07 RSS Lab

We are going to work through more exercises allowing you to explore RSS feeds and related tools.

Class held on 09/30/2009. (student notes; possible questions).

Class structure

  1. Go through “At beginning of class” information
  2. No lecture today.
  3. Work on exercises for today.
  4. Complete the experiment before this Sunday. You should put your results here.

At beginning of class

Before class starts (for you to do)

  1. Term project
    • I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with most of you during the last 10 days or so and discussing your term projects. I'm really looking forward to seeing these projects develop.
    • Make sure that you have updated the student list page if you have talked with me about your term project topic. Do this now.
    • The first status report is due by the beginning of class on October 5.
  2. You should go to the Grades database for this class.
    • If you have completed a wiki-based assignment (blog entry, industry update, notes, or questions), then enter that information under "Add Wiki Assignment".
  3. You can check to see if I have recorded any grades for you on the SiteMaker page.
    • I have graded everything that was submitted correctly through 9/26/09. I'm catching up!
    • All blog entries, industry updates, notes, and questions are points out of 10.
    • A “9” grade on a blog is what I would call a “normal, high-quality, well-written, informative blog entry.” A “10” means that you exceeded this standard. Your entry was somehow more informative, more insightful, more engaging (don't discount this — I very much welcome reading an interesting well-written entry with a good story integrated into it) than my expectations.
    • If you get a “10” on a blog entry, I want you to copy your blog entry from your wiki to my wiki. Create a page with the same name (i.e., “blog:XXX”) but it should be in the class wiki. Do this as soon as you see your grade. Thanks. This gives other people the chance to learn about 1) what you wrote about in your blog, and 2) what a well-written blog entry looks like.
  4. Check who is doing what:
    • Notes & questions
      • Notes posted by the end of the class day.
      • Questions (at least the first draft) posted by one week later.
    • Special blogs (these should be written and posted on this howcanifindit site)
      • Post these by the beginning of class on the day you sign up for.
    • Other blogs should be written and posted on your own personal site. I will then tell authors of posts that get "10" grades to transfer the blog to the howcanifindit site.
      • You can post these by the following class (since they are about what we do in class).
    • Assigned/due dates
      • Notes — notes to be posted by the end of the class day
      • Questions — questions to be posted (at least first draft) by one week later
      • General blog entries — write-up to be posted by the following class
        • These will be posted on your own wiki. We'll see how to do this today.
      • Industry updates — write-up to be posted on the day listed
        • These will be posted on the course wiki. Ditto.
  5. Look at recent writings for the class:
  6. Stay up with recent information on these pages:
  7. Content update:
    • We now have some information on the notes page and questions page. Even if people are not signed up for specific days on the class notes page, I would still recommend that you post notes and questions. The more good information that is on these pages, the more that I will be able to use this information on the tests, and the better that you will do on the test — as opposed to me coming up with some random, poorly-worded question that you have to guess on.

I'll go over

  1. Feedback about blogs
    • word usage lesson: it's versus its
    • spelling lesson: "definitely"
    • spelling lesson: lose/loose and choose/chose
  2. Specifics about grading criteria
    • Notes — useful, complete, formatting makes easy to scan.
      • If we don't have a lecture, then summarize what a student should have learned from the in-class exercises.
    • Questions — variety, depth of coverage, usefulness of questions.
      • Again, if we don't have a lecture, then questions should come from what students should have learned from the in-class exercises.
    • Blogs — informs the reader, personal reaction, insight, context, detailed.
  3. Web search experiment results
  4. As for today's experiment… you should complete the experiment before this Sunday at 5pm. You should put your results here.
    • Note that your results are supposed to go in alphabetical order by family name. Please do this. And if you see that someone before you has messed up — go ahead and fix it!!
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