Windows 10

I am speechless. I have just figured out how to use Windows 8 and it is already being updated. Does anyone else feel like new media is growing faster than they are? If you are interested in the preview of the new Windows 10 check out this link!


How to make tea with a coffee pot

There are so many small technologies that have more than one use. We have talked about the many uses of the cell phone including calling, texting, and surfing the internet. Today I want to look at another everyday product that has evolved. The coffee pot has transformed over the years. Now I use my coffee pot to make tea instead of coffee. This is my attempt to keep it simple. You may be interested in utilizing your equipment in this way because it is fast, efficient and it eliminates mess

The book says that “online virtual learning is very popular…” (p.62). Although virtual learning is done mostly by universities through chats and online lecture I believe online learning is not limited to what you are required to absorb for school. There are many things that people learn by watching television, reading, and interacting with some type of virtual learning. The teacher may be a random person on YouTube. I think if the student is retaining information they are part of online learning population. With this illustrated demonstration I will show you how with six simple steps.  You will need a gallon jug, a cup of sugar, tea bags, and a standard coffee maker.

    1. gallon pitcher cup of sugar
      Add 3/4 cup to 1 cup of sugar to an empty clean gallon pitcher. Set this aside.

tea bag in pot Put 3 family size or 7 standard sized tea bags in the back of the coffee pot where coffee grounds are cooked without a filter.

    1. water in potFill the coffee pot with water and pour it into the back of the pot as if making coffee.

coffee potTurn on the coffee pot and allow the tea to brew until the pot is full.

      1. add water and stir Pour hot tea from the coffee pot in the gallon pitcher to melt the sugar.
      2. ice tea Fill with water continuously stirring. Add ice, chill, and enjoy.

Take a break social media sponges

Courtesy of Huffington Post5 and

5 Signs You Should Take A Break From Social Media

Posted: 12/01/2014 8:52 am EST Updated: 12/01/2014 8:59 am EST


By Samantha Gregor

In a tech-obsessed society where 500 million tweets are sent per day and 1.28 billion people use Facebook on a regular basis, how can you tell when your own love of “checking in” has gone too far? Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D., technology expert and author of The Distraction Addiction, shares some of the most common signs that you should to sign off for a bit.

You make elaborate desserts and projects just to Instagram them.
Did you spend extra time making your salad look picture-perfect or recreate a DIY off Pinterest just to appear crafty? If you’re guilty of situations like these, you may be ready for a break. “When you start crafting your life to be more Twitter- or Instagram-friendly, it’s time to step back,” says Pang. “Thinking about where you’ll go or what you’ll do with an eye to how it will appear on social media undermines your ability to be yourself,” he adds.

You can’t rake the leaves or paint your nails without tweeting about it.
We all have that friend on social media who can’t help but share every single detail of her life. Unfortunately, you may also be that friend. “Composing tweets about what you’re doing as you’re doing it or feeling the need to report your thoughts in real-time are all signs that social media is taking over your life,” says Pang. “There are only 24 hours in a day, and the more time we spend sharing with our friends what we’re doing hour-by-hour, the less time we have to discover for ourselves why we enjoy these activities and what our days are adding up to mean,” he explains.

You know way too much about your connections.
“The big warning sign to look out for here is when you start becoming compulsive about knowing the statuses of your social media ‘friends,’” Pang says. So if you readily know that the random guy you once met at a party just bought a house, and you’ve already stalked his wife’s Facebook profile, you may want to reevaluate how much time you’re spending online. “The irony of social media is that while it can be great for keeping up with the details of our friend’s lives, too much engagement can obscure the big picture and weaken our ability to make sense of our own lives,” adds Pang.

You feel like you don’t measure up to your successful/happy/thriving friends.
Thumbing through your social feed can quickly lead to an inundation of good — and often envy-inducing — news. Witnessing your friends’ promotions, engagements, and extravagant vacations can stir up feelings of jealousy and inadequacy, whether you realize it or not. In fact, spending too much time on social media can cause feelings of negative body image among women, increase the amount of anxiety a person has on a daily basis, and even lead to damaged friendships and relationships. “When keeping up with your friends’ lives gets in the way of you happily leading your own life, you need a break,” says Pang.

You feel anxious when you don’t have access to your phone.
Do you check Facebook at traffic lights or while talking to your friends at the table? Do you refresh your Twitter feed as soon as you wake up or as you’re falling asleep? “The more you’re on social media, the less material you actually have to talk about that’s interesting and worth having other people hear,” says Pang. Think about it: How many conversations or real-life events have you missed out on because you were too wrapped up in your phone? The more time you spend liking, the less likable your own world ends up becoming, Pang explains.

How To Take A Step Back

Start by setting aside a specific time every day for catching up on social media. “Humans have a schedule for exercising, going to work, eating meals, and sleeping. So if one hour per day, at the same time each day, is good enough for dinner, it’s good enough for your news feed,” says Pang. When you do post status updates, limit yourself to only discussing life stories, instead of off-the-cuff thoughts or irrelevant snapshots of your food or your dog (no matter how cute he may be).

Finally, experiment with temporarily limiting your access. “Challenge yourself to abstaining from social media for a full week, or, if that’s too daunting, just delete Twitter, Instagram and Facebook from your phone for a week,” Pang suggests. “Does your life get better or worse? You may find that you feel perfectly satisfied without social media in your life,” says Pang.

Mobile Apps

Tonight I was running through random thoughts as I picked up Legos.  My phone was sitting on the counter playing music.  It kept vibrating with notifications.  I started to think about the times before mobile apps.  I remember playing snake on my large Nokia phone years ago.  I thought about all the mobile apps I use daily.  I use a mobile app from the start of my day until the end I go to sleep. My day starts with a mobile app ringing the alarm at 6 a.m.  As soon as I wake up I check my bank account.  Throughout the day I check out different social media sites, Time Hop , Messenger, emails, play music and games all because of the easy accessibility of mobile apps.  I think without this option I would not be so active on the internet, especially social media or gaming.  want to make a poll to see how many mobile apps college students use daily and how many hours a day they use them.   I am also curious about how many hours students spend on social media.  Do the two have a connection? This may be a random blog with random thoughts but there are some relevant questions raised about mobile because of this slew of thoughts.  If anyone has any input on this topic or would like to share personal experiences please leave comments.

From one plug to the next

When reading my classmates blogs I was reminded how new media can be used and, as one classmate said, abused. I think one of the biggest problem with new media is that we have made such a connection with new media and forms of communications that we waste majority of our days.  Time management is something people struggle with.  New media is only adding to this problem.  Because of our connection with new media we are losing personal connections.  When I say this I think of the family sitting at the breakfast table: mom and dad are both on laptops, the son is texting on his cell phone and the playing on her tablet.  They can say they eat together but no one has any social interaction with each other.

I am having struggles with this is in my everyday life. My four-year old daughter got a tablet and a leap pad for Christmas.  She likes to charge the tablet and play on the leap pad until the battery dies.  Then she wants to switch.  At this rate she could spend all waking hours glued to electronics.  Although this makes my life much easier I feel like by allowing her to do that I am robbing her of something.  She needs to interact with her sisters. Even though she is constantly playing learning games I have had to confiscate the games and push her outside to play in the sun.  I tell her she needs the vitamins.  At four years old she is already putting up a fight to leave her games behind.  I can only imagine what the future holds.

What is the point?

Throughout the spring semester I will be exploring the definition of “new media” and its association with communications. As media develops daily, I will expand my knowledge of new media and its explosion over different mediums. Because of the rapid development of technology people tend to overlook how much media we absorb in our everyday lives. With this blog I am excited to see where “new media” has come from and where it will take future generations. I think this blog will show how people have become sponges of media.