February 11, 2015

Part 2

Wednesday – “Me Manifesto” – What is a manifesto? Right click, or, on a Mac, control+click to get a definition. Think of examples of manifestos you already know about from history.

Watch this video of the Holstee Manifesto, which was created by founders of a design company called Holstee. Mike, Fabian and Dave sat outside and focused as they began to form the idea of what they wanted from life and how they wanted their start-up to fit into that. This is what they came up with, and the video was born of it.

Now take a look at the video of the Holstee Type Manifesto (in the same Google Drive folder), same concept, different presentation. Does it create a different experience? How is the audio different?

What if we looked at the same idea in one more presentation type:

Holstee Manifesto poster1

What are the different effects each presentation might have? What would YOUR manifesto be? Let’s find out.

Your assignment is to draft your own manifesto in Google Docs. You will share for feedback and polish before publishing. Consider your values, what you are passionate about, what you want to bring to the project. Consider point of view and voice:

Imperative? (Do this. Do that. Like the Holstee Manifesto and many others)
Declarative, first person? (I am. I will. I can. I want.)
Declarative, third person? Conversational? You decide, but keep it consistent. This is called parallel construction. And keep it brief for the project ahead. We’ll be creating a presentation out of it.

You want originality, sincerity, stuff to make people think, stuff that’s true to you.



January 5, 2014

This class is all about communication, particularly digital, but you can’t have even a digital communication class without the other kinds of communication: speaking and listening, reading and writing. Getting to know each other in the class will help us further our communication skills. Therefore, our week should roll out something like this:

Monday: My apologies, as I was absent. Mr. Jones did lead you in some discussion of the importance of effective communication, as I understand.

Tuesday: Explanation of how class operations, brief intro to this class web space, a little about some of the programs we will be using, and a nice little ice-breaker to get to know each other.
Also a request to sign up for communication via Remind, a messaging program wherein I can send reminders or other information to you without having to know your phone number nor you, mine. On your cell phone send the message, @digicoms15 to the number, 81010, to sign up. Share with your parents if you’d like them to receive reminders as well.

Wednesday: We will watch the TED video featuring Adora Svitak. I hope you find it inspiring. You will write a reflection over the video, drafted in Google docs, which will be your first blog post, once the blogs are up and running. To help you figure out what to include in a reflection, you will use this set of questions as a guide. But this is for next week, so think about what to watch for and what you might include.
Your first assignment, however, is to tell us about yourself in the form of a presentation. Consider Adora’s presentation in her TED talk, how she presented her talk: she hooked her audience, told stories to keep them engaged, tied all of her stories together in a theme, closed her talk with a purpose. You will plan a talk to last 1-3 minutes, telling your audience something about yourself. You could share a talent, an amazing experience or a passion that you have. Try not to do everything in one shot. Choose a topic, plan how you will present it, practice to get it to the 1-3 minute range. You may use a note card with keywords on it to help you keep on task, though I don’t want you reading from a script.
We will begin these presentations Thursday and finish Friday. You may volunteer at first, and then I will volunteer you. Plan to be ready to go Thursday.

Thursday – Friday: Presentations about YOU.


Editor’s note: You know those times when you make one tiny error in judgment (think button clicking and impatience) and everything you just spent the last 45 minutes on just disappears from your post? Yeah, that just happened. “Save Draft” is a smart button to use before you try to add media. Hopefully this second time ’round will be as inspiring as the first was …


October 11, 2014

In one of my favorite weekly educator chats this morning (#sunchat) I got into a convo with fellow educator Scott Glass @sglass771, who teaches a class similar to ours that he calls Media Collage (reminded me of your project, JA). As he tried to share a link to show me projects his students had done with Haikudeck (we’ll be playing with this one soon), I was introduced to Padlet, the source from which he showcased his students’ projects. I spent some time this morning exploring Padlet and decided it was worth introducing to you guys in this short week. I believe you will be able to find several uses for it. The app is user friendly. Let’s go check it out!

Monday: The Padlet site itself offers several examples, but not a clear explanation of what it is, so read this AppStorm post that explains a lot. Once you have read this and have an idea of the many uses for Padlet, check out the YouTube video below for a screencast demonstration of how to use the tools.

Now that you have an idea of its functions and how to begin using Padlet, go to the Padlet I created, @snidesky.uses4Padlet, for us to brainstorm potential uses for us here in class, for Passion Projects and anything else. Click on the board, put your name as you saw demonstrated on the video and click below your name to add an idea to this brainstorming board. Add as many ideas as you can think of. Noting others’ ideas may spur your thinking of additional ideas.

Create your own Padlet and explore the app, playing with the backgrounds, settings and tools. Go ahead with one of your ideas and get a Padlet going for a real purpose. Write a post for your blog about Padlet, reviewing it for readers, reflecting on your experience with it and how you could use it.

Tuesday: Continue with your exploration of and blog post on Padlet.

Wednesday: Post an update to your Passion Project. Remember that your readers will appreciate details that create images in their minds. Be aware of creating a voice in your writing so that readers get to know you and your passion. Don’t just report in a few words and be done with it. Writing is a skill that involves more than complete sentences and proper punctuation. Work at drawing your readers in and making them want to be a part of your project with you.

If you can combine your Padlet post and your Passion Project post, go for it. Just remember to include all criteria: an update that draws readers in and a reflective discussion on Padlet, with a possible link to your new Padlet board. I don’t believe WordPress allows for embedding of Padlet boards in your posts unless you have a self-hosted ($$$) site, but you can certainly link it. Do remember to make the link a part of your written description instead of just plopping in the URL.

Thursday – Monday: Enjoy your Fall Break, but don’t let that stop you from continuing on your Passion Projects and posting updates!