syllabus: paper 1.


Unit One- Paper #1: Weblogs: What's the Use?
∑ Assigned Sept. 5. Due Oct. 3.

Situation: Teachers are always teaching students skills they were not taught, and teach how to use tools they did not/have not used.
For this assignment, the whole class will test, read about, and make an evaluation of and recommendations for using (or not using) one possible tool for teaching and learning in the 21st century: the weblog.

Audience/Purpose: Teachers will want to know the following things- so answer some/all of the following questions:
Reflecting on the usefulness of blogging. Did it further brainstorming? Did it aid in clarifying the material being read and discussed in class? Did it foster collaboration? Did encourage sharing ideas or did it inhibit writing and thinking because of the public nature of the writing? Are weblogs something that shouldn't be "assigned"- do they lose their appeal and become just another school task? Filter-blogs are similar to keeping note-cards- is this style more appropriate for school than journal-style? Are students motivated to write in weblogs? Do they become more confident as writers? Are students motivated to read when weblogs are assigned as the course reading material? Do students become better writers?

Product: Take the material you read about blogs, your experience as a reader of blogs, and your experience writing them and write an essay in which you A) evaluate the potential of weblogs for education, B) recommend to me (someone interested in weblogging) specific uses (or non-specific uses) for weblogging.
Do not, however, limit yourself to thinking about the uses just for this class- a composition class. Try using your blog or various blogs for other classes, and consider the general potential for blogs in education. Imagine future uses of them.


 my information.

"Assembling a Toolkit for 21st Century Literacy"
[a.k.a. English Composition 110]
Instructor: Sybil Priebe
Office: Minard Hall 322B Office Number: 231-7154
Class Hrs: 8-9:15 am/9:30-10:45 am Tuesdays and Thursdays

Office Hrs: 12:30-1:30 pm T/R,
4- 5 pm Wednesdays

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