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									               Middle Years Computers Research Assignment - Blogs

You are given the following topics to research. You are to collect your data using more
than one source, and compare their answers with your classmates. It is a requirement for
you to evaluate and rate each source of information. You must list each website you used
for research beside the question or topic you are addressing. The answers are collected
and given to the teacher before you begin the final product.

Options for final product;
  1) an expository essay format
  2) a power point presentation
  3) a movie maker presentation
  4) a poster

Topics
Definition/History of Blogs
Terminology
Popularity and Effectiveness
Blog vs. Websites – preferences (personal and researched)
Types of Blogs – specialization
Pros/Cons of using blogs as producer and consumer
Blog evaluation techniques – how to rate blogs
How schools use blogs/how could they use blogs
List of appropriate blogs for elementary school students - reviews
List of appropriate blogs for teens - reviews
List of appropriate blogs for parents – reviews
List of appropriate blogs for teachers – reviews
How to start your own blog
Blog etiquette
Subscriptions to blogs and how they work
The future of Internet Media – What comes after blogging?
           Middle Years Computers Research Assignment – Blogs - Part 2

You are to research and prepare an argumentative essay on one of the following choices:
   1) The Internet – Modern Society’s Biggest Failure
   2) The Internet – Modern Society’s Greatest Invention


Following is a short list of ideas that can be used. Do not copy these directly or limit
yourself to this short list.




The Internet – Modern Society’s Biggest Failure

Billions of $$$$ down the tube (glass fibre tube that is)
Top 10 google hits of 2005 - Janet Jackson, hurricane Katrina, tsunami, xbox 360, Brad
Pitt, Michael Jackson, American Idol, Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Harry Potter
Failure of dot.com businesses
Inappropriate use – gambling, theft, bullying, racism, hackers, viruses, worms, Trojan
horses, pornography, copyright infringement, free music and ringtones and movies and
books, spam, online advertisements, popups, plagiarism, hotspots, organized violence,
others generated by students




The Internet – Modern Society’s Greatest Invention

Billions of $$$$ in wages, research and development
There’s more to life than Google
Dot.com business successes
Appropriate use – research, communication, free music and ringtones and movies and
books, ebay, Amazon, news stories, weather, sports information, video gaming, job
opportunities, consumer reports, wireless, organized political ideas, safety, public
information systems, firewalls, anti-viruses, popup blockers, moral responsibility, others
generated by students

								
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