I’m cancelling Friday’s freewriting (and simply awarding everyone the five points). You have enough to be working on this week.
The instructions for creating the W section of your ePortfolio are available here.
We’re on schedule, according to our revised calendar.
On Friday, we’ll take some time in class to work on the electronic W portfolio. If you have access to a portable computer, please bring it to class.
As I mentioned last week, Professor Moe recently created a screencast about Zotero. Though I’ve included the screencast here, his post includes links to two other helpful videos about the reference manager, so you may want to check it out.
Prior to your group’s meeting with me, please attempt to do the following:
- Download and install Zotero on your computer or flash drive (see below).
- Create an account at Zotero using your saintmarys.edu address.
Downloading and installing Zotero:
(Click on any image below to see a larger version of it.)
Your installation process will differ a bit depending on what kind of computer you’re using.
- If you’re using Windows or OS X:
- Go to the Zotero home page, and click on the large “Download Now” button.
- I recommend choosing Zotero Standalone, unless you use a Chromebook (see more on that below). Click on the download button, and use the downloaded file to install the program as you would any other (i.e., double-clicking on the .exe or .dmg file and following any resulting instructions).Be sure you also install the Zotero connector for the browser you use most often. Please note that Zotero will not work with Internet Explorer!
- If you’re using Linux (here, too, be sure you install the Zotero connector for your favorite browser): You should be presented with a download link, and you can always download the installer file and double-click on it. I’ve generally found it faster and easier, however, to just open a terminal and run the following commands (this assumes you’re using Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, etc.):
- sudo add-apt-repository ppa:smathot/cogscinl
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get install zotero-standalone
- If you’re using a Chromebook:
Chromebooks are solid, useful devices, especially when so much of our digital life is stored in the cloud, anyway. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to install all software on a Chromebook, and you won’t be able to run Zotero on your own machine. Instead, you’ll need to do the following:
- Acquire a flash drive. It needn’t be of particularly high capacity; 4 – 8 GB is just fine.
- Go to one of the computer labs on campus and log on to one of the Windows computers.
- Open a browser, and go to Portableapps.com. Click on “Apps” in the page’s top menu.
- On the page that opens, scroll down to the “Internet” section, and find “Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition.” Click the link to download the installer file, and make a note of where you save it.
- Insert your flash drive into one of the computer’s USB ports. Make a note of what drive letter the computer assigns to it.
- Find the installer file you downloaded, double-click it, and follow the instructions. When it asks where to install Firefox, direct it to the drive letter corresponding to your flash drive.
- Open your flash drive, find the “FirefoxPortable” application, and double-click on it.
- In FirefoxPortable, go to the Zotero download page.Click on the “Zotero 4.0 for Firefox” button. You may be asked whether you want to allow www.zotero.org to install software on your computer. Yes, you do. You’re likely to get another warning telling you you should only install add-ons from trusted authors. Zotero.org is a trusted author, so go ahead and allow the installation. Restart Firefox when prompted to do so.
- You should now see a large “Z” near the top of your Firefox toolbar. Clicking on it will open the Zotero pane shown in this image.
Creating an account
Creating an account is simple. Just click the register link on Zotero’s home page, and follow the instructions.
The assignment sheet for the article review is now available in your Google Drive accounts.
If you have access to a laptop computer, please bring it to class on Tuesday.
This week, you’ll write the first of this semester’s timed essays. Details are available here (you’ll need to log in with your Saint Mary’s credentials).
As you’ll have noted, the topics we take up following the break will depend in large part on student interest.
To help me gauge interest and make group assignments according to your preferences (as much as possible — I do not promise that you’ll end up working on your preferred issue), please fill out the issue preferences form by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 12 (the form will capture your email address, so I’ll know which preferences are yours).
For Tuesday, please do the following:
Assume you’re a person in the situation indicated on the card I gave you in class on Friday. Using the information available at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process.html (and links from that page) and at http://www.uscis.gov/greencard (and links from that page), attempt to determine the following:
- Are you eligible to immigrate to the U.S.?
- If you are, what do you have to do to immigrate?
- How long will it be before you’re able to come to the U.S.?
Come to class prepared to discuss what you found out.