How Stuff Works? Asynch Assignment Info (Responses)
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TimestampNameInstructions for Asynch Activity
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1/17/2014 22:30:49SummerAs Cloud Computing becomes more integral in reshaping our individual and societal relationships with information, data storage, and communication, it sometimes helps to take a step back and look at our technological existences. In less glamorous fashion than science fiction's dawn of the cyborgian figures, our devices have become extensions of us and cloud computing systems are strengthening the links between those devices. This activity is asking those in class to map out clusters of their devices and which cloud services are being used, making physical connections to others using those same services to see whether or not we have become deeply involved in our role as nodes in the global cloud network. http://popplet.com/app/#/1571949
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1/19/2014 9:58:37Maury Brown1. Go to https://ifttt.com/

2. Click Join IFTTT with whatever email and password suits you. Browse the explanations on the site. IFTTT allows you to create Protocols for how to connect your own networks, and what actions should be taken. In effect, it acts as a router between your networks, according to the commands you give it.

3. Create one or more "recipes" using the site's graphical interface (for example, I created a recipe that sends me a text message every time a Job ad for an astronaut is posted on Craigslist in Charlottesville. No, I don't expect to get many texts. Think about which of your networks you might want to connect, when, how, and why. If you like, “share” your recipe.

4. Then go to this Google Doc (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QKYiOrxiD838ubth3vZW8Q5jqoLKDfV14YXDM0lVdZ4/edit?usp=sharing) and answer the quick reflection question about your experience with IFTTT and how it relates to networking. Identify yourself before you type and put your text in its own color in order to differentiate. Comment on other peoples' answers using the comment feature.
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1/19/2014 15:23:49Amy LocklearTechnology has a way of working behind the scenes, and typically that means we reap the benefits of the network system without paying attention to / understanding the structural components. See how tech savvy you really are by assessing your operational network knowledge by taking the following two quizzes, one on WiFi and the other on routers. (If the links are not active, copy and paste into a browser window.)

Quiz 1: WiFi - http://computer.howstuffworks.com/wifi-quiz.htm
Quiz 2: Routers - http://computer.howstuffworks.com/router-quiz.htm

Post your results to our Facebook Group if you really want bragging rights!
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1/20/2014 20:14:44LeslieAfter reading the key terms on the blog post, go to the Google form and take the multiple choice test. If you have a hard time understanding how buses operate, watch the YouTube video linked above.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cC61HSqasXCHjcBGSfZQwm2ILkOaZeCmTd-9lXVtzvQ/viewform
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1/20/2014 23:38:10Suzanne1. Take a few minutes to brainstorm/freewrite a list of all the places where you have data stored in memory - all the types of memory you use and access. Include non-digital forms of memory/storage as well.
2. Think about the different types of data you store in these various places. Are there clear distinctions between the locations, or do you store files in whatever memory system is most readily available? Do you save in multiple locations as back-up or for convenience? Are you ever frustrated by the breadth of your memory?
3. IF YOU WANT:Using Google Drawings (or draw by hand) to create a Venn Diagram showing the network of your memory systems. Label the spheres with the different places where you have stored data - lap top, work computer, Google Drive, flash drive, etc. Overlap the spheres where we have stored the same data. Write the type of data (lesson plan, essay, photos) on the overlapping area of the sphere to show what you keep where.
4. Post to your blog (embed or scan and upload) with the tag "Memory Network" and maybe write a comment or two about anything interesting you learned.
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1/21/2014 3:20:02Jenny MooreExamine the varying types of networks discussed and choose one to replicate via Popplet.com. You may want to consider a network you are familiar with and analyze how the connections between the modem, the router, the computers and/or other devices are facilitated. Use Popplet to draw an image of either 1) your own home network, 2) the network at your workplace, or 3) a type of network connection discussed in the blog post. Make sure to consider what all of the nodes are, the relationship between the nodes, whether the nodes can communicate with one another directly or if communication must be facilitated. Make certain to title the Popplet in such a way that it is clear what type of network you have mapped.
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1/21/2014 19:29:34Daniel Hocutt I missed this bit completely - I created the activity at the end of my blog post, but didn't post it here. Sorry about that...

In a digital medium of your choice, map out your online social networking site network.

1. Create a structure that lists your online social networking sites. Nodes should be individual social networking sites.

2. Draw connections where there are common intersections among the social networking sites. These might include the same friends in multiple networks or using one network (like Google) to log into or post to another network (like Twitter or Facebook).

3. List as many online social networking sites as possible, keeping in mind the two characteristics of online social networking tools (above).

4. Try to distinguish between more often used and less often used online social networking sites—could be by color, by size, or some other differentiator.

Post a screen capture of the map to your blog, along with a very brief comment on the results. I’ve created a mindmap in Popplet as an example: http://popplet.com/app/#/1575865
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1/22/2014 3:21:55Jenny Moore (Updated)Examine the varying types of networks discussed and choose one to replicate via Popplet.com. I have created a Popplet (posted on the blog) for students to use. You may want to consider a network you are familiar with and analyze how the connections between the modem, the router, the computers and/or other devices are facilitated. Use Popplet to draw an image of either 1) your own home network, 2) the network at your workplace, or 3) a type of network connection discussed in the blog post. Make sure to consider what all of the nodes are, the relationship between the nodes, whether the nodes can communicate with one another directly or if communication must be facilitated. After you complete the Popplet, use the Google Doc link provided on the blog to submit a brief description (in 2-3 sentences) the network that you mapped.
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1/26/2014 19:51:09ChvonneHow much do you know about your mobile device? Test your knowledge: Cell Phone Quiz
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