The "Alice Project"

A 10th Grade Honors English Tour of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

“If We Did It Again One Day” – End of Project Reflections December 7, 2009

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Surveys — Christian Long @ 11:57 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end – to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 10:

IF we were to do a ‘similar’ project WITH ANOTHER SCHOOL to explore a DIFFERENT piece of literature (during the 2nd semester), what IDEAS or ADVICE can you offer Mr. Long?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. Set up mini deadlines to ensure the students writtings are done with quality instead of last minute blogs.

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2. Limit the amounts of blogs written. This may not seem fair or reational at first, but the reasoning is actually fairly simple. If students continue to post an average of 2 posts per week, this quickly runs into logistical problems. Our small group of honors students wrote more than 700 blogs in six weeks. If we add another school, even one of similar size, the volume will increase. This leads to too many ideas being wasted, double posted and not read. Thus limit the amount of blog posts to encourage higher development in the writing, the thought and the finesse. Quality over Quantity, because few care for quantity, and the few that must care for the quantity are overwhelmed by it.

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3. I would say we should set weekly goals (as far as reading and blog #s) and have weekly dissussions (perhas with the other school) so that we can make sure that everyone gets their work done and that they are really understanding everything.

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4. Start reading the first few chapters before we start the blog.

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5. Change the limits, or perhaps don’t put limits. Having a target number gave me a lot of stress. If their hadn’t been a set number, I think I might have created more ideas.

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6. Ensure that we will be able to talk to the students (if they are to be our “teammates”) live so that we will be able to go over our ideas to each other and not have time differences or different classtimes be an issue (while we can do this at home, it would be much easier if we could find a way to do it in class, as well, considering the considerable work we will have in our AP classes, especially, next semester.)

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7. This would be a great project, and maybe each class could be their own team?

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8. Nothing as of right now.

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9. I would hope Mr. Long would converse with the other teachers who have been kindly enough to let us have an ample amount of time to work on the Alice Project instead of fully working on their class. Also to take into consideration the other school’s view of what is an “A” project/ what they think is enough dedication towards the project.

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10. give us constant communication with the other school.

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11. IN CLASS DISCUSSIONS! I like when we all get together and discuss different things, rather then us going off on our own and trying it.

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12. Consider the requirements regarding team effort and specify clearly since it might be more confusing.

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13. I think that if we do this project again, I think that there should not be as many required blogs.

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14. I feel like we analyzed the living daylights out of this, which kind of ruined the story for me. Maybe we could bog by ourselves for two weeks unsupervised, and the you could join us and direct us before we ruin it for ourselves.

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15. I feel like it was a well-organized project, considering he made it up a week before (or so he told my class), and that as a teacher he was fantastic

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16. I loved this project, you have one satisfied student here.

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17. I think the projetc worked great the way it was.

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18. LETS DO IT!!!! :D:D:D:D (uhm, lots of skyp-ing)

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19. Hmm…I can’t think of anything. I am really content with how this project went.

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20. Less of the Web 2.0 tools, they felt like a gimmick. Also, do it at the beginning, like VERY beginning of the semester, because AP Euro gets twice as difficult in the 2nd semester, and Mrs. Bonner will not let The ____ Project stop her again.

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21. It turned out well, so I would just leave it to the students of that other school.

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22. Maybe ask us to interpret a specific area to see how we think what that area means.

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23. Really none. Just keep it like the Alice project. I think now that we have experienced this, we would know exactly what to do.

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24. I would love to do that, I think it would even be better because many of us are masters wordpress now and making time work to suite the blog properly.

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25. I can’t think of anything major that I would change about the project. Could Mr. Long perhaps be present for more of the project and supply specific feedback?

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26. Skype it up! Find a way for us to be in teams with the kids in that school too and a way to get to know them. Make sur ethey fully understand the Alice project bu tnot duplicate it because no one likes a copy cat ;)

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27. I think that would be terrific, and the only ideas and advice that I can offer (at the current time) is the answer for #7.

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28. I say keep it the same.

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29. PLEASE encourage my parents to let me own a webcam – I think if we’re doing this with another school, webcam discussions between team members would be invaluable.

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30. We get to lead;)

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31. I would honestly encourage the other school to do the same thing that we did. It helps you understand the book better, and can be somewhat addicting. These kinds of projects are really good learnign materials and I honestly really enjoyed working on it.

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32. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to do this again. I think it would be awesome to raise the standards because we’ve come so far and now that we know what we are doing we could do a lot more.

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33. First of all I think this is a great idea. My advice would be to do the project with the another school close to us so we could meet face-to-face to talk about the project instead of doing it online or by video chat.

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34. Make sure communication is solid. The teams need to have easy ways to contact eachother and make sure procrastination does not occur.

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35. Lets look at a book that isn’t so random, something more like Lord of The Flies.

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36. I honestly have no idea.

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37. First of all I think that would be a very good idea. I think the project should be formated the same way.

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38. Logisitics.

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39. I would say don’t do it. While this project was fun. I think doing another in the sam eyear would be over kill. instead we should focus on a new project something differant but just as fun, and expansive.

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40. I think we probably should have deadlines to when posts are due and such

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41. Having a more hands on role in motivating students to work. It will not only, increase the number of blog entries completed, but it will result in entries with higher thought that cover more idea and topics.

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42. Make the project more interactive- skype and other ways of communicating with others.

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43. A better overview at the beginning.

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44. How would we communicate, collaborate? Are our schedules different? Is that school in another time zone? There shouldn’t be an editor.

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45. Frankenstein.

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46. Give us more time and maybe a little less work to help keep or other teachers happy.

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47. Just to make sure that the ‘loose’ requirements were still in play because our ideas will more appropriately display our knowledge if the guidelines were similar to The Alice Project.

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48. I would ask you to give us a little more time if we were working with other people over a ‘harder’ story. Alice was a good book for the project, I don’t know how well others would work.

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49. Have the teams combine. Two kids from the other school on the same team as two kids at this school or something like that.

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50. I really don’t know. I don’t really like books so I would not have one to offer.

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51. Do you mean we would talk to other students about a piece of literature? If that’s the case, then we should probably have a session before the project to just talk about what we want to do and get to know each other. That would remove any awkwardness later on.

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52. That’s…quite ambitious. I’d advice that he take into consideration that the “team grade” should perhaps be less important, as if a member of one’s team from another school produces zero entries, there’s not a whole lot one can do to correct that without direct contact.

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53. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. IT WILL EAT YOU ALIVE.

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54. I think it would be difficult for us to collaborate only through internet.

 

“I Wish I Had Done More…” – End of Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Student Entries — Christian Long @ 11:55 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end – to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 9:

What are YOU most FRUSTRATED by in terms of THE WORK YOU DID (or didn’t do) during the “Alice Project” now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. I am very frustrated that I discovered so many more ideas and topics I could of blogged about after the project was over. 

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2. There was nowhere close to enough time. I spent one or two weeks not publishing blog posts both because of me looking up concepts and interpretations that others had made of them (nihilism,existentialism). If I wanted (not sure whether or not) to continue to write blogs on Alice, they could possibly reach doctoral paper length. 

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3. I wish I would have put more time in to my work and done more for my team. 

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4. That it took me so long to finally “get it.” 

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5. I am frustrated that it ended! I keep seeing something and going, “that would make a great post!” I just wish that all of these ideas had come sooner! 

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6. I wish I had done more blogs, and done them earlier in the project. 

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7. I’m frustradted I didn’t get to go through the entire project as my other classmates did, causing me to finish the project as the others did. 

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8. I could have commented more. 

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9. I am most frustrated the fact that I didn’t come up with different ideas about Alice in the “real” world rather than all analyzing the “text” itself.

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10. I did to much at the end and not enough in the beginning.

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11. I’m frustrated that it took me so long to figure out something to write about. I mean I could analyze and everything, I just didn’t know how to take that and write a blog about it. 

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12. I wanted to do more Cover it Live sessions. 

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13. That it took me a long time to write blogs, and it was hard to find a lot of time to work on them, so I only did twelve(the minimum) instead of more. 

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14. I feel like I did excellent work, but I feel like my grade is going to suffer because technically the quantitative amount is considered minimal. 

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15. I’m frustrated with the length of my blogs, because at first I didn’t necessarily know what I was doing, and if I was doing the right thing.

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16. I said that Technology and I were on speaking terms, perhaps i should have said that i keep my enemies closer than my friends. 

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17. I wish I was not stuck at the beginning of the project. I would have more blogs by now. 

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18. I didn’t think enough. 

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19. I’m frustrated with how long it took to write thoughful blog posts. 

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20. Having a really good idea, then realizing I only can make 10-12 sentences out of it. I then have to ‘stretch’ my blog post out because I want to get it out there, and it doesn’t look as good. This, and teammates changing the site deign without clearing it up with the other members. 

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21. I got all these ideas after the Deadline.

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22. The thing that annoyed me the most was the amount of work I had to tackle and interpret. 

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23. When I was stuck on writing blogs. Mostly in the beginning, I had a hard time knowing what to write about.

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24. I’m really sad that I didn’t have enough time for Alice and the blog, but I plan on analyzing Alice more and there is DEFINITELY more blogging in my future. 

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25. I wish my team had interacted more during the project. I think we could only have made the project better had we collaborated more. 

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26. I’m frustrated that my work slumped during the missled of the project because I could’ve had time for many more posts and work on the website, but I just felt like I had unlimited time, which definitely not true. 

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27. I am frustrated that I waited until the last few weeks of the project to finish my blogs. While I feel that I still ended strong, I think that if I had done perhaps 3 a week each week I would have had a better time. 

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28. I know I could have done more work. 

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29. The fact that I had a “brainfart” and didn’t reallize that blog #13 was actually a blog, and so I only commented on blogs 1 through 12, though I commented multiple times on several of the others. 

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30. I feel as though I could have used a prezi or diigo to augment my understanding. 

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31. I really wanted to do more that what was to be expected. I wanted to do more blog entries and more comments, even though I did what was required. If I had a little more time, I would be able to do at least 20 blog entries and many more comments.

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32. I wish I could have had a lot more blogs and comments. After the project ended, I had so many ideas come to me.

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33. I really did not like how long it took me to realize how my writing needed to improve and how I didn’t realize that until the end of the project. 

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34. Even though I went over the minimum of blogs, I wish I could’ve done more. There is just so much there I’d like to write about. 

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35. I am not frustrated, but sometimes I wish I had done some more extra blogs and comments for a possiblity if a higher grade. 

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36. There is nothing that Im frustrated with. 

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37. I am frustrated with the fact that I didn’t do much at the beginning of the project because of my lack of understanding. Now I have so much more I wish I could have gotten a chance to do. 

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38. I did not have better quality and did not have a greater quantity.

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39. I feel if i had less work in every class I could ahve put more energy into this. It dissapoints me greatly that I was unable to. 

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40. I wish I never procrastinated in the first place

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41. I’m not pleased that I wasn’t able to complete more blog entrie that I had ideas for as the project closed.

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42. I am frustrated with the amount of ideas I had that I wasn’t able to convey through the period of this project. I could easily have done many more weeks. 

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43. The lack of quality that my blogs seem to possess.

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44. I missed one comment because I thought my Diigo would count. 

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45. Computers not logging on.

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46. The fact I could think of many ideas after the project was over to blog about.

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47. I found myself reviewing my work after the process. I feel that I could have had less grammatical errors, as well as a couple more concrete examples in which to further analyze the subject of the post. 

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48. I wish I had worked on not having repeating ideas. 

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49. Waiting until the last minute to finish my work. 

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50. Well the comments and the blogs towards the end of the time started to have less quality. 

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51. I wasn’t really all that frustrated with my work. While I wish I could have come up with more blog ideas, there aren’t any big frustrations about the project. 

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52. I probably could have added a few more entries if I managed my time better; still, my entries were longer than average, so perhaps not many more. 

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53. I didn’t do anything extra, and I’m really upset at myself for that. And for pushing everything into the last few days. But, I did work really hard.

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54. some of my blogs could have been better – more thought out or better organized.

 

“I Rocked Because…” – End of Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Surveys — Christian Long @ 11:47 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end – to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 8:

What are YOU MOST PLEASED about in terms of THE WORK YOU DID during the “Alice Project” now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. I am most pleased with my effort in the project. Though my organization of time was not perfect I believe I made up for it with my work effort. 

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2. the amount and quality of the work done is extreme, so much that it is impossible to read all the created blogs. This gives us a decent simulation of a real world setting, but once more, we are not our own average audience.

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3. I am pleased that we as a grade were able to successfuly compleat a very extensive and very large project with such success.

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4. The blog ideas I was able to come up with. 

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5. The attention and reactions of outside people. It is great to know that other people value your work. 

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6. Although I did basically the minimum number of blogs/comments, I am pleased with the overall content and quality of my posts. 

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7. I’m actuallly impressed with the quality of my blogs conssidering I was given ample time. 

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8. Some of the questions I was able to uncover and also, the responses of my classmates. 

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9. I am pleased with the quality of my ideas, the amount of references I made to other blogs and the time I put into this project as a whole (nights editing and helping teamates as well my own). 

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10. The quantity and quality of it.

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11. I’m pleased that I could actually go and analyze a book instead of just reading it. I’m not very good at that, but I actually got it down this time. 

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12. The amount of analyses I produced. 

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13. I am most pleased that I finished all my work, and learned a lot from the Alice project through comments and blogs.

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14. I feel like I found some kind of solid meaning from a book where there wasn’t any single, apparent idea.

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15. I’m very pleased with how much time I invested in the project, and I became so wrapped up in it, which I usually don’t do for many projects.

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16. I really enjoyed the free reign we were given over the content of our blogs, the freedom to chase our own rabbits was a new and interesting educational bait. 

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17. I am pleased by my blogs. I think I really improved. 

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18. I thought. 

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19. I am pleased with how the quality (in my opinion) of my entries and comments progressed throughout the project. 

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20. I like the banner we made, and the last minute change to design that made it more professional (though it looked better the first revision than the others).

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21. My PREZI!!!!! And my “Growing Pains” blog was also something cool I figured out.

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22. I loved the way I get to express my ideas to the world wide web. 

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23. My blogs. At times I felt like my blogs were really good. 

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24. I’m most pleased with my last 4-5 blog entries, after I had gotten more warmed up to the project.

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25. I am most pleased with one of my latest entries, in which I was able to compare something I had found outside of class with Alice. It really opened my mind to the possibilites the real world has to offer. 

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26. I am very proud of my blog posts and the ideas I cam up eith because I really didn’t think I would come up with substantial ideas. 

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27. I am very pleased about the quality of work I produced. I never expected that I could make such thought provoking, and in my case, debate-provoking, blog posts. 

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28. I was very pleased with the big picture of all my blogs and comments. 

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29. My “Peasantry Ressurrected” article. 

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30. I absolutely loved the feeling I got when someone really read one of my more interesting ideas and commented on it.

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31. I was pleased about my quality of writing. Honestly, I’m not very good at writing essays, so I never thought that I would be good at writing blog entries. But, I realized that my entries were really good in my book. 

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32. I think I did very good in my blogs. I think I really had some interesting things that people would love to read. 

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33. I was really pleased about my writing at the end of the project and how it improved. 

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34. The content. I feel my arguments got their points across in a creative and stimulating way. 

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35. I am pleased that I was not one of those students who was pulling all nighters the last few days to make up for slacking off the rest of the project. I only had one blog to do the last night and was finished with my comments. 

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36. Now that it is over, i think that the project wasn’t that hard and my work was very good.

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37. I am pleased with the fact that I have come up with good ideas about the story.

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38. Simply stated, I learned. 

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39. The sense of blue I had the most fun writting… it was very fun.

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40. I loved how our project turned out, overall.

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41. The quality of my latter blog entries. 

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42. I am most pleased with my comments. I feel that I gave good feedback to other classmates.

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43. The amount of work I put into it. 

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44. A professional and I were able to start a conversation about everyday life from one of my blogs. 

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45. i feel like a did a good quality of writing and that im helping other people that are curious.

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46. The ideas I was able to form on blogs.

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47. The graphic detail, as well as the collaborative effort of my group, definitely impacted me and gave me a sense of accomplishment with the Alice Project. 

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48. I am pleased in general with my writing. 

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49. Finishing. There were some days I thought I might have died if I had to read/type about Alice again, but I’m most pleased with myself because I stuck through the project. 

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50. I think that the quality of writing was far more than I had ever done before. 

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51. The quality of my writing, hands down. I didn’t know I could write like that! 

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52. I thought that comparing the movie and the book lead to some interesting discoveries.

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53. The fact that I got it all done in time.

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54. the quality of my blogs surprised me at times.

 

“If Only Mr. Long Had…” – End of Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Student Entries — Christian Long @ 11:38 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end – to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 7:

What is ONE thing that Mr. Long COULD HAVE DONE to have helped YOU BE SUCCESSFUL with the “Alice Project” now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. Maybe giving a suggestion on how to manage our time better. 

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2. Given an honest assessment of the top (insert number) blogs every week, instead of posting all of the published ones as “recommendations”. This would help give us an idea of what the “real world” is looking for in an interesting blog, since we, as tenth graders are not our own average audience.

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3. I think that we should have talked about the story as a class more because, I think it would have kept us all on the same page more. 

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4. A beginning dicussion about the start of the book. 

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5. I don’t know. 

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6. It may have been helpful if we had done the “Alice Project” and “Lord of the Flies” project at different times, so that we could focus on each project equally and put our best into each of them. 

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7. During the duration of this project, Mr. long was also learning, so I’m not quite sure what else he may have been able to do.

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8. Explain some of the scenes a little more. I was a little confused about the storyline at some points.

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9. If Mr. Long could have thought about the overall workload and stress this project would bring while also having a LOTF project at the same time. 

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10. Make sure that we were working.

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11. I think that we probably should’ve picked one day out of the week, like a Tuesday after doing vocab quizzes, where we would just discuss as a class rather then be on the laptops that day. In fact it doesn’t even have to be a long conversation, 15 minutes and then we’d go and write. 

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12. Spellcheck and grammer check is always welcome. 

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13. One thing that Mr. Long could have done to help me be successful was to have more than one class discussion about the book, Alice in Wonderland. 

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14. I feel like he did all he could do without interfering too much. 

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15. I feel like I didn’t know whether I was analyzing the story correctly, and it would’ve helped to just have some guidance or a finger to point me in the right direction.

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16. I really apreciated the fact that Mr. Long, for the most part, left us to our own devices. 

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17. Help me to come up with ideas for blogs. 

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18. He’s pretty helpful and swell. 

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19. There wasan’t anything major that would have helped tremendously. He really did everything he could have to help us.

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20. Have a required 2 post per week, and 2-3 comments a week so that slackers don’t get piled up with all that work in the end (especially if they are in your group). Didn’t apply to me, but I’m sure some people feel this way. 

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21. He did all that was necessary. 

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22. I do not believe that Mr. Long could have helped me, and that I was the problem that only I could fix. 

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23. In the beginning, helped us out with the very first blog. Just getting us started. 

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24. I think Mr. Long did everything that he could have done without doing it for us. Multiple all nighters pulling this amazing, now legendary project together is much appreciated. 

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25. I think the fact that Mr. Long was absent for a week of the project and never supplied entry-specific feedback took away some of what the project could have been. 

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26. He could have showed us some helpful skills, hints, and tricks on the technology side of things.

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27. There is very little, but perhaps have demonstrated the behind-the-scenes of some of the Web 2.0 collaberation tools beforehand. 

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28. I think I would had done better with a better day-to-day schedule. 

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29. I would have appreciated a greater degree of motivation to write when I’m not on deadline.

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30. Allow the technology to be optional and allow us to understand them on our own terms. 

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31. Honestly, I think that Mr. Long did his job. He helped me when I was stuck on what to write about next. He gives really good advice!! 

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32. I think he did everything right and everything he could have done because I feel like I did a good job.

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33. I could have understood the editing proccess a little more. 

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34. Not much. Maybe help and motivate OTHERS that I saw who hadn’t done many blogs, who procrastinated. 

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35. For those who were stuck on what they should blog about, he could have posted a couple questions per week to write a response in their opinion. 

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36. There was really nothing he could of done. 

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37. I think that he did what he could to help us be successful. 

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38. I do not know. Honestly, he worked such that everything was edited and posted within hours of publishing. He provided support where needed. He made the project fun. 

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39. Nothing. He was very helpful 

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40. He did his part greatly. No more is needed to be said.

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41. He could have been more hands on in term of motivating us to do work. 

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42. I think that this project was more of a “Do-It-Yourself” type thing. Mr. Long did all he could while still giving us the freedom to discover these ideas on our own. 

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43. A tutorial on technology. 

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44. Nothing he did his job, I just needed to do better. 

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45. Nothing!!!! 

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46. In class Discussions once a week. 

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47. The reminders of the required comment responses on your own posts would be nice to have because I found myself unaware that commenting back on my own posts was part of the requirements. 

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48. Nothing more as far as I know. 

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49. Manuvering around the dashboard.

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50. Well I think that urging us to keep up with the blogs more would have helped. 

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51. Nothing, really. Everything was very clear and understandable. Even with the huge amount of work we had to put in, we were responsible for everything, and that was that. 

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52. He did a solid job. I’m not sure what I could add. 

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53. I’m pretty sure that everything that went wrong was on my on behalf…so yeah. Maybe if he had pushed the little time we had left a little more, but I’m still an epic procrastinator. 

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54. Nothing.

 

“Confidence About the Story/Annotations” – End of Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Surveys — Christian Long @ 11:26 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end – to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 6:

Do you feel confident with THE STORY and the ANNOTATIONS/NOTES found in “The Annotated Alice” now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I say this because I really didn’t like to read the annotations but as I wrote my blogs I started to see similarities in my writtings and the book’s annotations. I was very interesting. I do feel like I should reread the book’s annotations to compare my thoughts with the thoughts of the author of the book.

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2. Nothing really out of the ordinary here. The book was not easy to read, but not the worst I or my peers have ever tried. And, once more, the extreme amount of collaboration that was possible should have eliminated any problems with the book on the spot. Someone within our group is bound to get it, and from there everyone just reads their work and writes their own.

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3. I felt fairly confident about the actual story however, I did have some troble understanding the annotations. It was difficult to read a story that had notes in it that were not mine because they got a bit confusing but, looking back I think they were an great learnig tool. Mon,

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4. I feel that with all great confusing stories, all of the important loose ends were tied up at the end of the story. When we realized Wonderland was just a dream, or so we think, it gave a justification to the entire story. We could then rationalize the story in a way that made sense to us. I think that once I finished the story is when I really was able to come up with great blog ideas. With the story finished you could reflect on things and question them in a way that you couldn’t while reading the story, because you didn’t know how Carroll would solve that situation.

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5. After hearing so much analysis and seeing so many different interpretations, I feel that I know more about Alice than any other storybook.

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6. After reading the story and analyzing it for 6 weeks, I do feel comfortable with the majority of the content of the story. That said, the annotations are very tedious to read through at times, and difficult to remember. It may have helped if we had one optional “discussion day” every week (or every other week) so that people who are just not understanding certain things, or have writer’s block, can get a better understanding of the text and toss some ideas around.

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7. I would say for the most part, but some key points in the story do confuse me. If I were to re-read these parts and study them, then I would fully undertand the story and annotations. I just lack some knowledge on chapters 9 and 11.

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8. For the most part, I feel confident with the story of Alice. Although I still feel like I could have better understanded the story and the annotations.

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9. I honestly do not think there could be ANYTHING ELSE that could be discovered or interpreted from the text. By analyzing Alice for about 6 weeks, I believe we all fully understand the story. If we were to extend the project to more than 6 weeks, we would start to repeat ourselves and become confused from our first interpretation. If you don’t believe we all confident with the story and annotations/notes…READ OUR BLOGS. 

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10. Yes, I feel confident about the story and the annotations found in Alice in Wonderland now that the project is over. I believe that I understand the story and the meaning behind it according to the annotations. 

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11. Yeah I read it I see what happens. The annotations still bother me though, as I previously stated in my blog entry. Only because they seem obvious and not very useful. It’s almost a waste of time to go and read them. But I’m confident with the story.

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12. Overall everything I discussed on the blog made sense to me. There are part of Alice I still feel is nonsense though, but maybe that’s just how it’s suppose to be. The Mad Hatter was one character I couldn’t really figure out…or maybe I was ust reading too much into his actions. Alice herself is more apparent to me now, it seems Alice can be anything you want her to be, the reader’s story. The annotations helped with unfamiliar terms, but it still seemed quaint to me, perhaps it comes with a difference of cultures. Even though I have analyzed Alice to quite an extent, I am still inclined to regard this as just a children’s story to be enjoyed. However I will not stop seeing Alice refrences everwhere after this project!

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13. Hmmm. Well I feel confidant with them, but I am still confused about the choice of alice. I feel like the only reason it was select was because there were so many “rabbit holes” to be explored. Otherwise I felt like it was a lack-lustre story in terms of the Hero’s Journey, plot structure, etc. For me the story of Alice was kind of like the paintings of mondiron (you know the ones with black lines and squares of red, blue, and yellow). The style is interesting and indefinite (and different), but I didn’t find it necessarily profound, or my style.

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14. I feel like the story itself still confuses me. However, this story was NOTHING like I thought it meant or was. I never realized how much Disney had tweaked it in the movie, and reading the story and annotations makes me a bit creeped out about Carroll himself, and the references. Not just the drugs, or the hookah, but all these little hints of death. Now, do I feel like I’m an expert on the story? No, but I know more than I did before, courtesy of the annotations, and my peers. 

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15. I think that the story itself is fairly simple. It’s only once we to begin to dig past the simplistic veneer surface that Alice becomes the confounding story we all now know it to be. I will say that the Annotations served to provide several very interesting blog prompts as well as a good bit of dry humor.

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16. To be honest, I think I will always be confused by the story. It will be one of those things were it is brought up some time later in your life and you think back to tenth grade english. I’m not sure anyone can FULLY understand the story. We may have our own versions of what we think happened or of what is meant. There will always be a part of me that is still trying to figure out the story. Now everytime I hear someone mention Alice In Wonderland, I will think back to tenth grade english and all the questions I had will come flooding back. I guess we just have to live with the fact that we may never umderstand the story the way we would like to.

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17. I can never be confident about a story, because we can never know all there is to know. I read the book tenthousand times over and over, but I still don’t know enough. There are certain scenes that I can’t comprehend no matter whose blogs I read and who I talk to. Some annotations prove to have no beneficial information lying inside them, and therefore confuse me.

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18. As the story progressed, so did my confidence in the annotations and plot. At first, I was a little lost like Alice. Random white rabbits and size changes are just not my thing. Once Alice got out of the hall and the story took off, I was able to have a greater understanding of the events that were happening and the hidden meanings behind them.

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19. I know the story and the annotations well, I just don’t see the point of them. I know when, where, who, and what happened, but not so much on the why. 

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20. The Annotations certainly helped with learning all about the story, and after all was said and done, I understood the book.

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21. Yes, the story was easy to follow and was hard to interpret, which I liked.

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22.  I honestly feel like I understand the story so much better after reading this. I know this story better than any other story. Even though the story was sort-of twisted in ways, I understand more now what it all means. 

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23.  I feel that you can never really stop analyzing this story, it’s so full of symbolism, as I mentioned in one of my posts, subconscious symbolism. Its all there as long as YOU find it.

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24. I frequently found myself annoyed with the annotations. Additionally, the story itself lacked, at least from my point of view, sufficient symbolism to satisfy students of our caliber. A better method, I think, would have been to read the plain, vanilla, unannotated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, discover what we could, then compare notes with the Annotated Alice (and perhaps answer some of our own questions along the way).

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25. The story I felt totally comfortable with, but there were so many of those sneaky little annotaions! Too many for my short attention span to pay attention to. They made it easier to analyze the text in general, but to specifically look at all of the annotations was hard. I liked this story and it had alot of meat in it; lots of ideas to work with blog wise!

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26. I do not think that it is possible to feel 100% confident, or 100% understand, AAIW. Yes, I understand what the story says, and get most of the references. But, I think that because of the framework and circumstances of the story, I do not think that anyone can understand everything. The main reason for this is that every situation within the story can be interpretted differently, and there is not necissarily one correct answer. This is shown by the diversity of the blog posts that were published.

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27. I feel fairly confident about the story, but not as much on the annotations. Some of them were weird and obscere, and didn’t mean anything. But I felt good about the bulk of the story.

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28. I feel great about all of this. I know the story very well, and I think all the annotations ring clearly with me. With all the reading we’ve done, it only makes the story better and more interesting to anyone reading it, and I think that all adults should read the book, if only to understand more pop-culture references.

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29. In truth, I feel that now I know certain parts of the story incredibly well. However, other part are rather confusing and in the dark. This selective vision is not necesarily a bad thing. It allows us to focus and truly understand certain sections which is more powerful that having just an overview. So in all, although I did not fully understand all part of the story, the parts I picked and analyzed give me an incredible understanding.

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30. This story is very detailed!! It tells you about almost every single thing that you wonder about. It honestly helped me understand the story better. I knew even before we started reading this story that it would be different from Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. I didn’t know, however, that it would be that detailed. Annotations can help any reader to understand a story.

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31.  Personally, I thought the story was just confusing overall. It’s not a typical story that I would read. There were a lot of the things I misinterpreted. I think that by having discussions with my classmates and reading the book over again I could become 100% sure.

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32. I understood the story, except I didn’t understand the chapter about the Lobster-Quadrille and why that was needed in the story. I didn’t and still don’t understand why it was important to Carroll and what was significant about it. Other than that everything was clear. The writing was hard to understand the way they spoke, but I just had to read it more than once.

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33. I loved the story and loved reading the backstories and possible meanings in the Annotated. I understood the book completely and its essence, and am grateful for the Annotated being there to help me along buchress my arguments. I feel like an expert on the story now, as well as the annotated note additions. I now feel, now that the project is over, that I could start a whole new blog and continue writing about Alice and analyzing its components- there is so much in there and it would take a long time to cover, but I feel I would be able to.

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34. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I understand the plot pretty well, it just seems like the events and characters in the book are just to random and do not flow. 

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35. I thought the story was very interesting and that there were hidden messages. Parts of the story confused me but for the most part I understand the Annotations. 

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36. Yes, I feel I understand the story and annotaions now that I have done the project. Before the project i didn’t know as much about the background of the story. Now I have a better understanding. I am glad that we were able to read the annotated version because it I wouldn’t have been able to understand the story without some of the background information.

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37. I feel that I understand the information on a strong level. I comprehend the annotations and can apply them to the story entirely now. 

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38. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!

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39. I feel comfortable about talking about Alice, whether inside the classroom or outside. But not so much with the annotations within the book. The annotations were nice in helping us understand some concepts better, or even pointing out different ideas that we might not have picked up on at first. But over time, I felt the annotations were a bit overwhelming and very distracting. To me, the annotations drew my eyes away from the story so much that at times I began to lose track of what was happening within the story. I think that we should have read just the original version and do what we did in LOTF. 

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40. Yes, the annotations were the great catalyst for me starting ro pick up my pace on the project.

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41. Some of the annotations seem irrelevant to me and I didn’t like that. The story made sense to me.

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42. The book never made sense to me. I had never fully understood this book because I did not see the symbolism. The annotations all seemed far-fetched and forced.

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43.They were very helpful, half my blogs might not exist if the annotations had not exsited.

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44. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. i understood most of the annotations but some of them sonfuse me. I will come back and leave another comment later.

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45. Yes, I found the notes to help explain the story much more in depth. Although it helped with many important tid bits, I think some of the notes were a little uneeded or drawn out to far.

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46.I definitely feel like an expert on the story of Alice. I my journey of exploring Alice, I found myself growing attached to the book. The process of exploration also allowed me to explore Wonderland and observe the minutest details. The skeptical point of view that was encouraged also helped me interpret Alice in my own way, while also observing the factual information in the story. The subtle details were definitely approachable. The annotations also give me a factual point of view on the story. I have always relished the opportunity to bridge the logical part of the world with the imaginative. This project allowed me to do that. Overall, I beleive that the comprehensive edition of Alice allowed us to see the tangential references to the real world. These connections give us the opportunity to see why Alice can be so controversial in terms of what the subject matter is. So my response is: Absolutely, 100%, No Doubt! 

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47. I am confident with the story and annotated notes. I have been for a while. I enjoyed the text and understand it. The notes at times, did bother me and anger me at times. However, I understood them and can appreciate them more now. They seemed to block my imagination from coming up with its own explanations for things at times. That’s ok though, because they kept me from forming the wrong opinions. Sometimes I would have to force myself to read the annotated notes. In general, however, they were interesting. 

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48.After the project, I understand more of the story than ever. The Annotated part is the confusing part. Some of the annotations were long and they went in depth about the most unimportant things.

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49.I didn’t really like the annotations that much because it seemed like it had no impact. The annotations were just obvious things that had no relation most of the time. Sometimes however, the annotations are what helped me get an idea from a blog.

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50. While I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the annotations, there was absolutely not confusion as to reading and understanding them. Actually, sometimes the annotations would help me to understand an even in the story that confused me.

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After creating my own posts and reading those of my peers, I’d say I have a greater grasp of the text than the majority of the population. I’m not quite a scholar, and I might not be able to give a lecture on it, but I ‘understand’ it.

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52. I feel very confident about the story, but not so much the annotations. Facts have a tendency to slip my mind.

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53. I understand the story. But at times I feel as if I’m missing something.

 

“Quality of Writing & Thinking” – End of Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Student Entries — Christian Long @ 5:28 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end – to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 4:

Do you feel CONFIDENT about the QUALITY OF WRITING & THINKING that is required of you as you discuss “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “The Annotated Alice” notes now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I do feel confident about my writting quality. I believe that my first 10 are my best but I also have strong faith in my other 9 blogs. I speant atleast 1 hour on each blog so I know there loaded with my thoughs. My first 10 blogs that were posted were posted over time. The next 9 were done the night before the due date. Like I said before I still have great faith in my last 9. Even though I did the last 9 on the day before the project was due I still spent the same average time on each blog.

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2. Yes. Whatever is the best you have is the only thing that gets published. Nothing lower than highest quality deserves the space it takes up on our blog and your blog. If any sloppy writing is published it is punished through your own consciousness. You feel like you let yourself down, and your team. You think people will come to see this post as representative of all of yours. Since anyone can see what you write, you have to be better than your best. And when you aren’t the best, you feel the need to become better, add more rhetoric or subtract some, recreate the idea flow and change these words over here. The openness encourages you to rewrite, or if you decided that you wouldn’t like me, to rethink and see the weakness of your arguments.

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3. It was made very clear to us from the beginnig that in order to succede in this project we would have to produce high quality work. We were alotted alot of time for this project so, high expectations were understandable. It was also made very clear that what we wrote could not be empty and thoughless, it would require alot of brain work. We were very clearly givin all expectations regarding quality so, there should be no confusion.

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4. I do now. I now undertand that there was not a certain way you had to write your blog entries. They did not have to sound extremely intellectual in the sense of using huge words that you don’t really know, and you didn’t have to only write about philosophies that you have about the book or greater meanings. You could write about anything. You could write obervations, analysis, or just fun facts. This also made the blogs more interesting. There were soundtracks, analysis stuff, and blogs that were just written pointing out places where the author had seen Alice. There were even blogs referencing modern technology. As long as it was a coherent thought, you could write about anything you wanted pertaining to Alice. It took me a long time before I realized this. At first, I thought it had to be all analysis and finding deeper meanings. What made it harder for that was the annotations, which someone wrote a blog about. Even if you had this great idea about another meaning for a certain character or action, you would read the annotations and find out you were wrong in your theory. On the other hand, the annotations provided different ways of thinking. They would explain something in a way that would make you think about something else in that same way. I finally realized not to think really hard about trying to come up with something.

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5. I had some doubts about the quality of thought in my posts at the beginning of the project, but as more outside people left Mr. Long comments about how great they thought our project was, my confidence grew. The attention that adults gave to us “10th graders” told me that we definitely had the quality of writing and thinking needed. I was especially proud when during a Cover-it-Live session, one of the “judges” asked what age group we were. I was even prouder when she said that our ideas were far above the sophomore level. I am very proud of the Alice Project and have no doubts about the quality of thought and writing now that the project has ended.

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6. Sort of. I understand the fact that we were expected to come up with our own ideas about what we read in “Alice” and present our ideas well, but the fact that there wasn’t really a set “bar” to reach quality-wise sometimes made it difficult. I constantly found myself wondering if my pending post had enough analysis, enough research, if it was too tangential, too informal, etc. We were obviously expected to write at a high standard, but that standard varies greatly, probably student-to-student, student-to-teacher, student-to-public, and possibly even teacher-to-public. In that sense, it was rather difficult to know what to do in order to interest and impress everyone who would be reading our entries.

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7. Yes, because my mind can actually manage to obtain the information and understand it. While in the begginging it would take me atleast two times to read a chapter and fully understand Carroll’s meaning. As the project pregressed my mind developed to the project and ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” to where I could understand and elaberate.

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8. I did feel confident with the quality of writing and thinking that was asked of us in Alice. We were allowed to follow any rabbit we chose but publish a good piece of writing with that. All of us, as honours students have the ability to put together a very good piece of work. Nothing was asked of us that we could not accomplish writing and thinking-wise. Now that the project has ended, I believe as a whole, we have really shown others that we are capable of putting together an amazing piece of work.

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9. I believe my quality of writing and thinking blew my expectations. I also think that the quality of my classmates deffinitly blew my expectations. At the beginning of the process I would have never dreamed of reading and thinking of any of the blog posts that were posted by my classmmates and I. This was truly a “comming of age” experience for my classmmates and I as we journeyed through Wonderland.

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10. I am confident about the quality of writing and thinking for the most part now that it is over. before I didn’t understand much of it, but towards the end of the project, everything clicked. After being confused for most of the project and reading many posts, everything seemed to make sense. I began to make connections with alice that I couldn’t before.

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11. Once again I do feel confident about everything that is required. It’s just a few times I probably didn’t have my best writing on a blog entry. Honestly, it’s hard to go and write the best you ever had for a blog entry 12 times. For people out there that can, great for them. For me though it’s just hard. I may have just gone and thrown in a random sentence here or there just to make it look better. But, honestly again, that’s the way I write. I think while I write, whatever thought comes to my mind I type it down. It may not be the best way of going about things, but it makes the blog entries a little more interesting.

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12. At first I was quite doubtful about writing 12 posts on Alice. I figured there wouldn’t be much to write on at all and I would surely get stuck early on. It turns out 12 is the magic number. Anymore and I would have hit a dead end. One analyses per chapter was what I stuck to throughout the project and that worked out better than I expected. Although at times I did get stuck, overall I can say I am surprised I could have this much to say about Alice. After this project ended Alice has been popping up everywhere. The upside of that is I can now understand the allusions and refrences to Alice that I would not before. In fact I might read Through The Looking Glass, just out of curiosity.

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13. Sort of. To me this is a yes and no question. Most blogs I wrote I felt pretty confident about my writings and some I did not. I think that my writings were best, when I had a good topic and a good amount of time to sit down and write. When my topics are not that strong and I am rushed, I can tell, and I think that the quality of my writing was not as good as it could have been.
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14. Yes, I feel like my insight was more than adequate. That is one thing I feel very confident about. I feel that my blogs/comments may not necessarily be the most in quanitity, but I feel they exhibit excellent consideration and thought.

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15. Yes and no, I feel like my quality of writing has improved drastically because of this project. I aslo feel like I have more confidence in my writing, and I’m a lot more sure of what I write, compared to the beginning of the year. Though, I’m always afraid that an adult will comment on my blogs and contradict, or dis prove me with everything I say. Not saying that any adult would do that, but there are some that might and it scares me to think that.

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16. I feel like in all the madness of wonderland this was the one thing I never encountered any problems with. Writing makes sense to me and Alice never ceased to provide me with plenty of writing prompts. I enjoyed the chance to argue a point from both sides and still have hundreds of others left to choose from.

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17. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I think I gained ability to understand a story and to question things in the story. I probably could have come up with more blogs. But I became stuck. I feel like my writing improved. I am impressed by my classmates. Everyone wrote amazing blogs. It takes alot of thinking to write one of these blogs.

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18. I’m fairly confident. I see many students whose ideas were scraping the bottom of their minds for blog post ideas, and I’m sure I too was desperate like them. In this way, we are all very successful. I wish I could start over though. I wish I could write more and explore more into Wonderland. I wish I had more time in class to ask questions. I wish I had time to breathe. I wish I had time to STOP thinking so my dad wouldn’t ground me because I wasn’t coming out of my room from the time I got home. But my ideas are what they are, and are everything they are not, which pleases me.

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19. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I feel that all of my entries are able to meet the minimum for quality if they don’t surpass that markk completely. I believe I analyzed Alice in an in-depth manner. I also feel that my comments were able to provide insightful feedback and allow the student and others to sometimes see a different point of view.

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20. I really liked some of my work, and would have rather fleshed out further on some ideas then have to skim by on 12 separate entries. I’m more of a quality over quantity person, and very much anti-quantity.

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21. I understand that this is an Honors class, and it is necessary to show a higher degree of writing and analysis. (Although My Writings Have Misspellings) I certainly did my best work on some of the blogs. Others could have been better. I had friends give me some ideas, and there were some things that came to me while sitting at home, relaxing. The project demanded more from us students than anything we encountered before, and I think I did “Ok” for a beginner blogger.

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22. Now that I look back, the amount of quality could have been better and that I should have worked harder on iterpreting.

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23. In the beginning I was unsure what to analyze. But I think once I got going with the project it became a lot easier. Also, reading other students blogs helped me think more. I also think my writing improved during this project. And when we go back to the weekly blogs, they will be much easier.

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24. I do feel confident about everything now that the project has ended, however I wish I had more preparation for the project, for example time schedules for myself and my time.

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25. It is interesting to look at the quality of writing and thinking nearly all my classmates have produced with their posts and comments. Some students that are habitually more quiet had a lot to say on the blogs. Additionally, socially adept students seemed to create long chains of comments that mimic social conversation, with a healthy dose of insightful intellect added to the mix. And while some posts were difficult for me to read due to their style, all exuded careful thought.

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26. I’m pretty sure that the word ‘analyze’ is engraved in my brain by now. Now that I’ve analyzed Alice I feel like I can analyze anything in this silly little world! It’s made me think about new things and realize the obvious things that my wandering mind had never took notice of before. Thinking and collaborating with the team would also be good to incorporate in the project in the future maybe, like mandatory group discussions of the text so that struggling members can also feel confident in their work.

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27. My quality of writing, I felt, lived up to the expectations, at least for the most part. I was expected to write blog posts that were thought-provoking and hopefully debate provoking. Due to the comments I have recieved, I feel that I did fulful the expectations. Mr. Long did a very nice job of explaining what was expected of me as well, so I knew I could get working right off the bat and produce quality work. I fully give Mr. Long the credit for my understanding of the expectations.

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28. B: I feel pretty confident about the writing of my blogs and comments. I think my thinking about Alice has been up to par as well. I could have done more, but I put it off, but I still think everything was good.

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29. I think I’ve got a handle on what needs to go on intellectually. When I put pen to paper (or digit to keyboard), there’s a moment when my day’s success hangs in the balance. Either I’ll feel truly inspired, and crank out 5 blogs and 7 comments, or I’ll look dumbly at the screen and feel that malady of inkslingers, writer’s block. I’m just not really sure what a certain day is going to be until I step up to the laptop. My intellect seems to vary greatly, depending on what a certain day might be.

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30. The main thing that I was truly confident about was the quality of my thinking. Often my ideas get bogged down by my writing, however, in these blog posts I was able to fully express my ideas and often spark interesting conversations with other students. I loved the idea that flow through my mind and were brought into the world. This outlet for creativity was INCREDIBLE.

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31. When the project was first started, I wasn’t exactly sure about what to write about. I just thought that I was writing about the most random topics, and I thought my quality of writing was kind of sucky. But, as the prject began to improve, new ideas started coming into my mind. I just wrote about what I thought were good topics of conversation to bring up. This came through for me at the end of the project. People started leaving comments about what I had written, and I knew that I was heading in the right direction.
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32. Yes I feel like I have accomplished this. I did have sometimes where I got “writer’s block” and had nothing to write about. I also had some times when I didn’t think that the quantity of my writing was enough. I think that the quality over quantity helped rule out some of the things I wrote about. My blogs were very good and helped explain how I felt about this whole project. It was good that I could comment on other blogs and help other people understand my point of view on their blog, or vise versa. If I were to go back and do it again at this point I would be very confident that my writing and thinking was very good.
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33. I now feel confident about the quality of writing. At the beginning of the project my writing wasn’t that amazing, but now I realize how my writing has changed because of this project. I knew what was required of me, but I didn’t see how to write it and make my words come out the way they are supposed to. I also now know how to analyze the stories better after this project is over.

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34. I am very proud of myself of the content that I was able to produce and grow upon. There were some concepts that I didn’t even know I was capable of, the amount of creativity there was. The bottom line is that I’m very proud of myself. My group, for the majority, did equally as well of writing, though there were a few times I questioned the writing caliber. Other than that, I am confident about the quality of writing and thinking required.

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35. I feel like this project has made me a much stronger writer. I am also proud of the ideas that I noticed in the book that I wrote about in my blogs.

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36. I am very confident with the quality of writing and thinking that was required. I think that my blog’s entry had very good quality. Also there was a lot of thinking that went into the blog entry.

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37. I feel that If i were to do this project again the quality of my writing would be a lot stronger. I understand the project and what is required a little better now. I have developed strategy for the story so I think that next time it won’t be as hard coming up with ideas and I will be able to focus more on quality. I should have done more research in order to have good quality.

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38. I feel that my work was excellent. I felt that my work had the potential of being stronger. However, I am comfortable with my accomplishments.

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39. I was genuinely surprised by the insights i had while reading Alice in Wonderland. While I had always assumed there was meaning in Alice I was surprised at how easily I was able to find it and drag it out for people to see. Over all I found my quality of writing great.

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40. Since day one, I’ve known that Mr. Long’s expectations were high in the quality of writing and thinking, because it’s just one of things where you know that expectations are already set high when walking through his door. So, in the beginning, we were to analyze Alice and the annotations, and to be able to go an entire class period just discussing themes, symbols, characters, plot, etc. And that’s like any other book we read in here as well. But now, since we’ve finally finished Alice, and also for some who watched “Alice” on Syfy to compare the two, I feel as though the expectations have risen. By now, from thus completing the project, we should all now be considered “experts” on the Lewis Carroll’s novel. And with that, all of us could hold an entire day only discussing “Alice’ Adventues in Wonderland.” So for when we have class days, our period would consist of us coming into classroom, grabing a chair, and talking anything about Alice, or anything that relates to Alice as well.

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41. The project required a lot of thinking but as it went on and your thoughts got tuned to Alice it became very simple.

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42. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. When Mr. Long first assigned the project I thought he was crazy for thinking I could do that much thinking along with all the other classes I have plus sports. As the project progressed I began to see, through the ideas of others, exactly what was expected. I struggled with the length of the blog posts. I had many great ideas, but putting them into words was difficult. My mind doesn’t like to write. It is a difficult concept for me- wirting my thoughts for the whole world to see with my name posted on it. That is basically the only thing I struggled with, though. I did enjoy this project. I like to think, to form ideas and opinions. I am a very opinionated person.

43. Like I said above, my first work was not my best. I talked about the chapters and put hardly any symbolitsic reasoning in to it. That was my problem because of the lack of concentration that the classroom created for me. I really wish I could throw some of my blogs away because a lot of them felt a little far-fetched. I still think that they reflect a good sense of what my work is like, but it is not my best. I actually do not like my writing style all that much. When I look around at all these other blogs that i must comment on, I feel saddened. I do not think I write that well compared ot my classmates. Based on my best work, I would think that my work is up to par, again with regards to my “skill.” I have no duobt that I will ever be laughed at for my work, but there are some blogs that I would really like to have changed for those are definately not my best work. That is why I give myself the “sort of ” ranking for this question-for my writing style.

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44. I think I did my best at writing. My blogs were never about plots, but rather ideas I formulated in my head while reading the story. I was able to link my ideas to real life. I was very excited that a professional was able to take my ideas and apply it to life. I was scared though. I posted a blog as a continuation to a comment thread by that porfessional. I failed to mention Alice until Mr. Long reminded me to. No matter the grade, I was happy to spakr a convesation with a professional, and now it’s two!!

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45. I know exactly the quality of writing and thinking needed for this project. I know the blog posts have to be more than 12 sentences and that our comments have to be more than 7 sentences. We could not just have a blog only about summary. All of our blogs had to be thoughtful and have meaning, even our comments.

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46. Although I understand what you are wanting of us, sometimes I do feel insecure about the quality of my writing. You do expect a lot from the sophomore class ,but I know we can do it. My class is very bright and we can all fulfill what you expect if we simply push ourselves to go further. As far as thinking, we have many bright thinkers as well who often are able to think of many deep ideas that each of us may not have realized if we were reading the book on our own at home. We are an honors class and what you expect of us is completely understandable,but I’m not saying we don’t still have to work. I’m not going to lie, sometimes this class feels harder than my AP Euro class. We work very hard in this class and always have an assignment ,but they are fun and easy to engulf ourselves into them. We are able to easily make each story we read apart of our world. We all discuss our class so much outside of class and school that we are able to almost bring it into our reality, just like the authors wanted.

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47. My response is: For the most part, although a few things confuse me. The quality of writing was definitely understood. The quality of thinking was what confused me. Everyone can develop very reasonable thought processes. Maybe it was the way they displayed them in which the the grade can be given. The quality of writing can be an interesting point of interest as well. Some people thought that quality entailed their number of sentences, but I believe that shorter blogs have a more profound effect on the reader. As long as people used the correct way to show their views, the length of the blog does not correlate to the quality of writing. I found that shorter blogs were more fun to read and allowed me to interpret the idea in my own way. I often was more confused when I read some of the longer posts. I do recognize the fact that the blogs had to be a minimum number of sentences, but I also see that sometimes, the posts could be more effective if they approached a topic and left a few loose ends for people to wonder about.

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48. Like I said in the comment above; it’s all very clear. I really don’t see how it could not be. If you wrote something less than satifactory you knew it and others did too. It is very clear that we were to put a lot of effort into everything and anything pertaining to the story or annotated notes. sometimes the annotated notes annoyed me because I couldn’t form my own opinions of things, but I understood thier significance. writing about the notes was rather fun though, because then I was able to form my own opinions.

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49. I have always understood the quality of writing and thinking required of me. While working on my blogs, I always tried to do my best in getting my point across and opening doors (or maybe digging holes) people could walk (or fall) into. I always left a door open for discussion and debate. The same goes for my comments. I tried my best to give the OP something to think about.

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50. I think that as the project goes on and you have written most of your blogs and comments, it is hard to keep on thinking at the level that you were in the beginning. But because there are so many things to write about in Alice, it is not that hard to keep having more ideas.

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51. Absolutely! I don’t think I’ve ever written as well for a class as I did with this project. Maybe it’s because it was so much more personal than the others, but I really put a lot of effort into making each blog seem professional and understandable, not childish.

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52. Again, I’d LIKE to think my posts were of a fairly high quality of writing in thinking; I’m certainly not the best critic of my own work, however. I felt that when I analyzed the text, I went pretty in-depth, and when I analyzed the film in comparison to the book, I made some relatively interesting discoveries.

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53. I guess I do…I’m rather surprised by the fact that one of my favourite blogs of my own was my very last one; which I wrote while in a rather floaty state of mind. But, well, it kind of works for Alice, doesn’t it?

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54. As the project progressed it became harder to find a topic that I could write a quality blog on.

 

“Confidence About the Technology” – End of Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Surveys — Christian Long @ 5:14 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end – to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 5:

Do you feel confident about the TECHNOLOGY side of the project now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. Sort of. At the beginning of the project I was worried about being editor. I didn’t know how to put things as pending and stuff like that. But as time went on my team proved to be very helpful. As the helped me I grew a lot in confidence. I felt so much better about technology for this project that I volunteered for 2 weeks of editor for this project. Now I’m a lot more confident in technology than I was before the project.

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2. Yes. Really nothing hard. No css ever used (even though I learned it specifically for this project (-.-) oh well…) no other code ever necessary. This may be extremely haughty by me, but I am more prompted to ask “what technology?”. Yes, web 2.0 is fun and intriguing, but it is not something I would count as even semi-hardcore technology. I think this should be less about the “ohh… shineeeeeeee. technology” and more about why this technology is used and how it helps. The use of web 2.0 definately helped the process. It encouraged collaboration, which (as I argued in number 3 and 4) is extremely important to the creation of ideas and the development of the student.

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3. Technology played a huge roll in this project. At first it was a bit of a shock because, we worked on laptops every day for the entire class pierod for about 5 weeks so, that was very different. However, as time went on, it became more natural and we were able to ajust very well. I personly had very very few problems on the technolgy side of things other than some trouble with uploading and such so, that was very comforting. The technology we used may seem complicated and very unrelated to english class or Alice.

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4. All during the project I knew how to use WordPress well enough. I knew how to make a new post, write the post, and save it as a draft or submit it for review. When I became editor there was a new aspect of having to know how to change a blog from draft status to pending, but that still wasn’t too challenging. As I continued to find new things to write about I found new functions of WordPress to go along with them. I learned how to embed a video or other media, and embed a link into my post. The hardest thing for me was when I got admin power to change settings of our page. I did need some help on that, but I gradually learned how to mess with some of the functions to make our page even more fun and unique. My group really helped me with some of the technological aspects of this project, so that I could focus more on writing instead of worrying about the tech stuff.

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5. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I had some doubts about the quality of thought in my posts at the beginning of the project, but as more outside people left Mr. Long comments about how great they thought our project was, my confidence grew. The attention that adults gave to us “10th graders” told me that we definitely had the quality of writing and thinking needed. I was especially proud when during a Cover-it-Live session, one of the “judges” asked what age group we were. I was even prouder when she said that our ideas were far above the sophomore level. I am very proud of the Alice Project and have no doubts about the quality of thought and writing now that the project has ended.

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6. Sort of. I, personally, am very inexperienced with technology. I’ve never taken the time to try to figure out how to work various computerized programs-If I don’t know how to use it, I don’t. This project challenged me to work with different technological programs and “widgets” in order to make my team’s blog the best it can be. I do believe that I learned a lot about technology through the process, and may even use some of the tools in the future. That said, it did take me awhile to figure it out.

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7. I feel 100% about the technology now that I have had a good amount of practice with it. In the begginging, I struggled to keep up because my lack of knowledge with the site, but as soon as I played around with it for awhile, I got the hang of it.

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8. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. This is the one aspect of the project that I feel still is a little confusing. Never working with WordPress before, it was a completely new concept to me. I was introduced to something very new and from the technology aspect, I am still learning. I do not fully understand WordPress and if asked, I do not believe I could run my own blog to the best of my ability. WordPress was the only aspect of the project I never really connected with. If I was asked if I wanted to work with WordPress again, I would have to say no. I just didn’t like the complexity of it and personally, I found WordPress troublesome.

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9. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt. I believe my classmates and I discovered many different ways to use technology in our blogs to showcase what we have learned. Some of the technology were “for show” and some were for fun, yet the way we presented them was something to accknowledge. I do know there was no way for us to discover all of the different technology devices that were out in the world, yet with the ones we did find, we used them to our advantage to truly showcase what we have learned.

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10. I feel confident about the Technology side of the project now that the project is over. Posting blogs and comments seem easy to me in terms of technology, nothing confused me technology wise. Sometimes the site was acting weird, but the problem was easily fixed.

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11. Yeah of course. Technology is my thing. Theres not a day that goes by that I’m not on a computer. This was by far the easiest concept to grasp on the entire project. Not that hard to understand actually. That’s how the world is now a days. Full of technology. You would be considered out of the loop if you didn’t know what you were doing.

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12. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! The technology part was one side of the project that took time to learn for me. However, now I can start my own blog and I have learned how to use tools for when I need them in the future. The prezi presentation was something I feel will be very useful. It was hard to use at first, in my opinion, but the final result was satisfying. In fact I was proud of myself for making something that looked complicated, when in reality, once you get the hang of it, is easy to do. I showed my mom and many other people what I could do with the blog and tools, for the most part they were pretty impressed. It was also a new experience to be able to use the computer during class time, which didn’t really feel like class at all.

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13. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. Now that the project has ended, I feel really good about the technology side. I am comfortable with the website and publishing blogs. Although there are a few things that still confuse me, like changing the format of the website.

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14. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Sure, I feel like the technology aspect was fairly simple. It proved to be the most vital property of the project because it allowed all our posted thoughts to amount to something in the real world. We were able to share our ideas with others which in turn gave them actually value for some one. Instead of just being turned in on a sheet of paper and read solely by Mr. Long, technology allowed us insight via communication.

15.  I absolutely love the technology side of it! At first, I understood technology, but I was definately a newbie when it came to the blogging aspect. I was used to commenting on Chase the Rabbit, not making and managing my own blog. Thanks to much help from my group, we learned together on how to “pimp” out our site, embed videos and pictures, and add/ create links.

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16. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. Technology an I don’t get along very well, though I must admit after spending the last 6 weeks with my nose pressed to a computer monitor we are now on speaking terms…at least for the moment. Other than the occasional tech glitch things ran fairly smoothly.

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17.  I learned so many new things about technology with this project. I have always been good with computers. Now I know so many cool programs to do school work on. This is the first time we have done a project that was all technology. I think it was great. In a world surrounded by technology, it is important for use to learn to use it. This project convinced my parents to buy me a laptop! I love that we get to use technology in this class. It makes the class unique. We finally got to use a computer in class using something besides Word or PowerPoint. I think the technology involved in this project is what made it so successful. I will always remember this project.

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18. The Internet is like Wonderland. What am I saying… Everything is like Wonderland, because Wonderland is nothing, and everything. The internet is there… I can see it… I can look at it and talk on it and share my postulations on it. But the internet is not there. I can’t hold the internet, I can’t point to a location on a map and say “that’s where the internet is,” because it’s everywhere. The internet is traveling through my mind, through the air and through the bricks in the wall. So is Wonderland. Wonderland is in my head. I can see it, right in front of my eyes, but I cannot go there. I can’t physically take my body and walk to the threshold between Calgary, Canada and Wonderland. However, I can go to Wonderland whenever I want, just like I can boot up my Mac and go to the internet. In this way, I am forever lost, like Alice.

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19. Well, thanks to my teammates, I have been able to grasp the technological aspect of the project extremely well. I have learned how to use numerous web 2.0 tools and how to manipulate blog posts. I have alos learned how to have my pesky laptop do what I want and not the other way around.

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20. I loved the technology part. Doing this online is why it was a fun experience… other people got to see our work and critique it, other students actually realize who is(n’t) a good writer, and so on. This project really opened up a lot of doors, but the Web 2.0 tools were more of a nuisance than an aid, if you ask me.

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21. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I liked doing the Prezi, and the task of being editor was easy to handle. The most confusing aspect of the project was using “Cover It Live,” which took a while for me to figure out. Once I did, it was open season with the live polls and ability to post pics/videos.

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22. Although technology will continue to confuse me, I believe that technology was getting easier to use as time went on. Using the technology makes it easier to express my ideas and research new ideas for the blogs. I really only had a problem with navigating the ‘vast’ amount of information that was on the site.

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23.  I loved how this project was on the computer. I quickly learned how wordpress worked and how to submit comments and blogs. Also, with the spreadsheet on google docs made it a lot easier. I never had worry about how many blogs or comments I had done because I had it all on there.

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24. Yes, I’ve never had much trouble with technology, so this was not a worry to me. I do plan on making my own blog on wordpress soon, just about life. I feel that everything is connected, even randomly, but it all matters.

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25. The technology did not phase me very much at the beginning of the project, and I only learned more as the project progressed. However I did witness some technological issues within my team and elsewhere, and I found myself grateful to have experimented on the class blog, Chase The Rabbit, prior to beginning the Alice Project.

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26. Sort of. TECHNOLOGY. Okay well I know our English teacher is some tech-wizard but most of us are not! We are the internet generation, but the blogging world is very new to me. Some more explanation of prezzie, cover it live, web layouts, and all those other fun things that I have just now discovered were not easy to understand. I figured them out after much head-banging, but I would have liked some more direction from the self proclamed master blogger, Mr. Long. I know it’s my responsibility to seek out that help, but I’m sure many other students felt the same as I did, like for example all of my other group mates [super-wink].

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27. Yes, I feel completely confident about the technology side of the project. I learned, easily, how to use WordPress to express my and my teammates’ ideas in the best way possible to make them interesting for the reader. I also learned ways to collaberate with my teammates, as well as anyone in the outside world, by using tools such as CoverItLive. I also used Prezi to make a presentation at the end of the project, which I put together, but all of the teammates contributed to. In order to do this, we used GoogleDocs, another amazing technological tool, to collaberate with each other. My teammates shared all of their ideas with me, and I used them to make a final, collective, presentation about the project.

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28. A: I feel confident about the technology part of the project. I liked the tech part alot. I liked it much more then any traditional project. I would like to do something else like this in the future.

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29. There is no fear here. I think that as the project has progressed, the understanding of all things technologic has skyrocketed. After all these advancements, I think there’s nothing that we can’t learn to do, at least with these new devices and tools.

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30. I want to say yes, but in truth I’m a bit confused. The technology requirements, I feel, seemed to take away from the power of the posts. I have never been really good with computers and so I felt as though I was forcing the technology upon my ideas. I like old-fashioned and so, if this project had been paper and pen or preferably, quill, ink, and parchement I would have been fine. The subtle reminders of it were everywhere though. Technology gave Alice a gun.

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31. This was my number one concern about the project. To tell you the truth, I’m not much of a techy. I wanted to learn more about technology, but I thought that it would just take more time. I tried to help one of my teammates out on the technology part, but I just wasn’t familiar with anything. My teammate was, thank goodness. This is one thing that I regret. I wish that I could’ve helped out more with the technology, but I guess I needed to do that before the project started….

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32. This was the only part of the project I understood in the beginning. Technology was easy for me, well I think being in my generation helps. I know how everything worked and how the blogs were set up. I struggled with everything else besides this. But now I know all of this especially the technology part. I loved this part though, because I could learn a lot more stuff.

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33.  I am confident about the technology side of the project. My only question through the entire project was about editing. I understood how to use a computer and how to save my writings on Google Docs and how to post comments and posts. The technology was confusing a little at first because I had never written a blog, but after the first day it was very clear to me.

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34. For the most part, yes. I certainly think we got ahold of any necessary concepts. We even thrived upon Gmail and used a “Discussion Board.” However, there were a few personal problems I had that I am only curious about after doing this project… primarilly for the fact that I’d like to start my own blog and know how to make every inch of it. As for the Alice Project, we had no immediate problems to really acknowledge.

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35. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I do feel very confident of about the technology. At the beginnig of this project I wasn’t so sure about how I was going to cope with it, but now I realize that it was a breeze once I figured it out.

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36. Some of the things confused me. I guess there was a part that I missed when you were talking about the technology. So I am a little confused.

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37. Yes I understand the technology better now that I have done the project. I am much more familier with the technology now that I have done the project. I like the technology and I hope we get to use it again.

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38. I feel that I was adaptable and learned every tool easily and can now use it expertly.

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39. Absolutely, 100%, No Doubt!

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40. Over time I found the technology getting easier to use as I worked with it more.

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WordPress made everything easier. The simplicity of getting to communicate your thoughts was very nice.

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42. Sort of. I am still confused by the editor portion of the project. I was not a great editor.

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43. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. At the beginning of this project, the technology what confused me the most. Now though that the project has ended, I feel more confident about it. There are still some aspects that I would like to know. There are multiple widgets that I did not know what they meant, and I still do not. This is no fault of Mr. Long, he was very hlepful. THere were just times when I did not know what To do. The whole blog dashboard is quite hard to understand and there was never a tutorial. I believe if there had been a tutorial, then our page could have looked a lot better. It already looks very good, but I still wished if I could have known more. That knowledge would ahve embellished our project a lot more.

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44. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. Like I said before, the first week was very difficult being editor. No one knew of the submit for review button. Everything would be posted to a google docs and I would read it and i would show it to Mr. Long. As time progressed, we gained experience with blogs. We became familiar with wordpress. Technology helped, but every once in a while technology failed.

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45. Going into this project, I didn’t know a lot about technology. I feel like i learned a lot about technology during this project. I used more tools than i have ever used before. Sorry for such the short comments but i can’t stay in tutorial!

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46. I hate technology. I always have, but hopefully I will come around to it one day. I found the fact that we had to rely on technology for this whole project to be a little annoying. There was a week when I had to go to my dad’s house where his computer was down due to a virus. This made it hard to keep up and not fall behind. The fact that everything had to be done through wordpress or gmail was very annoying and frustrating.

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47. Technology was definitely a major part of the project. When I entered this project, I had no idea how to link or how to alter HTML’s. I am proud to say that after this project, I feel more comfortable with technology in general. I was never that into technology, but after this project, I feel as though the web can be used to best identify the topic at hand. Words are a powerful tool, but with a hint of technological prowess, we can make our words sing. This gives us the opportunity to present our ideas in their best light. To get to this point though, takes alot of work. I spent countless hours reviewing the technology so that I could feel comfortable in the realm of technology, but overall it is very useful for my knowledge base and comfort with the given subject. So my response is: Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!

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48. I don’t like technology. It doesnt like me. I can, however, sign a peace treaty with it for projects such as this. While the project was going on I was frustrated often by the technology, but now that its over I see it’s not so bad. So yes, I am confident about the technological side of the project. everything worked and continues to work, so I don’t see how I couldn’t be. Besides, without technology the project wouldn’t exist and I am confident in the project so i am confident in the technology.

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49. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I have never doubted the technology side of the project. Although it was confusing at first, after awhile I began to understand how it worked. Once I got used to it, the project became easier. WordPress and other websites of the same kind can be utilized and turned into powerful tools to get ideas and thoughts across to others around the world.

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50. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. When I was editor, I really didn’t know how to do anything. I was left wondering how to do most of the things an editor was supposed to do.

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51. Well, I’m still exploring the different websites and trying to figure out exactly how they’re supposed to work, but that’s usually how it is with new websites. Other than that, I feel pretty good about the tech. part of it.

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52. Sort of. This is mainly due to the fact that my home computer had problems running some aspects of WordPress. As such, I can’t ‘confidently’ choose number one as my answer. If my computer had worked fine with WordPress, I’d have gone with the first answer.

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53. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I feel that I could have done a much better job on the layout of our site, making it more creative and such, but I couldn’t really figure out how to edit the CSS and do HTML on wordpress. So, that was a bit of a bummer. And I kind of lacked on the banner, and just did a google search rather than a full on photoshopped blend. But, it still looked nice.

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54. After the first two weeks everything made sense and I was able to utilize the tools given as if I had been working with them for months.

 

 
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