Directions for 5/4/15
- Proofread your first reflection post.
Reflection was due today before class. If you are behind, get it submitted immediately.
I would suggest reading your post aloud to yourself or a partner. This is a great way to catch mistakes you might miss when reading in your head.
Focus on grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization
- Add to your reflection.
In the majority of cases, you should be able to add more content to your reflection. Imagine you are reading the reflection as someone that knows nothing about the topic. Is there anything you should explain more thoroughly to that person? Is there anything they might be confused by?
Were there any other questions that the video made you wonder about? Research those questions and add that information in.
- Read classmates' reflections
You can find the full list of TEDxWOHS blogs here.
Read 4 or 5 of your classmates' blogs. Don't just read your friends' blogs, read someone else's too.
What did they do that you really liked? What did their reflection make you think about? Tell them these things in a comment. Comments shouldn't just be "Great work," they should be questions or comments to spark a conversation. Ask for clarification on something if you're confused by it. Add a new or different idea into the discussion. Give a different viewpoint. A great comment is one that the author will want to reply back to!
Do NOT comment on grammar or spelling issues. I will work with students on those. You should focus on the content of your classmates' posts.
- Think about your mini-presentations.
We are starting mini-presentations this week. Each of you will give two mini-presentations, each on one of the Talks you're studying. Ideally, half of the class will present this week, the other half next week, then repeat. So, think about what you might want to share with the class about your video. This can be similar content to your reflection, but needs to be presented, not just read aloud. Also, consider what 30 to 45 second clip of the video you would share as part of that presentation. What would you need to explain to your classmates before showing that clip so they'd understand?
I will be setting up a schedule for mini-presentations today.
- Watch your next Talk.
If, and only if, you get through all of the above, you can start working on your next reflection. You probably won't have time for that though.