Welcome to Sections 3 and 4 of Writing, Research, & Technology (WRT for short)! I’m Jason and I’m looking forward to getting to know you better this semester. Today are getting to know each other, reviewing the syllabus, and getting acquainted with at least one of the spaces we will be using this semester. As you can see, I use the daily plan blog on this course site to share my lesson plans with you. These also serve as a space for documenting our work and clarifying homework assignments. They are organized through categories and tags and searchable. OK, so here’s the plan for today:

I. Course plan and trajectory. After briefly introducing myself, I’ll go over some of the course site with you and discuss the first unit.

II. Activity: Google Drive set up. We will be using Google Drive to share files and folders throughout this semester. Here’s how to use it.

  1. Go to http://drive.google.com/a/rowan.edu and log in with your usual Rowan credentials.
  2. Find your WRT student folder. It should include your last name, first name followed by “student folders.” (i.e. Luther, Jason W students folders).
  3. Create a new document in that folder and title it “bio” and: write your name at the top and a 140 character bio. Finally, think about a happy place you’d like to share with us — this could be a hometown, a place you’ve visited, or a place on your bucket list.  Tell us why you chose it.  Save this.
  4. Now go to this Google Form and complete it with that information (it’s okay if you change your mind on parts). To complete the selfie quickly, go to Applications > Photo Booth.

III. Introductions. If all goes well, I will be able to export the data from your forms to a spreadsheet and import that into a Google Map that allows us to see everyone’s happy place, as well as a brief bio about them. I’ll share this map with you and ask you to introduce yourselves before going into the homework.

Homework for Thursday, 9/7: