April 28 – Peter

28 04 2010

We rely on the internet to buy and download music. Buying an actual physical CD is almost a thing of the past. But what is the best program to use when downloading music? iTunes and Limewire are two of the most popular but which one do you think is the best? Be sure to explain why.

April 28 – “Reality” T.V.

28 04 2010

The Hills, Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother, The Apprentice, Jersey Shore, What Not to Wear, The Bachelor, American Idol – the list could go on and on. It started with the first ground break season of Survivor during the summer of 2000 and since then we have become almost obsessed with reality TV. What do you think of this genre that has taken over televisions prime-time programming?

Do you have a favourite reality TV show? Do you think reality TV is actually depicting reality? What does it say about us as a society that we now watch so much reality TV? Which do you prefer “reality” TV or traditional non-reality TV?

April 28 – Dream Vacation

28 04 2010

With only a month left of school to go before exams and year-end trips are minds naturally start to wander and daydream about vacations. In your daydream vacations what is the place that you always seem to go to? If you could pick any place for you and your family or friends to go on vacation what would it be? What would you do? Why?

April 21 – Harley

21 04 2010

Justin Bieber. A name that the students of 8B will remember forever whether they like it not – thanks Cassie 😉 It seems that every middle schooler these days has an opinion on this Canadian star but that’s not what this post topic is about.

Justin Bieber is being compared by some people to Michael Jackson and deemed the new “King of Pop” – do you think this is a fair comparison? Has Justin Bieber done enough in his short career to earn that title? Or is Bieber on the right track to becoming the new “King of Pop”?

April 21st – Lauren

21 04 2010

A rather surprising article was published in the Globe and Mail last week about Donna Simpson, a 42-year-old mother, who raises money for her food budget through a website where people watch her eat. The article draws attention to a subculture of gainers (people who are gaining excessive weight on purpose), their motives, their attitudes and their mental and physical health.

The online version of the article can be found here.

Read the article and write about what you think of the issue. People are working towards excessive weight gain goals with no concern for their health. Should something be done or should people be allowed to do as they see fit with their own body?

April 21st

21 04 2010

Watch the 2 YouTube videos below. I imagine that Lost Generation is quite famous by now as I’ve personally received it as a forward 3 or 4 times. The End of Publishing as We Know It, I just came across in a blog I follow this week and I assume it is a spin-off of the original, but I could be wrong.

Two options for you to consider for your blog topic:

1. What do you think of the message both of these people are trying to share with the world? Do you fit into the descriptions of a generation that they are creating? Do you think their first description of your generation is truly how others see you? Do you agree with what they have to say?

2. Try and write your own “rewind rant” – it does not have to be on a similar topic but the idea would be that your reader is given one message when it’s read through the first time and then by reading the lines in reverse the second time they get the exact opposite message. Every time I watch these videos I am amazed by the skill it must have taken to compose them and I am confident that you have those same skills!

April 14th – Mike

14 04 2010

Rugby is better than track and field. According to Mike there actually isn’t any room for debate here. Rugby’s superiority over track is a statement of fact, not opinion. Do you agree? Why or why not?

For those of you who are perhaps not that interested in this topic as Rugby is not an option for you at SJK, perhaps you could blog about whether you think it should be? Is there enough interest for girls rugby here at SJK?

Remember to comment on someone else’s post.

April 14th – Mitch

14 04 2010

We all wear them, we all have an opinion on them, so what is it? What are the pros and cons of uniforms in your opinion? Should we do away with them or do they add something positive to our school environment? If you accept that they are here to stay how would you like to see them altered or improved?

Don’t forget to comment on someone else’s post.

April 14th

14 04 2010

Do you socialize more virtually than you do in reality?

There are lots of adults out there who are scratching their heads and trying to figure you guys out. Some people refer to you as the Net Generation or Digital Natives because you have never known a time without the internet and all that it has brought to the world. Many of these adults wonder and worry about how your future will be different than earlier generations because of this.

Read the brief write-up on The New York Times Learning Network and answer the questions they pose to students:

Do you have enough opportunities to interact with peers in spontaneous, real ways? Do you think there’s a link between the rise of media and the increase in bullying? How can schools and parents help kids take part more in “the real social world”?

Or just write about what you think of all this adult worry and analysis about your exposure to technology.

Strong Arguments?

14 04 2010

There were some brave souls who decided to voice their opinion this week. They all made their arguments in different ways. Whose post do you think was the most effective?

Brendan, Evan, Emily, Greg, Hunter, Aureon, or Will?

Don’t be afraid to comment below 😉