Monday, March 14, 2016

Online discussion

You watched a video interview of Sal Khan and I asked you to formulate a discussion question on the video. You posted those questions in our class community under the topic "Questions for Sal Khan."

For this assignment, pick one of those questions -- not your own -- and answer/discuss it. Post your answer online as a comment on the original question.

Also print out the question and your answer/discussion to turn in.

Link to topic module

Monday, September 28, 2015

Presentation assessment

You have created presentations on some Internet application, implication or technology.

The assignment was intended to get you thinking about an effective presentation style for teaching and to explain a topic of interest to the class.

Now you will rate the presentations by giving them "plus 1" in our Google Community.

You each have two votes, one for most effective teaching document and one for the topic you find most interesting.

You cannot give both votes to the same presentation and you cannot vote for your own group.

Give a "Plus 1" for the two you want to vote for.

When you have voted, print out a screen shot showing your Plus ones to turn in and briefly explain why you selected the presentations you chose.

Link to Topic Module

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Collaborate on a document

I have combined your answers to questions about the Wesch video into this draft of a jointly created document.

Our goal is to provide a polished version of the draft -- a document that would be of interest to someone just beginning his or her studies. Your assignment is to collaboratively polish and improve the document. We will do that by adding comments to the draft suggesting changes. Your asssignment is to add two helpful suggestions for improving the draft.

When you have made your suggestion, make a screen shot of the document showing your suggestion and turn that in. (If it is unclear, show which is your suggestion).

Note that improvements can take many forms -- simple things like correcting a spelling or grammar error or more substantive changes like adding text or an illustrative image, rewording or expanding on something in the draft, etc.

Link to topic module

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Application, implication or technology presentation

Our class covers Internet applications, implications and technology. Your assignment is to pick a single application, implication or technology and create a short presentation that teaches about it.

The target audience for the presentation is your CIS 275 classmates -- not techies. It should be self-contained, with adequate notes on the slides, but feel free to include links for further study if the reader becomes interested. Think of it as being roughly the equivalent of a section in a textbook.

The end product is a presentation file with slides and enough notes to stand on its own -- as a document to be read and studied, not the slides for a talk. (You will not be giving a presentation, just preparing the document).

Feel free to copy my presentation style -- a relatively simple slide with text annotation and sometimes questions for thought (those little stop signs) or pick a style you think works better.

Use Slides, the Google Drive presentation program, for this assignment. When you have a presentation that you have all worked on and are proud of, print a copy to turn in along with the document's Google Drive address (its URL).

This assignment will count double and there will be bonus credit for the best ones.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Looking for a good question

Questions are more important in education than answers.

Read this blog post on projects to provide Internet connectivity at any point on the Earth.

Your assignment is to come up with a question after reading the post.

It should not be a simple factual question that can be answered by reading the post or a simple Google search and you are not expected to be able to answer the question.

Do not blow this assignment off by asking the first question that pops into your mind -- try to ask an interesting question.

Type your question to turn in -- also indicate whether it deals with Internet applications, implications or technology.

Link to topic module

Monday, September 8, 2014

Under the hood of a survey application

The purpose of this assignment is to reinforce your understanding of the information flow between a client and server on the Internet and the functional components of a computer. It also gives you practice writing a short document (collaboratively if this is a team assignment).

Now that you have completed the student background survey, write carefully worded answers to these questions:
  1. What program was I running when I made up and entered the survey questions?
  2. After I finished drafting the survey, where was it stored?
  3. While you were completing the questionnaire, what program were you running?
  4. After you completed the survey, where were your answers stored?
  5. While you were completing the survey, where was the survey-completion program?
Be specific and be sure to use the words client, server, memory, storage, program and data when appropriate. For example, don't just say something is stored at "Survey Gizmo" -- be more specific.

Use the Google Drive word processor (docs) for this assignment. When you have a clearly written answer that you are proud of, print a copy to turn in along with the document's Google Drive address (its URL).

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Do you get enough back in return for your privacy?

The purpose of this assignment is to get you thinking about Internet privacy and its costs and benefits. It will also give you practice writing a short, Internet document and, if you do it with a partner, with collaborative writing.

Watch these videos:
Then write a short document that:
  1. Summarizes in a sentence or two and links to the CBS video.
  2. Summarizes in a sentence or two and links to the Google videos.
  3. States your view on the issue -- do you get enough back in return for giving up aspects of your privacy?
Don't forget to include the links -- assume the reader is online.

Print the document to turn in.

Link to topic module on Internet privacy
Link to topic module on writing short documents


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

UCLA learning behaviors survey

The purpose of this assignment is to focus your attention on learning behaviors that have been found to correlate with academic success by UCLA researchers. It also illustrates an online survey application and gives you practice with Internet writing.

Complete this learning behaviors survey. Don't rush -- really think about your answers.

When you have finished, print a screen shot showing your responses and submit the form.

I will not pay a bit of attention to your particular responses -- the purpose is to help you look at your own learning behaviors.

Next, write answers to these questions, written using the Google Drive word processor
  1. Which of these learning behaviors is easiest for you?
  2. Which of these learning behaviors is hardest for you?
  3. Which new one, if any, are you willing to try this semester?

Print the answer using the print command in the Google word processing program and turn it in.

Link to topic module
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The UCLA survey covers many other characteristics of freshman students -- for more information, see this blog post.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Create a simple databse

This assignment will introduces an online database service, Zoho Creator.

Start by signing up for a 15-day free trial, which includes all of the premium features or a limited Forever Free account, which is sufficient for this assignment.

Your assignment is to create a simple database with at least one form with at least three types of field and one report. Add at least three records to your database and print copies of the form and the report showing at least three records to turn in.

The database can be for any application you choose, but, if you do not have any better idea, you can implement the sample animal database we demonstrated in class:


When your database is finished add a date field to the form then add a new record, entering your name instead of a date. What happened when you entered your name in a date field?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Crowd sourcing -- best Twitter reference sheet

You created reference sheets for the Twitter user interface and posted them to our class community on Google Plus. Review the various reference sheets and vote (+1) for the one you think is the most useful. Also post a short statement saying why you chose the one you did. The best reference sheets will get extra credit.

You can not vote for your own post.

Print out your post to turn in.