Make a photo that captures the day for you wherever you are.
Take a portrait of seven total strangers. Try to capture their image in a way that gives the viewer a deeper understanding of the person. Write a little about how you approached the person and what you learned about them.
I did this assignment yesterday in about a half hour; it was a LOT of fun, and I got great smiles of a complex variety. I got into a quixotic and spontaneous zone that shoved Resistance aside and got me into a flow where everyone got turned on by the creativity of the moment.
I loved that experience. Interestingly, now that the portraits of these
“Rules” can be stifling if taken to extremes. Break the rules today with focus, composition, etc, and see what happens.
Assignment #1 for DS 106: “Tell any story about yourself you
Actually, this is my face-to-face Technical Writing class last Monday folding airplanes then seeing if they fly. That takes about two minutes, tops.
We all brainstorm on the white board, “What do we learn from flying airplanes in the classroom?”
Voice from the front of the room observes, “It took me one minute to fold my plane and fifteen minutes to write the instructions.”
“What do we learn from that?”
“Writing takes time!”
“Oh yeah. What else?”
“What about them?”
“They are better than words, and they have to be clear. I had a good drawing, but I didn’t say which way the paper should be oriented, so my user tester got stuck.”
“I just asked the person who wrote the instructions to clarify something in the instructions.”
“In technical writing your readers rarely have the opportunity to ask you to clarify, so it needs to be clear and correct before it reaches your readers.”
“How many of you used words like fold an isosceles or right triangle?”
[Discussion of word choice and assumptions about audience ensued.]
“How many of you began by telling your audience what they were building, or how many of you just started with a step instructing the reader to start folding?”
[Talk about organization and goals]
“How many of you designed the instructions so that the instructions themselves folded into the plane, using lines and labels to show readers where and how to fold?”
[Talk about material delivery of information]
So is this guy really thinking outside the box, or is he just another smart alecky kid being romanticized by the film maker? HINT: The Death Star was a sphere…
As of this morning, when you open a new Google doc, you will have a new discussion feature. Docs have always had a commenting feature, but this discussion threads down the side of the page in the margin. You can direct comments at a specific person by putting at @name in front of the comments. You also subscribe to follow-ups via e-mail.
I think all this is good news for teachers. We’ve always been able to comment and give feedback to students, but this really enhances the peer review process.
Check out this fast but clear video:
I am so happy to be a Lane Faculty Technology (ahem) Specialist at this exact point in time. Lane has fifteen or twenty years of wired world experience under its belt. We’ve got some basic systems in place, but not so many that we’ve built our own cement booties.
We’ve got the vision thing for Lane, so when we throw one of these big tech parties under the guise of a conference, new ideas pour down on fertile ground. And what with the cement booties and fertile ground, that should be enough mixed metaphors to warrant a wet spaghetti attack from my Englisher colleagues.
Quick overview: All looked normal. One hundred fifty people in the CML (da-yum those CML peeps do a good job!), a guest speaker, a panel of innovators struttin’ their stuff, lunch (oh yeah!), more speakers, lively q and a, Mark Harris wins the coveted i-Pod Touch, and we’re outta there…
Sounds so ordinaire: Hand kudos around to my pals Brad Hinson, Kevin Steeves, make smiley, go home.
Keynote speaker Brian Lamb from UBC, neighbor to the north. He’s the one. You want to know about this guy, but I don’t need to repeat what has been said elsewhere. Check his affidavits out at the i-Lane Blog or at his own blog called Abject Learning: edu-geek, edu-punk, edu-blogger, “thought-leader in the areas of open courseware, online education, new media, digital storytelling, and overall teaching outside the box”; what’s not to like? I’ll add smart, funny, clear moral compass, and full of great ideas and resources for the likes o’ me.
I used to think I was quite digitally literate; now, not so much!
Brian gave me a great model of what digital literacy looks like and lots of tools for getting there. Here is a link to the wiki he set up for Lane with loads of links to classroom-friendly Web 2.0 resources.
Obviously, I am an edu-blogger myself, and I plan on putting all my WR 121 students on blogs in about two weeks. I’ve done it before, but I have lots of questions about how to create cutting edge assignments that are “out of the box” but still meet students where they are. Brian Lamb showed me I don’t need to reinvent this particular wheel. There’s no shortage of Web 2.o tools to intellectually and creatively engage both me and my students.
For example, Lamb pointed us to Alan Levine’s 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story. I immediately started to play with the first one that caught my eye, 5 Card Flickr.
I am so excited about digital storytelling that I am beside myself. I feel that a whole new world is opening up for me.
“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. but mostly they’re darked.
But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?”
― Dr. Seuss,
Hi, there! I’m your uber-blogger, back from the dead!
The best way to start a Lane Blog is by celebrating something Lane-ish. Here are a few shots from last night’s 2011 Winter Classical Cuisine Dinner entitled “A Feast of Tales” which was a Shakespearean theme.