Monday, June 06, 2005


Green Bloggers

Free Bloggers

Young Bloggers

Friday, May 27, 2005

Weblog

As you are fully aware, weblogs have not been around for a long time. Now that you have had the opportunity to take part in this experience we would like you to discuss and inform us of your personal ideas regarding this issue. Please remember to write your comments where your class picture is located.

Name: Class: Gender: Semester:
1. How well do you understand why you are being asked to write blogs?
2. What are the main things you blog about? Is there a theme to your blog? (political/news/student life/academic blog anything & everything that comes to mind etc!) Or is it just a sort of online journal detailing your daily life?
3. Do you read other student blogs? Which ones? Why do you like reading others' blogs?
4. Do you think blogging is a good thing for students? What do you think other students get out of it/ what are the advantages for students?
5. Why do you think blogging is becoming so popular among students? (both writing and reading them)
6. Generally, Iranian are known for their arts/creativity - do you think this is changing with forums like blogging? How?
7. How Iranian is your blog? In other words, do you use it to represent an Iranian way of life? Or to express Iranian views?
8. Do you think cyber discovery assisted you in English learning in any way?
9. Having experienced the class blog, and knowing what you know now, would you participate in something similar in the future if the activity were purely for formative purposes (i.e. it did not count at all for a final mark)?
10. Would you like to see blogging used more widely in the English courses as a learning/assessment tool?
11. How have your chatting experiences been different from that of blogging?
12. Compare how you felt about blogging before and after.
13. Do you ever look back to previous entries? If so, why?
14. How do you experience reading in blogging. Where you involved in reading the posts on the blog as much as writing?
15. What other added values of blogging did you discover after starting (if any)?
16. What are in your opinion important knowledge and skills for blogging?
17. Which characteristics of your blogging support English learning classes?
18. How do you feel when you know your blog's audiences are not your peers and classmates like in foreign blogs?
19. Would you feel comfortable publishing or posting on the Internet with your real name or would you rather publish your thoughts anonymously?
20. To what extent are reading, thinking or discussing parts of your blogging process?
21. What would you like to gain from having a space where you could interact with fellow students?
22. Having used blogging for a while what do you think of applying this given ideas about using blogs in other language classes?
23. How do you feel about the comment you received for your blogging from your peers?
24. How well do you believe the writing projects in this course will improve your writing in general?
25. How helpful is the feedback you receive for improving your writing skills?
26. How helpful is the feedback you receive for improving your thinking skills?
27. What aspect of blogging do you feel has the most relevance to teaching or interested you the most?
28. What percentage of your time do you have Internet access?
29. To what extent do you feel confident in your skills using the Internet?
30. What are some of the differences that you are confronted with when you’re involved and comment on the class blog and other foreign Weblogs?

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


New Age Bloggers

THE GREAT OLD DAYS

Blogger Brains

The Good Old Days

Blogger Buddies

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Express Yourself

Now that you have been involved in blogging for a while. This would be a good oppertunity to express your comments about the following statements:
*What I like and don't like about blogs is that...
*What do you do when you blog...
*What sort of subjects do you think you're comfortable to blog about...

P.S
As you are aware there are different types of blogs; political blogs, educational blogs, personal blogs, medical blogs and etc... Well, in our educational blog we want to discover and explore other blogs as well.Have you ever experienced or considered visiting other blogs? This is a good opportunity for everyone involved in Cyber-Discovery to visit other blog sites (in English of course!) and comment on the ideas presented in those blogs. The weblog addresses are in the Links section or you can choose any other weblog you’re familiar with. (Don’t forget to indicate the address of the site you visited).

Thursday, May 12, 2005


This is the picture of Paulo Freire, the one who inspired me for working in this project. He was Brazilian and one of the greatest educationalists of today's world. He proposed the concept of Word / World and rigorously condemned Banking Education (an education in which students should cram books without having any dialog with it). God bless his soul.

Paulo Freire voiced an extremely interesting point about classroom life. He said that the class in modern teaching methods is supposed to be LIKE the real world, however in Critical Pedagogy (which is the method we try to employ in our classes) the class IS the real world. The difference is imperative in a real life classroom and what I want from you is to blog about how our classes can come closer to BEING the real world…

You were also required to comment on other weblogs!
PS. On the right section of this webpage you can observe a link section through which you can go to other English weblogs and comment on their posts, or you may visit other weblogs as you wish, please indicate the address of the weblogs you visited on this site, also feel free to introduce other weblogs you may be familiar with for your classmates to visit.

Friday, May 06, 2005

PATCH ADAMS

Patch's Passion

You have more than likely been able to watch the movie about Patch Adams' life. After watching the film and reading different articles about Patch and his mission, I always sense the feeling of life, love, and liberty stir up in me. Surely, you too, feel a surge of strong feeling run through your veins as you discover how one man followed his dream and just about nothing seemed to stand in his way. Considering all of this, if Patch could hear or read about how you really felt about his work in general and him in particular what do you think you would want to tell him?


By the way, what part of the film had a more profound affect on you? Mine had to be the part where Patch was able to see Beyond the fingers and see eight instead of four.

Friday, April 29, 2005

To die or not to die

TO DIE OR NOT TO DIE
Theresa Marie Schiavo (December 3, 1963March 31, 2005), was an American woman who spent the last 15 years of her life in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). The judicial and legislative battles to disconnect her feeding tube generated tremendous media coverage during the last two weeks of her life and prompted a fierce debate over bioethics, legal guardianship, federalism, euthanasia and civil rights.
On February 25, 1990, Terri Schiavo suffered severe brain damage from cerebral hypoxia caused by cardiac arrest. On February 11, 2000, a Florida court ruled that Terri was in a PVS, and authorized her husband and Guardian, Michael Schiavo, to discontinue artificial life support. Michael Schiavo contended that he carried out his wife's wishes not to be kept alive in a PVS. Terri's parents, Her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, and her brother and sister, disputed Michael's contention that she would not have wished to be kept alive and claimed that Terri was not in a PVS.
On the morning of February 25, 1990, at about 5:30 a.m. EST, Terri collapsed in the hallway of her apartment. The noise awoke Michael Schiavo and he immediately called Terri's parents and 911 emergency services. The cause of the collapse was determined to be cardiac arrest. While waiting for the paramedics to arrive she experienced a loss of oxygen to the brain. Firefighters and paramedics found Terri face down and unconscious, in the hallway outside her bathroom. There were no signs of violence or a struggle. Attempts were made to resuscitate Terri, but she remained unconscious and slipped into a coma. She was taken to a hospital, and in order to keep her alive, she was intubated, ventilated, and given a tracheotomy; she also received a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), a feeding tube inserted through the abdominal wall. Terri emerged from her coma two and a half months later. The upper brain was about 80 percent destroyed, and there was also damage to the lower brain. The only part of the brain that remained intact was the brain stem, which controls involuntary functions such as breathing and heartbeat—allowing Terri to survive (with a feeding tube) even though she no longer had any cognitive function.
Terri's parents claim that their daughter did not meet the definition of a persistent vegetative state and was in a "minimally conscious state" instead. Her parents argue that at times her actions were indicative of responses to external stimuli, not reflex or instinctive behavior. For example, the Schindlers claim that their daughter smiled, laughed, cried, moved, made childlike attempts at speech, and attempted to say "Mom" or "Dad"; or "yeah" when they asked her a question. They claim that when they kissed her she looked at them and sometimes puckered her lips.
From 1990 to 1993, Michael and the Schindlers enjoyed an amicable relationship. [48] (http://www.law.fsu.edu/library/flsupct/sc04-925/op-sc04-925.pdf) The Schindlers even allowed Michael to live rent-free in their condominium for several months. On June 18, 1990, the court appointed Michael Schiavo as Terri's legal guardian, without objection from the Schindlers.
On Valentine's Day of 1993, Michael Schiavo and the Schindlers had a falling-out. Michael claims the argument arose because he refused to share the settlement money with the Schindlers. The Schindlers claim that Michael failed to honor commitments he had previously made to seek aggressive treatments for his wife's condition.
The amicable relationship ended, and Michael and the Schindlers literally stopped speaking to each other. In July 1993, the Schindlers began their first challenge to Michael Schiavo's guardianship and attempted to remove him as legal guardian.
Michael Schiavo has been criticized by the Schindlers and their supporters for entering into a relationship with another woman, Jodi Centonze, while still legally married to Terri. Michael and Jodi Centonze have had two children together. Michael denies wrongdoing in this matter, stating that the Schindlers actively encouraged him to "get on with his life" and date since 1991. Michael said he chose not to divorce Terri and relinquish guardianship because he wanted to carry out her final wishes not to be kept alive in a persistent vegetative state.
Her parents claimed that Terri was a devout Roman Catholic who did not wish to violate the Church's teachings on euthanasia by intentionally starving or dehydrating herself to death, and that she had never expressed such a desire to anyone in her birth family or circle of friends. The Schindlers' legal fight was funded by a variety of sources on the political right.
Forty-seven protesters, including many children, were arrested outside the hospice where Terri was located. Most of these were non-violent, staged arrests for trespassing, made when protestors crossed a police line in a symbolic attempt to bring water to Terri.
Terri Schiavo died at 9:05 a.m. EST on Thursday, March 31. Terri's parents, who had been denied access to her during her last hours, traveled to the hospice to visit her when they were informed that she may be approaching death, arriving half an hour after her death. The Schindler family was allowed into the room after Michael Schiavo had left it. Terri's body was cremated following the autopsy and the husband did not allow Terri's family to participate in her burial ceremony.

Now, what is your stance on a critical issue like this? What do you think having the right to choose death?

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