Those of you who are turning in your video projects, please remember that the assignment calls for you to (a) embed the video in your post, rather than simply linking to it, and (b) assign that post to the “video” category, such that I can find it when I sit down to grade them.
Seriously: embed; category. Reminder number two.
…to let you all know how much I’m enjoying the blog so far. I won’t be able to comment on every post, but I am reading all of them, and want to be sure you know that you’re doing a great job thus far. Your reading responses have been thoughtful and considered, and you’re bringing a bunch of other great stuff to our attention. I’ll look forward to reading more!
As I’ve already told those of you who pre-registered for the class last semester, we’re going to be experimenting with several Google applications, including Groups, Docs, and Wave, over the course of the semester. In order to use those applications, you’ll need a working Gmail account that you’re willing to share with the class. If you already have a Gmail account, and haven’t yet sent me that address, please do as ASAP. If you don’t have one, sign up; it’s free!
This site is yours to make of what you want, a space for further interaction, for exploration, for testing out some of the ideas that come up in our discussions or in your papers. You’ll be expected to post your thoughts about our class reading here on the blog, but I also want to see you trying things out here for yourselves, thinking actively about how this blog might be made a useful space for thinking about and experimenting with the technologies that we’re studying this semester.
So any number of things might provide a good topic for a blog post. Here are a few suggestions (slightly modified from a similar list my colleague Meg Worley gave a class of hers):
- Isn’t it cool the way that Author X seems to predict technology Y?
- Aargh, I just can’t get my head around today’s reading.
- Does “jargonterm” mean P or Q — or something else entirely?
- Wow, Reading Z really reminds me of last week’s episode of Lost.
- I could use some feedback on this idea I’ve been wrestling with…
- Did she say A or B in class yesterday? I forgot to write it down.
- Hey, I’m in a play this weekend, and y’all should come!
You’ll no doubt find other things you want to post about, too — things you stumble across on the web that the rest of the class should see, things you find in your research that the rest of the class might be interested in. This kind of sharing is what makes group blogs exciting; I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with.