In addition to the assignments below, each student is required to leadone 5-minute discussions on a technology news issue (one each). The discussions will occur during the first 5 minutes of each class period. Go to the Presentation Schedule for your assigned dates.
You will have several short, written assignments that you will provide on your personal blog. To set up your blog, follow the instructions below:
Assignment 1: Due Jan. 21 - Introduce Yourself - write a short paragraph detailing your major, year, your experience with technology, and your reason for taking the class. Feel free to add information about hobbies and interests. Email Cindy (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the address of your blog (i.e. cindyroyal.blogspot.com).
Assignment 2: Due Feb. 7 - What is technology? Find a common definition and then elaborate on the meaning of technology in your life.
Assignment 3: Due Feb. 16 - What role do the technologies discussed (print, radio, phone, TV) play in your life?
Assignment 4: Due Feb. 28 - Review Wired Mag online - look through archive by cover; What is your impression of Wired?; what is its purpose?; who is its target market?
CANCELED: Assignment 5: Due March 2 - Assign 5: List three favorite Web sites and why?
Assignment 6: Due March 4 - Search engine exercise – search out an assigned topic; explain your search strategy, search engines used, sites visited. Explain any false starts or problems encountered. Topics will be assigned in class.
Assignment 7: Due March 11 - Pick a Web site that provides news or reference information and assess for crediblity using the resources addressed in class.
Assignment 8: Due March 30 -How is your identity constructed by technology? How does your identity (race, gender, etc.) construct your relationship with technology?
Assignment 9: Due April 8 - How do you feel about music sharing? How does it effect the consumer, the recording industry, and the artists?
Assignment 10: Due April 27- What is the difference between open source and free software? How do you feel about the open source movement? What are the benefits and disadvantages?
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