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:
One team member should assemble the portfolio and be responsible for turning it in
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.
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.
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:
Schedule a team meeting with Dr. Fitz between 8:05-11:55am
Schedule a time to use the sound recording booth in Hall between 8:05-11:55am
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)
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.
Your movie posters and blurbs will now be due on Friday, March 31 and we will hold our mock poster session in class. An updated version of the syllabus for the remaining 4.5 weeks of class is coming soon.
For the next 4 class periods, our class will be engaged in a mock academic conference. Each student will present the key points of their research project to the rest of the class (a knowledgeable audience on YA dystopian fiction) in a 6-8 minute presentations.