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Week 2: Video Narratives and Storyboarding

Our first class session was a bit hectic, so I’m looking forward to next week, when we can slow down, get to know one another, and dive into our first readings and first assignment. If you haven’t done so already, please complete the following two tasks as soon as possible (don’t wait until Monday!):

  • Set up your Twitter account, if you don’t have one already. Choose a username you are willing to share publicly, upload a photo to your profile, and write a short bio for your account.
  • Leave a comment on the Week 1 post, introducing yourself to the class and answering the questions I posed in that post. When you add your comment, be sure to put the URL for your Twitter account in the “website” field.

Here’s a breakdown of how we’ll spend our time in class next week and what you need to do before we meet:

  • On Monday, we will begin discussing Howard Rheingold’s Net Smart, so please read pages 1–33 before you come to class. (If you’re reading the ebook version, it’s just the “Introduction.”) If you haven’t received your copy of Net Smart yet, you can download a PDF of the Introduction. When you have finished the reading assignment, add a comment to this post proposing a quote or argument from Rheingold’s introduction that you would like to discuss in class. (Please add your post no later than Sunday night so I can see them all before class.) In class, we will discuss the reading assignment, then I will introduce our first assignment, the Video Narrative.
  • On Wednesday, we will hold our first workshop session, which will be focused on developing storyboards for your video narratives. Please come to class with at least three different ideas for your video narrative, and be ready to share them with your classmates. (Trust me: this will make more sense after we discuss the assignment in class on Monday.) In addition, please read/watch these pieces on storyboarding:

If you have any questions about our plans for next week, please send me an email, or contact me on Twitter. Otherwise, I’ll see you in class on Monday!

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