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  1. Unknown User (kpadgitt)

    Question A: What is the title of the application? Who created it? was created in 1998 by Marc Ginsburg, Dan Huddle, and John Hiler.


  2. Unknown User (ajfay)

    Q: how is it related to other applications?

    A: one answer to this could be how it relates to the different age groups compared to other 2.0 applications.

    this website had an article and chart that was helpful.

    1. Unknown User (kpadgitt)

      That was a really good source! It might be helpful to the writers if you can find other ways Xanga is related to different applications. One idea might be comparing it to other blogging sites (like Blogger). Another could possibly talk about the ease of social networking on Xanga compared to MySpace, Facebook, etc.

  3. Unknown User (etrapp)

    e. What are some unique ways of using this application?

    - You can read blogs even if you don't personally have one of your own. It is easy to find people/ friends that use xanga.

    -Very easy to start a blog. There is a featured question that you can blog about each day. There are 4 branches(besides the regular Xanga) from Xanga each dealing with something different that you can subscribe to and become a part of:

         1. Datingish- the dating community. focuses on dating and relationships

         2. Healthkicker- blogs about trying to live healthier. focuses on diet and fitness

         3. Momaroo- real moms, real blogs. focuses on mom's and parenting

         4. Revelife- Christian community, for the heart, mind, and soul. focuses on Christianity

    In all four you can read the blogs, comment on others, or write your own blog in one or all of the catergories just like the regular Xanga

    - After reading a blog you can recomment it, give it stars, vote on how good/bad it is, share the blog, email it, or give it eprops.

    Creating a Blog

    - very easy to start a blog

    - when creating a blog you can choose the theme of your background and invite your friends to join xanga.

    - on your site you can add: weblog, photos, videos, albums, audio, and pulse

         ~`Pulse is a mini blog where you can quickly say what you're doing, how you're feeling, or anything else. You can also send and receive these from your friends by phone.

    - can subscribe to featured blogs and questions

    -there is a feedback log that allows you to track your feedback on comments, eprops, connections, messages, etc.

    - you can rate  your own site, others, and people can rate yours

    - can join a metro

        `~ a Metro is groups of people that all live in the same area

    - can add Plugz to your site

         ~a Plug is a way to publicize your site or a friends site on Xanga, it exposes you to bloggers that aren't your friends or on your subscriptions list.

          ~a Plug is a headline, image, and description and it links to a specific URL, which has to be an Xanga URL

          ~This allows your site to get noticed and recieve more traffic and comments

    - can join a Blogring

         ~a Blogring allows you to meet people with similiar interests

    1. Unknown User (kpadgitt)

      This was really thorough and detailed -- great for the chapter. It might be helpful to elaborate on the "uniqueness" of Xanga by just saying how these features are different or better from other, similar sites.

  4. Unknown User (bwolkoff)

    Q: How could Xanga be used within a post secondary educational/learning situation?

    A: Like any other level of education Xanga satisfies a students needs for social interaction. Talking to other people on Xanga could help you solve problems or help with questions you may have. Students in college would benefit with this application because they could talk to other students in their class online. Interaction on Xanga could be used as a motivational activity by a teacher to provide information in a more interesting way then just coming to class and doing book work. Students could participate in a conversation on Xanga which could in-turn motivate them more because it would be more interesting. Xanga could also apply to cooperative learning because you could assign small groups and have them interact and share ideas on this application.

    Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning pages 87 and 107

    1. Unknown User (kpadgitt)

      You brought up some good points. My only concern is that secondary education refers to high school. You said, "Interaction on Xanga could be used as a motivational activity by a teacher to provide information in a more interesting way then just coming to class and doing book work." For high school students, attendance is generally stressed as being important to learning. I get what you're trying to say though and completely agree!

      1. Unknown User (bwolkoff)

        My question referred to post secondary education though so that is any education after high school. So do you think that's okay if it's referring to post secondary?

        1. Unknown User (kpadgitt)

          Wow, that was my mistake; I didn't see the "post" in there! Yes, that works great! Sorry again!

  5. Unknown User (jones78)

    Q: What are some examples of it being used to illustrate its current educational value or potential value?

    A:  Xanga definitley has a certain amount of educational value right now, and it definitely has and even greater potential to increase its educational value.  Many schools have discussed using this in the classroom to help students expresstheir own thoughts and ideas about certain topics related to schooling. 

    1. Unknown User (kpadgitt)

      More detailed examples would likely be helpful for the writers.

      Also, we need to site every source we use; don't forget to include this.

  6. Unknown User (mbrother)

    Q. How does it work? What does one have to do to start using it?

    Xanga is a community of online diaries and journals. It basically works like a blog, in the sense that users write about their lives, views, or whatever else they choose to put on there. You can make your profile public or private, which determines who will be able to see your site and who can't. You can also "subscribe" to other member's cites, which means that you can receive notifications or be granted easy access whenever a friend or whose ever site you subscribed to updates their xanga.
    It is very easy to start an xanga. You basically sign up and follow the instructions on it site. Here's an step by step process explaining how exactly to do that...they explain it better than I can.

    1. Unknown User (kpadgitt)

      The site was very informative for the "How does it work?" portion of the question. The only thing I might suggest is to describe in more detail is exactly how you go about creating an account.

  7. Unknown User (pblaszcz)

    Q: What is the purpose of the application (that is, what does it do)?

    A:  The purpose of this site are to:

         -blog (about any topic of interst)

         -original purpose was to share book and music reviews

         -share blogs, videos, audio, and photos with other people

         - can make a social networking profile (this could be for meeting people or expressing yourself...)

         -can join group blogs to have discussions on specific topics

    1. Unknown User (kpadgitt)

      This information needs a source -- otherwise, great job!

  8. Unknown User (jones78)

    Lesson Plans:\\

  9. Unknown User (bwolkoff)

    in this specific xanga you can see how someone used it to make lesson plans for other people to use