Come to Katie's office hrs: TTh 2-3 for pep talks!
Learning specialists interested in how some technologies used well might open up learning as this sort of fun develop so-called constructionist pedagogies. The MIT Media Lab’s “lifelong kindergarden” group are people who work with learning as a form of play. Making things, making ideas, making connections and patterns, enjoying these with others, these are all elements in constructionist ideas about learning. Physically getting up and moving around, talking passionately with other students, enjoying the not-quite-under-control elements of communication and thinking and coming up with something new. Our class conferences are ways of putting constructionist learning into action in our class, as are the web posters, our uses of web actions, and even the paper handouts.
BUT NOTICE THAT HOW THE POSTER LOOKS -- FANCY OR NOT -- IS MUCH LESS IMPORTANT THAN HOW WELL IT TELLS US THE RESULTS OF YOUR WEB RESEARCH AND HOW YOU ACCOMPLISHED THIS!!
Crafty posters on poster board with fabulous research contents will get better grades than the nicest electronic poster with sketchy content. If you don't already know how to do fancy electronic posters, then don't use your time learning how now. Do a simple poster demonstrating excellent research practices and outcomes that work with the messy interests in how feminisms name themselves and others, why, and in what forms.
You can use powerpoint to create a single poster frame, as a graphics package, BUT A POWERPOINT SLIDE SHOW WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE!
And if you do do something electronic, you must bring a print out of it -- do it cheap! -- to share, or bring YOUR OWN LAPTOP to show it on using wireless. You cannot use the class projector, or computer, or Katie's laptop.