Friday, November 15, 2013

Powerpoint on YD

**Hyperlinks** I chose to do hyperlinks for this post because, for me at least, the powerpoint was easier to understand with other articles and videos that related to it. It was hard for me to grasp at first because I did not understand all of the terms within the power point but finding this article helped me to attain a better understanding of what the power point was trying to describe.... I liked this article because it went into the sub categories of risk factors, such as low parent involvement and/or witness to violent behavior, and protective factors, such as religion and/or a high GPA. The way that the article was organized helped me to kind of piece the categories together and understand the diagram on the power point on YD.
I thought this picture was a nice alternative to the diagram in the powerpoint.. I felt that it does a good job at displaying the information in an simpler yet more descriptive way. It shows that you have to have a balance between the risk factors and the protective factors in order to have effective prevention. I also liked the fact that the lists are displayed on a balance =)

Pensky and Wesch

**Reflection** When I first read this article, it was for another class and every time I read it, the article still has an impact on me. I think this article hit home for a few reasons. My younger sister and I are the "tech savvy ones". This is within our older siblings, our parents and our boss at work. We now both work in the office at the dining center and the minute our boss got a promotion, we had to teach her everything.... and when I say everything I am not joking. We had to teach her even simple things like cut and paste, how to send an email, how to print was rough. And then when we go home on the weekends it is the same story with our mom. Luckily we do not have to teach her too much of the computer stuff but when it comes to texting or messaging of any kind- forget it! We had to explain the difference between smiley faces and winking faces. Then after we conquered the smiley debacle, it was the shortcuts and acronyms. I am thankful that she does not have a touch screen because God only knows what kinds of messages I would be getting throughout the day... -_-
She is getting better and so is our boss but i think of this article and video every time they reach a new crossroads haha. For example our boss will come downstairs and be so excited to tell us that she searched for, replied to and printed out an email..
Just makes me realize how easily these things come to us and how we are the "digital natives". We hold the magic conch so to say haha ;)

About Me

My name is Amanda and I am a Youth Development major here, at RIC. I was originally attending RIC to be an elementary/special ed teacher but I changed my major my junior year because I decided that although I know I want to work with kids, I also know that I do not necessarily want that to be within the confines of a classroom. I want to help kids learn and grow but I think that can be accomplished in so many other ways instead of with a book and a sheet of a paper with a pencil.
I am one of four children, 3 biological. My older sister is cousin by blood but my aunt could not take care of her so my mom adopted her before I was born. So I have always grown up with her as my sister. My parents are divorced and I think that has had a HUGE impact on who I am and what I want for my future. I have experienced many things throughout my life but I choose to live by the motto: " what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". I try to live life without regrets and learn from things that could have gone better. I tend to not see things as mistakes if I learn from them because then in that case they are lessons. Things may not happen as I had planned but that does not make them mistakes.... Other than that, I am an open book so if anyone ever wants to ask questions I am rarely hesitant to answer them :)