Although this workshop is about storytelling, it is only related to Lambert’s Digital Storytelling on a superficial scale, as the purpose of the workshop extends beyond self-expression with the intention to create change. By conveying values and modeling good behaviour to children, this workshop offers a “do-it-yourself” perspective that allows parents to regain control of some of their children’s learning.
 d. Audience
Our targeted audience includes adults from the general population who are interested in writing short stories for children and publishing them as eBooks. Through the morals behind the stories, these eBooks will act as teaching tools help children understand the benefits and values of positive behaviors, as well as the consequences of negative actions. 
e. Timeline, process, collaboration, and methods
During a series of meetings, we collaboratively designed the format of our workshop, beginning with a brief introduction of the main elements of writing a short story and ending with group activities and discussions. We envisioned our workshop as a hands-on participatory learning activity, and therefore decided to focus on helping the participants accomplish the objectives seamlessly and efficiently during the allocated time. We included memory aids and pre-scripted scenarios in order to keep the focus on writing and illustrating the story itself, and posted more helpful resources on our Wordpress website for participants who wish to revisit the material at home.  
Marian Meeting schedule: 
November 20th: 1pm-5pm (Setting a plan, deciding which instructional instruments to use, etc).
November 27th: 1pm-5pm (Working on materials and resources)
November 30th: 5pm-9pm (Online - Editing resources and materials)
December 1st: 5pm-6pm (Rehearsal)
f. Design candidates
Najla H Link to our pitch to download it as a PDF file 
Maya S
  • Simple illustrations and short story elements were taken into consideration for beginners. 
  • Memory aids and resources were provided as a reference for the audience. 
  • A pre-scripted scenario will be provided for each group where they can build their story elements on, and gain more time to illustrate their characters. 
g. Media components
We will incorporate Keynote presentation software from Apple, as well an online publishing house: Lulu.com. These choices were made based on a checklist of requirements determining user friendliness, ease of use, accessibility, and affordability. We believe that Keynote is a simple tool to be used in illustrating characters for children’s stories. In addition, lulu.com is a free of charge publishing website for eBooks and personal viewing. However, participants who wish to extend their learning to print projects have the opportunity to do so using Lulu’s print-by-order format, which saves authors a significant amount of printing costs. 
h. Challenges
The limited time frame is challenging. Therefore, we created memory aids and resources that groups can refer to in order to manage their time and complete the tasks. In addition, as drawing characters may potentially be challenging, we provided scenarios so that most of the participants’ time may be devoted to illustration. Moreover, we chose Keynote because it provides easy-to-use geometric shapes that adults would be able to effectively use.
i. Workshop Schedule and Breakdown
1- Video (less than 2 minutes): we will project a promotional video discussing how important storytelling is for children, and encouraging people to join us for the workshop.
2- Presentation & overview of our workshop (15 minutes): We will discuss the agenda of the workshop and its objectives, then follow with a brief overview of elements of the story ( beginning, climax, and ending) and provide an example of each. 
3- Teaching (15 minutes): This time will be used to show learners how to use Keynote and Lulu. Additional support will be provided during the activity.
4- Activity (45 minutes): Groups will create a story using predetermined scenarios. They will then illustrate the stories and customize the pages of their eBook. Finally, they will publish their own eBook on Lulu.com. For the purposes of this activity, the eBooks will be published privately. However, participants may refer to our Wordpress website for a step-by-step guide on how to publish an eBook for sale on Lulu.com.
5- Discussion (15 minutes): Participants will be granted time to ask follow-up questions and provide feedback. 
j. References/resources/related readings
Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Storybook. (n.d.). Retrieved November 24, 2014, from http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson1022/Writingtips.pdf
Writing Your Story Tips on How to Write Children's Stories. (n.d.). Retrieved November 24, 2014, from http://www.aaronshep.com/kidwriter/Tips.html
1117 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Marian , Maya Sheikh Al Souk 1117 days ago
Maya S                            Minutes of Meeting on November 20 
The video (1-2 min)
 The video will include illustrations that would be the characters included in the story. The illustrations will be done using Keynote. In addition, a short story will accompany the characters to introduce our audience to a simple example of what they could produce using the resources provided. The video will include appropriate background music. 
 Video will take the form of an advertisement for the workshop. 
·      Job aids will be provided for participants to make the activity accessible
1131 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Chirine , Marian 1131 days ago
In preparation for our seminar this week, we invite you to have a look at the video clips below. Hope you enjoy!
Marian 1) An overview of Facebook privacy concerns and potential solutions.
2) The privacy concerns behind beacon.
3) How much can someone find out about you just by looking at your Facebook's public content? This video is just for fun, but has a pretty serious message we should all consider. 
Chirine Here are the leading questions in our seminar:
Marian Opening Question:
  1. The word sharing as used by Facebook's executives reflects values of openness and connectedness. According to the article, what is the implied definition of the word sharing? How is this related to privacy concerns and information control in social media?
Marian Secondary Questions: 
  1.  Look at the following two statements from the article:
“The massive adoption of the ‘Like’ button has turned personal data sharing by third parties into an accepted norm in the online universe; hence, the like button epitomizes the profound modification of a social norm.” (p.5) 
“Even if users are aware of the fact that Facebook actively steers their online experience of friendship and converts their social capital into economic capital, they may still enjoy it.”(p.7) 
 In your opinion, what does this tell you about people's awareness about information sharing? What is the impact of this accepted norm on their privacy? 
Marian  2What is the difference between your way of using the Like button, posts, games, apps, timeline (etc) as a Facebook user, and the way Facebook is using these features? Does this concern you? Why/Why not?
 3What are the privacy solutions provided in the video "Facebook Privacy Concerns"?. Do you think these would solve privacy issues within Facebook? If not, what are your suggestions?
Presentation Slides : Check back after the seminar for the slides and some more fun videos! 
1158 days ago
Linda-Ann Student name:  Linda-Ann Bonny
Title:  Ethnography
References: via e-mail
Maya Refrences: Listed throughout the timeline
Reference: Sent via email   (with in text/image citations)
Dominique Note: i can't seem to get the setting to stick to Coloured Stories - two rows... (that's how I want you guys to see it anyway =o)
Marian Student Name: Marian Deldelian
Project Title: The Construction of Identity Through Video
Sources: Embedded in Timeline. 
Note: My categories show up as different colors but the titles aren't appearing. Green is for Palestinian identities, blue is for Israeli identities, and red is for works that bridge the two. 
Yixin P I think perhaps it is because you hide the heading in the advanced setting. 
Marian I tried fixing it but it only allows category titles if I keep the category color white... it's weird. I added a description in the intro so they're hopefully more clear now. Thank you!
Yixin P Student Name: Yixin PENG
Project Title: WeChat
Erin Student Name: Erin Stashin
Project Title: LinkedIn: A Short Historical Review
References listed throughout. 
Renee C Student Name:  Renee Cohen 
Project Title:  IMAX
Rferences listed throughout.

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