My 4 Favorites From the
Online Generational Curriculum:
Nuff Respect!

Instructions for this report
My Selection #1: Psychology of Online Virtual Relationships
by Fred K. Yuen (G8, 409A)

Why I Chose This Report


 


    I chose this report because I was interested in reading what Fred had to say about online virtual relationships. I have my own opinions on this type of relationship and I simply wanted to know what a person from a prior generation thought.
 


Steps That Led to This Report


 


    All I did to find this report was click on the prior generation table and choose Generation 8. Then while looking at the list of home pages I came across Fredās name. I know him from work so I looked at his reports and this one sounded the most interesting. I spent maybe 10 minutes looking at all of Fredās reports till I chose this one.
 


Topic of This Report


 


    This report talks about why people get involved in virtual relationships. One reason is that a person is able to create false identities on the computer that are nothing like the person in real life. Also, one can change that identity and choose a new one at any time. One can also carry on a number of identities atone time.

    The report goes on to explain about different places on the internet where one can interact with others. Some of the places he mentioned included, forums, chatrooms, clubs, services, and lobbies. He went into more detail about his experience with chat rooms. He felt that chat rooms are just that, a place to chat or talk. They are not places to find romantic relationships. He mentions that he liked going online to talk to see what other people say but he prefers meeting people as himself in real life.
 


My Reaction


 


    I thought that Fredās report was very interesting. I think I would be able to write a similar report because I feel this topic has a lot of information about it. I thought it was a good report because it was short and to the point. It was original in that there were a few humorous parts. I liked the fact that he did some of his own research by entering chat rooms as a man and as a woman. I think I might have found more quotes to put in or maybe some research findings that others have done on this topic. I would want to know more about Why the people who enjoy virtual relationships enjoy it so much. Is it merely an alternative to real life relationships or is becoming a substitute for them?
 


Comparison


 


    I noticed that many of the reports from G8 were short and to the point. I think these types of reports are better than those that on and on for pages. Fredās page was similar to others in terms of format. It is pretty clear to see that each person followed rigid instructions as to how the report was to be presented. This report was different in that it had a higher percentage of text to quotes than some of the other reports. All the reports look like and sound like a lot of time was spent in preparation.
 
 





My Selection # 2: Driver Alert Online Student Magazine:
Driverās Education by Tamar Carreira (G9, 409)

Why I Chose This Report


 


    I chose this report because it looked well laid out. There was a definite table of contents and each section was subtitled. The overall presentation was very neat. Another reason I chose this report was because it was about driving, and I find different peopleās opinions on this topic interesting.
 


Steps That Led to This Report


 


    This report did not take very long to find. It was actually the first of the four that I chose. Since we are G10 I thought I would simply start at G9 and work my way backwards from there. When I clicked on G9 and looked at the roster I saw Tamarās name. She is a classmate of mine from high school so I decided to look at her home page. Of all her reports this one seemed like the easiest to read and understand. I looked for maybe 5 minutes before I found and chose this report.
 


Topic of This Report


 


    This report was about driverās education. Tamar basically visited a number of sites about driving and driverās education. Then she presented the different approaches to driverās education that each site talked about. One she said kept their students in a classroom for 30 hours before even getting into the cars. A common element in a few of the different schools was teaching young drivers about alcohol and substance abuse. The school that I thought sounded the best was one where the training is done in the cars and where the students practiced a number of different driving situations including, city and mountain driving, expressway skills, and parking skills.
 


My Reaction


 


    I thought Tamarās report was very well presented. I liked the way each section was subtitled and you could click to any particular section by going to the table of contents. I thought it was helpful the way she changed the fonts when using quotes. I also liked the fact that she used a lot of quotes to support her thoughts and ideas. I think I could do a similar report because it is an interesting topic that I have not really thought much about. I think I would some data on how well the different teaching strategies work when looking at number of accidents or number of citations issued, or something along those lines.
 


Comparison


 


    This report was very pleasing to the eye. Her report seemed a little short compared to others in G9 but G9 reports as a class seemed shorter than others. My guess is that this is so because it was a summer course and time was very limited. Her report was well organized and I liked the fact she had a lot of links, more so than others in G9. This report along with the others all seem to have been well thought out.
 
 






My Selection # 3: How Drivers Communicate With Each Other by Brandi Ashby (G7, 459)

Why I Chose This Report


 


    I chose this report because of its interesting topic. I first looked at the table of contents and I saw the driving situations that she would be talking about, and those are what caught my eye. Communication on the road is something that I have not really thought about so I felt this report would be educational.
 


Steps That Led to This Report


 


    I basically started with the first name on the class list for this class and went from there. The first person had an awesome looking home page but he used white colored text so it would not print out had I used his report. Then I came to Brandiās page and saw this report. It took maybe 15 minutes to finally choose this report over the three previous ones I looked at.
 


Topic of This Report


 


    The first part of this report was her own research on how people drive in different parts of Oāahu. She drove around and observed if cars yielded, made room for other cars to get in, and how many people used their blinkers. The next part of this paper was about different types of communication that are portrayed on the road. She talked about vehicular communication such as tailgating, flashing headlights, and revving oneās engine. Another type is facial expressions. Another is gestures such as the shaka sign or the showing of a middle finger. Finally she explained a little on verbal communication between Hawaiiās drivers.

    The last part of the report was her findings on the internet when she plugged in headings such as "driving and communication" into a number of different search engines. She did not come up with very many results.
 


My Reaction


 


    I liked this report because of its relevance to Hawaii drivers. I also liked the way the subtitles explained exactly what was going to be presented in that section. Her report was very well prepared. She might have left out some of her search engine results, especially the ones that turned up nothing. I would explain a little on the first part of the report by maybe adding a couple of situations to study.
 


Comparison


 


    The report was one of the longer ones of her class. I think it was because she was well prepared and shared a lot of information on the topic. Her fellow classmates seemed to like to use funky colored backgrounds and text which I didnāt really enjoy. Everyone probably just jumped on the bandwagon and that was why everyone did it. But the contents of all reports were interesting.
 
 



My Selection # 4: Driving Cartoons
by Jenica Guerra (G6, 459)

Why I Chose This Report


 


    I chose this report first because of the title. "Driving Cartoons" sounded like it would be interesting and possibly humorous. Another reason this report stuck out in my mind was because of the animated tiger located near the title
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Steps That Led to This Report

    I simply clicked on the G6 class home page and started with the first name. I spent about 5 minutes on the first person and then I chose Jenicaās home page. This report looked so eye catching and well put together that I had to chose it.
 


Topic of This Report


 


    This report first discusses what a cartoon is and how helpful they are in education. She feels a cartoon would attract more people to a certain paper rather than a paper with only text. She also talked about how cartoons can make one smile and put people in good moods. She also gives tips on how a person could add cartoons to their reports. She goes on to explain how a database for driving cartoons would be useful. She thinks future generations could benefit from a database such as this by having a way to get easy access to many cartoons. Cartoons for educating children is also discussed. Kids think differently from adults and would relate more to cartoons for learning than they would to some boring manual. Links to 5 driving cartoons are also provided.
 


My Reaction


 


    I think that this was one of the best reports that I have read so far. I really liked the way everything was well discussed and no part seemed weak while other parts were strong. Everything was given equal attention and that improves the report. I would maybe add some supporting data, (if available) about how much cartoons actually help education. The format was super in that it included a moving animated tiger. That makes people more interested in reading the report. I also liked the fact that the cartoons were not mixed in with the text, you had to click to get to them.
 


Comparison


 






    I thought this was the best report in her class. Going on just looks, this one definitely wins the prize. But the content was equally as good, which is why I feel this one is so well done. It could be because Jenica had a lot of computer experience before enrolling in this course, or she could have had a lot of time, more time than anyone else, to work on it.
 
 


My Reactions


 


    I found that not everyone has posted their generation report as of yet.  But the ones that I have looked at are very good.  Some are set up basically like mine as far as titles and subtitles.  Others differ from mine in that they used bigger fonts or have patterned backgrounds.  I thought that the different reports showed the creativity that my classmates posses.
 


Suggestions For Future Generations


 


    The only real suggestion I have to the future generations on doing this report is to start early.  This is the first report and it takes a little time to actually figure out what you want to do and how you want it to look.  Also persistence is the key.  Even when you find yourself stuck and not knowing what to do you should not give up.  I enjoyed doing this report because it gave me a chance to look through all the prior generations as you are doing now.



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