Week Eight

Tuesday, March 3 
Read Sandra Steingraber, page 268, “The Pirates of Illiopolis”
Short Paper #8

In addition, be prepared to talk about progress on your Individual Research Documents.

Wednesday, March 4
Participate in the CONVA 
(Check the link on the sidebar if you don't know what a CONVA is.)

But also, part of the assignment is to invite people outside the class to join in. Otherwise, we are just talking to ourselves. So write a tweet inviting everyone to join the conversation.

Here's a shortened link you can use to promote the CONVA: bit.ly/BeyondInternet
You can also promote the CONVA on facebook, tumblr, reddit, etc.

Thursday, March 5

Your Individual Research Documents should be done by now. (Or close to done. I know that some of you will need spring break to finish your research.) You don't need to print them out yet, but bring your laptops to class so that we can look at them. We need to double-check everyone's links and make sure you have credible sources. You will eventually need a "Sources Document" on your blog/website/whatever.

Important: 8:00 am class -- meet in the Gateway Cafe instead of Bray 321 so that we can get online.

Agenda for Thursday's class:

1)Make sure you've read the Individual Research Documents for every person in your group
2)Talk about what research still needs to be done. 
3)Double-check to make sure that sources you've all used are credible.
4)Talk about what elements your group is going to create.
5)Have you created a website/blog/place to archive the elements? If not, work on that. You need to add a link to the "nifkin groups 2015" link on the sidebar.
6)Get together with another group to check their sources and give them feedback on their plan.
7)If you haven't looked at the latest version of the CONVA we did this week, check that out.
8)If your group wants to host a CONVA or a twitter chat on your topic, sign up with Janine so that we don't have too many things going on each week.

Week Seven

Conference week! We will not have class Tuesday, Feb 24 or Thursday, Feb 26.
Instead, meet with your group and work on your project.

Be sure to sign up for an appointment with Janine! Here is the link.

At your conference with Janine, be prepared to talk about:
  • Your Unit One Portfolio (which she has)
  • Your grade for Unit One (based on this rubric)
  • Your research/writing project (bring the checklist)
  • Any feedback you have about the course
We only have fifteen minutes so we will need to talk fast.

Week Six

Tuesday, Feb17 
Read "Faux Falls" by Ginger Strand, page 131 of the anthology
The essay is about Niagra Falls, and she talks about actually visiting Niagra Falls, but what other issues and overarching ideas does she bring up?
Short Paper #7

Take a few minutes to read this:
What do Emotions Have to do With Learning? by Annie Murphy Paul

Your group should be talking about ideas for your project.
Check out the #nifkin groups in the sidebar to look at what students have done in the past.

Here are some deadlines to put on your calendar:
Individual Research Documents: Thursday, March 5
Visit site/do primary research by this date: Monday, March 16
Set up website or blog or whatever you’re using to archive elements: Thursday, March 19
Element One: Tuesday, March 25
Element Two: Tuesday, March 31
Element Three: Tuesday, April 15
Element Four: Tuesday, April 21
Self-assessment Document: Tuesday, April 28

We'll talk about all of this in class.

Wednesday 9 pm - 10 pm EST #nifkin
Twitter chat with Florida students. The topic: FOOD
Promote the chat by advertising it on twitter.
To participate, be on your computer at 9 pm and search #nifkin
(You will want to participate from a computer rather than a phone.)
(You might also want to try tweetdeck -- makes chats much easier.)

Thursday, Feb 19
Read Chapter Two of Net Smart by Howard Rheingold
Crap Detection 101: How to Find What You Need to Know, and How to Decide if it’s True.

Instead of writing a short paper, write just one concept or quote on a slip of paper or index card: something you learned from the chapter.

Be sure to sign up for an appointment with Janine! Here is the link.

We will not have class Tuesday, Feb 24 or Thursday, Feb 26: That's the week you will meeting Janine for your Unit One Conference. Instead, meet with your group and work on your project.

Weeks Four and Five

Tuesday, Feb 3 
Short Paper #6 should be a response to:
Chapter One of Net Smart by Howard Rheingold:
Attention! Why and How to Control Your Mind’s Most Powerful Instrument.

Read The Wireless Woods by David Gessner.

You should also bring the Elevator pitch for your Project Proposal
The "elevator pitch" needs only to be a sentence or two: bring your idea and be ready to talk about it with the rest of the class. But you do need to get started since the rough draft will be due on Thursday, and the final draft on February 12th.

We'll be doing the Getting-to-Know-You Google Hangouts with the Florida students.
Check here to make sure you know what time yours is.
Put an asterisk by your name if you are willing to be the person
who makes sure that the hangout happens.
Here are some questions we came up with.

Thursday, February 5
Be prepared to talk about what we learned about the Florida students.
Bring a rough draft of your Project Proposal.

Tuesday, February 10 
No class. Work on your paper.
If you haven't already, check out Snowfall. It is a story about place, told online.

Wednesday, February 11 on Twitter
Be charming!
Tweet photos that show the world what ESF culture is like.
Or tweet pictures of snow.
Use #nifkin
And you can use #cf122 if you want to try to get the attention of the Florida students.

Thursday, February 12 
Your Unit One Portfolio is due. It should include:

  • Six short papers
  • Your formal paper, the Project Proposal
  • A reflective statement in which you evaluate your class participation
If you have questions about citation, you can probably find the answers at the Purdue OWL.

We will be getting into groups for our research projects. 

Don't have a group yet? 
Jordan C'Dealva-Lenik from the 8 am section is looking for students from any section to join his Soundscape group.
Alex Fusi is looking for people willing to help out with the Nifkin Voice. (You can help even if you are in another group).

Week Three

If you haven't yet looked at all of our introductions on twitter, here's the link.
And here's the link that will show you the Florida students.

Tuesday, Jan 27 

Read for class:
Alison Hawthorne Deming,“The Edges of the Civilized World” on page 143
of the anthology The Future of Nature
Then read the introduction to Net Smart by Howard Rheingold:
Why You Need Digital Know-How—Why We All Need It

(Both books are on reserve in Moon Library)

Short Paper #4

Wednesday on Twitter
Go OUTSIDE and then write one line of poetry.
Then tweet that line of poetry, using #nifkin #poem
Contribute a line by 5 pm on Wednesday.
Then come back later and search #nifkin #poem to find lines of poetry.
Use Storify to put at least ten of the lines together into a poem.
Then tweet a link to your poem, using #nifkin of course.

You can use twitter or facebook or tumblr to get other people
to join us by using this link.

Wednesday night and Thursday, be sure to go back and read the poems.
Vote on your favorite poem by favoriting the tweet.
The person who writes the poem with the most favorites
will win a prize!

Thursday, Jan 29 

Bring laptops to class if you can.

Read for class:
Erik Reece, page 91, “Moving Mountains.”
Short Paper #5 will be a response to that reading.

Here is the link for the Getting-to-Know-You Google Hangouts with the Florida students. Be sure you've signed up for a time and be sure you've listed a gmail address. Please put an asterick by your name if you are willing to be the person who makes sure the hangout happens!

In class, we will be brainstorming ideas for your formal paper,
which will be a Research Proposal.
You may want to start thinking about topics.

Week Two

Tuesday, January 20 
Read for class:
"Staying Put" by Scott Russell Sanders on page 353 of the Future of Nature
“I am Writing Blindly”  by Roger Rosenblatt

Short Paper #2
Here's a prompt for those of you who wanted one -->
Respond to Sanders and Rosenblatt, but you can also expand the paper to talk about your own connection to place. Where are you from? Is it a landscape you feel connected to? What’s the basis of that connection? What are the stories in that landscape? Do you think that humans have a compulsion to tell stories? Where does that instinct come from?

Be sure that you are following Nifkin on twitter.
(As part of your homework, you should always go on twitter and search #nifkin to see if your classmates have put up links, etc. Did I mention that?)

If your books haven't arrived yet, I put copies on reserve in Moon Library.

Wednesday Twitter Madness:
Using our hashtag (#nifkin), go on twitter and introduce yourself. Include a photo and something about who you are or where you are from.You only have 140 characters to make a good impression so think carefully about what you want to say.Then take some time to respond to the other students (including the ones in Florida) who are introducing themselves -- you can reply to them or favorite their tweets. Be friendly and charming. Remember, we want to get people to follow us!

The students in Florida are using #cf122 for their hashtag. So search #nifkin to see how your classmates introduce themselves and then search #cf122 to meet the students in Florida.

If you want to see how students introduced themselves last year, here is the link.

Also on Wednesday: Looking for sources of environmental information on the internet. Go to this GoogleDoc before Midnight on Wednesday. Add a link. Or follow a link and add a comment about what you think about the source.

Thursday,  January 22
Read: "On Thin Ice" by  Charles Wohlforth, page 107
Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math by Bill McKibben
Check out the website 350.org 

Paba has suggested that we could also check out John Oliver's take on climate change.

Short Paper #3
What’s the website 350.org about? Why the focus on the number 350? Back in 1989, Bill McKibben wrote the book End of Nature to warn people about climate change. Not enough people listened. Now Bill McKibben is attempting to use the internet to raise awareness about environmental issues, climate disruption in particular, and get people to take action. Can the internet be used effectively for grassroots organizing? Will it be more effective than publishing a book on the topic? What about the Charles Wohlforth piece (originally published in Orion Magazine) that connects climate change to place, people, and animals? Is that effective? What about humor? Was the John Oliver clip effective?

Bonus: You can also look at all of our introductions on twitter. Here's the link.
And here's the link that will show you the Florida students.

Link for the google hangout collaboration.

Week One

If you haven't done so yet, order your books:
Future of Nature edited by Barry Lopez
Net Smart by Howard Rheingold.

We'll be using google documents in this class. If you have a gmail account, then you already have a google account. If not, you can get one here.

For Thursday, January 15

Read for class:

Short Paper #1 Respond to the readings with a one-page paper. (You can single-space to get it all onto one page. Just double space between paragraphs.) About 500 words or so should be sufficient. Think of the paper as your way of adding to the discussion in the classroom. We will be sharing these with each other: print your short paper out and bring it to class.

Last, if you don't have a twitter account, go here and set one up. Then follow me so that I can find you.

Bring laptops to class on Thursday, we can spend the last twenty minutes of class helping anyone who is new to twitter figure out it out.  We'll be using twitter for an activity with the Florida students next week so we want to make sure everyone knows how to use it. Plus, we can look at some of the projects students did last year.