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on September 20, 2009 at 12:39:36 pm

Welcome to the Depicting Dinkytown wiki.



To ground our discussion of "prewriting" search strategies, we're going to use this site to illustrate having students engaged in search activites and digital ethnography related to studying a specific place or space, in this case, Dinkytown, as well as using a wiki for organizing material.


Please add whatever you can find online to the topics in the sidebar based on your use of search strategies.


Dinkytown map: click on blue tabs for restaurants or businesses


- articles, reviews, reports: see http://digitalwriting.pbwiki.com/SearchSites

- images, video clips (on Flickr, YouTube, etc. make sure they are not copyrighted: in some cases, they have a Creative Commons copyright)

see online image databases: http://digitalwriting.pbwiki.com/OnlineDigitalImages


- your own photos or video related to place-based digital ethnography (we'll capture some of this during class, so please bring in your cameras)


- Google Maps/Earth


- your own freewriting, field notes, or autobiographical recollections


- Inspiration maps


- whatever else you can find


"Search" may also include collecting original material about Dinkytown in the form of field notes or photos/videos about specific sites in Dinkytown--something that we'll actually do during class.  (You and your blog partner will be going to a specific restaurant, coffee shop, or store and taking field notes as well as photos or video about that site to create a multimodal description of that site to insert on the wiki).


Once you've done with this (which may be after next Tuesday), then reflections in your blog about your search process until you've engaged in searches related to the Dinkytown topics--the processes you employed in conducting your searches, what you found (or didn't find), difficulties and challenges in collecting relevant material, the importance of the assignment itself, and how you might teach search strategies to students.


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