Beauty Pressure by Tim Piper
Wow. I had seen this before and it still makes me feel concerned at what young female minds have to deal with. The first word that comes to mind after watching that video is ‘repulsed’. Media is one of the most formative aspects of a young person’s development. I think it’s easy to subconsciously dismiss the messages that we see on TV every day. But seeing a speedy compilation of many different beauty advertisements truly brings clarity to the influence that TV has in forming young women’s opinions of beauty. With these types of messages flooding all forms of media, it’s clear to see how easy it is for girls to internalize feelings of physical inferiority. The media is always telling women and girls that they are ‘too’. Too skinny, too fat, too tall, too short, too pale, too dark. It tells girls they aren’t enough as is. You need “this” to make you better, prettier…because that’s the most important thing to be as a woman. I just can’t say enough how eye-opening and powerful it was to see a video that challenges, or better yet, forces you to acknowledge the insane pressure to be beautiful that exists within the everyday world of young, female minds.
Now on to some of the articles I read this week. First I read Life on Screen: Visual Literacy in Education by James Daly. This quote stood out to me because I was actually shocked that he suggests not using the center button. I use the center button quite often in my work and think that it helps to make things look neater. I am interested to see any other research on this topic because I don’t feel ready to stop using it.
One immediate step you can take to vastly improve the appearance of your documents is to remove the “center” button from your software’s toolbar (or, less drastically, just ignore it). It is rarely self-evident what centering is meant to communicate, and too much centered text creates a sloppy, undisciplined look. -James Daly
This weekend I download the App Headspace because it provides guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training and this is something I have been wanting to work on. The app is beautifully designed and just opening it makes me feel relaxed. This is a personal goal unrelated to COETAIL – but is an excellent resource for anyone else wanting to try out daily mindfulness.
- Why aren’t there more available themes on WordPress?
- Should I add more colored text to my work?
- What does design literacy look like in a K-6 classroom?
Course 3 #goals:
- Restart the GET course and get at least halfway through
- Turn all homework in on time
- Redesign my resume and/or create a digital book
Before and After
I would LOVE to redesign our school website to make it more aesthetically appealing and easier to navigate. I have asked a few times to make this happen, but have been continuously turned down. I think an attractive website makes the school more appealing to future students, improves communication, and aids professional development.
Since this hasn’t been possible, I took a smaller route and redesigned our school newsletters. We send home a bi-weekly PYP Post and a weekly newsletter. I got them to let me change the name of the PYP Corner to The PYP Post, but I couldn’t get them to let me call the Weekly Newsletter, The APISP Alert. Baby steps… 🙂
I hadn’t read this article before, but I was happy to see that I was already implementing some successful design strategies that are used. You can see them above, in my newsletter upgrades.
Course 3 Final Project Options
Create and share a digital story to use with students.
Using the techniques you have learned in Course 3, create or modify a digital story that you will use this year. You can record all of the clips yourself for your digital story, or you can combine media from a variety of sources to create a remix.
Create an “About Me” page on your COETAIL blog, including an infographic or visual resume to use in your class or for recruiting.
I love both of these ideas and might actually have to do both… We will see what I come up with, but I am eager to learn more about digital literacy, design, and CRAP.