Blog reflection example

This is a model of a beginning blog reflection for this unit. Blog reflections are expected to include a variety of the following:

- Reflection of specific incidences during the unit that you found interesting or learnt from
- Brainstorming and evidence of idea development
- Answers to weekly blog reflection questions
- Reflections or ideas on personal learning
- ICT creations such as an occasional Glogster or Prezi that summarises learning. These can be from your week 6 presentations
- A variety of collected images and videos (or other resources) which you learn from, found interesting or used. Can use the same ones you posted in the Maasai portfolio or your group page

This blog beginning is relevant in the way it is individual, visually appealing and demonstrates initiative and learning. Firstly Jemina introduces herself, making the blog personal. Interesting text and some different colours are used. Secondly she introduces her knowledge on Tanzania and provides photos. Thus she is demonstrating what she already knows and personalising it by talking about what she wants to know, what she thinks, and what interests her. When writing your blog make it personal. Include your thoughts in what you write. In doing this you are giving your audience a clear picture of where you're at in your learning and your learning potential. At the end of this blog Jemina has answered the first weekly question. Not only has she answered this but has gone on to talk about consumerism. This shows iniative in learning. She has explored her interest, researched and gone on to find more. Also Jemina has included many resources in her blog such as an article, a video and images. She has referenced these correctly. Overall the blog is visually appealing, interesting to read, and informative. Jemina hasn't yet included any ICT creations, incident reflections or brainstorming but has included enough for her first week. Jemina's blog could be more colourful and individual but it depends on her learning style. Just remember that a blog can be as creative as you want and should be an intriguing reflection of your personal learning journey. Again the criteria for the blog is:


- Creative and critical thinking is evident in ideas, opinions, recounts and personal expression
- A range of ICT media is used in blog creations
- Personal learning journey is clearly evident and demonstrates appropriate knowledge accumulation
- Correct grammar, referencing, formatting and use of language is evident
- Weekly reflections show indepth understanding of content and purpose of unit
- Blog is individual, different and interesting to read through its personalisation

Jemina has covered most of these.

Remember: Use a fictional name for your blog

Welcome to Jemina's Blog!

Hi Everyone. I'm Jemina and this is my blog for the term. Below is my voki created at
http://www.voki.com/create.php


Jemina

About me

My favourite subject is geography. I like learning about climate, weather and the effects these have on surrounding regions. I also like art, music and am part of my school choir.

My knowledge of Tanzania

I sponsor a child in Tanzanian via World Vision. I write letters and receive regular information on the village happenings. He doesn't live far from Arusha, which isn't far from the Ngorongora National Park. Through the sponsorship the village has been able to build a well and fund the local schools increasing learning for all children. Also because of the sponsorship he has been able to attend 3rd grade primary school and wants to become a teacher after her leaves school. In Tanzania they have large families of six or seven children. They eat staple foods, or vegetables, rice and porridge. I collected some photos of the surrounding region.

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Shared Interest. (2004, May 8). Copy of CIMG2786. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharedinterest/2929139458/

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Neiljs. (2005, Jan 10). Arusha, Tanzania. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/neiljs/3240244515/

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Abeeeer. (2010, July 3). Arusha. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/abir82/4871995900/

Tanzania is said to contain Mt Kilomanjaro and the Victoria falls making it a great tourist attraction. The Victoria Falls are supposedly the widest in the world whilst the highest is somewhere in South America. Although I know a bit about Arusha town I've never explored the Maasai. I'm curious to compare the difference between how they live to how the town residents live. I'm assuming since they are more dependent on natural resources there would be less hunger and poverty. They can created their own resources and can hunt their own food. However I'm looking forward to learning more.

Why should we as westerners be aware of poverty?

In Australia there are many things we take for granted such as, access to clean water, shelter, food, and technology. Imagine if those things were taken away. Would we have the initiative to survive, to maintain our society. The Maasai take face these issues everyday with the ongoing drought. Children must sacrifice their education to provide enough water for their families. Worse their land is being taken away. If the Maasai are forced to move they will lose their culture and indigenous background.
Often I am unaware of what living in a Maasai village would be like. It is hard to image their being no technology, phones or other communication. However I wonder if there would be some positives. Firstly families would be closer, there would be a stronger community connection, and more celebrations. Life wouldn't be as stressful and education would be a privilege. It would be easier to learn because it would have more meaning and connection to your environment and life. Also you would have a heritage and be proud of the way you looked after the environment.
I think today we have very little to be proud of. We don't acheive anything by learning, working, earning money and upholding our society. We seem to be caught in this cycle where we only think of our needs but don't contribute to the whole society like the Maasai. we don't have a heritage, anything to look after, and no reason to respect others. If we realise, however, that most people live in the very primitive conditions it makes us stop and think about/question what we do. It opens our eyes and makes us think carefully about who we are, our responsibilities and what we can do. Reflecting on all this there are many reasons why us as westerners should be aware of poverty:

- It makes us appreciate what we have
- It makes us question ourselves
- It prompts us to take action and help those in need
- It informs us of global issues and what the future hold. What should we be working towards? What is the purpose of our existence?
- It makes us aware of social justice
- It prompts us to protect the environment
- It makes us aware of how much we consume and what will happen if we continue consuming at this rate

I added the last one because I read an interesting article on consumerism. People is our society buy many things they don't need or even use. Billions of dollars are spent on such items and billions still on wasted food (Hamilton, Denniss & Baker, 2005). What was once considered extravagance has now been labelled the norm (Hamilton, 2006). Marketers try and attract consumers by saying that they need this to feel happy and thus appealing to the identity of the consumer (Hamilton, 2006). Acording to Hamilton, Denniss and Baker (2005) if we continue consuming at this rate we will no longer be able to support ourselves. Already China and India, who were once developing countries are becoming consumerist countries. Since they have such huge populations their consumption will have a devasting global impact if they reach Australian consumption statistics (Hamilton, Denniss & Baker, 2005). This is why us Australian should be aware of global poverty. If we compare what we consumer to that of the rest of the world the results are quite shocking. Hopefully this realisation will motivate us to help those in need and preserve our global future.

Here is the link to 'Wasteful consumption in Australia' by Clive Hamilton, Richard Denniss and David Baker
https://www.tai.org.au/documents/downloads/DP77.pdf

Western Consumption


Katagelies. (2008, Sep 17). Fight consumerism [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-7s8HbHIew

I thought I'd include a quick video of consumerism. It is interesting to ponder the perspective.




References

http://www.clivehamilton.net.au/cms/media/documents/articles/The_Intensification_of_Consumerism.pdf

https://www.tai.org.au/documents/downloads/DP77.pdf

http://www.wellsfortanzania.org/

Katagelies. (2008, Sep 17). Fight consumerism [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-7s8HbHIew