Section C2 – 8:05am

Today is our final day of class. I hope you all have learned as much as I have and have enjoyed the process a bit as well.

Today, we talked though a few more of the details for your self-reflection essay, including looking at the course outcomes from the syllabus, Georgia Tech and the State Board of Regents. Hopefully, looking at the lists and rubrics of things you were SUPPOSED to learn from this course will help you best articulate your arguments reflecting on how you grew as a communicator since January.

You had an opportunity to peer review each other’s essays and to get some feedback on your argument, evidence, structure, design and mechanics. Use this peer feedback to carefully consider how to improve your essay between now and the portfolio’s due date.

Remaining business:

  1. Please take a few minutes to fill out the CIOS survey – I take the feedback seriously and use it to improve both this course and future courses I am developing.
  2. If you haven’t yet, please consider filling out the second half of the Twitter in the Composition Classroom survey available on TSquare. It is open until Friday.
  3. If you haven’t yet, indicate by the end of today where you want your Extra Credit points allocated (replace a blog score or 10 points to Participation)
  4. Turn in your final portfolio to TSquare by the end of your exam period
    • Directions for submission of the .zip file and “secret link” are on the last page of the assignment sheet

 

Portfolio Deadlines:

  • B6 – Friday, April 28 by 11:00 am
  • A6 – Monday, May 1 by 11:00 am
  • C2- Wednesday, May 3 by 11:00 am

Today, we spent some time discussing in-depth the artifact pages for the final portfolio, including “Artifact 0” for your Common First Week video and the three additional pages for the artifacts you have chosen. We will go through the requirements of the portfolio assignment and discuss which of the artifacts from the course fits into each of the required categories and how you might use these artifacts to support the argument you want to make in your self-reflection essay. We also discussed how to best incorporate process documents into your portfolio and how to use the layout options in Mahara to best display your multimodal process documents.

You were given two options for the second half of class: either to complete the optional survey for the Twitter in the Composition Classroom study (link available on TSquare) or to work on your Mahara portfolio.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Complete a draft of your self-reflection essay and bring it to class on Monday
  2. Begin constructing your artifact pages
  3. IF YOU COMPLETED THE EXTRA CREDIT BLOG POST: If you have not already, please decide where you want your extra credit points assigned (participation or to replace a previous blog post grade). You must notify Dr. Fitz of your decision no later than April 26. It is possible for extra credit points applied to the Participation category to push your grade above 150/150.

Today we began discussing the final portfolio project in class. Together we went over the assignment sheet for the portfolio and discussed the purpose of the assignment, both for you as the student, for me as the instructor, and for the Writing and Communication Program as a department.

After talking about the assignment in general, we narrowed in and focused on the self-reflection essay, including the purpose of the essay, guidelines for approaching the essay, and how to best use Mahara to enhance the visual and organizational elements of the essay. I then gave you some time to work with a partner to brainstorm ideas for how to start the self-reflection essay.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Begin drafting self-reflection essay – bring draft of essay to class on Monday, April 24 for peer review
  2. Begin considering which artifacts might be best for your portfolio -outline or brain map which ones you think might fit the requirements for the portfolio and the argument you want to make in your self-reflection essay
  3. Check TSquare to make sure you aren’t missing anything and to make sure all of your grades are accurately represented in the gradebook.
  4. IF YOU COMPLETED THE EXTRA CREDIT BLOG POST: If you have not already, please decide where you want your extra credit points assigned (participation or to replace a previous blog post grade). You must notify Dr. Fitz of your decision no later than April 26. It is possible for extra credit points applied to the Participation category to push your grade above 150/150.

Today is group presentation day!

If you have a Powerpoint, Prezi or other presentation you want me to pull up on the computer, feel free to email it to me or come to the classroom early to set it up.

If you are planning to use your Mahara page to present your materials, use the instructions we discussed in class last Wednesday to submit the “Secret Link” to TSquare (see the PPT on TSquare). If you used a different platform to create your collection, please upload or link to that material, making extra certain I will be able to access it.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Submit 1 copy per team of your propaganda project to TSquare (follow directions to create .zip file and Secret Link for Mahara and submit both; upload video of presentation to TSquare and submit link. Projects must be submitted as one collection).
  2. Complete CATME evaluation of team no later than midnight Monday, April 17
    1. Failure to complete the CATME evaluation will result in a penalty to your collaboration grade on this assignment and could negatively impact your participation grade.
    2. Don’t forget, you will be asked to do a training exercise with fictional students first!
  3. Read assignment sheet for Final Portfolio on TSquare
  4. Bring laptop and final portfolio materials to class on Wednesday

Today is a team work day. You have options but you must MEET AS A TEAM during the 50 minutes of our class (if you do not attend your team meeting, it will count as an absence).

Your options include:

  1. Schedule a team meeting with Dr. Fitz between 8:05-11:55am
  2. Schedule a time to use the sound recording booth in Hall between 8:05-11:55am
  3. Meet in the Homer Rice classroom and work with Alison Valk (she has offered her expertise in a wide range of digital platforms including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, iMovie, and more).
    • Please send Alison an email letting her know if your team plans to work in Homer Rice and if you know of specific issues you are having or want help with, give her a heads up on that too (her contact info is on TSquare ->Announcements)
  4. Meet in another location (multimedia studio, Paper and Clay, Invention Studio, Communication Center, our classroom) and work together as a team

You are welcome to mix and match these options (for example, schedule a meeting with Dr. Fitz at 8:05, then go to Paper and Clay OR schedule a time to meet with a tutor at the Communication Center and then go to the multimedia studio to finish and print your materials). Meetings with me and time in the sound booth will be first come first serve, so plan to sign up ASAP.

Monday is group presentation day. If you have a Powerpoint, Prezi or other presentation you want me to pull up on the computer, feel free to submit it to TSquare no later than 6am on Monday, April 17. If you are planning to use your Mahara page to present your materials, use the instructions we discussed in class to submit the “Secret Link” to TSquare.

Wednesday, April 19 we will begin discussing and working on your final portfolios. Please plan to bring your laptop to class. Have the file with your artifacts, drafts, peer reviews, instructor feedback and reflections handy.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish group propaganda campaign
    • Assemble all artifacts in Mahara to be submitted no later than Monday, April 17 by 11:55 pm (one per team)
  2. Prepare for group presentation of propaganda campaign in class on Monday, April 17
    • Submit any A/V presentation materials to TSquare no later than 6am Monday
  3. Complete CATME evaluation of team after you finish your presentation in class on Monday – due by 11:55pm
  4. Collect materials for final portfolio project for class on Wednesday

For today, we discussed the key elements to successful group presentations and the types of preparation you should consider that differ from preparation for individual presentations.

Then, we watched a clip from the final episode of Season 1 of the 3% on Netflix and discussed the “twist” ending, along with the article you read for today. We discussed the implications of the ending and imagined what the next season of the show might look like and what the “Offshore” might look like as an imagined utopia.

A note about using Mahara and the ways in which you should plan to use the platform to display your propaganda projects. Key points to remember:

  1. One team member should assemble the portfolio and be responsible for turning it in
  2. The way you lay out the materials in Mahara is a part of the presentation: keep visual design and visual rhetoric elements in mind as you begin to assemble your artifacts.
  3. If you have artifacts that exist in non-digital form (such as physical objects, performances), you will need to include a digital representation (photographs, video) in the Mahara portfolio but you can also turn in the physical object after your presentation in class on April 17.

HOMEWORK:

Friday is a team work day. You have options but you must MEET AS A TEAM during the 50 minutes of our class (if you do not attend your team meeting, it will count as an absence).

Your options include:

  1. Schedule a team meeting with Dr. Fitz between 8:05-11:55am
  2. Schedule a time to use the sound recording booth in Hall between 8:05-11:55am
  3. Meet in the Homer Rice classroom and work with Alison Valk (she has offered her expertise in a wide range of digital platforms including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, iMovie, and more)
    • Please send Alison an email letting her know if your team plans to work in Homer Rice and if you know of specific issues you are having or want help with, give her a heads up on that too (her contact info is on TSquare ->Announcements)
  4. Meet in another location (multimedia studio, Paper and Clay, Invention Studio, Communication Center, our classroom) and work together as a team

You are welcome to mix and match these options (for example, schedule a meeting with Dr. Fitz at 8:05, then go to Paper and Clay OR schedule a time to meet with a tutor at the Communication Center and then go to the multimedia studio to finish and print your materials). Meetings with me and time in the sound booth will be first come first serve, so plan to sign up ASAP.

Monday is group presentation day. If you have a Powerpoint, Prezi or other presentation you want me to pull up on the computer, feel free to submit it to TSquare no later than 6am on Monday, April 17. If you are planning to use your Mahara page to present your materials, use the instructions we discussed in class to submit the “Secret Link” to TSquare.

Wednesday, April 19 we will begin discussing and working on your final portfolios. Please plan to bring your laptop to class. Have the file with your artifacts, drafts, peer reviews, instructor feedback and reflections handy.

We have 3D printers in our schools and some might even already own one in their home. We print plastics and more recently metals, but the next step, which has already been breached, is printing food.

Imagine a world years from now that already replaced the manufacturing industry with printers. Global greenhouse gas emissions from livestock had huge consequences, the world population was continuously growing, and malnutrition continued to tear apart third world countries. So they took the next step in the 3D-printing revolution: 3D-printed food.

3D printed Carrots

Carrots printed from a 3D printer.

Every family who can afford a 3D printer owns one, maybe even two or three. They can be found in place of food shelters, and in factories where diverse machinery was once present. And everything is automated; resources are distributed and used more carefully under supervision and regulation, reducing waste but also reducing choice and creativity. Malnutrition can be treated easily with artificial proteins created by the 3D-printers, which is one of the reasons the switch was made, but the machines don’t exist in all the places they need to, and don’t work in all the places where they do. In regions where poverty still rages, the public printers break down from overuse or misuse, and sometimes are left empty of resources to print with.

Where regular 3D printers print with plastics, the "Foodini" uses real food ingredients to create edible products.

Why pay continuously for a chef when you can just buy a printer once? 3D printers replaced chefs in the kitchen, making the cooking process quicker and less wasteful.

In addition to the unsolved hunger and malnutrition in poorer areas, the agriculture industry is dead, along with many other manufacturing jobs that people once held. Farmers are something that only exist in history books, along with chefs and factory workers. Farms are deserted; livestock was banned years ago because of the mounting implications on the earth’s climate, and it’s pointless to put labor into a crop that can now be artificially created by a printer for less money and more convenience. Unrest is increasing in and about poverty-ridden areas; if they can’t print their food and farms are non-existent then they literally have nothing to eat. But these are problems of people that remain mostly unheard. While it was argued in the beginning that the switch would help them, it was in part for them, the printing revolution has moved away and beyond that now.

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Factories are left empty, as products can now be manufactured locally or even in homes from 3D printers.

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Farmland is left unusable by the changing climate and replaced by the printing industry.

With a focus on the good things: the fewer wasted materials and resources, longer life spans due to easily replaced product parts, less transport, and fewer unsold products, it seems reasonable, even a good idea then to advance printing once again. It was a quick transition from printing plastics to metals and from metals to food and artificial proteins, so why not take it one step further? Imagine the possibilities if we began to print living tissue. Imagine all the people it could help, how many lives it could make better. If only it would help the people that need it most.

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No ear? No problem. Just print yourself another.