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