Nugget Assignment “As We May Think”

Nugget Assignment and Associative Trails Concept Experience: As We May Think

1.  Find a “nugget” and make it meaningful in your response to it. 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.
  • 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 selection of the reading that resonates for you, and it should stimulate thinking in your reader as well.

2.  Take a screenshot of your browser history:  Immediately after completing the Nugget Assignment, take a screenshot of the history of your browser.  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 so that you can post it on your blog for the Concept Experience Assignment  on June 12.

Note:  You should reflect on the entire screen shot of your browser’s history.  It is perfectly plausible that your history will include other sites besides the ones you used to complete your Nugget Assignment.  What is in your browser history is not as important as the work you do, as writer and thinker, to reflect on and make meaning of your the associative trails recorded in your browser’s history, whatever these may be.

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