15 thoughts on “Week 2 – “It will be messy and chaotic” (Due before class on F, Sep 17 Vernon section and M, Sep 20, Kelowna section)

  1. In the article “Messy and Chaotic Learning” Martha Burtis discusses four major components to building your own website. Those components include The Naming of Things, The Building of Things, The Breaking of Things, and The Knowing of Things, all which are very important.

    The initial step in developing your own website is The Naming of Things. This is the point at which you select a domain name for yourself. According to Burtis, using your first and last name will offer you a higher rating on search engines. If someone does not want to be found on the internet, they can name it after something they like, a song, or a meaningful phrase. Knowing things is crucial because naming them gives you ownership while also allowing you to create something that is uniquely yours and can be shared in all ways.

    The Building of Things is the next step. This is where you make your website into whatever you want it to be. You can customise it with a theme, exchange content, and so on. This is the time when you can make something unique to you and from the ground up. This is a critical step because we have all been connected to the internet for as long as we can remember. Whether it was playing Club Penguin as a kid or using Instagram and Facebook now. It is something that we all use. Now we can make something that is uniquely ours, without having to adhere to any set programming or codes.

    The Breaking of Things is the third stage. This is what happens when your website has technical issues or when things don’t seem to be working as they should. The truth is that when utilising the internet, things will go wrong. This is a critical step in the event that someone shares too much information on the internet or says anything inappropriate. In this scenario, this can be a source of concern for parents, guardians, and even professors. It is critical to introduce individuals to the internet in a favourable light and to teach younger teenagers about the dangers that can arise when the internet is not used properly. When it comes to the internet and designing websites, though, the sky is the limit.

    The Knowing of Things is the final step. This ties all of the previous step together. After you’ve mastered the steps of naming, building, and breaking things, you can go on to the stage of knowing things. You now have a greater grasp and comprehension of how to design a website after completing this stage.


  2. Martha Burtis, in “Messy & Chaotic Learning: A Domains Presentation at Keene State College” speaks about four major components involved in building your own website, but she also speaks about her journey of discovering those components and why she believes it’s important for learning institutions to take-back the Web as a learning space.
    The four major components involved in building your own website are as follows:
    -The Naming of Things explains what to call your website depending on the desired results from established search engines.
    -The Building of Things tells you where to build your website, suggesting open source platforms such as WordPress. The benefit of building on an open source platform is that students can learn to code their own pages, essentially getting a glimpse inside the workings of the Web.
    -The Breaking of Things is when things go wrong. The very nature of building a Web page is complex, using language and techniques that may not come easily or naturally. At some point, undoubtedly, something technical will go wrong and fixing it can be the most challenging aspect of building and running a website.
    -The Knowing of Things is the least technical of the four steps. It’s not so much about knowing the technical process of building a website, but the more philosophical whys of the Web in general: why understanding how the Web works is important on a micro and macro level, how humans interact with that space and what the potential of their interactions are. So, getting to step four means that hopefully you’ll have a greater understanding the whys of the Web!
    It will be very neat to make my own blog on WordPress after having read this article. I have not and do not engage very often on social media platforms, in part because I don’t always get them. Having a greater understanding of the Web is very appealing so getting to step four of the process is something I am looking forward to in this class.


  3. According to Martha Burtis, the Naming, Building, Breaking and Knowing of your website are key components in creating and owning your own domain. (Messy and chaotic learning: a domains presentation at Keene State College. 2017) Each component is essential for very different reasons.

    Naming is important because your domain name serves to encapsulate your website’s content as well as determine whether your website is easily findable and/or easily traceable to you as it’s author. By naming your website you affirm your ownership of this domain and consequently your responsibility for it’s content .

    Building is possibly the most important component because it is how you determine the goal of your website and the best format, images, etc. that compliment this goal. It is most people’s first opportunity to create something rather than participate in something on the web and it should be something you’re proud of.

    Breaking is inevitable and valuable as it’s key to learning what should and shouldn’t be part of your creation. Making a piece of subpar content or just ruining your format are easy missteps and however unfortunate they may be, they’re going to make your online presence better in the long term if you learn from them.

    Finally, Knowing matters because if you’ve gone through the lengthy and likely frustrating process of building your own domain you should be able to use this knowledge everywhere, not just when it concerns your media. Anything you learn by using WordPress or another resource can and should be applied in other areas. You’ll learn valuable tools that won’t only apply to the creation of your website but many other situations in an increasingly digital world.

    Ultimately, naming, building, breaking and knowing your website are going to not only make your online presence unique and well put together but will also build up your digital skills and better prepare you for navigating both the web and the world.


  4. In the article “Messy and chaotic learning: a domains presentation at Keene state college” Martha Burtis deconstructs the four major steps of building your own website. The naming of things, The building of things, The breaking of things, and The knowing of things are four steps that are needed to form the beginning of a well built webpage.

    The naming of things is the first step, as it creates the overall theme or intention of a website. This step is naming your domain. Your name can depend on if you want to be known or not but it is proven that using your own name will make you more findable, but many who prefer to be anonymous can choose another name of their choice. Pulling from interests can be a good option, or from favorite movies, songs, poems, or other forms of media. Naming your domain can really give you a great start into making your website, as it makes it real and conceptual.
    The second step is the building of things. This step is the core of your domain, and is the real work behind the final product. In this step is when you truly start, by creating your theme, content, and words. Creativity is the main tool during this section and this is when you can fully customize every part to your concept.

    The breaking of things is the third step to making a website. This stage is when problems arise with your webpage that you will need to work through and fix. This could be an error in the coding, a layout problem, or just your page not appearing like you want it to. Another problem that could affect your website is any form of accidental language or non thought out opinions. This can be dangerous as it can not only affect your website or business but others supporting or facilitating you.
    The fourth step is the knowing things. This section encoumpases everything from the previous steps because it is the use of all the knowledge gained from creating your website. With this step you can solve future problems and start future projects, and keep improving your current website.


  5. In Burtis’s written presentation, Messy & Chaotic Learning, she explains four distinctive and important components of building a website. She titles them “The Naming of Things”, “The Building of Things”, “The Breaking of Things”, and “The Knowing of Things”, which translates into the domain name, the building of the website, making mistakes, and knowing what the web is about.
    Burtis describes the importance of a domain name quite simply, which is her own belief that giving a name to something, “helps call a thing into existence.” She encourages her students, whether they want to be personally discoverable or not, to think deeply about what their domain name will be, for it is the naming that “represent[s] a moment of taking ownership.” It’s a small action with a powerful meaning.
    In the second component, Burtis talks about the building of websites. She explains that we create and build things on the web all the time, such as “posts on Facebook” and “pictures to Instagram” but there is much more meaning in our own space. It’s a time to “take back that control and build something from scratch.” You don’t have to follow any strict guidelines of another’s space. It’s a chance to express yourself.
    For the third component, it is about learning to look critically at what and how you are posting on websites. Burtis encourages her students to make mistakes now, while they can receive assistance from a teacher or herself, before they start to go haywire on the web when they are outside of school. She explains the technical mistakes, in which parts of your website do not work because of certain things like coding, but I believe her main concern is that of the students’ own well-being. She does not want her students to post offensive articles, or “half-baked idea[s]” that are “not ready for primetime” to the “real world.” Burtis wants the students to be conscious of what they’re posting and understand the potential outcomes of such postings.
    The fourth component, and in my perspective the most important one, is the knowledge of the web. Burtis explains that the internet is more than just the “content we read or view”, rather it is a space that should be approached with “interrogation and consideration.” It is a digital world that reflects much of the actions of the world in which our feet walk on outside. Anyone can be anyone. Influence, although maybe hidden from sight, is still present. It is one to be treaded on with caution.
    Burtis concludes herself with the description of the web as, “messy, chaotic, wonderful, and awful.” I quite agree. Her four components and the importance of them is a good foundation to get ourselves involved with the battles of the web. It is something that we, in this growing digital age, need to understand before it outgrows us.


  6. In the article “Messy & chaotic learning:a domains presentation at keene state college Martha Burtis breaks down the four major steps to building your own website. These four steps are The Naming of Things, The Building of Things, The Breaking of Things and The Knowing of Things.

    The first step is The Naming of Things. To begin creating this site you have to start by choosing a domain name. You want to try and make that name findable on the web so using your first and last name is advised. If a student wants to use something else unique that’s not their name for the site that works as well. This is important because you don’t want to pick a name that won’t be noticed

    The second step is The Building of Things. In this step you customize your site and come up with a theme. This step is very important because your creativity comes strongly into play and it brings the appeal to your site.

    The third step is The Breaking of Things. This is where errors arise on your site and you will need to work at fixing the issue. The main issues include layout problems and text errors but there is plenty other things that can throw your site off. It is very important to catch any problems on your site because it can affect how people portray your web.

    The fourth step is The Knowing of Things. Once you have gotten through all the steps you enter this final stage. In this stage you are set and have a strong idea in creating a website.


  7. Martha Burtis’ 2017 article “Messy and chaotic learning: a domains presentation at Keene state college” identifies four major components essential in the creation of your own website. These components consist of the naming, building, breaking, and knowing of things.

    The naming of things is the first step in the creation of your website. This key component aids in curating a profile for your website and helps to clearly articulate what it is about. Burtis helpfully suggests using your first and last name in your site’s domain name if you want to be easily found via search engines; conversely, she suggests using a hobby or interest in the name if you do not wish to be identified.

    Next is the building of things, where your website takes shape from a metaphorical ball of clay. Customization of your site’s theme is a major part of this step. Burtis highlights the importance of this step by highlighting the fact that many students have grown up on and with the internet; in her own words, “Domain of One’s Own is about giving students a space where they build something that is by and for themselves.”

    The third step as listed by Burtis is the breaking of things. Burtis recognizes that technology is never completely flawless, and as such, this stage covers what happens in the event of technical issues or a feature of the site breaking down. Some possible issues such as a breach in privacy or students sharing things they shouldn’t are particularly worthy of concern; Burtis advocates we have these “difficult conversations with a student when she overshares, when he says something that could be considered offensive, when they post something they’ve written that is half-baked and not ready for primetime.”

    Finally, we come to the knowing of things. At this stage we tie together everything we learned from the previous stages. With our deeper knowledge of the web, we are better prepared for what using the internet entails. As Burtis says in conclusion regarding the internet, “It is not streamlined or straightforward or predictable. It is messy, chaotic, wonderful, and awful. This is the Web we need to grapple with, for our students’ sakes as well as our own. And there is still so much work we have to do.”


  8. In the article, “Messy and Chaotic Learning: Domains Presentation at Keene State College” by Martha Burtis, she discusses the 4 major components of making a website. These components include the Naming, the Building, the Breaking, and finally the Knowing of Things. When someone has a comprehensive understanding of the 4 major components, magic can happen.
    The Naming of Things
    • This part of making a website is important because names have power. When you put your name in the domain of your site your site will most likely show up when your name is searched. The same if you don’t put your name in the domain when your name is searched your site will not show up at all. If you choose not to put your name in the domain, try and choose a name that has some significance to you, something that you wouldn’t mind sharing with your grandma.
    • Naming something gives it a purpose. Not only to you but to those who are trying to access your site as well. It tells everyone what your site is about.
    The Building of Things
    • This step is important because with content for your website, you wouldn’t have one. We contribute posts and comments to platforms that were created for us. So, creating your own platform on the web can give people a sense of control. They get to decide what to name it, what content to put on it.
    • Building your site is something you are doing not something that is happening to you. You have control over every aspect of this site.
    The Breaking of Things
    • This step is important because no matter what you do, things will break. Your website will have broken links, your images won’t show up. All kinds of things can go wrong when creating a website. Sometimes it’s better for things to go wrong in a classroom where you can then ask your peers, your teachers, for advice on how to help you fix it and why it broken in the first place.
    • Posting something you regret or that is inappropriate is also a way something can go “wrong”. No matter how old you get there will always be a post that you regret. A post the was super embarrassing. Having a support system to help you get through those times and let you know how you can do better is very helpful. Learning from your mistakes is a part of life.
    The Knowing of things
    • The Web is not only a place for you to access information, but also a place for you to create your own online presence, for good or for bad. Knowing how to make your own website from scratch is something that not a lot of people know how to do so having this skill on your resume is not a bad thing. For it is a skill that you have acquired from learning how to name your site, build it, and fix it if needed.
    When you put all the above things together you not only get an understanding of how to make the Web work for you, but you also get a wonderful portfolio that you can use however you like. Weather that’s for a job, or a template for what do, or not to do for future projects.


  9. Messy and Chaotic Learning, is the name Burtis chose for this article, and I believe it fits perfectly. Building a website seems challenging for many of us, but as she argues, it is a perfect tool for learning to do it well.

    In this article, Burtis explains the four major components in the process of creating a website, which are: the Naming, the Building, the Breaking and the Knowing of things.

    The first component towards the creation of a website is the Naming of the domain. She explains how they allow students to choose their own domain name and she advises to choose one that makes them feel comfortable according to their preferences. As she mentions in her article, by naming something, you are “calling a thing into existence”.

    The second component is The Building of the website. She argues that in this part of the process students are in control and they are creating the space of their own. It is an opportunity for them to be accountable and take responsibility of being part of the website.

    The third component is The Breaking of Things. I found this part very interesting, because the fear of doing something wrong is what stop us (most of the time) of trying new things. But as she explains, it is preferable to make those mistakes now, and learn from them in order not to make them when students are in the “real world” as she puts it. It is my belief that we need to stop seeing failure as something wrong. It is just letting us know that we need to make a detour in our way towards meeting our goal.

    The fourth and last component is The Knowing of Things. She describes the whole process of building a website of your own as a great tool to learn. And as it evolves so fast, to be involved in the Web will help to keep us on track.

    I found this reading extremely relatable to how I used to feel regarding the website. I worked for many years at Condé Nast Mexico in the Finance Department, and I was mainly focused on the reporting of the Digital platforms. At first, it was overwhelming due to the lack of information regarding how they worked and because it changed very quickly. But once you give yourself the opportunity to know more about it, the less stressful it becomes.


  10. In the article, “Messy and Chaotic Learning: A Domains Presentation at Keene State College”, Martha Burtis discusses the four major components which form a website and why each is important. These components are The Naming of Things, The Building of Things, The Breaking of Things, and lastly, The Knowing of Things.
    When describing The Naming of Things, Burtis suggests that using your name in a domain makes a website more findable since search engines give higher rankings to sites which match what someone is searching for. However, Burtis adds that if someone doesn’t want their name in their website URL, they could also use something meaningful to them in order for their website to reflect their personality and identity. This makes their domain unique to them and gives viewers a reason to care about their domain compared to others.
    The Building of Things is the technical aspect of a domain, which is when the creator determines what they want shown on the domain, such as text, images, and themes. Aside from the name, this allows someone to create a space online that looks how they want it to and allows them to share what they think is important on the Web.
    The Breaking of Things is what Burtis warns can still go wrong on the Web, such as various technical difficulties when creating a domain, or when someone potentially damages themselves or others online, either by saying something offensive or by posting something embarrassing or inappropriate. Burtis adds this in to show that not everything will go perfectly on the Web, and why users still have to use caution when they’re online.
    Lastly, The Knowing of Things pushes Web users to better understand the Web itself, not just simply how to use it. In an age which Burtis describes as being full of fake news and alternative facts, creating a domain allows someone to create a space for themselves online which is outside the information produced by mass media and social media. For another practical reason, being able to create a domain using something such as WordPress is a skill which can go on a resume and applied to different careers.
    Together, these components allow someone to have the knowledge to both create a domain, and to have a better understanding of the Web and how to use it properly.


  11. At the very beginning of the article “Messy and Chaotic learning” Burtis brings up the fact that although people do want to include the web within the school curriculum, it is hard and most people do not know where to start. She then goes on to talk about the creation of a website and how it is done. To create a website you need four main things which are as follows: The naming of things, The building of things, The breaking of things and, The knowing of things.
    The naming of this is the beginning of creating a website. To start a website or domain you need to name it. The name of a domain sets the theme and tone, it can also tell someone what the website is about. Choosing a name can be difficult, some people use their real names, the name of the product they are selling if they are selling something or interest of theirs.
    The second step in creating a website is the building of things. The building of things means setting up your website. This is the step when you set up the theme, content and posts that will go into your website. This is what will become the heart of your website.
    The third step is the breaking of things. In this step, you take a look at your website and begin to fix, upgrade, and change things to make your website run more like the way you want it to run.
    The fourth and final step is of knowing things. This is the most important step, this step is the most important because it encompasses all the previous steps. This step is all about using the knowledge that you gained to continue on and make a stronger website.


  12. The Burtis article is where she tries to get students to understand the importance and influence that the Web has on all of us and how this re-shapes the social, cultural, political, and interactions in the many different online media.

    1. The Naming of Things

    It is the importance to choose a name that is identifiable with the person, this being their first name or surname, if they want to be found. There is no requirement to be publicly knowable but on the other hand, the name is essential for creating ownership.

    2. The Building of Things

    The building of a website gives freedom to the students that they may not get from the different social networking companies, television companies and media conglomerates. Some of these organizations keep control over the content and type of news they want to provide. Most students have experienced this from a very early age without realizing that there might be a biased agenda.

    3. The Braking of Things

    This can be many things; it can be the technical side of things like running your site, the compatibility with different operating systems and browsers. It also can be that students are learning how to conduct themselves, that comments may be offensive or that they act before researching based on their perspective than being objective. It is therefore important to have in place a support system to give feedback and help when things go wrong.

    Many companies’ functionality can go wrong; people have a technical side to master as well as many plugins and different browsers. Students will need to get knowledgeable with complicates technical concepts and tasks specially when things break or go wrong.

    4. The Knowing of Things

    This is a deeper understanding of how the Web works, the many players in it, the narrative that one wants to create, the audiences you want to target or identify. The understanding that we are humans, that we have our own identities, biases, experiences, and agendas. Planning and constructing the site you want to have, responding and interacting with your audience, learning how the search engines rank sites, how the algorithms work, and much more are all important factors.


  13. In “Messy and Chaotic” […], Martha Burtis details what she considers to be the four concepts for how to build your own website. These concepts consist of The Naming of Things, The Building of Things, The Breaking of Things and The Knowing of Things.

    The Naming of Things
    Burtis’ first step in building a website is to choose the name or title of your site, very few limitations on name choices are set, although the domains are restricted to .org, .com, .net, and .info. If a student or faculty member wants to be found online, they can set their domain name to reflect their first and last names — as search engines favour sites that reflect the syntax in their URL. Similarly, if the user does not wish to be found, they then have the option to simply leave it out of their URL. No matter what may be chosen, the end goal is to “represent a moment of taking ownership” or what something is and how a name relates to it.

    The Building of Things
    The students were given access to various open-source technologies such as Linux and Apache while also using Python, Perl or PHP as a coding language to build their website from the ground up how they saw fit. While using an open-source platform, it encourages users to take what they build and work on them further outside of class hours as it was designed to be portable.

    The Breaking of Things
    Managing your own domain isn’t an easy process, but rather it’s described as the opposite. Creators of a website will often struggle with challenges with both their design and the technical aspects; “on any given day, some new kind of problem can and will arise”.

    The Knowing of Things
    This section is about the knowledge of your new website: the structure, the code and the evolution of it. Your website can be anything you want it to be: an advertising space, a political space neither inherently good nor bad, or predictable or straightforward. The concept of a website is yours to decide the fate of and how it will represent yourself.


  14. Messy and Chaotic Learning delivers a peculiar and commonly missed perspective on virtual pedagogy and how it paves the way for how former students are behaving (or misbehaving) online. Martha Burtis begins addressing her audience at Keene State College with a view on how society has failed to understand how the Web was going to evolve into such an intricate, social, and powerful space. Rather than just a communication tool, the Web has become a space where everything shared will leave a digital footprint, one that will be tracked, coded, and analyzed so that “our experiences can be streamlined, predictable, straightforward…”.
    Burtis gives a thorough view of Learning Management System LMS, explaining how these platforms looking to help educators evolved from tools for sharing and delivering content into systems setting beliefs and values. The author then describes how education institutions came up with their own responses to the Web: “tilde spaces.” These self-owned platforms failed to keep up and became obsolete. Burtis then explained how the answer was not in a tool to understand the Web (LMS) but in having a broad availability of tools through the open Web. Starting with the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies DTLT, scholastics at Mary Washington came with Domain of One’s Own, a personal Web space for faculty members and students. Finally, the naming, building, breaking, and knowing of things list the amazing depts of what it takes to create a space, not only a product.
    I find it very interesting that this presentation dates back to 2017, before the pandemic, and therefore before the present times where the Web plays such an essential role in education. What would the author think about systems like Moodle as teaching tools? Would forums like this one where I am writing suffice for a proper engagement between students and scholars? Have we learned how to behave online without the need of teachers reminding us about what is and what is not allowed? I am sure that the Web will keep evolving and so our society, which should keep on with which?


  15. Messy and Chaotic learning provides us with a sense that technology has changed drastically over the past 10-15 years, and we have lost our sense from what we see on the web these days. As a society, we have failed to understand, the true meaning of what news we see everyday.

    Burtis has a talk at LMS, that reflects how we’ve changed through technology, and rely on the tools, we have in front of us, so that we can gain a better understanding of what systems, or standards, that are in place for us. Now, if we take a look at what else Burtis is saying, he also explains that the web is a crucial place for us to learn from, and how society wants to stay away from books, and have an online presence.

    Burtis also talks about building a website, and how we can use this tool to better express ourselves.


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