Web Log: Explanation, Goals and Assignment
The web log or "blog" assignment helps you experience the blogging process. A blog is a kind of online journal or column about a specific topic or issue that interests you. The blog allows you to speak your mind to others about what you feel is important. In doing so, you present yourself to the world in particular ways that often merit some analysis after you have created a body of writing. To explore the assignment, click on the Blogger logo below.
Deep Poster: Model and Assignment
The "deep poster" is a tool for making presentations of substantial content online. Using both internal and external links, well-designed deep posters provide rich and dynamic information on a specific topic, issue, or
concern. Click the cartoon below to see a model deep poster.
The Thirty Second Candidate
The Thirty Second Candidate is an interactive teaching unit from the Public Broadcasting System. It is a fascinating tutorial in how the 30 second spot came into existence, and how the concept has developed over time. The site allows you to "construct" a spot of your own. This site is worth visiting for insight into the practice of campaign message making.
This site provides a useful abstract of most popular internet search engines. You get a quick and handy reference regarding how to structure the best searches using each.
Internet Detective: An interactive tutorial on evaluating the quality of Internet resources
Not everything on the internet is necessarily accurate or authoritative. If you are doing research using the web, you must assess the material you find there--this is a job you typically don't have to do using reference material in a university library. I recommend you take a few minutes and work through the tutorials here. This site is well designed and easy to use.
The aim of SIMILE is to provide a venue for scholarly articles which will bridge the subject areas of information literacy and media literacy. The journal is wide-ranging in topics from analysis of popular culture (e.g. Homer Simpson explains our postmodern identity crisis, whether we like it or not: Media literacy after "The Simpsons") to studies in instructional communication (Storied lives, dialog - retro-reflections: Melding Critical Multicultural Education and Critical Race Theory for pedagogical transformation). This is an interesting journal of high quality research. Freely available issues end with May 2009.