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Let’s do this

Let’s do this

Hello everyone and happy Sunday,

As promised in the email from Jan 7, here are some things for us to do this week and things to prep for our first class next Monday (the 28th):

This week (hopefully soon or at least before Friday, Jan 25):

  • If you didn’t watch the welcome video or check out the website previously, now would be the time.
  • Since I last emailed, I changed my mind about where our discussions should live. It looked like G+ was going away, but turns out the enterprise and Google apps for education versions are staying around. I like the aesthetics of G+ and the ease of commenting, plus it makes our conversations semi-public and not fully public like my website (people have to be a member of our group to post) so…we’ll post quite a few responses on a G+ community. Join our community: LINK HERE.
    • Here is a video “how to” for joining if needed (from another class, but same idea): HERE.
    • Once you’ve joined, you’ll want to change your notification preferences so you don’t get an email every time one of us posts on the G+ community (it’s great to get these as the faculty, but not sure you’ll want them). Link to quick video how to for turning off notifications: HERE
  • Once you’ve joined the G+ group, please write an introduction in that space. I have mine there as an example if it’s helpful. It would be helpful to me if you could say a bit about educational plans beyond the MA.
  • As best you can, keep track of your reading and writing for two-three days between now and Jan 27. This will be challenging. You might keep track by taking a photo every time you switch from one literate task to a new one: from email to reading for class to posting on Instagram. Or you might keep a journal handy. As you’re tracing what you read and write, keep some notes about purpose and the ecology in which the reading and/or writing is situated. Try to keep track of time, the kind of device you use (are you reading/writing on a tablet, phone, laptop, book, paper…) etc.

Prep for Jan 28 class:

  • Read Scribner’s “Literacy in Three Metaphors” and respond in small teams in a shared Google Doc to this reading. You’ll want to respond before we come to class. Some further instructions are on the docs. Choose the link below with YOUR NAME. 😉
    • Google Doc for Hannah, Hannah, Jesse, and Kyler: Link HERE
    • Google Doc for Isaiah, Lorena, Haley, and Florencia: LINK HERE
    • Google Doc for Shane, Charlotte, Shannon, and Dori: Link HERE
    • Google Doc for Zeth, Kaitlyn, Neesa, Alex, and Keaton: Link HERE
  • Before coming to class Jan 28, organize your notes and/or images from your literacy self study this past week. We will work in small teams in class with our small data set: how could you quantify everyone’s literacy notes? What categories emerge? What literate activities take up the most time? What counts as a literacy? You’ll eventually write a short paper and I hope Scribner’s reading can give us some framework for analysis.

In a nutshell:

Join G+ community and write an Introduction (helps if you log into Google account first before clicking link to join)

Check out the course website. You are here now.

Trace your reading and writing for 2-3 days this week. Assignments page has more context too.

Read Scribner and annotate with a team in a shared doc before class on the 28th. Find your name with your specific link above.

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