Monday, June 25, 2012

Fun in the Summer Sun ... Intellectual Style

Beach ReadingToday is kick-off day ... the Great Summer 2012 Independent Study has begun!  My kids are at a camp each morning this week, my early morning run is done, and here I sit ready to work.  My type-A, organized self jumped right into the pool waters of work by ... making a plan for my work!  (I can see my good friend and fellow planner Jennifer nodding her head and laughing ...)  So, here is my plan ...

MargaritaReading and Reflecting:  Read four new media texts and reflect here about each of them (I actually have already started this -- see my first book reflection).  I have ordered the texts I am considering from ODU's wonderful inter-library loan, so I will finalize my choices when the books arrive.

Sand CastleProduction:  Create my own website that represents me professionally and as a scholar and brings together the different sites I create and use with my teaching.  Here is what I need to do ...
  • Finalize my multimodal assignment on my Google Site for my Introduction to Genres class
  • Create my site for my AP English class
    • Learn how to use BuddyPress and set up my class discussions
    • Create an Othello page to house the acting assignment, including the introductory video I made at DMAC
    • Apply Susan Delagrange's rhetorical theory of wonder to this site by ...
      • Creating custom rotating header images so the site has a randomness that generates curiosity
      • Link resources within these custom images to create a chance for students to navigate on their own pathways and direct their own learning
      • Think about how to make the overall design less print-layout driven
      • Think about how to add "cognitive weight" to my links
      • Set up the overall skeleton structure of the site so that I can add to it with my students so they can be co-creators of our online classroom
(By the way, I used my coding knowledge to: add custom sizing to my first picture which for some reason did not have any height and width coding originally, resize my second and third pictures, and adjust the right-hand border of my pictures so the bullets did not smush up against the sand castle picture and the borders were consistent on all.)

Image sources:
"Beach Reading"
"Another Sand Castle"

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