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.

Craft a question about the Khan Academy

This assignment has two purposes -- to introduce you to Sal Khan and the Khan Academy and to get you to think about good questions.

Watch this TED Talk by Sal Khan of the Khan Academy.

After watching it, formulate a question that a teacher might ask a class about the talk. Try to come up with a question that would get the class thinking or stimulate discussion -- it should not be something trivial like a fact that could be looked up in the talk transcript or using a search engine. Make sure it is a question that you could answer intelligently.

When you have crafted a carefully worded question, print it out to turn in.

Link to topic module

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Simple blog post

In a previous assignment, you answered a question on a talk by Michael Wesch. Post your revised, well-written answer to that question on your blog. (Be sure to state which of the three questions you are answering).

Print and turn in a screen shot of your blog post.

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The Twitter user interface

This assignment has two purposes -- to familiarize you with the Twitter user interface and to provide collaborative writing experience.


The Twitter user interface has nine links (A-I above). Experiment with and write a short description of what each is used for.

Your answer should be a document that describes each letter and its function.

Post your document on Google Drive then post a link to it in our class Google Plus community. Note that you should post it in the "Twitter user interface" category. (Only one team member should post the link). Be sure to share your document publically readable so others can see it.

Print a copy of your document and the link to it in the class community to turn in.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

A quick ISP competition survey

This assignment has two purposes. It will enable you to see what your ISP alternatives are and it will let us see what the competitive situation is like for the entire class.

Find out who your home ISP is and also find out which of the three large ISPs (AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Verizon) offer service to your address.

Print and turn in the pages showing whether each of those ISPs offer service in your area. (Note that, if FIOS is not available, Verizon does not say so -- they try to sell you a DSL link).

Then complete the ISP survey at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10NJDJjkwBhSDywB3r0EzfwYzuPOIJWoykFK44qB1_xs/viewform

Print your completed form to turn in.

Monday, November 11, 2013

About CIS 275

The purpose of this assignment is to give you practice working with a group with different skills and hopefully come up with some cool content.

This is a team contest. (If you have forgotten which team you are on, check the slides in class discussion week 5). The teams are fairly large, so each should have people who are good with image editing, writing and creative ideas.

Your assignment is to create a blog post that would help a CSUDH student who is trying to decide whether to take CIS 275 next semester and wants to know what it is like. For example, you might explain and illustrate:
  • An implication of the Internet for individuals, organizations or society/li>
  • The most interesting, useful or fun concept or skill that you learned in this class
  • Our class tagline "Internet applications, implications and technology"
  • Any other characteristic of the class that you think would be of interest to a perspective student
When your team entry is complete, post it on the blog of one of your team members and post a link to it in our Google Plus community in the category About CIS 275.

Your post must contain at least one original image and explanatory text.

This is an extra credit contest -- members of the winning team will get 8 assignment points. The other folks will get fewer, but everyone will get some.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Image alignment and resizing using PowerPoint

In a previous assignment, you create three images.

Combine those three into a single, perfectly aligned image as shown below:


My advice would be to create the combined image using PowerPoint, which makes it easy to resize and align images exactly. Once you have the PoweerPoint slide, display it full screen and record a screen shot to create the final, composite image.

Post that image on your blog and turn in a printout of the blog post. (If you do this with a partner, put the image on both of your blogs, but only turn in one copy of the composite image).

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wisdom of the crowd

Internet applications frequently rely on voting -- the wisdom of the crowd -- to make decisions or rank items.

We've had three contests, one for best Google Plus community logo, one for best Google Plus post that is relevant to our class and one best general interest Google Plus post.

Your assignment is to review the entries and vote (+1) for the one you like best in each category. You only get three votes -- one in each category.

Also, add a comment to at least one of your choices stating the reason you picked it -- make it a bit of a sales pitch,

Print your three votes and comment or comments to turn in.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Using our Google community

This assignment illustrates use of a community and will hopefully turn up some neat items.

You will share two Google Plus posts with our CIS 275 class community.

First, find and share a post on something that is relevant to this class -- something dealing with Internet applications, implications or technology. Be sure to add a short comment saying why you chose it -- how it ties into our class.

Second, find and share something of interest to people in the class in general. It does not have to have anything to do with the Internet. It could be a joke, a song, a picture, a political article -- anything that you think your classmates would appreciate.

Note that I have created post categories for this assignment: "Recommended CIS 275 posts" and "Recommended general posts." Be sure to put yours in the correct group.

Print your two contributions to turn in.

There will be extra credit for the posts the class likes best.

Prerequisite assignment
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Comment on a dynamic document

The Greek philosopher Socrates did not like that new fangled invention, writing. He worried that it diminished our ability to memorize and also lead us to trust and subjectively interpret static, dead documents rather than engage in dynamic conversation. (Ironically, his student, Plato, wrote down what he said).

But, Socrates did not foresee the Internet. Internet documents can be dynamic -- edited, discussed and commented upon by both the original author and others. They can be a starting point for conversation and elaboration.

We have coauthored a document on Michael Wesch's views on the role of classroom architecture and questions in education.

The next phase of our collaborative writing assignment is to comment upon what you and others have written.

Start by reading and reflecting upon your classmate's contributions.

Add one relevant, thoughtful comment to the document. I don't know what form those comments may take -- a personal anecdote, disagreement with something someone said, a new idea triggered by what someone said, a question for someone, a link to another post, image or video, a suggested revision or correction to the writing, etc.

Place your comment directly on the document using the insert>comment command in the Google Doc word processor.

(You can blow this assignment off by posting the first thing that pops into your mind on the first contribution you read or you can do something thoughtful, sincere and proper. Your call.)

Print and turn in a screenshot showing the contribution you commented upon along with your comment.

Link to topic module
Prerequisite assignment