MIDTERM EXAMINATION.
Creatively represent what you learned through an untraditional (online, open-book, open-note) examination. IN-CLASS, November 1.

OVERVIEW OF FINAL PAPER, CREATIVE PROJECT OR PRESENTATION.
Working individually or with a partner, students examine a specific topic related to the course, gather information to acquire expertise on the topic, develop an original argument, and write a scholarly paper communicating their ideas. Alternatively, students may submit a fully-developed creative proposal for a multimedia project (website, app, game, TV show, movie). Students share their work online and through a pecha-kucha presentation, consisting of 20 slides, each automatically advancing after 20 seconds.

1. Option 1: Paper. You publish your final project to the wiki. Your paper is well-formulated and includes a thesis statement, a rationale for the importance of the topic, a review of appropriate background information, and an original interpretation and analysis. You make effective use of course readings and independent reading from professional and scholarly sources.
Option 2: Creative Proposal. You develop a full creative proposal for a multimedia project that includes a concept, rationale, competitive analysis, treatment, script sample or wireframes, timetable, and business plan. Your proposal also includes a cover letter to an appropriate media professional who has the capacity to financially support the project.
2. Pecha-Kucha Presentation. All students develop an oral presentation to summarize the paper or proposal, presented using a pecha-kucha presentation style in a way that demonstrates professionalism and credibility. Multimedia support materials enhance the audience's understanding of the main argument. Target length: 5 minutes. Goal: persuade listeners to view your website.

Intermediate Deadline #A. Concept Paper. Develop an idea for a paper or creative project and write a one-page (250-word) concept paper. Post to the class wiki. DUE: Friday, October 26, midnight.
Intermediate Deadline #B. Consulting Session. Participate in a Skype call about your paper or creative project, have some content published to your wiki space, and discuss your progress with the instructor. DUE: Monday, November 19.
Final Project Deadlines. Pecha-Kucha. You will be assigned one of the following dates to make your presentation. Each individual will make a pecha-kucha presentation even if working as a member of a team. DUE: November 27, November 29, December 4.
Final Paper or Creative Project. DUE: December 6.

INFORMAL WRITING #6: Revise Children's Media: Present Meets Past
Revise your comparison-contrast paper to make better use of high-quality information and evidence as you consider the strategic choices involved in creating children's media artifacts. Inform and entertain the reader with your analysis of two pieces of children's media in a way that enables you to reflect on both the universal elements of children's media and the changes that have occurred over time. Explore resources using the open Internet and use the more expensive resources available through the library. Create a wiki page to publish your work.

Length: minimum 1,200 words. DUE: Friday, October 19, midnight.

Criteria for Evaluation.
1. You have made a thoughtful choice of children's media and use a combination of description and analysis that enable the reader to appreciate the artifact and understand your personal response to it.
2. You use information and evidence from a range of different sources to support your ideas.
3. You offer insight on how the artifact can be understood in relation to some of the larger themes in society, the family, child development, and/or the media industry by using comparison-contrast to a older example of children's media.
4. You use the best characteristics of a review by providing information and offering an appraisal, evaluation or judgment that uses reasoning and evidence. Your work is engaging, well-organized and concise, with a clear thesis statement and a compelling introduction and conclusion.
5. You use APA 6th edition to create a works cited list and your writing contains no spelling or grammatical errors.

INFORMAL WRITING #4&5: Create a Pitch and Mini-Proposal for a Children's Media Product
Time to get creative! Develop an idea for a new TV show, video game, app, website, or film to appeal to boys and/or girls ages 2 - 5, 6 - 10, 11 - 15 (and or their parents and caregivers). Develop a pitch and receive "critical friends" feedback from your executive producer (Professor Hobbs), then polish your idea to create a mini-proposal. A team of judges will select the very best proposal and that individual will receive a special prize!

As you begin, consider carefully the children's media marketplace. Use your life experiences and what you have learned from readings and discussions to inspire your work. Develop the idea by thinking about these elements of an effective media proposal:

TITLE: Snappy and short and memorable
CONCEPT: A one-sentence log line that describes the idea in an appealing way.
CONTENT: A description of the product itself. This may include characters, settings, story lines, action or interactive elements.
GENRE & FORMAT: A description of the style or form. What type of content is this? Is your project live action or animation? A narrative story, non-fiction documentary or quiz game?
AUDIENCE and DISTRIBUTION: A precise description of the specific demographic group you seek to reach. Some background information about their needs and preferences.
COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS: A description of other children's media that is similar to your idea and an explanation of how your idea is better and different
APPEAL: Explain why children in your target audience will love this new product.
DISTRIBUTION: How will your new product reach the target audience?
MARKETING/PROMOTION/LICENSING/MERCHANDISING: How will you help pay for the development of your children's media product?

Deadline 1: Sign up for a time to pitch your idea to Renee. You'll get an email invite to select a time slot. Use your gmail account and be available on Google Hangouts (or Skype) 10 minutes before your time slot. Be prepared to respond to challenging questions.
Deadline 2: Hand in your mini-proposal on Tuesday, October 11 by posting it to our SlideShare website. User: children-media-URI PW: Harrington

Criteria For Evaluation:
1. Your idea is creative, engaging and appropriate for the target audience you have selected. The content, genre and format are cohesive and you have built in a variety of elements that will engage and appeal.
2. You demonstrate an understanding of the business of children's media and of the competitive media landscape in 2012.
3. Your proposal is persuasive and professional and motivates the reader to want to bid on your project.

INFORMAL WRITING #3. Children's Media: Present Meets Past.
Select a specific example of a contemporary children's media artifact from 2012 (a book, TV show, movie, videogame, music, app, online interactive media) and write a review that describes and analyzes it in relation to an older artifact/example of children's media from any time period. Use the power of comparison-contrast to consider the strategic choices involved in creating children's media artifacts. Reflect on both the universal elements of children's media and the changes that have occurred over time. Hand in a paper copy and upload your document to SlideShare. Your writing should include two appropriate images.

Length: minimum 750 words. DUE: Friday, September 28, midnight.

Criteria for Evaluation.
1. You have made a thoughtful choice of children's media and use a combination of description and analysis that enable the reader to appreciate the artifact and understand your personal response to it.
2. You offer insight on how the artifact can be understood in relation to some of the larger themes in society, the family, child development, and/or the media industry by using comparison-contrast to a older example of children's media.
3. You use the best characteristics of a review by providing information and offering an appraisal, evaluation or judgment that uses reasoning and evidence. Your is engaging, well-organized and concise, with no spelling or grammatical errors.

INFORMAL WRITING #2. PowerPoint Talk.
Select one chapter from Lisa Guernsey's book. Put your name on the sign-up sheet before you begin. Prepare a brief 3 - 5 minute presentation using only 5 slides to capture the most interesting or provocative ideas of the chapter. Use a compelling combination of images and language to capture key ideas using a slide presentation. Be prepared to "talk through" the slides in a way that will help listeners get a sense of what was most informative, troubling or important in the chapter you selected. End the presentation with three important questions that you're curious about after having read the chapter.

Length: 5 slides. DUE: September 20.

Criteria for Evaluation.
1. You demonstrate a good understanding of the key ideas in the chapter and you demonstrate sensitivity to the interests and experiences of the members of the class.
2. You use a skillful combination of oral performance and visually compelling PPT slides to convey new ideas and information clearly and with precision.
3. Your presentation is professional and your slides are factual, informative and well-designed with no spelling or grammatical errors.


INFORMAL WRITING #1. Memoir: Media and Technology in My Childhood.
Reflect on some part of your childhood and the way you used media as part of daily life when you were growing up. What were some of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, music, videogames, or online experiences between the ages of 4 - 7, 8 - 10 or between 11 - 15? What did you love best about a particular favorite? How did your peers, parents or family members think and feel about media and technology and how did their views influence you? Reflecting back on your childhood use of media and technology, what lessons did you learn from the media messages that were part of your growing up years?

Write a memoir to reflect on your memories and share what those memories mean to you today.
Length 800 - 1200 words. DUE: September 13.

Criteria for Evaluation.
1. You make effective use of the genre of memoir to vividly express a particular time, place and location that captures memories of your use of media and technology during a specific time in your childhood.
2. You reflect on the implications of the memory and what means to you today, as a young adult.
3. Your writing uses an attention-getting opening, vivid description and details, and a clear thesis statement that reflects your interpretations and analysis of some aspect of the role of media and technology in your life as a child.