Things to do for COMM 3344 before we meet on Tuesday (8/30)

These are the things that you need to do before our next class period.

  1. Create a free WordPress account and make note of your username.
  2. Create a free account on Lynda.Com. The first time you set up your account, you must be on campus. After you’ve created your account, you will be able to access the Lynda materials from anywhere in the world using your Trinity login and password.
  3. Complete the first-day class survey.
  4. Post a short (4-5 paragraph) introductory blog posting. In addition to introducing yourself to the rest of the class, you should also answer one of the icebreaker questions (see appended) that you didn’t talk about in class.
  5. Read the first article on casual gaming in the course packet.
The list of icebreaker questions is appended below the break. 
  • What has been one of your most frustrating encounters with technology? What has been one of your most rewarding encounters with technology?
  • What was your favorite board game as a kid? Why was this game your favorite? When was the last time you played this game?
  • When you were in junior high school and high school, what sort of rules governed your use of video-games? For example, what sorts of rules did you encounter at home, at the homes of your friends and at school?
  • What is one of your favorite casual computer games? How often do you play the game, and what is it about the game that makes you want to play it?
  • As you grew up into this technology-saturated world, when did you first learn that it is possible for people to program their own computers? How did you learn this, and what was your impression of the activity known as computer programming?
  • When you were a kid, do you remember encountering instances of cheating when playing games? For example, did you or a friend ever cheat? How? What happened?
  • If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the world of video games, what it would be? Why?
  • If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the world of computers, what it would be? Why?
  • If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the world of higher education, what it would be? Why?
  • What has been your most frustrating video game experience? What aspect of the game did you find frustrating? What happened next? (Note: You do not need to be a frequent gamer to answer this question.)
  • When you think of all the video games you have played during your lifetime, what percentage have you actually played through all the way to the end? Why do you think this is?
  • What is your very first memory of interacting with a computer? How old were you?
  • What is the longest stretch of time that you’ve played a computer game at one sitting? What was it about the game that made you want to play it?
  • What sorts of things – if anything – have you learned from video games? These might be positive lessons, negative lessons, or a combination of all three.
  • What was your favorite imagination-based outside game to play as a kid? What sort of rules did the game have? How did these rules change? When did you stop playing this game and why?
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