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Week 3: Do I Have Your Attention?

Now that everyone has created a Twitter account, I’ve added you to a Twitter list for our class, so you can see (and hopefully follow) each other. A few of you have made your Twitter accounts private, but that will hinder your ability to participate in our class’s conversations on Twitter, so I would encourage you to make your tweets public. If you’re new to Twitter, here are a few articles that will help you get started:

We’ll check in on our Twitter adventures on Monday, so here’s a mini assignment to complete this weekend: follow at least five new people who regularly tweet on a particular topic. For instance, if you want to use Twitter to keep up with campus news and events, follow a few of the accounts on the university’s list. Or use a hashtag search to find out who is regularly tweeting about your favorite sport, television show, band, etc. And remember, when you tweet about something related to our class, be sure to use the class hashtag: #engl3844

Next week, our class discussions will focus on the digital literacy of “attention” and our workshop sessions will help you refine your video narratives. Here are a few more details for each day:

  • Before you come to class on Monday, please read Chapter 1 (pp. 35–75) in Howard Rheingold’s Net Smart. Following the pattern we established last week, leave a comment on this post that contains a passage from the chapter that you want to discuss in class, and tell us why you think this passage is important. (Leave your comment no later than Sunday night, and if it’s relevant, connect your comment to one of your classmate’s comments.) Finally, please spend some time this weekend working on your storyboards for your video narrative, then bring your completed storyboards (however rough they might be) to class on Monday. If you need a little more inspiration as you think about your video, I have compiled a list a sample video narratives on the Resources page.
  • On Wednesday, we will spend most of class in workshop mode, reviewing several different hardware and software tools that you can use to create your video narrative. In order for you to choose a specific tool (or set of tools) for your project, you’ll need to have a fairly solid idea about how you plan to tell your story, so your homework for Wednesday is to write a draft of your voiceover script and bring it to class. (If you’re worried about the length of your script, try timing yourself as you reading it out loud.)

If you have questions about these plans, or if you need help with your literacy narrative, please come see me during office hours (Tuesday 1–4 and Wednesday 9–12) or send me an email. (Big hint: it’s much less painful to have me look at your draft during office hours than to be surprised by my evaluation of your project after you turn it in.)

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