Class Notes for 10/15/14

Important- Going forward reflection letters for all first drafts  

Key for summarizing an article:

  • First sentence should be title of the article and the thesis in your own words
  • Be sure to summarize in the present tense and in first person
  • Periods and commons inside quotation marks
  • Use MLA citation for summaries

Final Draft:

  1. Due next Wednesday 10/22/14
  2. Reflection: whole process including visibility testing both as the tester of others objects and your own
  3. Graphics
  4. Object
  5. Run visibility again
  • For instructions of prototype be sure to detail better, include graphics, simple wording, be sure to include all steps and try to keep it to one action per step

Votes for best Project:

Baloony 5

Can Chair 4

Critter 3

Circuit Board 2

Card House 1

Basketball 1

Crossbow 1

Class notes 10/8


  • See professor Jill Belli during office hours for details feed back on assignment 1.

Close reading/Active Reading/Annotating/ Reverse Outline

  • Skimming
  • Read once
  • Try to understand the main idea
  • Highlight important idea
  • Looking the meaning for words you don’t understand.
  • Identify the main idea for each paragraph in the text using 5 words or less.
  • Purpose of the main idea

In class assignment

Read and Summary “The Flight from Conversation” by Sherry Turkle

First Reading

  • Skim read the article
  • Circle word that you don’t know the meaning.
  • Circle paragraph and sentence that stand out.

Second Reading

  • Before reading the second time, look up the meaning of words that you don’t know.
    • Write down the meaning
    • Part of speech
    • Try to pronounce the word
  • make notes on the text
  • analyze each paragraph

Vocabulary in class and from “The Flight from Conversation” by Sherry Turkle

  • Mere – the smallest or slightest.
  • Wistfully — Full of wishful yearning.
  • Allusion — The act of alluding; indirect reference
  • Persnickety — Over particular about trivial details.
  • Furiously — Full of or characterized by extreme anger; raging.
  • Carefully kept at bay — to prevent someone from moving closer.
  • Goldilocks effect — states that something must fall within certain margins, as opposed to reaching extremes.
  • Gulp — to gasp or choke, as when taking large drafts of a liquid.
  • Nuance — a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.

This reveres outline was done by students.

Reveres Outline of “The Flight from Conversation” (Sherry Turkle)

Main Idea Propose/function
¶1 How technology replace verbal conversation with each other. #1 Replace face-to-face conversation.
¶2 People are connected by social medial 25/7. #2 Focus in shifted and directed to social media.
¶3 Technology change who we are #3 awareness
¶4 The idea of being “alone together” #4 selective attention
¶5 Technology in the office #5 talking less to your colleagues
¶6 Technologies are forcing us to be alone #6 Technologies are changing how we communicate in society.
¶7 No ready to trade texting for real conversation #7 State the relationship between teens and technology(texting)
¶8 People are in their own world #8 Support pervious paragraph about boy and businessman
¶9 Keep people at a distance just so they are accessible # Shows how connection affects how we keep in touch with one another.
¶10 Further describing how people use online to connect. # add details to supports above paragraph


This reveres outline done by students and Professor Jill Belli

Reveres Outline of “The Flight from Conversation” (Sherry Turkle)

Main Idea Propose/function
¶1 How technology replace verbal conversation with each other. #1 Replace face-to-face conversation./thesis argument
¶2 People are connected by social medial 25/7. #2 support the thesis
¶3 Technology change who we are #3 introduce credibility
¶4 “alone together” #4 sub point
¶5 Alone together #5 give supporting example of people be alone
¶6 People want to be alone #6 Show evidence
¶7 People want not technological communication #7 State the relationship between teens and technology(texting)/ other point of view
¶8 People are in their own world #8 Support pervious paragraph about boy and businessman
¶9 Keep people at a distance just so they are accessible # Shows how connection affects how we keep in touch with one another.
¶10 Further describing how people use online to connect. # add details to supports above paragraph


Due 10/15/2014

Assignment #3 – Instruction and Usability Testing

Summary and Reverse Outline of “The Flight from Conversation” by Sherry Turkle



Class notes for 10/1

Vocabulary to know:

  • Cursory – not paying much attention/to be fast.
  • Superficial – occurring on the surface.
  • Perfunctory – in a fast paced/rush.
  • Haphazard – lack of order or planning.
  • Attribution – to give credit.
  • Contextualized – to put an action in a context, one that is appropriate, for purposes of study.
  • Thesis – the main point/ main argument.
  • Annotate – provide more information, to take notes.

The internet:

  • archive
  • searchable
  • linked/network
  • aggregated

What are we struggling about? / Questions for Assignment

  • How to cc others
  • structure / formatting/ organization (differ)
  • Content / formality / tone

Our strong points in Assignment #2:

  • Transitions / flow
  • Connect experience to bigger issues
  • Intro to paragraph hook/praise
  • addressed assignment expectations
  • incorporating pre-draft (blog)
  • main points
  • clear sentences
  • professional tone
  • incorporate research
  • prove substantial
  • connect experience

Our weak points in Assignment #2:

  • Audience
  • Bad structure
  • Style/sentence- level
  • repetition
  • tense/voice(active) – formatting
  • grammar
  • make clear statements
  • structure – transitions – repetitive
  • forgetting smaller details
  • personal (?)

Memo Format:

  • To ……
  • Purpose
  • Summary
  • Discussion
  • Recommendation

Things our school needs:

  • More money/tuition
  • More students/ enrollment
  • Retention rate
  • Graduation rate
  • Certification
  • Employment


  1. Be sure to categorize everything we post on open lab.
  2. Read Strategies for Summarizing.

Class Notes 09/17/14

Notes: [ 09/17/2014 ]

Main Topic: Correspondence

Free-Writing (15 mins)

  1. Reflect on how City Tech/department and major have prepared you for the types of jobs out there?
  2. “Dream Big”- given unlimited resources, what would you recommend to the college or department (in terms of overall education/ career preparedness).

Group Work and Discussion

  • Share ideas with your group members on what you wrote in your free-writing.
  • Take a look at CityTech’s courses/majors and compare it to other colleges.
  • Brainstorm ideas
  • mind-mapping/clustering

‘My Ideal Department’ [That we wished CityTech would offer to students]

  1. Classes size
  2. Internships
  3. Faculty
  4. Career
  5. Advising
  6. Mentoring
  7. Career Mechanics
  8. Spaces/technology

Group Work Discussion/ Research of other colleges


  • Not enough professors/classes (lack of variety)
  • No labs, lack of software
  • More internship classes should be offered
  • More communication and feedback from companies
  • Professors must speak English clearly or can be understood
  • Unnecessary course requirements
  • Certification assistance
  • Better advisement
  • Job Center

“Dream Big”

  • More Professors and courses
  • Technical Works
  • Support from the library (assistance)
  • More resource
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Independent research
  • Field trips that relates to the field we are in
  • Wider usage of instruction technology (Blackboard, open lab)
  • Gym, recreational areas
  • Better elevators

CityTech Dept/Major

Colleges Searched

  • Hunter
  • Queens
  • Baruch
  • Brooklyn
  • Polytech
  • NYU
  • Harvard
  • MIT
  • Cooper
  • Stonybrook
  • Columbia
  • Howard


Assignment 2 (discussed the task for the assignment)

Work/task for the next 2 weeks

  1. Blogs
  2. Memo Letter

For more information check schedule.


Class notes for 9/10


Class Notes

Notes taken since the beginning of the class until the break

  1. Reviewing some SYLLABUS specifics:
  • Under the category of RESOURCES, students can find many valuable and legit reading materials about Technical Writing.
  1. TECHNICAL WRITING – definition based on the readings:
  • It is simplified –deride what is not important;
  • Streamlineal – optimized for the specific purpose;
  • Consumer/audience/user oriented.
  1. TECHNICAL WRITERS as translators and convertors. The translated or simplified technical writing must include all of the eight characteristics of excellence.


Notes taken after the break:

  • Argument/Persuasive form(state a claim, and then provide evidences to prove the claim)
  • Must be one page, in paragraph form, include four paragraphs (1st paragraph: introduce; 2nd: write about yourself; 3rd: write about experiences; 4th: state how can contribute.)
  • It has to look professionally, one-inch margins all around;
  • It has to be narrative-tell the story;
  • With reasoning and prioritizing, to fit employer’s needs.
  • Has to be written 100% in the active language.
  • Active language – describe the action in several different ways, write how YOU influenced the situation rather then, how everything happened to you. Constant rotation of subject and object.   
  • Should not be a duplicate of cover letter;
  • Should be straightforward include: skills, dates, education, bullet point form.
  • Requirements with “must” are important ;
  • “desired”- not so important;

Class notes for 9/3

Class notes for 9/3

Q: What is technical writing?

A: Any form of concise and specific writing that effectively communicates and enable readers to understand a proof or concept in a variety of technical fields.

The 8 characteristics of writing:

  • Honesty
  • Clarity
  • Accuracy
  • Comprehensive
  • Accessibility/Availability
  • Conciseness
  • Professional appearance
  • Correctness

Examples of technical documents/writing:

  • Emails/CVs
  • Resumes
  • Letters
  • Reports
  • Power points
  • Psuedo-code
  • Notes
  • Tutorials
  • Manuals
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)