Monday, May 5, 2014

AP Lit: Discovery Phase & Moving Into Empathy Phase

We are knee deep in discovery phase of DEEP DT.   We have another day of this before the big transition into Empathy and then into Experimentation.  

On Thursday and Friday, folks used Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row" as an inroads to understanding Watchmen and uncovering some of the layers we may want to include in our installation.

This lead into Monday and a serious round of What/How/Why.

Period 2B kicked things off by identifying repeated images, colors, words, shapes, objects in Watchmen.

From there we used colored post-it notes to identify those repeated images and items that triggered something.  That got the brain going.

 Then we moved those points of discussion over to the cabinet.

During Period 3, Noah captured this work in the moving image.

Also, new Silhouette cut printer.  Sweet.

This sent us in pairs or solo to doing the How & Why portion of the program.

Folks used a combination of analog & digital means to document their thinking.  We are using Realtime Board to collaborate within each classroom.  I'm working on making sure everyone can at least see the other boards involved.  (Putting in multiple e-mail addresses on Realtime Board is a bit of  pain. )

During Period 3B, we discussed the possibilities of the installation and the angle to take.  After some vigorous thinking and discussing, we came to a non-conclusion that it was important to remember that not every student in the building will have read the book and we will want them to find meaning and engagement no matter.  

We discussed the possibility of separate strands .. a book strand and a life strand .. that mirror one another in intent and concept, but are separate.  We also discussed the possibility of just going with a life strand -- focusing on the application of the text's ideas to students' realities -- and we discussed working the text into the background and underlayment of the Watchmen text.

What's certain?

On Tuesday, Period 3G will be looking over the concepts uncovered by the other two classes, delving more deeply into the why, and determining a strategy for understanding the user's perspective as we move into empathy phase, knowing that we can always continue a return to discovery phase and that experiment phases will undoubtedly open up some new ideas.


Blog: 3+ Posts
Req'd Posts: 2 Req'd Posts This Week: Both on Watchmen
1. Empathy.  (Counts as a connection.)
Develop a short 3 to 4 question survey to conduct amongst the general population of Mt. Blue Campus in hopes of determining what sort of installation would achieve your intended goals.  Conduct the survey with at least three people - one of whom must be a stranger.
Use the empathy strategies suggested/developed by the class.

2. Discovery.  
What techniques and tools do Moore & Gibbons employ that we could mirror/borrow to create our installation.  For example, Moore & Gibbons leave tons of clues in the signs and environment around the action.  How might we use signage (whether existing or created) and language in the environment around  to convey meaning in the installation?
DUE: SUNDAY, May 11th.  


Craft & Share: #Ayuhaloha collaboration.
Due: Friday, May 2nd.  May not be able to meet this deadline if without response to your pieces.  Otherwise.  SHould be honoring this dead line as best as possible.

Pin: Review Pinterest Pin Boards
Due: Friday, May 2nd.  This is important as I want to be able to review them over the weekend and give you some feedback and thinking to take with you into the test.

TEST: Thursday, May 8th.
Test Prep: Materials in Google Drive.  I suggest looking them over and giving your brain time to process.

Get 'Er Done: Literary Analytical & Composition Process Project
Past Due

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