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    Araby

    In James Joyce’s short story “Araby,” the narrator’s desire for change through his infatuation with Mangan’s sister demonstrates the story’s message that people wish to find contentment in new experiences. At the beginning of the story, we are introduced...

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    Inspiration from Jane Eyre

    The first chapter of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre introduces the characterizations of an orphan Jane, as well as her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and her cousins Eliza, Georgiana, and John, with whom she is staying. The story is told in...

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    The Implementation of Social Media in Schools

    In my last blog post, I discussed the role that social media plays in how our society learns information in a way that is relevant to our evolving world. Social media improves our collective wellbeing by bringing awareness to...

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    • Hi Maia,

      I really like your ideas of how social media can be better used despite the cons it presents. You give the reader ideas that support your claim that social media can be shown in a positive light through the education system. I also like how you started off your post by recapturing what you said in your last post to connect these topics; you organized your thoughts in a clean and in a way that makes sense to the reader. Overall, I thought this was a great topic to touch on and could be a great strategy for teachers in the future.

      -Maya

    • Hey Maiaaa!! I was intrigued by your post because I had written similar blogs about this topic of negative effects social media can have on teens and youth and the importance it holds in how people can remain aware of social issues in the world today through the media. Basically we think alike 🙂 I love your idea of teachers implementing a new way of educating students through platforms they can relate to and are familiar with because it would be very beneficial for kids to learn through social learning. I liked when you said “By using this method, it motivates students to interact with their peers as well as learn other perspectives from people around the world because all social media users are connected through one outlet.” I think your ideas are very relevant and well-explained. Overall, I enjoyed reading your post, and thanks for sharing!!

    • Maia,

      Great work on this post! I love how you began with an evaluation of the pros and cons of social media; it really shows your ability to objectively analyze a topic. This post is especially interesting to me because it highlights the necessity to evolve with technology. As the world enters an increasingly hi-tech reality, it is essential that students and teachers utilize the resources available to them in order to enhance the learning experience. I definitely agree that social learning should be experimented with and applied to schools since it offers such a unique and individualized approach to education. Overall, amazing post, and I look forward to your future work.

    • Maia,
      I really liked how you showed both the positive as well as negative aspects of social media before stating your view on the topic. With the civilization becoming more and more technological and tech-dependent each day, its important that everyone know what resources they have at their fingertips and how they can be beneficial, especially within the classrooms.

      Great work!

    • Hey Maia,
      I really liked how you included that there were positives and negatives to social media and the different uses for social media. You did well explaining the extent to which social media can be used such as for school projects and also outside of school as a way to connect with friends and family. Though social media can have a large impact on mental heath, there are also plenty of resources and people on social media that can provide help for those individuals with depression or anxiety. I agree that social media can encourage students to learn and become more engaged because they are familiar with social media. Overall, very nice job:)

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    Social Media and Social Change

    “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” - Herbert Spencer (“Herbert Spencer Quotes”) It is a universal philosophy of those in the education system to strive for the fulfillment of scholastic potential and personal growth. In the...

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    • Maia,
      Your article on social media and social change was awesome!! I really enjoyed how you referenced TikTok, as that is a newer social media app but is quickly gaining traction in influencing the public. When you stated, “we are educated about concepts beyond ourselves, gaining the ability to understand our privileges and powers and using them to connect with and fight for the good of others who are marginalized and oppressed in society,” it demonstrates the necessity of using social media for good. Especially in today’s world, where social media is used to hide behind a screen and tear people down, I really think it’s important for more people to read this article. Thanks for writing it, and I can’t wait to read more from you!

    • Dear Maia,
      I am satisfied with your post because social media is really beneficial for a lot of information nowadays.Im glad you are helping people understand that social media is a good thing.
      One thing you said that stands out for me is: “In light of recent events, the interconnectivity of social media has proven to be a major source of awareness on various topics geared toward social change, like racial injustice and gender equity.” I think this is amazing because it raises awareness if anything happens. Its used as a portable news source.
      Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I checked instagram on December 8, 2019. I saw a lot of photos of one of my favorite rappers “juice wrld” aka Jarad Higgins.When I read more into it I was seeing a lot of “rip” captions.
      Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it was very informative. It can change the views of people who think social media is bad.

    • Hey Maia, I agree with your writing as it is true that social media may not necessarily be bad. It helps us be more aware of the issues happening in our society and we can contribute our thoughts and opinions through social media. In fact, this article was written through social media which shows that it can also help educate others and provide beneficial knowledge. Everyone currently uses social media in one form or the other and I think it is important to know the benefits of it as explained in the article. Thank you for your writing!

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    How the Vulnerability of Language Connects Us

    In our everyday lives, we use words in some way, shape, or form, whether that is speaking, reading, or writing. However, these words have comprised the 7,000 languages spoken worldwide (Shashkevich), each with its own unique dialect, accent, or...

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    The Hardships of Pilgrimages

    In the early beginnings of our humanity, people have embarked on pilgrimages. For example, in the Old Testament, prominent Bible figures like Moses and Abraham have led God’s people on journeys to various holy lands. Ever since, religious and...

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