Final Presentation Schedule

Our schedule for final presentations. Reminders: we’ll have a class workshop on prepping for presentations and the dynamics of visuals for presentations. Also, don’t forget UMW’s own Speaking Center, which is an excellent resource for preparation, feedback, and help with issues of speaking anxiety (as is UMW’s own Talley Center for Counseling Services, which also has helped many students.) Note: students who visit the Speaking Center this semester will receive extra credit towards participation for the course!

Guidelines for the presentation assignment can be found at our Assignments Page.

Wednesday, 11/19

1. Page L.
2. Michael T.
3. Carla M.

Friday, 11/21

4. Morgan L.
5. Brittany H.
6. Taylor O.

Monday 11/24

7. Marleigh Eure
8. Hannah Galbraith
9. Alec Turner

Monday, 12/1
10. Meghan F.
11. Heidi S.
12. Laurabeth D.

Wednesday 12/3

13. Julia R.

Schedule & Deadline Change

Our schedule for this week and our deadline for the Grant Proposal Revision has been tweaked. Here’s the update:

Monday 10/20 – Grant Proposal Due

Wed 10 / 22 – Workshop

Fri 10/24 – Open Office Hour: Come to pick up grant proposal 1st drafts, stay if you’d like to discuss them. The grant proposal revision deadline is pushed back until the Wednesday of next week.

Next week — same schedule as syllabus, except that OUR GRANT PROPOSAL REVISION WILL BE DUE ON WEDNESDAY (instead of this current Friday.)

Blogging: Week 5 Check-In

Children playing with toys, B+WWe’ve just finished Week 5 of the semester, and also our fourth blog post for the semester. This seems like a good time to pause and check-in with a refresher on that aspect of our course, it’s aims, and also to provide feedback. So in addition to having your Oral Interview papers returned on Monday, I’ll also be providing a note on your progress on blogging in my comments there too. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, some tips on Blogging for the course:

BRAINSTORMING. Blogging is aimed at helping you develop your thinking on projects that we’re doing this semester. It’s a place for brainstorming and thinking out loud, for experimenting with ideas and working approaches to problems in projects.

DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT. Don’t forget that in addition to blogging, all students should be commenting on at least one other blog post every week that we have a blog post due. Feedback is one of the most useful elements of the blogging process. (Comments are due the Sunday event after that week’s blog post.)

–  STILL STUCK? Write a letter to yourself about the project you’re working on, the issue you’re thinking through, the problem you’re trying to solve. That’s a good place to start…

Still have Q’s? See our Assignment Page for more and if questions remain, please contact your professor.

Image: “Spelende kinderen / Children playing with toys,” The Netherlands, 1958 – Nationaal Archief. Via Flickr Commons. Link. [Accessed 27 Sept 2014]


A Kung-Fu Grip Research Workshop (9/24)

Our workshop tomorrow will transcend this particular toy (Hasbro’s 1974 GI Joe with the Kung-Fu Grip). But we’ll be digging into exactly how to find such advertisements, as well as valuable texts, images, and more as you begin to define your research projects.

For a preview, see this link to the online resources we’ll be covering. And keep meditating about possibilities that match “do-ability” with inspiration…

p.s. Don’t forget to bring your computers, with Zotero ready to roll!

Video: “Hasbro, G.I. Joe with Kung Fu Grip, 1970s” via Internet Archive (Duke University Libraries) – Link.

Blog Post Deadline Extended Til 5 pm Saturday (8/30)

The headline says it all — as announced in class on Wednesday, our deadline for the self-intro blog post is extended from Friday at 5 pm until Saturday at 5 pm.

Don’t forget to stay caught up on our first reading for Monday though! We’re starting in with our first discussion in reading Chapters 1 & 2 of Gary Cross’s Kids’ Stuff: Toys and the Changing World of American Childhood, specifically pp. 1-49. For our reading discussions, we also will have two students chosen randomly to help lead discussion — for tips on how to prepare for this role, see “How to Lead Discussion” at our Resources Page.

Note that we also have a Reading Guide for the Gary Cross readings at our Online Readings page to help you as you read his book.

Image: Speelgoed takelwagen van “Dinky Toys”. Made by Meccano, Ltd. (1954-1957)Museum Rotterdam. Link

Join the Twitter Course Gab…


Playing with project ideas? Running into a glitch as you try out blogging? Feel free to tweet away… We’ve got a hashtag set up for the course that you can add to a tweet so that others in the class, including Prof. Fernsebner, can find it:


So tweet away! BTW, folks who tweet in an engaged fashion for the course can also earn extra credit towards participation. It’s also a great way to begin to join a conversation with a broader community of creative folks here at UMW…

Need help sorting tweets? Check out this run down of app’s that can create columns, sort different twitter accounts for you (want one for school / professional, and one for personal, etc.? Some of these can run two different twit accounts at a time for you.) — review link. Plug in and start networking!

Image: Kids on the playground at the Jewish Educational Center (1946). St. Paul, MN. St. Paul Jewish Community Center Collection. Via Flickr Commons [accessed 8/28/2014]. Link.

Prep for Wednesday: Bring a Computer!

4857051395_3902c48340_mHello All,

Our Wednesday and Friday meetings this week are in room 407 of the ITCC building.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO BRING A LAPTOP COMPUTER, as noted on our course syllabus. You’ll need to bring one along on both days.

Note: if you don’t have a laptop computer, please drop Prof. Fernsebner an email as soon as possible.

Our reading for Wednesday, as mentioned in class, can now be found at the “Tech How-To” page on the course website (for Wednesday, no need to go to the “Online Readings” page.) This will help you prepare to choose a domain name as we get you set up with a domain and blog on Wednesday for your own digital portfolio, with help from Mr. Ryan Brazell, Instructional Technology Specialist.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email.

See you at the ITCC!

– Dr. Fernsebner

Image via Pascal on Flickr Commons (Link) – Creative Commons License 2.0