Songhai Concepts

Media Literacy/Digital Archiving Instructor

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Google Homepage: Your Desktop Anywhere

All students should have the following applications on their personalized Google Homepage: Google Reader (for blog subscriptions), Google Docs and Spreadsheets (for dictation, autobiographical and other written assignments), wikipedia (for encyclopedic knowledge), MapMyWord Dictionary (for linguistics and definitions), Google Maps (for geographic and cartographic studies) and at least one news feed.

Google Calendar appears by default on your Google Homepage. You do not need to add it. Remember, all students are required to enter all school assignments in Google Calendar. Please share your calendar with your parents or guardians.

Remember, The Blog Watch Show (episode # 2) is due on Friday, February 2, 2007. For episode #2 you must review the blogs of three different students this time and once again, review Wesley Fryer's blog, Moving at the Speed of Creativity.

I expect all students to get more in depth with their blog reviews this time around. Please, no shallow, superficial reports. "Her blog looks nice" is not acceptable. Instead, I want you to tell me how well did your classmate write his/her report? Do you agree/disagree with his/her position on the subject? Was the writer wordy? Was the writer thorough or did the writer leave you wanting more information ?

Talk to your subjects and use direct quotes in your interviews. You are also encouraged to invite students to be in studio guests. In other words, two, three or four of you may record episode #2 together.
Keep in mind, we will keep up with this activity, changing subjects as we go, for the remainder of the school year.

See me if you have questions.

H. Songhai


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