Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Instagram for Chrome Review

Instagram for Chrome


" Instagram for chrome " is an extension in the chrome store that allows you to access your instagram while using the computer. It's very helpful if you want to check your instagram but you're too lazy to pick up your phone, like me. This extension is great but it also has some faults.

Pros:

  • You can easily access your instagram from your chromebook.
  • You can search hashtags and people through your chromebook.

Cons:

  • You cannot post pictures from your chromebook.
  • You cannot use the direct message feature (DM) on this extension.

What do I think about this extension?

Appeal: looks and sounds - For appeal I would give "Instagram for Chrome" a 2/4. I would give it this because in order to access some of the features you must open the "popup view" window. Another downfall to this extension is that if you accidentally click outside of the window you will automatically be closed out of the extension which means you now have to open up the extension again.

Engagement/Motivation - For this I would give this extension a 3/4. I would give it this because it kept me interested. I like this extension because I can keep up with what friends and families are doing as well as what is going on in the world at the moment.

User friendly directions and instructions - For this I would give this extension a solid 4/4. It is very easy to use and navigate.

Performance/Ease of use - I would give "Instagram for Chrome" a 3/4. This extension, for the most part is very reliable. However, going back to the issue that when you click out of the window the extension closes, this is very annoying. you also cannot use some of the features that you would be able to on a mobile device.


Differentiation in learning - I would give this extension a 2/4 because you cannot change your profile from this extension. However, you can leave comments and "like" things from this extension.

 Overall this extension would get a 14/20. I think this extension deserves this because you cannot access everything from this, however it is mostly very reliable.

 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WWII: Giving People a Way to Prove That They are Worthy

During World War II there was a lot of advances in science, employment, and life. Women and blacks finally had the chance to prove themselves to the rest of the world, scientists made a huge scientific breakthrough, and Japanese-Americans had a chance to prove their loyalty to the US. These are types of people who would say that WWII was worth having. 


Women in the Workforce:

Women during this time period stayed at home as their husbands were fighting in the war. They were encouraged to find a job and were made to feel important. I think women during this time period would definitely say WWII was worth it.  

Rosie the Riveter: Rosie the Riveter was a figure meant to represent a women's importance during the war. She displayed strength and encouragement saying "We can do it!". Rosie was meant to look like a regular woman because she was dressed as a woman in the workforce. She made women excited about their involvement in the war.
 
Proving themselves: The war gave women on the homefront a way to prove to people that they were capable of do what their husbands could do. This accelerated the race for women's rights.

Providing war materials: The war gave women something to do during the time of the war. They were in charge of making materials that the soldiers would need as well as taking care of the children. They provided to their families in a way that was never done and made a name for themselves.

Experience of the soldiers

Women weren't the only ones who finally got to prove themselves to society during the war. African-American soldiers also did. The war gave them a way to show people who doubted blacks that they were capable of so much more than they thought. 

Vernon Baker: Vernon Baker was a black man that was rejected when he first tried to join the army because of his race but the second time around he was finally accepted. He was part of the first ever segregated combat unit to fight in the war. During the war his Lieutenant had backed out leaving them with no leader. Vernon, fortunately, knew what he had to do. He took control of the unit and helped them get through the war. After the war Vernon received a medal of honor from president Bill Clinton. He "tearfully and humbly" accepted the award. Vernon made huge waves for black rights. 



Tuskegee Airmen:  The Tuskegee Airmen was a group of black pilots during the war that were treated as an experiment. This experiment was to find out if blacks were capable of flying a plane. These men proved to America that African-Americans did have the brain capacity to do what white men could do. This showed the world that blacks should be treated as equals.

Making a difference: The achievements of these African-Americans helped the civil rights movement. They proved to people that they should have equal rights and proved that they could do whatever whites could do. They showed the world that they were smart enough and did have the skill. This is why African-Americans during this time would say that WWII was definitely worth it.

Technology

Scientist during this time made a huge technological advancement. They created the first ever atomic bomb. This is why I think scientist during WWII would say the war was worth it. 

The Manhattan Project: During the mid 1900's America started an effort to design atomic bombs. This project employed thousands of Americans.



Scientists:  Scientists during this time were very excited because they had made huge scientific strides. They finally figured out a new form of war, using atomic bombs. They made a name for themselves by doing this. They were very relieved because they had worked for 4 years to create a functional atomic bomb.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: In August, 1945 the first atomic bomb was dropped in Japan. The bomb was a success. This meant huge progress for the US military. They could now get revenge on Japan for Pearl Harbor.



In conclusion, World War Two was definitely worth it.  There are several groups of people that were a huge part of WWII that i think would say the same. Some examples are women, African-Americans, and scientists.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Creepy Truth Behind the Screen...

Yesterday a local deputy in my town came to my class to discuss online safety. I didn't quite realize the severity of social media until there was a physical police officer in the front of the room telling me. After his visit my eyes were really opened to the dangers of the online world. I learned from him that you should always check the background of pictures you post, because there are some creepers out there that could find out where you live just by one picture. THAT'S SCARY. Somebody could locate me and harm me because I posted a simple picture? What the heck?! My advice to you is to be extra careful. If there is anything in a picture that could give away your location... don't post it. If you're still intent on posting it blur out those things.  Even if you don't think somebody is stalking you, you never know. Like the deputy said, "there are creepy 50 year old guys in their underwear trying to date 13 year olds." Think about that next time you go to post a picture. It could save your life.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Checking my Digital Tattoo

Before:
If someone were to look me up right now they would not find anything bad. The only thing they would find would probably be some bad selfies... I don't think i have anything online that would turn future employers away from hiring me.

After:
After looking myself up online, my predictions were right. Most of what I found were bad selfies that I took years ago. If other people looked me up right now they would say that my digital footprint is very clean. I don't think people would say that I'm sharing too much online. None of the things I found while looking myself up would exclude me from a job/college/scholarship opportunity. My level of digital citizenship is is pretty high. I am active online without giving too much information about myself and showing a bad digital tattoo. I think my online presence is a positive example of digital leadership, because there is nothing that I could find online about myself that would be considered bad to any future school/employer.




Friday, January 15, 2016

Trench Warfare during WWI... Good idea?


During World War 1, also known as the Great War, a new type of warfare was invented. This was called trench warfare. In my opinion trench warfare wasn't the best idea the world has ever had. Over 50 million soldiers were getting diseases from the unhygienic trenches. That means that both sides were losing valuable soldiers like crazy!

Diseases that soldiers were getting from living in the trenches for months straight include:
  • Trench Influenza - A type of influenza caused by lice in the trenches. This disease is said to have cause more death than the war itself.
  • Trench Foot - Caused by cold and wet conditions, trench foot would make your feet go numb and swell up until they were eventually dead.
  • Shell Shock - This physiological disease caused many soldiers to be physically disabled for years.
As you can tell, trenches caused many deadly diseases during the war. I will admit, trenches were good to protect the soldiers from being located and helped keep them safe from attack. However, is horrible sickness any better than being shot? Nurses and doctors at this time were busier than ever because the amount of soldiers bypassed the amount of workers. They were working days as well as nights making them sleep deprived.  Their sleep deprivation caused many mistreatments leading to the death of even more soldiers.  

Disease wasn't the only thing killing the soldier in the trenches though. There were creatures such as rats. Some rats grew up to the size of a large cat, feeding on live soldiers while they slept. They ate any body part they could fit into their mouths.

Former soldiers say that the first thing they noticed about the trenches when they arrived was the smell of rotting bodies, because so many soldiers died right in the trenches.  For these reasons trench warfare was actually very dangerous.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Minorities are Forced to Face Stereotypes Each Day



As a chinese girl growing up has been hard. I've always had a strange name that people don't usually know how to pronounce. I'm 16 years old and even now, people make fun of my name. They think they're just being funny and I just laugh along, but what they don't know is that their words stick to me. However, it's not always my name. They will say things like "you eat cats", "you're a bad driver because you're asian", I've even been asked " What is the difference between asians? Is it how small your eyes are?". These are all things that I've had to listen to throughout my life, and I'm sick of it. That is why I'm writing about this. By writing this I am trying to bring your attention to this issue so that we can stop it.

Racial Stereotypes are something that people who are considered part of a minority are forced to face everyday. Conscious or not, people throughout the world tend to say hurtful things - that's how it's always been, right?  Wrong. People need to learn how to think before they speak. I understand that behind every stereotype there is a amount of truth. Yes, asians tend to have smaller eyes. Yes, people of a certain race may have terrorised our country before. So what? Does that mean that every single person of that race or religion is exactly the same?

Everybody in the world should be treated the same. In a way this is a new kind of war. The war of the races. In reality we are all one race - the human race. A change is needed to be made about this war that has been going on for decades. Something as simple as stopping and thinking before we say things or not excluding anyone of a minority because of their race could help stop the segregation.
Ask yourself a number of questions before you say things:

  1. Is this nice?
  2. Does it have something to do with their race?
  3. Will this potentially hurt somebodies feelings?
After asking yourself these questions do you feel any different about what you were going to say? If you have now decided against what you were going to say because you answered question 2 and 3 with a yes, you've helped start a revolution.  Thank you.