Make Cycles

graphic of class routinesYou can find our current Make Cycles here and on the Make Cycles page.


September 2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
August 31, 2020 September 1, 2020 September 2, 2020

All day: Discover: trace your literacies

September 3, 2020 September 4, 2020 September 5, 2020 September 6, 2020
September 7, 2020

All day: Read and Annotate in Perusall

September 8, 2020 September 9, 2020 September 10, 2020 September 11, 2020

All day: Write summary & memo

September 12, 2020 September 13, 2020

All day: Cycle 1 Make

September 14, 2020 September 15, 2020 September 16, 2020

All day: Discover: trace your quantified self

September 17, 2020 September 18, 2020 September 19, 2020 September 20, 2020

All day: Read and Annotate in Perusall

September 21, 2020 September 22, 2020 September 23, 2020 September 24, 2020 September 25, 2020

All day: Write summary & memo

September 26, 2020 September 27, 2020

All day: Cycle 2 Make

September 28, 2020 September 29, 2020 September 30, 2020

All day: Discover: literacy interviews

October 1, 2020 October 2, 2020 October 3, 2020 October 4, 2020

All day: Read and Annotate in Perusall

Author: kjaxon

Week 4: Quantified Selves

Week 4: Quantified Selves

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re staying safe and healthy. Thank you for your continued work in these challenging times; I really enjoy reading your insights.

I’ve released the Make Cycle 2 page, which focuses on our Quantified Self. What do we track and who tracks us? Why do we track things like “likes” or our followers or our steps or other health data? Like Make Cycle 1, we’ll follow these routines: discover, read, write, then make. We’ll research/discover our quantified selves, read about the way EdTech tracks us and comment in Perusall, write about an article and reflect on your quantified self, and then Make something that reflects what you learned in this Make Cycle.

Short video below with some further insights. Less than 5 minutes…

Thank you again for all your work!

Week 3 updates and reminders

Week 3 updates and reminders

Hi everyone,

Hope week 3 is starting to feel a bit more in the groove as you make sense of all your classes and new, perhaps a bit strange, work flow. I appreciate how y’all are trying to figure this out.

Make sure you commented/participated in the Perusall reading that was due last night (“The Skin We Ink…”). Lots of great comments and discussion there; thank you!

This week you have some writing (Friday) and a Make due (Sunday). You can find the information on the Make Cycle 1 page in the menu above.

Please please please look over the two student examples I have at the end of the Write instructions from Charlotte and Hannah. They are really thoughtful, but importantly, you should notice that those examples are only responding to question 2 and they are really in depth; you are also talking about the reading (question 1) and comparing the data with your peers (question 3) so yours will be even longer. I would expect a couple of pages and it will take at least an hour. Try to push here to make sense of your literacy tracings. I hope those student examples are helpful to you. You can either post the writing directly into your post in Currents or link to a Google Doc in your post.

With the Make for Sunday: many of you may want to try out the playlist option for the Make. Keep in mind: not a random playlist, but one that reflects the ideas of the class for the last two weeks. The Make is a way for you to have total control over the way you share what you’ve learned in the past two weeks in our class. So, instead of a quiz to show what you know, you’re making something to represent what you’ve learned. How might you represent your literacy tracing, for example? What might it look like as a poem? A work of art? A blog?

I look forward to seeing what you write and make!

Thank you everyone again for the discussion on the reading.


Prepping for Writing due next Week (Sept 11)

Prepping for Writing due next Week (Sept 11)

Hi everyone,

Really interesting for me to look over all your data collection as you attempt to trace your literacies. Thank you for your efforts! I created a very short video (less than 3 minutes) that talks through how we might work with all your data. You’ll want to check out the assignment that’s due in about a week (Sept 11) on our Make Cycle 1 page, which asks you to work with your data and your peers’ data. I’ll also create a video that talks a bit more about that assignment too and share soon. There are a couple student examples for part 2 of the assignment under the assignment description.

Here’s how I would get organized for that writing assignment:

  • The assignment asks you to write about the reading this week (The Skin We Ink), so you’ll need to comment and read that in Perusall by Monday night (Sept 7)
  • I would read the assignment description and the student examples
  • I would watch the video below and look over the Google Doc with our data that I mention in the video.
  • When Kim (that’s me) posts the video that explains the assignment, I would watch that too.
  • Finally, you’ll need your notes from tracing your literacies.

Link to video: (more to follow).

Thanks everyone!

Week 2: Literacy Traces

Week 2: Literacy Traces

Hello nice people,

Thank you for jumping into Perusall and Currents for reading insights and introductions. Really enjoyed reading your intros.  A request: could you look at the Introductions on Currents and say something nice to one other human? Since so many of you are future teachers, I see the practice of responding to others’ ideas a big part of what we do as educators. Responding is not always easy, but one of my core beliefs as an educator is that everyone wants to feel seen and heard, and importantly, know that they are a valued member of a community. When we are all responding to other’s ideas, our class will just get better and better because we’ll value all the input and know that our ideas matter too. Say hello to someone. We could all use that right now I would imagine. Thanks in advance. (Remember you can find the link to our Currents Community in the right hand side of our website–> You’ll need to be logged into your Chico State accounts.)

Coming up this week: See longer description on the Make Cycle 1 page above and HERE

  • Sept 2: By Wednesday night (midnight-ish): trace your literacies over two days, which means starting today or tomorrow if you haven’t already, and share those notes. We’ll be using the notes to write a short paper next week.
  • Sept 7: By Monday night: comment on “The Skin We Ink…” in Perusall. This is a longer reading, so plan for 60-90 minutes to read and comment, ask questions, help each other figure things out in this reading. We’ll be reading a range of research in literacy studies both as a model for our own research later in the semester and to write a paper using some of these readings to explain what you’re learning about literacy studies. Hopefully, your notes in Perusall will help you keep track of the ideas.

Video below gives further insights. I think it will help if you carve out less than 10 minutes to watch these weekly updates. I talk about the week’s work and some thoughts about grading/points/deadlines. I just posted grades on Blackboard, which is the only thing I’ll use the LMS for. Let me know if you need anything; happy to help!

Week 1: routines and hello

Week 1: routines and hello

Hey everyone,

As promised, here’s a longer video that walks through the routines of the course and attempts to get us ready for week 1. Feel free to reach out with any questions, of course! 

Check out the “Week 1: Getting Situated” page (<–linked here and also in the drop down menu at the top of this website). Join Currents and Perusall. We’ll read together by Wednesday night in Perusall and share introductions and insights into literacies to finish out week 1. Again, all the info is on the Week 1: Getting Situated page and explained more in the video.

Look forward to working together!