Last week of class

Bring your laptops to class this week. If you haven't looked at the website, go check it out before you get to class. Here's the link: The Nifkin Voice

We need to finish the website project this week: here's the link to the team documents and here is the Submission Sheet.

We need to start promoting the website this week.

Be sure that you've put a printed-out copy of the article you wrote into your manila folder so you get credit for it. You will be also writing up a reflection paper about the work you've done on the website so you should try to keep track of the work you're doing. (Example: "I spent one class helping the Macro Team, then I micro-edited five articles.")

Your portfolios are due Friday at noon. Here is what your manila folder should hold:

1) Short paper about #TvsZ and what we learn from games
2) Copy of the article that you wrote for the website
3) Reflection paper about the work you've done on the website

Here are the kinds of things you can include in your reflection paper
  • Which teams you were on (ex. Micro Editing) and what work you did. Be as specific as possible.
  • What you've contributed to the website project in terms of ideas and planning.
  • What you learned from the website project.
  • An assessment of the website project (Was this a valuable project? What was valuable about it -- and what parts seemed like wasted time? Should I do this with my students again next fall? What would you do differently?)
  • A critique of the website itself. How could it be improved? What advice would you have for the next group of students to work on something like this?
Lastly, give me feedback about the course. Here's the link.

Links for the #TvsZ game

Short paper due Mon/Tues:
Write about your experience playing #TvsZ
What kinds of things do we learn from playing games?

To play the game:
Here's the link to register for the game: Register!
Don't worry if you don't really know much about using twitter. The game is supposed to be a way to learn twitter through experience.

The game begins Friday at noon and ends Sunday at 6 pm.
You can jump in at any time, but the rules will keep changing to it's best to try to be there when the game starts or as soon after as you can.

To play, go on twitter and search #TvsZ
That's where all the action will be.

Here are some slides that explain how the game is played: Rules
Throughout the game you will try to drag other people onto your team using #recruit
The team with the most players and most tweets wins.

On twitter, follow the account @TvsZOfficial so that you get updates about rules. It's a game with ermergent rules, which means the rules will keep getting more complicated.

The website for the game is here.

The game is mostly supposed to be silly and fun, a way for people to experience twitter and learn how to use it. So don't worry too much about making mistakes and don't take it too seriously. Try to get some new followers!

Unit Three

We are starting Unit Three: here's the link to our website project. Be sure that you've joined a team. Read this page for an overview of the project.

Every student needs to write an article for the website. Most of you will do this by taking a paper you've already written and condensing it into something small enough for the website. We are writing for the general public. Explain the topic/problem/solution -- and make the readers care about it. Add hyperlinks to reliable sources so that the reader can read more.

We can work on these in class on Mon/Tues November 10/11. Bring your laptops -- and a rough draft in a google doc. You will need to submit these by midnight November 12.

If you already know your topic, go add it to the Submission Sheet and then add the link once you're written the article. (Note: each class has a different page on the spreadsheet -- be sure to click the right tab at the bottom of the page.)

On Mon/Tues, we will also talk about a time slot for our ALL CLASSES meeting.

Week 11

During the first week of November, we will have conferences instead of class. Do you have an appointment? Here's the link.

Here's our twitter activity for the week:

Monday November 3
We're going to help students in Egypt learn how to use twitter. Sometime Monday night, post a photo of something mysterious (or something close-up or something unusual or whatever) so that the students in Egypt can try to guess what it is -- and what the significance of it is.
****Be sure to include #nifkin #gamesEG

If your classmates tweet cool photos, be sure to retweet them so that they keep appearing at the top of the twitter stream.

Tuesday November 4 Be sure to go back to twitter, search #gamesEG and see what the students in Egypt have posted. (There might be students from California and Canada playing as well.) Try to engage them in conversation so that they can get the hang of twitter. Follow them, in hopes that they follow us. Or at least get them to follow @follownifkin so that we can continue with our plan for world domination.

If you want to engage the Egypt students in real time, they will be on twitter at 10 am their time -- which is 3 am our time.

Unit Three
We are starting Unit Three: here's the link to our website project. Be sure that you've joined a team. Read this page for an overview of the project.

Every student needs to write an article for the website. Most of you will do this by taking a paper you've already written and condensing it into something small enough for the website. We are writing for the general public. Explain the topic/problem/solution -- and make the readers care about it. Add hyperlinks to reliable sources so that the reader can read more. We can work on these in class on Mon/Tues November 10/11. Bring your laptops. You will need to submit these by November 13.

Here's the Submission Page. If you already know your topic, go add it to the Submission Sheet and then add the link once you're written the article.

Due dates for Formal Paper #2

Mon/Tues October 20/21
Bring your elevator pitch to class

We don't have any assigned readings this week but that doesn't mean you won't be reading anything. You should be doing your research; you will be choosing what you will be reading.

Thurs/Fri October 23/24
Bring a list of your sources to class. It might not be wholly complete, but it's important for us to look at each other's sources and see if they are credible. You may want to bring your laptop.

Mon/Tues/Wed October 27/28/29
Bring a rough draft to class. Bring two copies if you especially want me to look at your draft.

Thur/Fri October 30/31
You will have some time to work on your papers, but we will also begin Unit Three. Bring your laptops. If you haven't already, be sure to sign up for a grading conference with me.

MWF Class -- yes, we still have class on Friday.

Friday October 31 by noon in the box outside my office:
Hand in your Unit Two portfolio. It should include:
Final draft of second formal paper
Four short papers
A paragraph about class participation

Week 8

Tues/Wed, October 14/15
Read "The Leadership Imperative: An Interview with Oren Lyons" on page 205.
Write Short Paper #9

Thurs/Fri, October 16/17
Read "Designer Genes" by Bill McKibben on page 257.
Write Short Paper #10

The elevator pitch for Formal Paper #2 will be due on Mon/Tues October 20/21

Week 7

Mon/Tues October 6/7
Read "Beyond Ecophobia" by David Sobel, page 181.
Listen to this talk: "Changing Education Paradigms" by Sir Ken Robinson.
Write Short Paper #7

Wed/Thurs October 8/9
Read "Charlotte's Webpage" by Lowell Monke, page 194.
Watch this talk: Jane McDonigal: "Gaming can make a better world."
Write Short Paper #8

Oh, and here's a link to our ideas about the google document things that we don't have a name for yet. Feel free to edit, add things, add comments, whatever.

Fri October 10
No assignment. Just come to class.