Projects!

You will complete three two more projects during the term. At least one  must be was an essay as described below; the other two can be “new technology essays” using media other than text. Each student is urged to select projects that appeal to their own interests and career goals, but each project must be approved by the instructor prior to beginning work.

Projects: Round 2 projects due: 4/16

Written Essay

Traditional 5-6 page research-based paper. MLA style.

Blogging

Create a blog (blogger.com or any free blogging service) and make at least three entries of 400-500 words. Post a link to MyCourses so others can find it. Respond to comments, and separately turn in a one-page summary reflecting on the experience.

Facebook

Set up a Facebook group relating to a technology and collect relevant photos, links, wall posts. Invite lots of friends to comment. This project will require you to do some active promotion to get people to interact with your page!

Wikipedia

Find a Wikipedia article on a topic with which you are familiar or would like to research, and modify the article by adding or revising content. Your modifications should be substantial (at least 1,000 words) and you will be required to follow up to observe the way your contributions are accepted (or rejected) by the Wikipedia community. You should (to the best of your ability) contribute to Wikipedia thoughtfully, and not attempt to post incorrect information. The idea is to contribute – not try to get rejected.

YouTube

Script, create, and publish on YouTube a short (4-6 minutes) video clip, either illustrating technical proficiency in YouTube (creative use of annotations, for example) and/or on the topic of a new media technology/issue.

 

Become a Podcaster

Create three podcasts of 1-2 minutes each, addressing a different facet of another project topic (i.e. Facebook, Flickr, Wikipedia). Publish the feed to iTunes. REQUIRES HAVING YOUR OWN SERVER SPACE ON THE WEB. Archive.org will serve some space for free…

Photostream your Ideas

Create a Flickr photostream (using your own photos or illustrations) illustrating new technologies, specifically showing people interacting with them. The collection should include at least 50 tagged and described photos.

 

MUVE/MMORPG

Interact with other users of a Multi-User Virtual Environment to accomplish a task that demonstrates one or more course concepts and share the experience in a written narrative. You may use a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) such as World of Warcraft or a non-gaming MUVE such as Second Life.

Machine Assisted Public Presentation

Research and create a 15-20 minute presentation utilizing Powerpoint, digital video, animations, sound, Smart Board technology, and/or Skype. The presentation must relate to new technology and its uses, and must be given in class.

 Twitter

In this project you will “live tweet” an event as it’s happening. The event should be one that would typically be covered by traditional media (newspapers,radio) and should be an event greater than 2 hours in length (though, you may chronicle an event much longer — even over a few days — if you wish).

A successful Twitter project should incorporate many descriptive tweets, generating a feeling of “being there” for their followers.

Accompanying this project should be a 2-3 page (typed) critical thought expression on how tweeting is similar to and differs from traditional print journalism, and reflect on the experience.

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