Week 2 lesson plan: writing for the web

Here’s what we will cover in today’s class:

1. HTML basics:

Sean will take you through an intro to HTML, including:

  • Explaining structure / syntax of HTML ( context, then tags, elements etc )
  • Writing a simple page (basic format)
  • Explaining servers / URLs / uploading
  • Write simple linked pages / upload and test these

2.  Web 2.0, participatory culture checklist

Before we look at blogs, check you have these in place:

  • A delicious account and a delicious browser button to enable you to bookmark and tag interesting and relevant websites and to share these with the whole class by tagging them with rmitmusic
  • An RSS reader account (preferably Google reader) and multiple subscriptions, including the RMIT Music 2010 class feed and any other relevant bookmarks at delicious, other blogs, tags at Flickr and Vimeo
  • Feedly is a magazine-style organiser which works with Firefox. Highly recommended to make the whole RSS process easier and more eyeball-friendly

3. Blog checklist:

This subject is all about participation and creating a social network and community around you, your classmates and what you as a collective are passionate about. Make sure you’ve created a blog for this class, preferably through WordPress. Treat this blog like a creative journal or sketchbook for your thoughts, research and work-in-progress. Make sure you have given me your blog URL (or Uniform Resource Locator) so that we can include your RSS feed in the combined RMIT Music 2010 class feed through Yahoo Pipes.

Have a look at Tavi’s Style Rookie blog as a simple example. Tavi is 13 years old and now a world-famous front-row fashion A-lister, thanks to her blogging.

Does your blog have each of these elements?

  • An ‘about’ page on your sidebar (or ‘about’ text using the Text widget in WordPress)
  • A custom tagline (the default is just another WordPress blog)
  • An initial blog post in which you’ve edited or deleted the default Hello World! post
  • A custom header graphic
  • Links to at least 5 other blogs in your sidebar
  • An inserted image into a blog post like below:

    Christiania, Copenhagen: from the series The Lost Continent, 2007-ongoing. (c) Eugenia Lim

4. Six Thinking Hats – thinking about your Final Creative Project:

Edward de Bono is world-renowned as an authority in the field of creative thinking, innovation, teaching  and thinking as a skill. He first coined the term ‘lateral thinking’ and developed the Six Thinking Hats technique, which we’ll use to brainstorm your Creative Projects.

Six Thinking Hats is a tool for collaborative and individual thinking. The human brain thinks in a range of distinct ways. These different approaches can be harnessed and combined in order to think about something critically and thoroughly.

Six distinct states are identified and assigned a color:

Questions (White) – considering purely what information is available, what are the facts?

Emotions (Red) – instinctive gut reaction or statements of emotional feeling (but not any justification)

Bad points judgment (Black) – logic applied to identifying flaws or barriers, seeking mismatch

Good points judgment (Yellow) – logic applied to identifying benefits, seeking harmony 

Creativity (Green) – statements of provocation and investigation, seeing where a thought goes

Thinking (Blue) – thinking about thinking

An example of Six Hats Thinking from the Tassie government about Triple J radio:

White hat: what are the facts about the radio station Triple J?
Red hat: how does listening to Triple J make you feel?
Black hat: what are some negatives about Triple J?
Yellow hat: what do people gain from listening to Triple J?
Green hat: what could be changed/improved to make Triple J more appealing?
Blue hat: how does mass media in general impact youth/youth culture?

Let’s look at this with one person’s Creative Project in terms of feasibility, possible angles, alternative thinking and what kind of research could be done for it. Then, in groups of six, use Six Thinking Hats to analyse one person’s Creative Project.

5. Writing for the web

Finally, let’s look at tips for the structure, tone, links, editing your writing for the web. Before the end of class, write a post on your blog summarising your ideas for your Final Creative Project (including any Six Hats Thinking discussion). Also include in this post at least 3 relevant links to other blogs or sites. Have a look at these pages:

Over and out.

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~ by eugerino on March 15, 2010.

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