Nugget and Associative Trails Concept Experience Assignment for “As We May Think”

Directions for Nugget Assignment #1: 

There are two steps for this assignment.

1.  Find a “nugget” and make it meaningful in your response to it.  We explain how to make a nugget meaningful in the syllabus, but for your convenience, I reiterate and explain it a little more here.

Your response to the nugget should be relevant and robust.

  • What is a nugget?  A passage from the reading, at least one paragraph in length, that grabs your attention in some way.  It could be a passage that puzzles you, or intrigues you, or resonates strongly with you. It could be a passage that you disagree with or that challenges your thinking in a new way.  The idea here is that the passage evokes some kind of strong response in you, one that makes you want to work with the passage to make it just as meaningful as possible. A nugget elicits a light bulb in your mind.
  • How to make it meaningful?  This is your challenge.  You’ll probably start by copying the nugget into your post. From there, consider hyperlinks, illustrations, video clips, animated gifs, screenshots, social media links, and any other tools of the internet. Make the experience as rich and interesting as you can. The experience of making the nugget “meaningful” will likely require quite a bit of internet browsing and exploration.

The goal of this assignment is to read Vannaver Bush’s essay carefully and respond to it imaginatively. Your work with “nuggets” should be both fun and in earnest. It should demonstrate your own deep engagement with a piece of the reading, and it should stimulate thinking in your reader as well.

2.  Associative Trails Concept Experience

Take a screenshot of your browser history:  Immediately after completing the Nugget Assignment, take a screenshot of the history of your browser.  It’s fine if the screenshot includes work you did for this assignment and other things you have done on the internet that are unrelated.

You can find the history of your browser under the drop down arrow on the right in the browser box.  To take a screenshot of your browser history:

  • In Firefox, click on History–Show all History–>Make box bigger–>Take Screenshot
  • In Chrome and Safari, click History–>Show History–>Take Screenshot
  • Avoid using Internet Explorer

You should take the screenshot immediately after completing your Nugget assignment, since the screenshot will capture all of your browser activity during your work on this assignment.  After taking the screenshot, make sure to save it  somewhere so that you can post it on your blog for the Concept Experience Assignment  on June 12.


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