On the Activities

Before you start the activities, have another look at our Working Method on the statement

Working Method
To keep yourself organized and to get the most out of the materials and the course, I'm asking you to structure your work around a pattern I've repurposed from Steven Downes).

Aggregate - Read, view, play with, and read anything else that comes in. Get the materials in order. Find places for them on your weblog or wiki, bookmark them, link to them, place them on your desktop - whatever you do when you gather materials together to work with them.

Remix/Annotate - Do something to the materials. Comment on readings or videos, tweet about them, annotate and tag them. Discuss them on your blog, post a video comment that allows others to comment in return, create a diagram or map opening up the ideas, post a slide show or presentation on prezi. Find other remixes and comment on those. Tag everything relevent to your work with #en3177. (You should have annotating posted by our class meeting on Mondays.)

Repurpose - Do something with the materials you read and created. Use them as raw materials for your own work. Build on them, re-work them, work them into your own framework, you're own view ... Create a video, blog post, comic, collage, digram or concept map, research project, survey ... whatever. Make the materials you have aggregated and remixed the center of your creation, "the bricks and mortar you ... use to compose your own thoughts and understanding of the material" (Downes). (This is what else you'll be doing from Wednesday - Sunday, when the next set of activities comes out.)

Feed forward - Make your work public. This will happen as you work because you're posting to your blog what you're working on as you work. If you have your blog set with an RSS feed, you're sharing. When you tweet a link to your post, you're sharing.

Reflect - Look at what you've done and consider what that doing means, for you, for now. This might be a blog post, video, audio... For reflection, you repurpose your own work. You do something with the materials you have created. This is the position of the weekly summary and reflection due Sunday midnight.

In a list
This treats reading we do differently than you might be used to. Rather than responding to the work, I'm asking you to use the work we read and view as a starting point for making something else. It might be a collection of annotated sources, including online stuff in text, TED talks, video, animations. It might be a re-working of that material. It might be something else. But I'm also challenging you to do it not as a Student trying to show Teacher you've read the work, but to do so as a citizen, someone who's learning.

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