8-8:15: attendance, questions about using My Reviewers, watch the Kismet and Cog videos:
The Kismet robot head: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KRZX5KL4fA
The Cog interactive robot project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbZ9_rUZZMA
8:15-8:45: Please complete questions 1 and 2 below on your own; when you are finished, reply as a comment on this post:
1. “In the case of Cog, we build a ‘thou’ through the body. In the case of Kismet, an expressive face and voice do the work. And both robots engage with the power of the gaze. A robotic face is an enabler; it encourages us to imagine that robots can put themselves in our place and that we can put ourselves in theirs” (Turkle 85).
Explain why these sentences operate as a “thesis statement” for chapter 5. To do this, refer back to any of the examples below and show how it exemplifies and extends Turkle’s central claim.
-the Kismet speaking a “foreign” language (87)
-the narrative about Neela (93-94)
-the narrative about Estelle (96-97)
-the narrative about Edward and Shawn (98-99)
Which of these examples do you find to be the most compelling illustration of Turkle’s main claim? Are you skeptical of how fully any of Turkle’s examples “prove” her thesis? Why or why not?
2. Skim chapter 5 by reviewing the subheadings for each section. What do you notice about the structure of this chapter? What commonalities do you see between the structure of this chapter and others we have already read?
9:00-9:10: break (Note: may need to call IT about using printer in our room). See me if you need help with PDFs.
9:10-9:25: Take out printed papers (or view them on screen). Open the assignment sheet from two weeks ago and the model paper from last Monday’s post, which I will talk through next to the rubric. How successful was this definition essay? I’ll show you what I see on My Reviewers, and we’ll look at a few of your peer reviews for today.
9:25-9:45: Re-read your paper and fill out a rubric for your individual paper.
9:45-10: Meet your peer review group (we will continue with peer reviews on Wednesday). Go around the group and explain why you filled out your rubric as you did. Direct your readers, if they have not already reviewed your paper, to help you focus on at least one specific challenge when they review your essay.
10-10:10: In a large group, we’ll share back impressions we had reading our essays a week after writing them. What was your experience as a reader of other essays and how did it influence your approach as a writer?
10:10: I will collect your rubrics before you leave and give them back to you on Wednesday. We will return to peer review groups during the second half of class.
HW: Re-read your classmates’ short posts on today’s blog from the first half of class. Like TWO of the comments posted today about chapter 5, then comment on ONE that you felt was especially clear and insightful–tell the writer why you selected his or her comment. Read chapter 7 (through the end of Part I) and be prepared to answer a similar set of questions about that chapter during the first half of class on Wednesday. Finally, please complete the peer review on My Reviewers if you have not already. We will discuss these reviews in person in small groups during the second half of class on Wednesday. You will be able to view your comments on screen and talk with your group — when we come in on Wednesday morning, please sit with your peer review group!