Week 5: Is technology simplifying our world, or making it more complex?

I hope our peer critique exercise helped you with your video narratives. I couldn’t hear the audio, but I could see that most of your videos are starting to come together. Now that we’re in the home stretch for Unit #1, you should be completing the following tasks:

  • Consider asking friends, family, and roommates to review the draft of your video narrative. If you’d like to have them replicate our in-class peer critique session, you can find a copy of the review form in our class’s shared folder on Google Drive.
  • After making any necessary changes to your script, record the final version of your narration. I recommend using the soundproof booth in the InnovationSpace.
  • Adjust the timing and sequencing of your images and video clips based on the feedback you received from your classmates.
  • Make sure your video includes a title at the beginning and a “credits” section at the end, where you can thank everyone whose work you’re building upon.
  • When you are finished with your video, export it so it will play on any computer. Depending on the software you’re using, you should end up with a file that has one of these extensions: .mp4, .mpeg, .avi, .wmv, or .mov. Remember to export your video using the highest quality settings available. You may also want to review YouTube’s guidelines before you export your video.
  • Place your video, your written script, and any other relevant materials into your shared Google Drive folder, then upload a copy of your finished video to YouTube. (You can login to YouTube with the same username/password you use for Google Drive.)

Next week, we’ll wrap up Unit #1 and start thinking about our second big project. Here’s how we’ll spend our time in class:

  • Before you come to class on Tuesday, please read Chapter 4 in Program or Be Programmed and “Automation Makes Us Dumb,” by Nicholas Carr. When you come to class, be ready to engage in a vigorous discussion about what you’ve read and written over the weekend. (That means taking some notes, highlighting passages you want to discuss, and forming an opinion about these readings.)
  • On Thursday, your video narrative is due before you arrive in class. To submit your project, please follow the instructions on the assignment sheet. In class, I will introduce our second major assignment, the Slide Deck Redesign, and we will begin exploring this genre of digital writing.

If you have questions about these plans, please let me know. Otherwise, I’ll see you in class on Tuesday. Have a great weekend!