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We will share most of our work in a Google+ Community. We can upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links and artifacts here.


Course calendar can be found above and HERE.

Laws That Choke Creativity



Week 5 Workshop: Feb 22 or 23

Look over Make Cycle 3

Our goal for this workshop: watch a portion of The Internet’s Own Boy and write an extended summary (discussion post). See options below.

By Friday, Feb 23: discussion post due in G+ team. Here are some options for this post:

  • Write a summary of the article(s) or TED talk your group was assigned. What is the article or TED talk about and what did you learn by watching or reading this text?
  • Tell us about a keyterm(s) you might have looked up as context for our work. What did you learn about EFF or Reddit or Hacking or Creative Commons or another term you followed up on? Provide some links too to any resources you found or looked into. You might want to work with more than one term so you have enough to say here.
  • Write about the film so far: what have you learned about Aaron Swartz’ case? What is interesting or puzzling? What kind of research might you look into after learning about this case from the film?

No matter which of these options you choose, I would expect these to be about 3 paragraphs that include some summary work, some ideas about what you learned/what you think about the ideas.

What you can do to prep for the workshop:

  • Bring headphones in case your group decides to watch portions of the film on laptops.
  • Look at Make Cycle 3
  • Have an idea about which option you want to write about for your post from the list of options above.

Masquerade by Ashley Penning-Jeffries

Week 4 Workshops: Feb 15 or 16

Our goal for this workshop: brainstorm ideas, try out some data collection, and prep for the Makes that are due Sunday by midnight. You are taking control and representing your own data/analytics through an artifact you make. 

What you can do to prepare for the workshop:

Look at Make Cycle 2: MAKE ideas

You need to do two things to get ready for this Make: 1) gather some data from the sites you frequent–look for the things the sites collect about you; and 2) think about how you might represent this data differently? You could gather everything Chico State knows about you from your portal, for example, and then think how you would want to represent that data. What would you add? Or, gather your Snapchat data and think about how you would represent that data if you have control over how your data was shared or viewed.

  1. In the workshop, to try to find your own data, you can try out the Data Detox site and/or the Wayback machine (maybe try to check out Chico State’s homepage from the 1990’s or an old MySpace page? Once you put in a site, you can scroll through the timeline). Figure out how to check your own Google Analytics. Do you have Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram analytics? 
  2. Then, think about what you might make. You can look at the suggestions in Make Cycle 2 or come up with your own idea. Or, here are some digital platforms that could be interesting to use for your Make:

Keep in mind that with any of these digital platforms you can always google “how do I use Storify,” for example. You can find lots of tutorials that walk you though how to make things on most platforms.

With our makes, you have control over the Product, the Process, the Materials, and the Distribution of the things you make. –>Remember to tell us about your process when you post to G+! What did you do and why? What was challenging? What worked? What do you hope people get from seeing your make? 


Week 3 Workshops: Feb 8 or 9

Look over Make Cycle 2

Our goal for this workshop:

Write extended summary (discussion post) on “The Weaponization of Education Data” by Audrey Watters. Here is the prompt:

  1. What is she arguing; what is the article about? Walk the reader through the ideas in the article: she starts by…, then she.., next, she…then she ends with…Use a quote or two from her article to support your summary of her ideas.
  2. Follow one of the links from her text and provide a summary of that article too. What is one of the articles she links to about? How does this article support Watters argument?
  3. Finally, what do you think about her ideas? What is interesting or puzzling? What questions are you left with?
  4. End by citing the article using whatever citation form you prefer (MLA, APA, other?).
  5. Due in your G+ team page by Friday night, Feb 9

I would expect this post to be 3-4 paragraphs that include a quote or two from the article(s). This will be a substantive response.

Here are a couple of example summaries you might reference: Why are these good examples?

Example summary

Another example

What you can do to prepare for the workshop:

  • Read carefully (with notes) Audrey Watters’ article. Bring notes and article to workshop.
  • Follow one of the links and have some notes so you can write a summary of that too.


Week 2 Workshops: Feb 1 or 2

The goal this week is create artifacts that represent the ideas from our first Make Cycle. How might you create something that shares with others the ideas we’ve worked with related to our quantified selves, self, selfies? You might create art, films, songs, infographics, etc. Your workshop group may also spend about 30 minutes revising your Quantified Self essays if the mentor has had time to give feedback. Otherwise, you’ll revise that essay next week during workshop.

What you can do to be prepared for the workshop:

  • Look over the Make assignment (see below or on Make Cycle 1 Page)
  • Have an idea about what you might want to create
  • Bring any materials you might need to workshop. Think of the workshop this week as a studio space with composers, makers, writers, artists working alongside each other. (Maybe it’s time to make a Spotify/Pandora playlist and rotate some DJ responsibilities? Or everyone contribute 3 songs to a playlist?)

Assignment description:

  • Compose Make Cycle 1 artifacts. Due in G+ Community (Make Cycle 1: Makes) by Sunday, Feb 4.
    • You could create an infographic with your stats like the Quantify Yourself chart in the article. Piktochart could be a great resource for this.
    • You could create  a short film: alternating some day-in-the-life style video perhaps with some narrative and images from you. I would keep this under 2-3 minutes. And I would compose a film, not simply talk to a webcam.
    • You could create a collage of yourself, using pop culture, the things you read, watch, listen to, make, etc How is your identity represented by the artifacts and texts you’re surrounded by?
    • Try using art or drawing to represent the ideas we’ve worked with about self/selfies (digital art or actual painting/drawing). What would it look like to string a bunch of your selfies together? What gets left out of the selfie series? What is still hidden and how might you represent that in art forms?
    • Lots of ideas for sharing stories about yourself here too.
    • Other idea? Just run it past your mentor and Dr. Jaxon…
  • **Important: Once you share your Make in G+ (upload photo, link, etc), then tell us about your process of making: what were you going for with your make? what worked out? what was challenging? What do you hope people take away from viewing, reading, hearing your make?