What’s Next in The Reflective Portfolio

  • Think about how to implement multimodality in the introduction essay.
  • Elaborate on the argument, audience and purpose of each artifact.
  • Use more engaging language for the introduction (Samantha’s idea).
  • Decide in which parts of what project I am going to focus on.

Modes and Media in my Value(s) of Science Project

28 November 2016

In this artifact my groumates and I wrote a script of a debate and filmed a recap of such event in order to achieve a multimodal approach to the project. We analyzed two different rhethorical texts, identified each argument and compared them with each other. We were able to draw similarities in between them and we build our own argument concerning the value of animal testing and its place in human supremacy. Our script is proof that we can draft a written rethorical text that has a clear argument and audience. On the other hand, we used the video format to showcase oral, non-verbal and electronic kinds of communication effectively.

Revision of How Mice Save Our Lives

2 November 2016

Before:

Leaving aside the entertaining fact that when you call someone “a rat” you are being about 95 to 98 percent accurate, the genetic similarities between humans and rats are no joke. Scientists have played with the genetics of rats long enough to be able to breed “humanized” mice. There are even some strains of mice that can accept our blood! For decades we have been infecting these creatures with our diseases exchanging their lives for ours. Researchers look at the symptoms in the rodents and search for cures accordingly. We are creating these new species of mice with the only purpose to die at the hands of horrible pathogens. We need to ask ourselves if this does not constitute a case of animal brutality. To quote one of my favorite movies (Jurassic Park): “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should”. After all they are extremely similar to us. Remember the 95 to 98 percent? They even have our blood pumping through their veins sometimes. It is hard not to be sympathetic with them, we are making them pass for the same pain we want to avoid. But at the end of the day someone has to give in to the diseases, better them than us… right?

After:

Leaving aside the entertaining fact that when you call someone “a rat” you are being about 95 to 98 percent accurate, the genetic similarities between humans and rats are no joke. Scientists have played with the genetics of rats long enough to be able to breed “humanized” mice. There are even some strains of mice that can accept our blood! For decades we have been infecting these creatures with our diseases exchanging their lives for ours. Researchers look at the symptoms in the rodents and search for cures accordingly. We are creating these new species of mice with the only purpose to die at the hands of horrible pathogens. To quote one of my favorite movies (Jurassic Park): “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should”. This means scientists are so concern about the prosperity of humankind that sometimes they leave aside their own humanity. We are making these mice go through the same pain we want to avoid. We need to ask ourselves if this does not constitute a case of animal brutality. But at the end of the day someone has to give in to the diseases, better them than us… right?

TED The Value of Curiosity

28 October 2016

  1. What’s her argument?                                                                                                                           That curiosity is in the people that are interested in the objects and not in the objects themselves.
  2. Quote that supports ccontention that 1. is true                                                                             “You can’t be curious about something you don’t know exists”
  3. What it means                                                                                                                                           We are interested in things we kind of know something about. If we have zero idea of what it is, we cannot find a meaning.

Graslie

Curious

28 October 2016

  1. What’s her argument?                                                                                                                           That humans have an inherent curiosity that we have tu nurture to get for it to have value.
  2. Quote that supports contention that 1. is true                                                                             “For curiosity to have value, perhaps we have to allow it to be the beginning of something larger, to pursue it past the initial itch, the spark of hunger, the quick answer, the dopamine burst…”
  3. What it means                                                                                                                                           We have to pursue curiosity in order to get something from it.

Todd

GT-Sort declaration reflection

This article challenges the idea that you need to be more qualified than a regular student to be interested in astronomy and use the resources available at Tech like the GT-Sort Telescope.

Differences Between Robot Publications

  • The article in the Popular Science website is aimed to a more general audience not like the one in the Georgia Tech website.
  • The Georgia Tech publication explains how this project came to be. The other one does not mention funding nor something similar.
  • The Popular Science article uses less technical language than the Georgia Tech one.
  • The Popular science one explains the project very briefly, the Georgia Tech one explains it vastly instead.

Reflection on Spinning Science Project Peer Review

Grade on Makala’s project

Rhetorical awareness: Mature

Stance: Competent

Development of Ideas: Competent

Organization: Developing

Conventions: Mature

Design for Medium: Competent

What I learned

I learned that my work was relatable and insightful. However, it was not without errors. I have to look out for misspells and I should back up certain claims with more evidence.

My plan to revise

My plan to revise includes taking into the account the suggestions of my peer and reinforce the weak points that she noticed. I will check for grammar and spelling errors.

Pros and Improvements for Spinning Science Project Introduction

Pros:

-Good purpose

-Real world application of ad

-“Good flow”

Improvements:

-Grouping of ideas

-Hooks

-Voice

-Style

Doctors want you to smoke Camels

A few decades ago, the cigarette company Camels launched a huge advertisement campaign with the tagline “More Doctors Smoke Camels”. This specific advertisement (portrayed below) is disguised as two independent articles. In the first one we can see the picture of a mother and her daughter watching with admiration a doctor. There is a stethoscope over the table, a diploma hanging from the wall and a lot of medicine books in the shelves. From this image we get the impression that the doctor is respectable and trust worthy, wise in some way. Over the picture, there is a large quote stating “I’m going to grow a hundred years old!” and a small paragraph stating how the efforts of doctors have prolonged life expectancy. In other words, doctors know the way to live the longest. In the second “article” the title reads “More Doctors Smoke Camels”, a small text explains the process by which doctors chose Camels over other brands, an image of the cigarettes and a small bubble of text with a cute lady in the background telling how soft Camels are to your throat. The combination of these elements suggest that credible individuals, such as the doctor portrayed previously, prefer this brand over all others. By association, if doctors smoke Camels and they know how to increase life expectancy, Camels must increase life expectancy. That is the objective of the advertisement, relate the brand of cigarettes to long lives.

camels_doctors_grow100

Common First Week Video Reflection

Describe your process which steps did you find most effective? Least?

First I reviewed WovenText to get a clear picture of every mode. I identified my weaknesses and determined what would my challenge be. I wrote a script thinking about my past experiences and the comparison with my current self. On the weekend, I rehearsed my lines, borrowed a camera from the library and asked a friend to film me. Finally, I edited the video to my liking and uploaded it to Youtube.

What part of your project are you most satisfied with and why?

I’m satisfied with the visuals of my video (Graphics, resolution, etc.). I didn’t know how to edit video or put special effects on them. I saw some tutorials and tried to apply what I learned into my video. I feel that I did a good job with the basic knowledge that I acquired.

If you could redo any part of your process or product, what would you change and why?

I would reshoot some of the parts of the video. I get slightly confused in parts of the video trying to remember my dialog. I think if I rehearsed my lines more the video would be better.Common

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