Monday, October 17, 2016

Eng 9: Cardboard Challenge. Design Sprints & Next Steps.

Today's class crushed it Cardboard Challenge style.  We ran a version of a design sprint: a way of running through our design process while focusing on user needs, generating ideas, and getting feedback in a hurry.

Remember we are using the DEEPdt design process.

Today we focus on EMPATHIZE & EXPERIMENT.

EMPATHY Phase. We started with Empathy Interviews.  Here's a list of questions that were generated last week and a couple of pictures from the's interviews with Mrs. Howatt's classes.

EMPATHY Phase. From here we came back to the room and unpacked our interviews using Post-It notes to look for trends and insights.

This led to our 8 Box-ing.  8 ideas in 4 minutes.

We then created 3 panel storyboards from the ideas that resonated the most with the design team members.

We laid out our storyboards on a few tables and used LEGO bricks to provide non-verbal feedback.
WHITE/GRAY: Questions.
RED/YELLOW: Concerns.

Next Steps . . .

Next class we start making our low-res prototypes out of manila folder material and some other cardboard we have.  These are due Friday.  A low-res prototype MUST BE COMPLETED before I provide your two pieces of official cardboard.   Finished Prototypes for Users: DUE NEXT THURSDAY & FRIDAY, Oct 27 & 28.
Roots Quiz 3.  Thursday and Friday.
Remember.  Over Roots 1-3.

Narrative Writing Assessment.
Due. Thursday & Friday. 10.20-21.

Work on Design for Cardboard Challenge.

AP Lit: "Fear No More" & Mrs. Dalloway

Today we tackled Mrs. Dalloway by way of a SCOUT-ing of Shakespeare's "Fear No More the Heat O' the Sun".

These are just some of the ideas that emerged . . .

We brought these ideas around to Mrs. Dalloway and made a number of connections between the poem and the novel, as well as to Cunningham's The Hours.   Most importantly we uncovered some of Woolf's intentions -- her use of allusions, her use of stream of consciousness -- as well as Cunningham's.

We also decided to hold a Dallowinian Party.  You can see the planning notes from an earlier AP Lit class here.  We will hold this roleplay listening/speaking/reading assessment event next Thursday, October 27th, just in time for Halloween.

Read.  Mrs. Dalloway.  Finish the Book. 
Due. Friday 10.21.16

Blog.  Two Posts.
Critical Creativity Post.  A  Mrs. Dalloway employs color in meaningful, powerful ways.  Perhaps you have noticed this, perhaps  you have not.  (Pay particular attention to flowers, foods, skies, clothing and faces.)

Use  to create a custom palette of at least three colors relating to meaning in Mrs. Dalloway.  You will need to name the palette and each color within it.  Be certain to choose purposeful names and push your self to go beyond the concrete.  (Concrete:  "blue sky" because the sky was blue.)
Share your palette on your blog w/ explanations of your choices.

Analytical Post. The Hours & Mrs. Dalloway. Discuss the evidence of Woolf's influence on Cunningham. Consider not only plot points and characters, but perhaps also structure, language, theme and more.

Indie Book Project.
Due Last Class of the Quarter.