Upcoming blog deadlines.

I hope everyone is having a great spring break. This is just a quick reminder:

(1) By 9PM on Sunday, March 16 you should post a teaser for your interview project to the class blog. This should give your classmates a good idea what you’re up to. If you’ve run into any significant problems and want help troubleshooting them, feel free to include a paragraph of questions/concerns alongside your excerpt. If you’re working with sound, I strongly recommend creating an account and using Soundcloud to share your work (if you plan to do this, I recommend making an account sooner rather than later—even if you don’t have anything to share yet).

(1b) Comments aren’t required this week. But do take a look at your classmates’ posts before Tuesday’s class. If you have an awesome idea that might help someone out, take 2 minutes to post it.

(2) Each of you should post your third (and final required) affinity group blog post by 9PM on Sunday, March 23rd. This is an extension of the deadline that’s on your original assignment sheet. As usual, this can be on any subject/question/event/idea related to your semester-long project. After these posts go up, you’ll have about a week to do some final commenting and clean up any ragged website design edges.


3 thoughts on “Upcoming blog deadlines.

  1. I walk into the large but inconspicuous office building on a windy, overcast Wednesday morning. I hop in the elevator and head up to the KaBOOM! headquarters, something I did every morning for three months last summer, but this time with a different purpose. Still shivering in my not-so-weather-friendly short-sleeved blouse, the doors open on the first floor and I am greeted by a photo of a young child playing on a playground that takes up the entire wall opposite the elevator. “KaBOOM!” is spelled out in huge white letters on an orange and purple background. To the right are two glass doors, so anyone who walks by could peek in and get a glimpse of the playful office. The floors are covered in chalk drawings drawn by actual kids, and the walls are shades of bright purple, orange and yellow. Each conference room has a playground-friendly name, such as The Sandbox and Hide and Seek.

  2. Meet the students
    Five college students sit in the room, draped on the cheap furniture of the Panther hall suites. The smell of Chinese hits me in the face as I enter, the source lying half-eaten on the table in front of them. Each of them look tired, but there’s a sharp energy that runs beneath which even a busy school week cannot kill. I get a smile as I enter, and they all look prepared to answer questions. They have asked to remain anonymous, and I understand. Most of them tend towards blunt honesty in general, but the questions I will be asking demand it. I move towards the only chair open, one made of bungee cords, and throw the leather jacket onto the ground- not every student lives in this dorm.
    The first question I asked them was to identify their major:
    • J is Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • M is Undeclared, but moving to Chemistry
    • A is a Russian and (probably) Computer Science major
    • S is an English Literature major
    • K is in Microbiology
    Of course, this should have been an easy question to answer, but they all start to drift off as the others speak and I can tell my plan to have an honest but professional atmosphere was a far off dream.

    I’m not sure about the tone I’m using. I want it to be casual, but detailed. Also, I feel like I should set the scene more and maybe describe the people a bit (enough to keep it anonymous still).

  3. When did the bullying start for the Columbine High boys? Or the 18 year old, Jesse Logan, whose ex-boyfriend sent nude photographs of Jesse around the school ultimately leading her to hang herself in her bedroom two months later. Jesse’s mother never knew the extent of her daughter’s bullying and was extremely upset as school officials were aware of harassment but did nothing to stop it. Schools keep trying to educate their students about the perils of bullying, teaching fellow students, providing resources for teachers to be able to earlier identify targets of bullying, and alerting school counselors to help to identify and support those who are feeling alienated. For example, stopbullying.gov informs teachers and bus drivers which types of students might be at risk for bullying, details explaining cyber bullying, bullying prevention activities, and how to respond to bullies. Another website, preventbullying.org, provides elementary school teachers with a specific program called the Steps to Respect. The Steps to Respect program is an 11-skill program that provides teachers with readymade lesson plans, posters, literature, and family handouts. These programs theoretically should help to ease these issues but more and more stories are reported in the news.

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