August 23, 2017
It’s official. We’ve been together a week. Hopefully you’ve gotten an idea of what we’ll be doing in DigiComm this semester. I’ll try to keep it interesting if you’ll try to keep a mind open to learning and to new ideas.
We’ve been busier than you may think. You’ve had two assignments and you’re about to have another. Let’s recap:
The first week, I demonstrated how to correctly format an email and asked you to access your new district email account. However, most of your accounts hadn’t been set up yet, so I set that assignment aside. Now that everyone should be on track, let’s go back and catch that one.
Write an email to me at email@example.com. Your email should include the following:
- A salutation (Dear Mrs. Snider or something similar)
- The body of the email should contain information you are sharing with me about yourself, such as your likes and dislikes about school, your learning style, any interests or hobbies. Just help me to get to know you.
- Include a link to a webpage about one of your interests. I mostly want to see that you know how to include a link the way I showed you, by highlighting specific words in your writing, clicking on the link icon, and pasting the URL from the web page you are sharing into the blank in the dialog box.
- Closing. On a new line, close the email with something like, Sincerely, (new line) Your Name.
- Be sure to use correct grammar, usage and spelling.
After the email lesson, we watched the following video together. You were to pay attention to the content of Svitak’s talk and observe her skills as a presenter. Look below for the two assignments related to the video.
Assignment No. 1: You were each to plan a “talk”, what I’m calling MeTalks, to present about yourself. I asked you to choose something about yourself, an interest or passion you have, an event in your life that was important or that you learned a lesson from or just something that defines you. You were to plan the talk to have a hook, some story with description and a close, and the talk was to be about two minutes. Most of you have completed this task.
Assignment No. 2: You will write a reflection on the video. For your convenience, I have developed a list of guiding questions. Take a look at these to consider what type of information to include in your reflection.
Do not, however, simply answer the questions. Remember that you are writing for an audience who does not know you, who does not know me, who certainly does not know what the assignment was or what the questions are. You have to sort of include the question content in the answer. For instance, if the question is, what is your favorite kind of ice cream? Don’t write your reflection with a sentence like, ” Chocolate.” Your readers would have no idea what you are referring to. Your response would be more like, “My favorite kind of ice cream is chocolate.” Or, even better, tell a story:
When I was between the ages of 4 and 8, I visited my grandparents for two weeks every summer. My grandmother was the controlling sort who demanded I clean my plate because “children were starving in China.” But Grandpa was fun. We’d build things like birdhouses or go fishing or go metal detecting and find all kinds of treasures. And, several afternoons a week, we’d go to town. Grandpa would take me to this little drugstore that had a soda fountain and get me an ice cream. They had this marvelous strawberry ice cream that was unlike anything I’ve ever found since. I’d sit on that chrome and green vinyl barstool at the counter and eat my strawberry ice cream cone while Grandpa visited with his buddies. As delicious as it was, I knew the whole time I was eating it, I was going to get into trouble because I wouldn’t be hungry enough to finish my dinner when we got home. But it was worth it.
Which would you rather read?
Look over the questions. Tell your readers, whom you do not know, about the video. You’ll have to introduce it or they won’t know what you’re referring to. Then discuss some of the aspects brought up by the questions. If you can pull in stories or examples, please do so. Finish up by referring to her presentation skills and talk about your own presentation, what you did well and what you’d like to improve upon.
Use your best knowledge of grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation. You’ll be publishing this. But before you do, share with someone in class (get their email address), and ask them to read and give you feedback with comments. Take what they have to say into consideration and make any improvements you wish. Then share with me. I’ll give you feedback as well. My goal is to help you be an effective blogger, whether that means improving spelling and sentence structure or helping you add story-telling elements to make it more interesting.
This item will be your first blog post once we get the blogs up and running.