All posts by Danny Harvell

Globalization in Education

In my profession of education, I deal with multiple cultures. These cultures range from Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern to name a few. We are a hodgepodge of cultures on my campus. This is everyone from the students to the teachers. Reaching everybody equally can be challenging. Various ways of communicating must be utilized to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Communication may come from social media, e-mail, or a telephone call. However, it order to communicate with a diverse and multinational audience neither one of those can be used exclusively.

My school utilizes social media quite a bit. We use social media to inform our community about upcoming events like sporting games, awards, and anything else that is important going on at our school. Doreen Starke-Meyerring says, “the Internet now allows professional communicators not only to access audiences around the world but also to actively engage them in increasingly open genres— those that allow audiences to participate in producing discourse (e.g., Weblogs, Wikis)— that are networked globally” (Meyerring, 475). With the use of social media our audience (students and teachers) are able to actively engage. Ultimately they make the decision about whether they want to be part of the online community. With social media, it has made us able to participate now in what we want and how we want it. Long gone are the days when we were presented with something and had to take it as is. Continue reading Globalization in Education

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Social Media in Education

For this week’s blog I had 3 mini interviews with three different people within my field. I interviewed Brittany Sutton, Sara Coatney, and Clifford Shawver. Each of these people works at a different school and district. I previously interviewed Brittany Sutton for my first blog entry. So some of the things that we discussed were already discussed in the first blog. In regards to Mrs. Sutton’s background, Mrs. Sutton has worked at Barry Goldwater High School since 2002. This is her first year as an assistant principal on the campus; therefore, she has the perspective of both a teacher and administrator on the campus. During the interview, she reiterated that social media is used to connect to staff, students, and parents/guardians. This is everything from football games, grade updates, and special events that are happening on campus like spirit week. The main avenue for doing this is Facebook. I asked Mrs. Sutton why Facebook is utilized over other sites like Youtube or Twitter. Continue reading Social Media in Education

Genres in Education

As an educator, my particular genre focuses on multiple things. To say that my profession deals heavily in one specific genre would be inaccurate. Education encompasses multiple genres and discourses. A lot of it depends on what you’re involved in. Some teachers have more responsibilities than others thus increasing the different types of writing they must handle. I don’t want to get across that my job is somehow special because of this. Obviously, there are many professions that require its employees to have multiple responsibilities. In my profession, we have to accommodate our writing for different situations such as lesson planning, communicating with parents, or communicating with colleagues. These three examples highlight how educators must be experts in multiple genres in order to be fully effective in their discourse communities. Continue reading Genres in Education

Discourse Communities: Oh the possibilites!

Discourse communities are communities that center on a particular type of writing. Specifically, it is a group of people who have similar values and beliefs. Ultimately, these values and beliefs are a vessel for communicating effectively. There are multiple discourse communities. In fact, any type of employment has a discourse community. For example, I use to work for Discover Card Financial Services (yes… I was everyone’s favorite telemarketer). During my time at that job, our basic values and beliefs were to always encourage our card members that they should use the Discover credit card because they’ll get more “Cash Back” and that to remind them that we are retailers’ preferred credit card. While I was working there, I was in a department called retention. Continue reading Discourse Communities: Oh the possibilites!

Communication in Public Education

I interviewed Brittany Sutton. Mrs. Sutton is one of my assistant principals at Barry Goldwater High School, which is where I teach English. Barry Goldwater High School is a public school in North Phoenix. Specifically, Mrs. Sutton deals with the curriculum aspect on my campus. In my interview, Mrs. Sutton address how written communication is utilized on our campus and some of the struggles that come with it.

In regards to who participates in our community/organization, Mrs. Sutton said that not only do students and teachers participate, but parents/guardians as well. She made it apparent that the parents/guardians are an integral part to the community. At my school, parent involvement is hard to achieve because of the type of background that my students come from. It isn’t a harsh area; however, my students have been described as “survivors” because their parents are often not a part of their lives. Therefore, getting whatever parent involvement we can is crucial. Continue reading Communication in Public Education