Today we start designing a better social network and doing the pre-planning we need to do in order to create that network.
We’ll start by watching these three clips from The Social Network. After watching each clip, identify what you can learn about the protagonist, Mark Zuckerberg as played by Jesse Eisenberg, and which characterization techniques (STEAL) the filmmaker uses to deliver that information about the character. You might want to blog these understandings for quick reference.
After this, we will brainstorm all of the social media networks that we know. You can find reminders, inspirations and piles of information here: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/55-interesting-social-media-infographics/
This leads to us working in small groups to design our ideal social network tools. We will share these ideas and come up with common denominators a.k.a. the parts and pieces we can all agree should be part of our social network.
Now . . . all of this is leading toward the following work: interviews and profile building.
Here’s the one characteristic of our social network that will make it unique: users don’t create their own profiles; the network creates it for them. What?!!? Yes. I’ll explain . . .
You will be interviewing people you see everyday, but do not know. They can come from three categories: students, teachers/staff, community members. For example, you might buy a soda from the same store at the same time everyday, but not know the name of that person behind the counter. You might sit in a learning lab with a teacher you know nothing about. You might eat lunch at a table next to a group of juniors you don’t know — and sit there every day.
You will be interviewing them and using that information you learn about them to create their profile for our new social network. After you create the profile, you will meet with them again to see how well you did with your information and design work.
The point of it all? To use your STEAL knowledge and combine it with your P.O.V. knowledge to create profiles that you can feel confident accurately represent these people or “characters” you have just come to know because you have been able to adopt their points of view.
Some of the essential questions you may be answering: How do we get to know a person through social media? What makes a social network successful and powerful? What can we gain from better knowing the people around us?
On Wednesday, we will practice our interview skills as we know we need to go out into the world and do this for real.
This video should help us with that.
1. Prepare questions to ask the interview subjects about the various information your class chooses to have in its social network. Check your e-mail for your class list of topics.
2. Tolerance Projects, Self-Assessments: PAST DUE! Get ’em in.
3. New Flocabulary list is coming on Monday. Make sure you have done the work for Flocabulary list #1!!!!
4. Blog, blog, blog! Remember, 3 per week. Lots of topics available to you right now. Use it to plan your interview, your network, talk about the power of the internet, etc.