Rest of the semester

Tuesday, April 25 Element Four. 
Your group will present to the class for the last time You then need to tweet your last element (or your whole website) using #nifkin

Wednesday, April 26
Go on twitter, search #nifkin to find your classmates' projects, retweet and favorite the ones that you really like, and then write a short paper about one (or more) of the projects, responding to the content as if it were an essay in our anthology.

Then take the content of the your paper, go to the FEEDBACK google doc of the project that you're writing about, and paste it there. That way, each group will get to hear what we've been saying about their projects, even if they aren't in the same section.

Yes, you do need to still print your paper out and bring it to class.

Thursday, April 27 Short Paper #16 This will be our last day of class.

Friday, April 28
Write self-assessment document to hand in with your final portfolio. Then hand your portfolio in. Put it in the box outside my office, 105 Moon Library.

If you would like an appointment with me, go make one here. Be sure to hand your portfolio in at least 48 hours before your appointment with me so I can read through it before your appointment.

Then check out (or add to) the summer reading list my literature class is putting together.

Week Thirteen

Tuesday, April 18 Element Three
Your group will present Element Three to to the class. You then need to make sure that the element is on your website -- and you need to tweet it, using #nifkin

Wednesday, April 19 The Let it Gogh group is hosting a CONVA about arts. Go write something! And ask your listening project partners to join in. Here is the link: ART CONVA

And the Place, Perception, and Indigenous People group is hosting a CONVA as well.

Go on twitter, search #nifkin to find your classmates' projects, retweet and favorite the ones that you really like, and then write a short paper about one (or more) of the projects, responding to the content as if it were an essay in our anthology.

Then take the content of the your paper, go to the FEEDBACK google doc of the project that you're writing about, and paste it there. That way, each group will get to hear what we've been saying about their projects, even if they aren't in the same section.

Yes, you do need to still print your paper out and bring it to class.

Thursday, April 20 Short Paper #15

Looking Ahead
You will be writing a self-assessment document to hand in with your final portfolio. You may want to write it as you go along. This will be due the last day of class.

Week Twelve

Tuesday, April 11 Element Two 
Your group will present Element Two to to the class. You then need to make sure that the element is on your website -- and you need to tweet it, using #nifkin

New rule: Every group needs a FEEDBACK button on their website that links to a google doc where anyone can put feedback. (If you want to see an example, check out the What's the Stink at Seneca Meadows website from my 12:30 class.)

Important thing to remember: You need to change the permissions on the google doc to "ANYONE WITH LINK CAN EDIT" or else people can't leave feedback.

Wednesday, April 12 The group Nos Curare Animalia is hosting a CONVA about animals. Go write something! And ask your listening project partners to join in. Here is the link: ANIMAL CONVA 

Go on twitter, search #nifkin to find your classmates' projects, retweet and favorite the ones that you really like, and then write a short paper about one (or more) of the projects, responding to the content as if it were an essay in our anthology.

Then take the content of the your paper, go to the feedback google doc of the project that you're writing about, and paste it there. That way, each group will get to hear what we've been saying about their projects, even if they aren't in the same section.

Yes, you do need to still print your paper out and bring it to class.

Thursday, April 13 Short Paper #14

Looking Ahead
You will be writing a self-assessment document to hand in with your final portfolio. You may want to write it as you go along. This will be due the last day of class.

Week Eleven

For Tuesday, your group should be prepared to present Element One to the class. You then make that element public by putting it on your website and tweeting it, using #nifkin

Tuesday, April 4 Element One due. 

Wednesday, April 5
Twitter Chat from 8 pm - 9 pm Wednesday night
Search #nifkin to participate

Thursday April 6 Short paper #13 due 

On every Tuesday in April, your group will have to stand in front of the class and tell us (or show us) what your element is that week. Then you will release the element by tweeting it, using #nifkin

Every Wednesday during April, you will go on twitter, search #nifkin to find your classmates' projects, retweet the ones that you really like, and then write a short paper about one (or more) of the projects, responding to the content as if it were an essay in our anthology.

Element Two due Tuesday, April 11
Short paper #14 due Thursday, April 13

Element Three due TuesdayApril 18
Short paper #15 due Thursday, April 20

Element Four due Tuesday, April 25
Short paper #16 due Thursday, April 27

Week Ten

Tuesday March 28

Many groups have said they could use a workday. So bring laptops. We can look at each other's blogs/websites/facebook pages (or whatever you're using to archive your elements) using this checklist.

Wednesday, March 29
The SPORTS! group will be hosting a CONVA this week. A CONVA is a google doc in which everyone is invited to jump in and write something to add to a conversation on a specified topic.

Here's the link: bit.ly/sportswaste

Please invite your listening partners to participate!

Thursday March 30
No class. Janine will be out of town.

Your group should be prepared to describe what you are doing for each element.

Element One due April 4
Short paper #13 due April 6

Element Two due April 11
Short paper #14 due April 13

Element Three due April 18
Short paper #15 due April 20

Element Four due April 25
Short paper #15 due April 27

On every Tuesday in April, your group will have to stand in front of the class and tell us (or show us) what your element is that week. Then you will release the element by tweeting it, using #nifkin

Every Wednesday during April, you will go on twitter, search #nifkin to find your classmates' projects, retweet the ones that you really like, and then write a short paper about one of the projects, responding to the content as if it were an essay in our anthology.

Week Nine

Tuesday March 21 
Watch this video: Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
Watch this TED talk: Recipe for Free Range Learning by Maria Andersen
In your short paper, you can write about the video and the talk, and you can also analyze your own learning process. Where do you get ideas? How do you learn best? Where does writing fit into the learning process?

Short paper #11

Thursday March 23 
Watch this TED talk with Sherry Turkle: Connected But Alone
“Technology appeals to us where we’re the most vulnerable.”
How does technology shape our relationships and our ability to build community? How do smartphones affect our ability to be self-reflective? Where do books and writing fit into this conversation?

Short paper #12

Your website/blog/facebook page should be ready to go. Be sure to add a link here.
Bring laptops: we'll look at each other's blogs/websites/facebook pages (or whatever you're using to archive your elements) using this checklist.

If you want to look at some student websites from another school, you can find some here.

Your group should be prepared to describe what you are doing for each element.
Element One due April 4
Element Two due April 11
Element Three due April 18
Element Four due April 25

On every Tuesday in April, your group will have to stand in front of the class and tell us (or show us) what your element is that week. Then sometime before noon on Wednesday, you will release the element by tweeting it, using #nifkin

Every Wednesday during April, you will go on twitter, search #nifkin to find your classmates' projects, retweet the ones that you really like, and then write a short paper about one of the projects, responding to the content as if it were an essay in our anthology.

Week Eight

Tuesday, March 7 
Read Sandra Steingraber, page 268, “The Pirates of Illiopolis”
If you want to see the speech Sandra Steingraber gave when she received an honorary degree at the ESF Convocation in 2013, it's here.
Short Paper #9

You will have some time to work in groups during the second half of the class.

Thursday, March 9
Short Paper #10 Write about the Listening Project. Here's the prompt:
  • What was it like to email a stranger? 
  • What method of communication did you choose and why? 
  • What were the five things you found in common? 
  • What is your listening partner's connection to place? 
  • What is it that your listening partner is passionate about?
  • What did you learn from this project?
  • Do you think the project is valuable? 
  • What ideas do you have for future Listening Projects? 
BRING YOUR LAPTOPS TO CLASS.

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" (the equivalent of an annotated bibliography) on your website.

During Thursday's class:

1) Make sure you've read the Individual Research Document 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 2017" link on the sidebar.
6) Get together with another group to check their sources and give them feedback on their plan. Every website needs an ABOUT US section and a SOURCES section.
7) 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.