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 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.

 

“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.

 

“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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41.

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.

 

“Big Picture” – End of Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Student Entries,Surveys — Christian Long @ 4:28 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 2.

Do you feel confident about the BIG PICTURE VISION of the project now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. Absolutely, 100%, no doubt. At the beginning of the project I felt a little lost but as time went on I started to understand better. When I started to read the book I felt disconnected to it. As I looked through people blogs and commented on them I discovered that what I was reading meant so much more than I thought it meant. It influenced me on how to develop my own ideas and go as far as I can with them. As time passed I became more confident in my writings, beliefs of the book and ideas. I tried my best to look at others people views by reading the comments left on my blogs. I do wish I got a little more feedback from my piers though. But overall I believe that I really learned this book. I feel like I know this story better than any other book I read this year.

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2. I think I do see the “BIG PICTURE VISION” of the project. Whether I see all of it or not I cannot answer, nor can I say whether what I see is the actual vision or just a side benefit. These six weeks of blogging have given us students a serious amount of time to completely chew and digest Alice. I think we have easily understood more of the novel than nearly any other group of tenth graders can say of themselves. This is not mainly due to the amount of time given (even though, as you said on friday, it provided the inside experience), but I think it is rather due to the collaboration of ideas. If Alex A. was said to be the first to fully understand to meaning of the hookah, then everyone heads over to his post. Everyone now knows about it. EVERYONE understands the book better, and in this case by a significant margin. Time helps, but the sharing of ideas is what leads to progress. It is not the 300 years of time that separate our sciences from the 17th century, it is the roads, the couriers. The blogs are like the printing press, without them there would be virtually no collaboration. How to teach without these blogs already seems like a mystery.

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3. I think this was a very modern way to look at Alice and it was very trying. This project required alot of thought and as time went on we had to do more and more thinking. We were also able to help others learn about Alice as well as share our ideas. I enjoyed learning in a new way and I think that I learned more than I would have through traditional learning because I had to teach myself and I had to learn from my pears.

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4. This project was supposed to help us understand Alice better, without disecting the book. It allowed us to provide our own explanation of the story instead of the cookie-cutter school answer. This was a great idea to also help us learn how to think outside of the box. As I worked on this project, so many things came into my mind that I never would have thought about any other way. Ideas that my classmates were bringing up made me think about Alice in completely different ways. They made my head hurt, but in a good way, I really needed it. I can now take the thought processes used for this project to approach everything in life, and I know that is a generic answer, but what I mean is that I will now think of other stories or opportunities in my life in different ways. This project has truly opened my eyes to a different way of thinking.

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5. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I know that the point of this project was so that we could discover Alice for ourselves, without being told the “answer”. However, I am not certain if there was a certain direction we should have aimed ourselves for. Some people wrote summaries, others discussed references in modern culture, and others offered their own interpretations of the story. For a long time I didn’t write any posts because I was sure if I was “doing it right”. I am still not certain if there was a certain aspect of the story we should have focused on. I understand that this was for our benefit, to discover Alice on our own, but I can’t help but feel that the result is a hodgepodge of everyone’s ideas with little focus or direction other than “Alice”.

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6. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. After working on the project for 6 weeks, I have definitely gotten a better sense of what it is about than I had at the beginning. I see how this project challenges us to think in ways we never have before, and write not just for a teacher, but for anyone in the public who happens to stumble across the site. That said, I, personally, do not thoroughly understand why this project has gotten so “huge,” both within the walls of our school and in the “real world”. Is a project in which students individually read and analyze a novel and then write about their findings so innovative? Is it the technology we used that made it so noteworthy?

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7. In the beginging I saw this project being just any other assignment Mr. Long would assign. As I got to research more on the project I learned a great deal of information that sparked my curiousity. By the last few days of the project, everything just seemed to come naturally and I could really type a blog with meaning. I believe as we got further into the project I learned how to get the feel of Word Press and “the Alice Project.” I also think that if I had been participating in the project for the full amount of time, that I may have understood this project better but I really do get the BIG PICTURE now.

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8. Now that the project has ended, I definitely understand the big vision of the Alice Project. Never doing something like this before, at first I was very hesitant and had mixed thoughts on the project. Yet, after the project had ended, I look back on the experience and I think what an amazing project it was. Unlike anything we have ever done before, my classmates and I were able to put our ideas, thoughts, opinions and arguements out there in a way we cannot do in the classroom. This project allowed us to be more open and enabled us to think more in depth about what we were putting on the blog. Having an audience, I put more thought and effort into the project because of audience as opposed to something simply written down on a piece of paper to please a teacher.

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9. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I believe this project was to allow us, the student, to discover the most important lessons, points etc. in the text instead of the teacher or “Sparknotes” telling us what is “the most important” or “a good essay question”. This project also allowed us to discover what our peers saw was interesting and a point to think about. Basically we saw a side of our peers that we would have normally never have seen in a regular class project. The fact that people outside of our school walls were reading and commenting also allowed us to get feedback from the “real” world and put our minds in a different mindset (since we would not be writing JUST for our teacher).

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10. I believe got the whole big picture of the project before and now that it is over, I still get the whole project. I understand most of the project now that it is over. I understand that we need to analyze alice and make blogs about it and comment on other blogs. That the condept that I believe I understand.

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11. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I understand that the basis of this project was to analyze the book. But I don’t really know if we ever got to a conclusion with anything. Our blogs are full of questions and I don’t know if any of them have even gotten answered. I still want to know why he wrote this book. Why he put the things in it that he did. Who represents who. I see that we were suppose to try and figure these things out, but did they ever? I will probably go back and look and see, maybe write a few more, to figure things out.

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12. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! At first many things confused as far as just getting used to using the tools and the technology related to this project. As I got deeper into the project some things began to clear itself up. It wasn’t until the final day, or even the day after the project finished that I finally got the “big picture”. The meaning of Alice alluded me at times, but I finally figured out that Alice was suppose to be a reflection of yourself. I had been circling that idea for a while but it hadn’t made itself clear until the end. I also see how this project was suppose to tie together into real life experiences. A big part of that was teamwork as well as communicating effectively. I feel the project only started to gain momentum, when it was nearing its end.

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13. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! In the Beginning and for the first few weeks, I was confused on somethings, Like why are we writing blogs when we can just talk about story in class? Or why are we doing this?, it’s taking so much time and we could be doing other things. But now that the project is over, I definately see the big picture. I think that this was a great way for us, as students, to share ideas and what we thought of Alice in Wonderland, without being to shy to say it in person. I also think that Mr. Long didn’t want to tell us what this story meant because there is truly no right answer.

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14. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Of course the point of this project seems crystal clear in hindsight. I feel confident in what my team has done. I feel we really got the big picture in what we achieved, but sometimes I’m worried that it’s not enough by Mr. Long’s standards to just get the big picture.

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15. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I feel like I sort of grasp the idea of the story and some of the symbolism, though, I’m still somewhat lost. Aside from the annotations, I don’t think that I could have figured out many of the interesting points, or “reading between the lines”. To be frank, I’m not very good at that. With the help of many search engines, I was able to do some research, and attempt to figure things out for myself. Though, I’m not confident in my answers, and I just wish I knew whether it was right or wrong. Yet, I like how we could analyze the story, and there wouldn’t be a right or wrong answer, we could write what we thought.

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16. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Now that the project has finally ended I feel like all the pieces have finally fallen into place. And I’m beginning to see the meaning through the fog of wonderland. I also think that we have gone far beyond what was expected. In reading the posts of others and creating my own I feel like out class has reached a whole new type of personal understanding about Alice.

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17. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I am amazed by how popular this project has become. I had a hard time at the beginning of the project. It was hard for me to come up with ideas for blogs. I read fellow classmates’ posts and that helped me to come up with ideas. About halfway through the project is when I really became interested in it. I finally realized why we were doing this. I understand the story so much better now. I was also able to question the story. If we had just read Alice without this project, I would probably not be interested in it at all. The fact that we had to write blogs forced me to think and question the story.

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18. 100%. If this project can generate enough from loads of random strangers from around the world who have jobs and families and hungry cats, then this project is a success. It can, however, be questioned if every student came out of this project with a greater mind, a conquering compassion and a burning curiosity that is never satisfied, but majority were shaped for the better. The students succeed in creating intriguing arguments and discoveries, and you (Mr. Long) succeed because we succeeded. There is no end to this project. This project will continue to spark interest to the thousands of weary nomads of the internet, which is another way this project is a success. If we were to write a book report, the paper would be the home to hungry bacteria inhabiting a landfill. The internet can never die. Never.

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19. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! At the start of the project, I had major doubts as to how the project would come to be. Not anymore! I feel very confident in that the project has surpassed all of its original goals and expectations. The project has taught and will continue to teach Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for years to come.

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20. I’m lost like Alice. I honestly don’t see the point of doing a project on Alice. The book just isn’t appealing to me, and I understand it is a children’s book with everything hidden inside it… but why? I just don’t get it.

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21. Sort of. When “The Alice Project” began, I was overwhelmingly confused as to what “Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland” was talking about. I felt like I understood “Lord of the Flies” more than this story! Around week one of school, I grew tried of listening “Chase Your Own Rabbits.” I went on the internet to find out what the symbolism of a white rabbit actually was. Keep in mind, this was week one of the school year… I didn’t understand what the point of the project was, but did anyone? It started out as just a regular project, and out task was to get our ideas on “Alice” out to the world. After a few weeks it became clear that this was more than just something we had to do for English class. When we found out how many people were actually paying attention to the project, it became a much bigger deal. I worked harder, but I still didn’t understand why… I’m confident about “Alice” but not so with the Project’s Big Picture. I liked the project, but all I knew I needed to do was write about any idea that pops into my head. I was never 100% with the project.

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22. I would want to say yes, but I’m still confused. This project helped us learn much more than learning the information from someone else. Since we had to read and produce information to show that we know what we’re doing makes our brains go into gear.

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23. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! When we were first told about the project I was a little bit nervous. When we started the project, I knew everything we were suppose to do, but I was just feeling uneasy about the writing part of it. Considering we really had no limits except it had to be about Alice. In the beginning I was too worried on being right or wrong in my blog, and especially since it would have our names on it. Later I realized there are no right and wrong anwers. It can be your own opinion about the story and what you think it means. Then, blogs became much easier to write. Im not saying I didn’t get stuck with ideas at some point, but the overall idea of the blog became easier.

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24. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I feel that with a little bit more organization among the groups could have benefitted the group with the time we had. I think at the beginning of the project, some of us may have thought that this might be one of those projects where you do it for a few day then realize its not going to work. Soon, we all found out that it wasn’t going to stop, we should either make the best of it or waste the opportunity to shine in front of our peers. Many times we have thoughts or good remarks on stories, but do we ever get credit? No, not really because sometimes we don’t even get to express it. Through our blog, we got to put our names on our thoughts, thoughts that seem to be admired greatly 😀

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25.  For the most part, although a few things confuse me. While I am not confused about the ‘BIG PICTURE VISION,’ I do think the vision could be interpreted in different ways for different students. For example, one could say the purpose of the project was to help us understand the intricities of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll. I would argue, however, that the project was less about the actual story but rather our ability to explore a story, no matter what story it was. Perhaps the project was also meant to take us out of our comfort zones and explore unknown territory as real people in the real worldwide web.

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26. Do you feel confident about the BIG PICTURE VISION of the project now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED? Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Yes, I do well for the most part. I am very confident of what we did and I’m proud of the work we accomplished and the new things I learned, not just about thinking and analyzing, but about my teammates, the value of thought, and how important feedback and conversation is. What I’m not sure about is the reaction this will have from an outside view. I think the opinions are very divided, so who knows, but either way, no matter how the public evalutes our work and the big picture of this project, I’m very happy with the end result.

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27.”Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!”  Yes, I do feel confident about the ‘big picture vision’. The project was showing us that we can make ideas, form opinions, and talk to other students about them without the teacher’s intervention. I also think that the project made all of us feel more confident about ourselves, as well as build up our selfesteem. We feel more independent now, knowing that we can think on our own. That is what I think is so great about this project. Before, we thought that whatever the teacher said we should go along with, but now, it is the opposite. We are making the discussions, and the teachers (all around the world) are going along with OUR ideas. It really is revolutionary.

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28. Somewhere between For the most part, although a few things confuse and Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!: I don’t think there was any point in the project where I didn’t understand the big picture for the project. The first half or so I understood it, I just kinda put it off. Thats why I tried to make all my blogs and comments related to each other so they formed a big picture themselves within the big picture of Alice project 6 and the even bigger picture of the Alice project.

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29. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I think that I’m mostly sure of the point here, but I’m not quite sure of the ulterior motive. I think that the objective was to help us develop tech skills that would be useful in the real world, and cultivate our understanding of how peer review works. I am, however, unsure of why we were thrust out into the real world when no other teacher has ever done anything like this. I’m not sure if by “no other teacher” I mean “no other teacher in the world” or “no other teacher to whom I have been a pupil,” but it’s certainly a new experience to me, if nothing else. Overall, I think I do have a grasp of the idea, but I’m not sure it’s that specific.

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30. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!. Now, I can’t stop seeing allusions and references to Alice throughout the real world. When driving along I bug my family with the amount of connections I can identify. I think what Mr. Long said earlier in the year about not being able to “unthink” an idea really comes into play here. My big picture may be different from the big picture of another student but I think the fundamental ideals are the same. The picture is interesting.

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31. I feel confident for the most part, although I got a little confused along the way. When we first started this project, I was really confused about how this project worked. I was constantly asking for help, and I thought that I was supposed to know this stuff already. But, as we continued to make progress, our project began to improve and look better. Overall, I think that our project turned out great and I am wondering what comments others will leave on our projecct page.

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32. [Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!] I feel completely comfortable with the project and if it continued, I would do a great job. I understand all of the concepts and things needed to get done. It took me awhile, but I eventually figured it out. This was a cool project to express how we feel about the book along with other people’s opinions. The big picture is easy to understand because I’ve done it for a long time now and it just comes to me. I know exactly how to manage my time and come up with new ideas for blogs. At the beginning I wasn’t sure if I could handle all of this or now but I am now completely confident in the whole project. I wish it didn’t have to end!

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33. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I know understand what I was supposed to do, but it took me a while to understand how to edit and how to analyze the way i would like to and to get ideas. This project at first was very confusing because we were the first ones to do it and there weren’t any instructions we had to follow except of the number of blogs and comments and the length of the blogs. The big picture actually has come out to me even though it took me until the last week to really understand what we were trying to do and how it affected people. Also I feel more confident on how to write my blogs on when I analyze the book.

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34. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! All of the blogs were intertwined with many similar goals and concepts proven or discovered. They linked to eachother constantly, reasserting every new idea and working towards a conclusion to the very mad world. I believe visitors will be impressed by the sheer content and creativity of each element of the entire blog.

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35. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I feel very confident about the outcome of my project. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think that Mr. Long should do this over and over again. Not only was it a great way to read and analize the book, but it also was a great experience to learn about wordpress and bloging itself.

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36. In this project at first I didn’t really understand the big picture. As the project gradually went on I then started to figure out what the main point of this project was. Still though there are still things that confuse me. One of the things that confuse me is why is the whole world so interested in this project?

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37. Yes, I feel confident about the big picture vision of the project. While we were doing the project I probably wouldn’t be able to answer this question with confidence. Over the course of the project I was a bit confused on the overall concept of the project. I never fully understood why we were doing Alice. Once the project ended I was able to look back over the course of the project and see what we have all created. Everyone cam up with such great ideas and it made me look at Alice in Wonderland with news eyes. I do not think that it is just a kids story anymore. There is so much more to Alice and I am going to continue analyzing Alice even though the project is done.

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38. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I now comprehend Carroll’s work on a much greater level. My understanding and viewpoint have expanded greatly concerning Alice and the technology we used. However, I also see the project in much larger terms as a means. Specifically, as a means to create and explore new possibilities within a new realm of online classwork. We as a whole class synergistically set a paradigm for this new style of project. However, I hope that we are not the paragon and that others will develop even stronger work than this in new and more remarkable ways. Teacher and students, we evolved into editor and writers of a creation unseen and that cannot be unthought.

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39. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Of all things that confused me about the blog, The “Big Picture Vision” was never one. I understood from day one what both the purpose and the expectations were for this blog.

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40. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I say yes, because the quality of work my teamates did is astounding. I’ve never seen anything like what they have done over the past 6 weeks, than over the past couple year that I have known some of them. I’m really proud of their work, and it was pleasure working with each of them. However, the part that makes me worry about our big picture, is that my contribution has brought us all down to some degree. I don’t like the feeling of having carrying this burden and losing the impact of our main idea, just because of me.

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41. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!: I feel very times infinity plus 1 confident about the vision. As I stuggled through the project for the first 4 weeks and only started doing high quality work at the end, I see the potential that this had from the beginning. When we were assigned the project, I was confused as to how we were going to create an entire blog over a “children’s” story. As it went on others were enjoying succesful blog entries while I still didn’t get it. This continued to be the trend until the last 2 weeks. I hit a stride in my ideas and posts and everything just came to me. This happened with focus and drive and I realized what I could have done from the beginning. The idea from the project soon became a reality and I wish I could have done more.

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42. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. At the beginning of the project I was confused and scared. I couldn’t figure out what to write about, how to write it effectively, and how to use the technology. As the project progressed I became more familiar with the story and the project. I believe that my group’s blog is fantastic. It combines technology with a classic story. I had fun doing this project, even though I was reluctant at first. I didn’t want to ruin the already great story. My thoughts immediately went to “What could I have to say that hasn’t already been said by numerous people who were much smarter than I am?” but now I feel confident that what I discovered is important and great. Coming to these conclusions about the story were so much better done myself than reading what someone else had to say. My Alice Project turned out to be great because of all the confusion and chaos. Without that I wouldn’t have had the same opinions I have today. I believe that if anyone came upon our blog they would be impressed with the quality and quantity of my blog entries. I wanted this to be my best work and I feel like it is.

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43. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. Our page looks nice, clean, and quite professional. We have no picture of Alice, but I think it is a good break from the banal pictures on others’ pages. I, personally, changed a couple of the widgets to mix things up a bit. The movement of the widgets and addition of others helped our page have a distinct ‘personality.’ I feel confident that the topics that my entire group wrote about will never be ‘laughed’ at. The ideas that we presented are both insightful and intellectual. I do not like to say one hundred percent, because there is always room for improvement, but our group’s page is certainly close to that. We have multiple blogs that have received comments from people other than the students in our class. Many of these “outside commentors” are quite smart and insightful themselves. All in all, I would say I am 90% confident about our page.

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44. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I am fairly sure that I understood the point of this project, but with Mr. Long I could be missing something. All I know is that I post my ideas about Alice. My ideas can be from reading the text, or ideas given to me by other blog posts. I was supposed to comment other blogs, which was difficult for me. I particularly would have fun with my blogs. If I could get one started, I could think of good ideas as I went on. I’m still confused on the meaning of Alice, but I’m starting to think that Alice has its own meaning for everyone.

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45. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I feel like I understand this project completely. Going into this project, I had no idea what I was doing or what Mr. Long was expecting. I knew that we were supposed to analyze Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but that is it. As the project moved on i realized we were meant to be investigators, discoverers, thinkers, and dreamers. We have done what many other people have not. It was not until the project was over that I had realized what we had just accomplised. I took a step back and then I realized we were actually making something that people from all around the world are viewing and actually using. Mr. Long had been saying this throughout the project but I slightly ignored it. Now it all makes sense to me. Not only did i learn so much about the story, I learned teamwork. Working with a team is not always easy and during this five week project I had to learn how to be a part of this team for a long amount of time. I learned how to compromise, disagree and agree, communicate, and collaborate. Experiencing this project is good for me as i progress through life. I feel like I understand this project completely and it will never be forgotten.

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46. At first I was a little confused as to why we did this project and why we did it over this story ,but now I understand much better. This project was a great way to analyze a book in a fun way that also helped us learn about technology, while working on group settings as well. We could have simply read this story in class and discussed it daily without using blogs or anything of that nature, but you took it a step further. I still do not know why you chose Alice to do this project, I personally wish we would have done LOTF. Although Alice was a good story and helped us realize it is not just for children, I believe LOTF had many more issues to discuss and problems to debate. The only problem is that we would not have been able to have had our in class discussions, which is where I personally was opened up to many ideas I had not thought of before. Either way, both books were looked at inside and out just by different approaches, which was a nice change.

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47. I really understand the psychology of the project. I feel like an expert on the book itself now. The entire process has been enjoyable and I would be happy to do this on a different book. I would feel confident talking about the project as well as explaining the effect it has had on me as an individual. This project allowed me to explore the technology required to do this project well. It also allowed me to feel comfortable using technology anywhere. While allowing us to develop our ideas, without strict limitations, The Alice Project gave us the opportunity to create a blog that we are proud of. I am glad to say that I am proud of what we have accomplished as individuals, and even greater, as a class. We have inspired others to do the same. To me, that is the whole mission of the project: to display our knowledge, intellect, and to inspire others. So my response is: Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!

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48. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I don’t really understand what you mean by the big picture. Hasn’t it always been a big picture? I am confident in the blog itself, I am happy with how it all turned out. It’s your wording that has me thinking I may not understand something. When you say big picture do you mean that we are happy with what other people will see publically without knowing us or our writing styles? If so then yes. I think the team did a good job with the blog and I wouldn’t be embarassed by it. I am confident in the efforts we put into making it and what the public will see.

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49. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! At first I didn’t understand why we were working on such a large project. Soon, I realized why we were doing it and the importance the project carried. The project helped me, as well as others, understand Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland better.

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50. I do becuase I think that I know the international implications. I am in video production, so I know how we are showing this to conferences in Philadelphia.

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51. While I’m not sure what Mr. Long’s intent with this was, I feel that this hugely helped me with my analytical skills and writing style. I also see Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a whole new way, other than the simplistic impression I had had of it before. It’s a good way to show the rest of the world exactly what we can do with a children’s book as well.

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52. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! To me, the ‘big picture’ vision of the project was to create something that anyone from around the world could venture to, and leave with a substantial grasp of the text and/or its accompanying subjects (Disney’s alice, Carroll’s life, et cetera). I’m confident that my team was successful in this regard.

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53. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I feel very confident about the “big picture” of the project, especially now that it’s done. I was a little insecure about some of the things I did, but now that I go back and look, I see that it’s all done pretty well.

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54. Everything worked out quite smoothly. Everybody was able to write great blog posts, thoutful comments, and creative blogs as a whole. Teams collaborated nicely and everybody worked really hard.

 

“The Grade I Deserve” – End Of Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Surveys — Christian Long @ 4:02 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 1:

If you were to give YOURSELF an HONEST GRADE for YOUR PARTICIPATION & TEAMWORK now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED, what would you give yourself?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. I believed I worked with my team very well. We had great communication and didn’t run into any kind of major conflicts. Most of our team finished majority of the project before deadlines were closing in. We were good with setting up a specific time for meetings and chats. We worked well in editing and making sure everyone’s writings’ are of decent quality before pending them. I can confidently say we did our best. I tried my best as editor when I was in charge for two weeks. I asked my team multiple times if they had any suggestions for me to do that will benefit our team. And I did my best to put there suggestion into effect.

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2. I really think I understand Alice. I feel like I knocked the project out. The first week I was editor, I solved pretty much all technology problems my group was going to face, I basically designed the site, with approval of the others of course. I initiated the first CoverItLive session and coordinated the workflow so that it was not all visuals but posts were also being pumped out.
After that things were a lot more normal. I ate lunch and didn’t spend it in your room doing stuff. I think I posted high quality ideas and managed to do some subjects justice in a ridiculously short amount of words. 500 seems so much when one reads them and soooo little when one tries to explain ones ideas. Then I had a post-pause for some time, due to other grades and frankly needing some time to have a life during the break. Yes, this is mostly me saying I am awesome, but that shouldn’t be a bad thing. This is my last chance to influence you towards the A-range for my grade, and if I wouldn’t take it, I would be stupid. Also, the above is my honest opinion of what I did. I may feel like I am being snobbywhile writing this, but I really think I destroyed this and can’t find anything I would disagree with.

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3. I really did want to do so much more than I did. Life really got in the way during this project and, I take compleate responsibity for that. I had several ideas that I was never able to put in to motion and looking back I wish I would have organised everything better and thought ahead instead of just going with the flow.

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4. I feel that I contributed great ideasto my group’s blog. When I was editor I didn’t really change much, because I was the last editor. I followed my group’s suggestions, and I found cool new things to post on our blog to make it even more interesting. I was a little slow to get started with the project, because I couldn’t think of anything to write about. It was also hard for me to comment, at first, because I thought I had to expand on the author’s point. I eventually learned that all I had to do was react to the blog, even if that meant just saying if I agreed or disagreed with them. Once I got frustrated with myself for not having good ideas, I actually began to burst with ideas that I couldn’t get down on paper fast enough. I also realized that as I commented, I would get ideas for blog entries.

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5. ‘A’: I can say with confidence that I’ve played a vital role at all times to ensure that my entire team is successful and our blog will be memorable and respected. My team and I emailed each other regularly, even over Thanksgiving break. If someone asked for help on a difficult post, we would all help them find ideas and ways to express those ideas. Sometimes, someone in my group knew what they wanted to say, but couldn’t find a way to phrase it. I tried my best to help them find a way to explain their idea to others, and I also helped with editing grammar.

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6. I truly believe that I was a helpful contributor for my team in that I did put a lot of effort into the project. Although I was unable to work on the project for a week of the 6 week time period, I did get all of my blogs done, and in my opinion they are of the same quality that they would have been if I had not been at a disadvantage time-wise. That being said, I could have done more to help my teammates with their blogs, and I could have written more than the minimum amount, myself.

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7. My situation is a little bit different then others participating in the project. I was absent for about two weeks and could not participate in the project as much as others. I’m not trying to use this as an excuse but if given full time I believe I could have been more help to the success of our blog. The work I did for the blog I hope made some sort of a difference in our teams grade and in the judging. I hope in the near future, we will be given another oppertunity to participate in a project similar to this one. If so I’d actually get to do the entire project and feel as if I did not let my team down.

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8. I would give myself somewhere from an A to a B for this project. At the beginning I feel as if I could have contributed more but I also feel I do not deserve a C. I believe my blogs contributed to the team as a whole because many of my blogs were well planned out and had the intentions of making the reader think. I really tried to put effort into the project because I wanted to be a good team member to others in my group. Like it said in the A answer, I wanted our blog to be memorable and respected and I believe myself, as an individual helped accomplish that for my team’s blog.

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9. At first when this project was assigned I thought “Mr. Long is crazy!!!” although now that the project is over, I now see that one would have to put in the amount of time and effort to truly experience what this project was about. This project could be in any shape or form in the jobs we apply to in the future. By having this opportunity to use the technology we have now, and discovering new and different ways to communicate, we as individuals have an advantage where many students have not. These experiences could help us “make or break” our job. From the very beginning I have been posting comments and blog entries while helping my teammates in the process. At the end of the project one of my teammates were struggling in finishing their final blogs, so our team helped the person and we were able to allow the person to achieve the required amount. (Not only were the blogs done, but they were done beautifully and one would never know that the person did all of them in one day.) I was also editor for the final 2 weeks and stayed up with my teammates if they still needed a blog for me to look at (even if it was 1 in the morning). I believe the dedication this process allowed us to showcase, offered many experiences that we will use to our advantage in the future and we will cherish forever.

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10. I did the minimum required for my personal grade, but I know I could have done more to help my team’s blog be taken seriously as far as a resource of ideas.

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11. B- because I did the minimum amount of what was supposed to be done, but I feel that it was good enough to be considered B range. I communicated with my team and if I needed help I asked for it and if they needed help, I would help them. We suggested things to eachother, and helped eachother out, whether it was technology, or the writing. I think that I worked hard on this project. In fact (and I don’t know if this is a good thing) it was what I’ve been focusing on for the last few weeks. I worked hard and did all my blogs. And as far as I know my team isn’t dissapointed with me.

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12. I believe the a big part in making the Alice Project work is team effort. I have learned it is not just enough to tell your teamates to do the work, you need to invest some of your own time as well towards helping them. Towards the end of the project I gave phone numbers to each of my teamates so that we could advise and brainstorm together, I can say that if one person had began to panic, we all would have started. The reason that did not happen was because there was no shifting of blame, instead we all worked together calmly. I feel my part played in participation was quite big. I drew the banner, and I designed the blog with my team. First week as editor was also took some time to get used to as far as setting up the basis and communication with each member of the team. Nevertheless, in the end we figured it out, although it took effort. I have learned a lot about teamwork, mostly about what to do when it’s down to crunch time. This experience will be one not easily forgotten.

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13. I am honestly torn between an A and a B, but I think that my experince with the project leaned more towards a B. I worked hard and tried to help my team out as much as possible, although it was difficult sometimes. I think that My team’s blogs turned out really good and will be memorable. Honestly, I believe that each person in our group helped make this project very successful.

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14. I would give myself an A- because I thouroughly contributed to my group’s blogs as well as the blogs of others. I know I could have done more, but none-the-less I feel my participation merits some kind of A. I feel half way between an A and a B because I was confident that I played a large role in ensuring our success, but was a little lax about figuring out ideas as far as what would help my team.

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15. I have never put some much time into a project. At first, I was a bit skeptical when it came time to write a blog, or post a comment. However, as time passed, I felt more confident in my time management skills in class with my team, and at home working alone. My team and I helped each other out with ideas, creativity, and technical skills that will help me strive in the future.

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16. I feel like I can say with out a doubt, that I invested all my time and energy toward ensuring that I would not be a detriment to my team. I got all of my work done in a timely manner, and hopefully it can be said that my work was of quality. Our team managed to work together very smoothly and we had no internal divides among us.

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17. I tried to help my group to reach the most number of posts that they could get. We used Coverit Live which was a great way to communicate throughout our group. I tried to bring up questions and ideas to help spark a blog post for someone who was lacking any ideas. Our group had discussions which helped us to understand the story better. I read my groups’ blogs and gave my opinion. I made sure we all reached the minimum amount of blogs. I think we made a great group. We brought out eachothers strengths and were able to make it through the project.

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18. I got an A for this project because I learned. In the traditional school setting, the student is graded upon their understanding, their product which demonstrates their understanding and overall how well they can apply their new understanding to certain situations. I got an A because I understand. I understand the point, I understand why we did this project in this internet. I got an A for these reasons. However, I did not do outstanding work. I wish I could go back, have a glimpse of the future and show my 6-week-younger-self that I will want to do better. I feel regret for not maintaining a constant level of quality work. For this reason, I got a B.

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19. I believe I worked very hard throughout the length of the Alice Project. I worked very well with my team and they helped me tremendously. I spent more and more time as the project progress on refining my entries and making them valuable to myself, my group, and the rest of the world.

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20. I was very excited to make an ‘epic’ looking blog with great posts and everything on it for the first week or two. I made a good amount of progress in those two weeks, and then… I got bored. I didn’t put as much effort into the blog, and as a result I feel it could have been better if I had been more team oriented. I did make progress in those two weeks to make up for the slacking, though.

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21. ‘A’: I can say with confidence that I’ve played a vital role at all times to ensure that my entire team is successful and our blog will be memorable and respected. Since the project began I’ve had the idea that if we always keep in mind what needs to be done, then we could finish on time and without problems. For all my classes, I feel that if I write down my assignments, I’d always be ahead of the game. On GoogleDocs, my team and I have been writing assignements and posting our ideas. (So we wouldn’t forget them) Sure, there have been moments where I’ve been too busy or too tired to help out, but in the end all turned out well. I really enjoyed being editor, and wanted to spruce up the blog to make it appealing. If it caught people’s attention, then it would be read and “respected.” As editor I would sometimes go through my teammates blogs, and with their permission, post pictures or BlockQuote certain parts of their writing, to make it stand out more.

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22. I do feel bad about the amount and quality of my writing. I believe that I could have made a better effort in the making of the blogs. I could have done more research before the blogs were created and published. Some of the blogs were made on the last several days before the due date. I could have manandged my time better and could have avoided the last minute scramble.

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23. ‘B’: I was definitely involved helping my team with this project, but I really tied to figure things out as far as what would help my team create a great blog full of ideas. I feel like I contributed a lot to my team. I did all the blogs and comments required. Also, our team worked really good together. From the first day, we were getting along and discussing the project. I think we all did an equal part of participation. For example, our cover it live. Also, my team was easy to talk to. So, when I was stuck or didn’t understand anything I could ask my team.

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24. I would give myself an A- overall. I was active in contributing to the blog, not the entire time though. I regret not being able to give the blog more time and giving myself the opportunity to think more about the story. With our full schedules, I know my classmates and I tried desperately to fit Alice into our lives. Personally, my goal was the minimum, I just wanted to get it done to get the grade. However, half way through the project, I realized that to only ‘get it done’ was keeping myself from the gain that this project has given me. I realized that I should take advantage of the lessons that this project has taught me.

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25. Besides fulfilling the minimum comment and post requirements, I worked to keep my team on track. I frequently monitered the number of posts my team members had finished to date and set team goals to make sure we would not be rushing at the end. Needless to say, we did end up churning out about a fourth of our posts in the last few days, however the quality was equally as exceptional as the ones we initially composed. I would have liked to do more as a team, however. I think in the future there should be more team requirements in terms of tasks you must accomplish together (i.e.: the web tools). I think perhaps I would have liked to have done a CoverItLive after every three chapters or so. I think overall that would have provided not only a treasure trove of viable blog posts but also an interesting twist to the overall website.

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26. I feel like I do deserve an A! This was really out of my comfort zone, as in types of schoolwork. I don’t want an A just because I participated, but because I actually emersed myself into it and gave it my best shot, even though I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I thoroughly gave it everything I had and worked very hard. It may not have been consistently working on it, but the times I did work on it I was very focused. I also feel like I contributed to the team very well, with my blog posts cover it live posts, and design of the website.

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27.I do feel that I played a vital role at all time to help my team, and to make them successful. I tried my best to help with the technology side of the project, since I had prior knowledge of WordPress. I think that I was really able to help each editor understand their role in the project, and how they can edit posts, submit them from review, and update them. I also feel I was able to help my teammates come up with ideas for blog posts when they were lost, or had writers block. I would point them to interesting ideas, but not tell them exactly what to write. While I was trying to do this for the welfare of the team as a whole, I also tried to help each of my teammates personally improve as a writer and a thinker. I also helped with the design of the website, along with the other students, and feel that I played a key role in its development.

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28. Although not so much at first, toward the end of the project I became much more involved with my team and all of our stuff. I think that all the work that I did at the end made up for the overall lack of it at the beginning. I feel like I contributed alot to my team and alice project 6 as a whole. I could have done more to help my team, but I still think I did my part, as did everyone else.

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29. I think I played a big part in participating and helping my teammates. I worked diligently to make the blog what it ended up as. I used some of my photographs to put together a pixel-stretch header, and worked with my teammates to develop an interesting and attention-grabbing name for the blog. I also designed/chose the layout of the blog. I think I did my part inspiring my teammates to write, edit, and proofread their entries. I also helped sort out technological issues. Overall, I think I did my best to help my team.

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30. The amount of time and effort put into this blog not only by me, but also my teammates allows me to say that truthfully, I believe that an A is a grade that equals our blog. The attention it drew really shocked me and allowed me to realize that we made an impact on the intellectual society. The fact that Mr. Long will be going to talk about this at a real world conference and the attention brought upon the project really surprised and pleased me. Also, the quality of work and skill shown by my teammates surprised me. The difference between hearing them speak and seeing what they wrote was incredible. I wa humbled by the extent of language skill they had. Because of this I absolutely back the stance I took, we deserve an A.

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31. Overall, I believe that my entire team did a great job. Some of us did more than was to be expected. Once everyone had completed all that was required, we tried to think of what would make our project better. I was constantly wondering what else I could do to improve our team’s chances of getting a good grade. I comnpleted all that was required, and so did everybody else on my team. Once we started this project, I really thought that working with a bunch of boys was going to be difficult, since I was the only girl. But, I highly underestimated my teammates, and I was very impressed by the end results. In the end, I really believe that we did a really good job, and got a good grade.

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32. I think I deserve an A for this project. I worked really hard on this project and spent a lot of time on it. I thought my blogs out before I published them, and made sure they were really appropriate. I spent a lot of time outside of school leaving comments or writing new blogs entries not because I knew it had to be done, but because I enjoyed it. Not only did I keep up with my blog, but I made sure that my team was getting their job done as well. If one person was falling behind I would talk to them, and make sure they had ideas and if they didn’t I was going to offer some of my ideas so they could complete their total of twelve blogs. I always did work in class when we were given the days to work on it all, and took time outside to do unfinished work.

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33. I did help my team with some blog ideas, but I could have done more. Also I wish I would have talked more to my teammates about some of my blog ideas, but I kept most of them to myself. During the Cover It Live, I did give really good ideas and responses to questions that analyzed the story. My only regret is that I didn’t give my ideas on how the blog would look because our blog was kind of boring, but we did have a good title. I also wish I could have been more creative on my writing and help give creative ideas to my teammates.

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34. A: I believe that I played a vital role in the team clockwork. I’ve been constantly involved in what was going on and developed the Gmail Discussion Board idea, proofread every blog on my team, created the header, and made sure my team was always well on track. I worked hard throughout the 6 weeks, even over breaks and weekends. I constantly kept up with my team and kept serious about the work I inputed and honestly contributed a high level of my creativity to the overall blog.

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35. ‘A’: I can say with confidence that I’ve played a vital role at all times to ensure that my entire team is successful and our blog will be memorable and respected. I feel like I worked extremely hard on this project for the past few weeks. It has been my academic priority and usauly came before most of my homework. Many of the questions that I asked in my blogs seemed to interst those who read it. I also spent a night putting together a voice thread over some of the illustration in the book.

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36. I can honestly say that I helped my team’s blog be as successful as possible. I met all the requirements and beyond. I really put time and effort into my blogs. I also analyzed the story very well and had alot of good points in my blogs. I know that I played a vital role in my team’s successful blog.

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37. I would give myself an A because I feel that I helped contribute many important factors in our project. Together as a team we all put in a lot of effort. We worked well together and I made sure that not only I was doing my part, but that they were doing theirs. I took this project seriously and put a lot of effort into understanding Alice so that our blog could be filled with intersting and creative ideas. I spent a lot of time ‘studying’ Alice in order to come up with ideas for our blog. evryone on my team did an excellent job and I am really happy with the turn out of our project. I think me and my group have created an inviting and memorable blog.

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38. Throughout the duration of the project I drove my team to have personal and team deadlines. The majority of these deadlines were met, and members that did not were made aware of their responsibilities. I created a system of organization that made sure all of our work was recorded and ready at a moments notice. I created a timesheet system that recorded our individual working time on the project. This was done for the purpose of encouragement to work harder and to provide the data should needs arise. Both of these systems were kept in googledocs where they were safe against deletion or any other human/mechanism problems. I feel confident that as a team we accomplished a pinnacle. While we could have reached higher with our work quality and quantity, we still performed extremely well as a whole and as individuals.

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39. ‘B’: I was definitely involved helping my team with this project, but I really tied to figure things out as far as what would help my team create a great blog full of ideas. I believe that our entire team worked very hard, and we all tried to accomplish as much as we could. While it is true that I completed most of my work last minute, I would say that my involvement with both the project and my team mates had been stellar up until and including then. I have always enjoyed Alice and I especially enjoyed this blog, my greatest regret was that I was not able to devote more of my time to this project because of other obligations. I genuinely enjoyed both this project and my my teammates. The reason I give myself the “B” is not because I believe I deserve a “B”, but instead because while I did work very hard, I did leave it to the last moments. A few days to a week is not the perfect amount of time to work on all the blogs we had been assigned. However, I accomplished all of my blogs and I feel very confident about the results.

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40. In all, I brought this everything on the weight of my shoulders. If I never procrastinated, everything would be in place and right. My grade would be fine and possibly from harms way.But sadly, I did procrastinate. And that led to my downfall. I feel I “deserve” a ‘D’, or maybe not even that something less, because I didn’t even meet the requirements, which I know is unacceptable. However, I still let things slip, and that grade, I mentioned, should probably be a punishment to me. My feelings are being twisted inside whenever I think about my work I contributed, which then make me feel kind of sick to my stomach a little. I don’t like to think about the project too much because I can only think of negative outcomes. But that shouldn’t be the case. This project should have been a benefit to me and remind me 10 years from now what I was able to accomplish. However, it will never happen now. So, in all, my grade would have to be a ‘D’ because I did very little to help with our project.

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41. I believe I deserve a “B” because while I had high quality writing, I failed to help my team, as a whole, succeed. I had many blog ideas, but I failed to get them across to my team members who were struggling with the project. As a team, we were very disconnected and the project, for us, was much more a group of individuals working. During, the process there was very little communication between all of the team members. And the little communication that took place in class usually had little to nothing to do with the project. Even though it was not just me as an individual not communicating, I feel that if I did communicate the team may have also began working together and all of us would have reached the minimum number for blog entries. But with this said I am still confused as to how we were really supposed to work as a team. I felt as though unless using a collaborative entry, it was impossible to communticate. As I was typing that last sentence, I realized that if a team member wa stuggling, they could have come to the others for help developing ideas. This did not happen though because of the lack of communication within the group.

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42. I feel that I was a vital factor of our project. Although I only completed the minimum of 12 blog entries, I had an abundance of comments and used a few of the web collaboration tools. My entries were well thought out and accurate. I did rush at the end of the project to get my requirements done, however I had already been working on the entries prior to the final week. I helped my team to understand the web collaboration tools and use the blog more effectively. Most of the time I felt compelled to respond to the posts of my classmates. I had many ideas to help my teammates that I think made our blog better. I was a vital role because I don’t think our blog would have been nearly as good without me. Our conversations were fueled by a driving force of wonder and questioning.

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43. My team and I weren’t as cohesive as I would have liked, but we certainly worked together. It was never until the end that I started to comment on my team’s blogs, but I had no idea that I could have done that until near the end. I tried to hlep my team with blog ideas, and if they ever had a question than I would answer with my best response. I feel real good about the work that my team produced. One of my members was a big contributor towards our team, and we, along with him, helped one another out. He may have actually commented on the blog, but the rest of the group helped out verbally. Do not think we were not a team because of the lack of comments on each others blogs. Our group worked more verbally than by using writing.

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44. I had fun with my blogs closer to the end. I will admit that I did procrasitnate, but I think that some of my final blogs were a little bit better then my beginning blogs. That could just be that I had a better understanding of how to take the blogs. I did lack in comments because I was not really sure how to comment back. I can read them, but I can’t really think of a way to respond back to the blogs, unless I get a new idea from the blog. I’m not very good at giving insight on a blog unless I am responding to a comment on my own blog. I’m better at giving ideas to ponder then to answer ideas.

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45. ‘B’: I was definitely involved helping my team with this project, but I really tied to figure things out as far as what would help my team create a great blog full of ideas. During the first and second week of the project, I was not as helpful to my team as I would of like to been. I did not post that many blogs or comments. As the project progressed I began to pick up the pace and got more invovled and actually started enjoying this project. As I became interested in the project blog posts and writing comments came easier to me. I don’t think I deserve an a because I could of done more. I did fifteen blogs and more than fifteen comments but I still know I could of done more. I believe A’s should only be rewarded to those who have done the most they possibly could. I don’t think i should earn a grade below a B because I did commit to the team and project. I supplied more blogs and comments than required. Also, during the week that i was editor I did a lot. I spent a very long time looking for pictures for our header and thinking about our title. I made a header, even though it was not the final header, it still added to the project because there were people from all around the world looking at our project.

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46. I can not honestly say that I played a vital role at all times. Our team had several members who had leasdership qualities which could often cause tension amongst our group. Even with the tension we were able to work things out most of the time and settle certain issues peacefully. It is hard to work with several leaders and I consider myself to be somewaht of a leader therefore making it obvious that someone would have to step down and take a step back. I worked on my blogs and comments and did not help much on our actual blog appearance after being editor for one week. The look of the blog caused constant tension in our group throughout the whole project ,but in the end I think we all decided to just let it be what it is instead of constantly battling and changing the banner.

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47. I really believe that our group accomplished the task given to us. I constantly worked to make our blog respectable with comments and blogs themselves. I was the editor the first week, but I continued to help my group no matter wha the circumstances were. I think that the effort and the merit of the work allows me to get an A. I went above the requirements, while also making the posts genuine. I also came up with the design of the website. Overall, I played a vital role at all times. I also ensured that everyone got to the end of the project, without wanting to hurt anyone. Our group worked tirelessly and I applaud their efforts. We created an immortal blog that will forever give students the opportunity to see whats down the rabbit hole.

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48. I did try to help out the group by writing my best, but I could have done more by trying to focus on helping motivate each team member and not focus only on the writing. I probably could have actually written more and tried to be more insightful with my entries, but that is what I think now as I look back over what I have written. At the time I was quite pleased with what I wrote. I think I could have helped more by trying to help inspire my team mates to finish their minimum, at least. In stead of just doing my own thing, and hoping they would finish. Basically the team could have been more like an actual team then just happening to write on the same blog.

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49. At first, I did not really understand what to do. I also thought my ideas were terrible. Eventually, though, it became more comfortable to write blogs and comments, but by this time, it was too late to really make a gigantic impact. I also procrastinated and ended up posting 9 blogs in about two days.

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50. I think that I should recieve an A because I put as much into this project as I could. I did all of my comments and blogs with enough time to spare. I thought that all of my blogs and my comments were of good quality.

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51. Well, I have to say that the blogs kind of ran away with me. As soon as I got past the mental block of worrying about dates, the ideas just started jumping out at me. I helped my team mates think of ideas or finish up one that was just hanging out there. I did more than just the 12 blogs and 15 comments, so my part of the team grade wasn’t lacking.

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52. While I only really did the ‘bare minimum’ in far of the number of blogs I published, I’d like to think that they were fairly lengthy and unique. I tried to stay within the parameters of the project while not being obvious; whether I succeeded is up to interpretation, but I think I at least gave it an admirable effort.

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53. Well, to be honest, it probably doesn’t look like I put a lot of work into it; mainly because of the fact that I crammed most of my blogs and comments into the last few days. But, I honestly did work pretty hard beforehand as well…I know I probably took a little too much time on my blogs, but I didn’t want to post anything I wasn’t proud of. And, I’m very proud of my first few….I’m not too fond of some of my last ones, but I do feel that I got a good point across on them.

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54. I exceeded the minimum number of blog posts and comments and all were of good quality. I encouraged some teammates that were not working as hard as they could and I worked towards creating a unique look for our blog and worked on making sure we met all the requirements as a team.

 

The Final Student Survey

Filed under: After the Deadline,Surveys — Christian Long @ 10:17 am

Well, the project is finally over.  At least as far as student submissions are concerned.

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On another level — as  many students said in reflective entries — the project lives ‘forever’ thanks to it being search-able via Google (et al).  So true. So very true.

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Now that the 6-week project is over, and all student entries are published, it is time to pick your brains about what you learned, what you enjoyed, what you were frustrated by, and what you might have to say about doing a similar project like this in the future.

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Click here to take the final student survey

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Please note that many of the questions now ask you to explain your initial response.  You should be able to type 2-3 sentences each.  Please be honest and detailed.