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WEEK 4: THE ARTS OF COMMENTING, LINKING AND CRAFTING YOUR POSITIVE DIGITAL TATTOO

January 26, 2015

This week will be a mash-up of things that will improve your blogging experience and show yout how far-reaching your online activity really is. The goal this week is to learn some digital citizenship that will help you create a positive digital tattoo.

I will be reworking that lesson a bit to take into account the loss of YouTube, so we’ll start off with some helpful blogging pointers.

Monday – In the beginning, I told you that blogging is social, so we’ll talk about the art of commenting, and I’ll show you where to find the blogroll widget so you can add blogs you follow to one of your sidebars. You’ll want to begin exploring other blogs to find some you enjoy reading.
And, of course, if you have unfinished work from last week, today is the time to finish it up. That includes copying and pasting the URL to your blog to the contact sheet so I can find your blog.

Tuesday: Today, we’ll learn about digital tattoos, also known as digital footprints. The difference in the analogies is that tattoos are permanent, as are the marks you leave in the digital world that are associated with you. What’s a digital tattoo, called a dossier in the following video?

Hear a response from someone your own age about being aware of how your own digital footprint can affect you:

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/abbass-story-pride-in-your-digital-footprint

And, finally, Diane Sawyer reports on the negatives to a not-so-great digital footprint:

Now, take the Google yourself challenge. If you were an admissions officer or a potential employer or a potential date, what could you find on yourself? Is it what you would like people to see about you? Scroll all the way down to see the various ways to check your digital tattoo – a simple Google won’t pull up all the results.

http://www.backgroundcheck.org/the-google-yourself-challenge/

If you are viewing this at school you can access the videos as files through the shared Google Drive:

Youth and Media – Your Digital Dossier

Diane Sawyer on Social Media Jinxing College Applicants

Richard Fowler on Job-Killing Mistakes

Wednesday-Friday: Your assignment is to write a post, first in Google Docs so you can get feedback and revise, then post on your homepage about what you found on yourself. Is it what you expected? Is it what you want others to see? If you were going to improve it by adding positive content to your digital tatoo, what can you do? Can you develop a plan for actively creating a positive digital tattoo for others to find? What will the plan include?

Friday – If you have completed the Google Yourself Challenge, search for and read some blogs. Leave some comments. If you are inspired, write a post reviewing that blog and provide a link back to it.

WEEK 6: TOOLS FOR PASSION PROJECTS

Sept. 21, 2014

Last week I introduced 20% Time, Genius Hour, Passion Projects. This week we work in ernest to establish what each of you will work toward during your one day a week or more, depending on how other assignments play out for you. I want to give you tools that can help you with the research and maybe with the projects themselves. I will introduce three this week that will help you find and collect information you find on the Internet.

Monday: One of my favorite apps is one folks either know and use or don’t. It’s Pinterest. Once you understand how Pinterest works (think about being shown an array of things that might interest you, and you can select any of them and “pin” them to your own digital bulletin boards to look at later), you’ll use it for both work and entertainment.

If you’re finding information on blogs or news sites that don’t have the familiar “follow” button that you use on WordPress, know that there is another way: RSS readers. There are many to choose from, so it really comes down to simply choosing. Rock, paper, scissors? Closing your eyes and pointing? Or do what I did, Tweet about it, and go with the first response you get: Feedly.com. But first let’s take a look at this cute video that explains how RSS readers work.

Maybe you don’t want to follow the blog or news site forever; you just want to save this one perfect article. There are apps for that, too. Diigo, Pocket and Delicious, to name a few. Let me show you a bit about Delicious.

Play with these three apps this week. You’ll sign in and out of Pinterest as you do Google and WordPress. But Feedly and Delicious are Chrome-based apps. That is, when you’re signed into your Google Chrome, they’ll show up on your Chrome bar – wherever you are. When you sign out of Google Chrome, you’re signed out of those, too.

Tuesday-Thursday: Keep playing with Pinterest, Feedly and Delicious. Read and research your passion topic, and save and curate with these apps. By the end of the week, write a post for your blog about how helpful you have found these three apps to be in finding and saving information for your project. Has one been more helpful than the others? Can you explain why? Will any of them be helpful in the implementation of the actual project or just mostly in the research? Can you see uses for any of them in any other part of your life? Write the post in Google Docs and share with the person above you in the contact list for feedback. Do some revisions, then share with me.

Friday: By Friday you should have written up a proposal (think of an outline) for your passion project. Begin with a summary of the topic, include your driving question, what your end product will be and a timeline of what you need to do to get there. Are there steps you must make before you get to the final project?

Meet with me anytime before the end of Friday’s class to go over your proposal so we can get things pinned down.

 

WEEK 5: YOUR DIGITAL TATTOO

Sept. 13, 2014

This week, we’ll learn about digital tattoos, also known as digital footprints. The difference in the analogies is that tattoos are permanent, as are the marks you leave in the digital world that are associated with you.

Monday: We will quickly review important aspects of blogging that you were introduced to last week. Then it’s time to think about our Digital Tattoos. What’s a digital tattoo, called a dossier in the following video?

Hear a response from someone your own age about being aware of how your own digital footprint can affect you:

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/abbass-story-pride-in-your-digital-footprint

And, finally, Diane Sawyer reports on the negatives to a not-so-great digital footprint:

Now, take the Google yourself challenge. If you were an admissions officer or a potential employer or a potential date, what could you find on yourself? Is it what you would like people to see about you?

http://www.backgroundcheck.org/the-google-yourself-challenge/

Tuesday: Your assignment is to write a post on your homepage about what you found on yourself. Is it what you expected? Is it what you want others to see? If you were going to improve it by adding positive content to your digital tatoo, what can you do? Can you develop a plan for actively creating a positive digital tattoo for others to find? What will the plan include?

Wednesday: We will begin working on a new project to be posted later, but if you haven’t finished your post on building up a positive digital tattoo or digital dossier, use any spare time for that.

Week 7: New uses for the Twitterverse

February 18, 2014

You think you know Twitter, and I know some of you do. However, there are uses for Twitter you may not have discovered yet these uses can promote your digital footprint in a positive way and ramp up your learning experiences as well. The goal this week – and remember that many of you are starting in a different place – is to start a Twitter account, being mindful of branding, and begin to build your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

Monday: Twitter presentation

Tuesday: Start a Twitter account or, if you have one already, consider the discussion on branding and make any changes that would more accurately reflect what you would like people to know about you.

Wednesday-Friday: Search for entities to follow, finding at least 5 useful ones. Read what they post and consider writing a response to one, linking to it in your post and then tweeting about it, giving a shout-out to the original author. You may gain a valuable follower.

Friday: Manifesto presentations today, so if you have not finished, please make it a priority.

By Friday, post five #FF, or new people to follow. It’s a Twitter tradition in some circles to tweet #FF for Follow Friday, noting valuable Twitter folks to follow. Beyond the tweet, please post (consider creating a FF page on your blog) your first of several FF posts, describing each new followee and why they are good to follow.

Don’t forget your weekly personal post as well.

Week 3: Getting into a blogging routine

Jan. 19, 2014

While some will be finishing up last week’s assignments, we will continue to add to our blogs and start posting to them as a routine. Whenever you have additional time in class, you are encouraged to read each others’ blogs (you should be following each other) and share comments that invite conversation. You may also read other blogs and in doing so, find others you’d like to follow and comment on. Reading these blogs may also give you ideas about new things you’d like to try with your own blog, either in your personal posting space or, perhaps, something you’d like to suggest we do as a class assignment. This is your class, and I’ll happily entertain ideas you have that you’d like to try.

Monday: No school, professional development day for yours truly

Tuesday: Complete any assignments from last week. You should have started a blog, chosen a theme, added a personal posting page, looked over widgets you’d like to add and posted your TED reflection with a link to the video.
Today you should also begin drafting a bio for your About page. In your bio, tell a bit about yourself, but please avoid using your last name or where you live. You might also include that this blog is part of a class assignment and what you plan to do with it. You could also include short-term and long-term goals and your particular interests. Draft in Gdocs, seek peer edits, then feedback from me before you post it on the blog. Consider a photo to post on the page as well. You may use one you already have or make use of our news lab cameras.

Wednesday: Read the following article, “How is Digital Writing Making Kids Smarter?” It is loaded with additional links to more information. Click on some of these and read further – your choice as to which you read. Write a summary/reflection on the “Digital Writing” article and include information from one or two of the other articles. Draft in Gdocs, seek peer edits, then feedback from me before you post on the blog. Use these guiding questions to help you write your reflection.

Thursday: Continue working on your “Digital Writing” reflection.
Write a personal post this week on a topic of your choice. I still advise drafting in Gdocs, seeking peer edits before posting. Try using an original photo, drawing or creation in PhotoShop.

Friday: To be completed by today:
Blog with TED reflection post, “Digital Writing” post on homepage
At least one personal post on personal public post page
About Me bio posted on About page