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My assignment today_22 Sept 2011


Dear Student Blog visitors,

Since I’ve been here in Malaysia, today marked the second time for me to have a meeting with Cambodians. Yesterday, I met the Cambodian ambassador in Malaysia, princess Norodom Arunrasmy, and some of the embassy staffs. Today, I went to meet some Cambodian students who come to study at Limkokwing University here.

This meeting is for my article which is about the lives of Cambodian students who come to study abroad. From the article, you can expect to know what challenges they have to face, and how they can adapt to the new environment without any relatives around except their friends from the same countries.

Today also marked the 1st time for me to travel for a far distance alone for an assignment. It took around 45 minutes from my office, the Star publication, to the Limkokwing university in Malaysia which located in Cyberjaya. I’m so exhausted, but at the same time excited to meet people from the same country using our national language in our conversation.

Group photo with Cambodian students in Malaysia

Group photo with Cambodian students who come to study at Limkokwing university in Malaysia / photo by: photographer from the Star pubication

I’ve chit-chatted with them for around 3 hours before I came back to the office. I prefer not to call it an interview because I don’t think that I can get the real feeling inside my interviewees if I make this conversation into something too formal.

So, it’s just about friends sharing what they have learned and experienced, and I just bring what they told me for other people who will read my article.

I will try to finish the article as soon as possible because I have only 12 days more in Malaysia. Please stay tune for the article!

Tonight, I have so many works to do, so I’ve decided not to have a look at my Facebook page. I have three more feature stories to be finished – Cambodian maids working in Malaysia, Lives of Cambodian students coming to study in Malaysia, and Dog breeding sharing experience. I might be able to finish only 1 of them by tonight because I also need to prepare some slides for tomorrow I have to do public speaking in front of the Star metro staffs and bosses. I’m so excited and hope i can do it well tomorrow.

Have to say good-bye from my blog now; otherwise I cannot finish my plan for tonight.

Thanks for coming back to read my personal stories as well as some other information on this blogs.

Hope to see you all again soon.

Yours,

Saoyuth, Student Blog author

22/09/2011
By: Dara Saoyuth 

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My assignment today_01 September 2011


Dear Student Blog visitors,

I’m a bit late again to post because I just back from covering an event of Sapporo Premium Beer Official Launching.

Today, I got up late as usual due to the same reason, go to sleep late. Luckily, I don’t have any assignment during daytime. I just spent my time at home working on stories I followed the reporters yesterday.

I arrived the office at 4pm and as soon as my supervisor saw me, he asked where I went today because he didn’t saw me in the office since the morning. I told him that I wanted to stay home trying to finish the stories and he replied that I was supposed to do it in the office so that the others reporters could check how I write stories and give me some comments. He looked so serious, but I know that what he wants from me is that I can learn a lot in writing and reporting before I leave. I feel that I am so lucky to have chace to come here working in this publication because people are kind, friendly, and helpful.

I checked the schedule seeing my assignment start at 9pm. Because a reporter I have to follow for this assignment was not in the office, I had to go there by taxi with my friend. Other reporters told me that the place I would go tonight was a bit far, so they checked the map and printed me the direction. They said that I just showed this to taxi driver so that I won’t get lost. I left the office at 8pm and arrived the place at around 8:20pm. I waited there for my photographer and the reporter. At last they came at around 9pm, but the event didn’t start until 10pm. I drank some beers with my friend, photographer, and another reporter from the star (not the one I have to follow for tonight assignment).

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I expected that they talked something interesting so that I could quote any of them in my article, but they didn’t. They just went on stage and drank a glass of beer to celebrate this launching of SAPPORO beer. However, I don’t worry that I can’t get the story because I got PR disc for media person so that I am sure that information I need mostly lies in there, and if I need something more, I can always call them for further question.

I arrived home at around 11:10 Malaysian time (around 10:10 Cambodian time). I feel a bit tired, but I have to finish this article by tonight. If I cannot finish it, I will have more works for tomorrow because I still haven’t finished the two articles I followed two reporters yesterday, and tomorrow at 12pm, I have to follow another reporter for another story.

I better say good bye to my dear visitor, and I have taken some photos and video from the event tonight for all of you. Please check it out.




01/09/2011
By: Dara Saoyuth

10 Reasons Teachers Shouldn’t Be Facebook Friends with Students


Kelly Kaplan, one of Student Blog readers, has just sent me an article which I hope all of you also like to read it. I’ve posted the full article here, and if you’d like to read from the original site, feel free to click the link at the end of the post. Cheers,

From: Original post

You can find just about anybody on Facebook these days. People are becoming Facebook friends with old classmates, long lost cousins and the neighbor across the street. Teens especially seem to have a tendency to add almost everyone to their friends list that asks. So, if one of their teachers should send them a friend request, they’re likely to accept it. If they randomly came across a teacher’s profile on Facebook, they might also send a friend request too, without thinking much about it. A teacher, however, should give the situation some consideration. There are some very good reasons why a teacher should NOT be Facebook friends with their students.

  1. Privacy – The teacher’s privacy and the student’s privacy are compromised when they become Facebook friends. A student (and that student’s friends) may learn things about their teacher that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. This could be detrimental in the class setting.
  2. Harassment – Again, this can go both ways. If the relationship between the teacher and the student is not a positive one, or deteriorates in the classroom, Facebook connections could be used to harass one another outside the confines of the school building.
  3. Work vs Home – Teachers often had a hard time drawing a line between work and home. Since Facebook would be something they would use more for their personal lives than their work, becoming Facebook friends with students just further blurs that already fuzzy line.
  4. Favoritism – Since teachers have many different students each day, if they were Facebook friends with some of their students and not others, they would likely be accused of showing favoritism to those students they had befriended on Facebook.
  5. Intimidation – Some students might see a teacher’s Facebook friendship intimidating. They may be hesitant to accept the friendship because of not wanting their teacher to be privy to their conversations with friends. At the same time, they may fear saying no to a friend request from a teacher, for fear that they will offend the teacher and negatively affect the teacher’s treatment of them.
  6. Age appropriate – Since a teacher would be an adult, there may be postings from friends on their Facebook page, which would not be age appropriate content for their students to be reading or viewing.
  7. Bullying – School bullies love to tease other kids about having friendly relationships with their teachers. Being Facebook friends with students may make them a bigger target for that type of bullying from other students.
  8. Prejudice – As much as teachers try not to allow outside knowledge affect their treatment of their students, it still can have a subliminal effect. A Facebook friendship may cause a teacher to see the student in a whole different light than they did in the classroom previously.
  9. Misunderstandings – Online communications are often filled with misunderstandings about what a person meant by something they typed or did online. A teacher/student friendship on Facebook could create more opportunities for these types of misunderstandings.
  10. Expectations – A student who has a teacher as a Facebook friend may expect special treatment from that teacher. The student may also expect the teacher to answer questions regarding assignments and homework via their Facebook friendship, that should be reserved for the classroom.

If you’re a teacher and haven’t given this situation any thought, now is the time to do so. The easiest solution is to simply make it a matter of personal policy to not be Facebook friends with any student at your school. That way, no one can be offended by your rejecting their friend request, and you can’t be put in a position that you may later regret.

14/06/2011
From: Student Blog reader
Original site: 10 Reasons Teachers Shouldn’t Be Facebook Friends with Students

5 ways to drive visitors to your blog/website


Numbers of blogs and websites keep increasing from day to day. Not many people visiting  can be a  frustrating thing for blog and website owners. There are plenty of way to improve your blog/website state, but I’d like to raise 5 main points for Student Blog visitors. I think some of you also own at least your personal blog, so let’s have a look together. Cheers,

1. Use Social Network

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Social network programs are very popularly nowadays especially Facebook, Twitter, Hi5, etc. In addition to having more friends online, you can improve your blog/website visitors by announcing it on these social programs. It is an easy way and you don’t have to pay for this.

2. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Tag bar

Wordpress allows you to put tag here / by: Dara Saoyuth

The Web is full of great content that will never be seen outside of the author’s screen because the writer has failed to understand that just a few simple tweaks in the blogging process can increase search-engine visibility.

Search Engine including Google, Bing, and Yahoo is another powerful way to bring visitors to your blog/website. Search Engine will show your blog/website when someone search any keyword existed in your blog/website contents.

You can improve search engine capacity by learning how to use tag including heading tag and title tag.

Tag bar

Tag bar / by: Dara Saoyuth

3. Create relationship with another sites

Living in Phnom Penh & Student Blog

Living in Phnom Penh & Student Blog / By: Dara Saoyuth

You cannot live alone on the earth and so as your website/blog that it cannot stay isolate on the internet world.

When you have more friends on the internet, you will have a big amount of visitors.

You can improve it by putting link to the other people’s website/blog and they will link you back.

4. Offline Advertising

Another easy to make the other people know your blog/website  is to  deliver posters, business cards that include your web address to your friend or people you meet.

Those people will remember yours longer. You can also advertise it on newspaper or magazine.

5. Online advertising

Facebook ads sample

Facebook ads sample / by: Dara Saoyuth

Well, if you have money, you should consider this method. You can buy space from other famous websites to put yours in them. Or you can use Facebook Ads or Google ads.

 

 

By: Dara Saoyuth
25/01/2011

IdeaCamp Second Day (Nov 28, 2010): Afternoon Session


My friends and I are doing LIVE BLOGGING from IdeaCamp conference. Please click on the below link to see what’s happening here.

IdeaCamp 2nd Day afternoon session Live Blogging

IdeaCamp Second Day (Nov 28, 2010): Morning Session


My friends and I are doing LIVE BLOGGING from IdeaCamp conference. Please click on the below link to see what’s happening here.

IdeaCamp 2nd Day morning session Live Blogging

IdeaCamp First Day (Nov 27, 2010): Afternoon Session


I’m doing LIVE BLOGGING from IdeaCamp conference. Please click on the below link to see what’s happening here.

IdeaCamp Liveblogging

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