Collaborative Film Notes: Class Activity Jan. 29

As you know, on Tuesday January 29 (tomorrow), we will be watching the film Chocolate Babies in class. And as with all film screenings, we will also be taking notes during it. However, we are going to be taking notes in three ways.

You have three options for how you want to do this:

1) Twitter notes: For this option, you will live tweet during the film screening, using our course hashtag #queerfemfilm. You’ll need to bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to do this. You’ll tweet your notes on the film, which will show up in our course feed.

2) Collaborative Google Doc notes: For this option, you’ll type your notes into a collaborative Google Doc found here. Everyone who chooses this option will be typing in the same document, and you’ll be able to see what other people are contributing it in real time. You’ll need to bring a laptop or tablet to do this.

3) Non-collaborative notes: For this option, you will hand write or type your notes into a document or notebook of your choosing. You are the only person who will be able to see these notes during class (we’ll share them later) as you’ll be creating them individually. You’ll need to bring a laptop, tablet, or notebook/pens/pencils to do this.

You’ll need to choose one of these three options BEFORE class tomorrow, and come ready to start at the beginning of class. The film runs 80 minutes so we will start screening right at 10:30 am. Participation in this activity is considered class contribution, so make sure you contribute in one of the above three ways.

The goal behind this notetaking activity is first of all to encourage everyone to take notes on the films for this class (something you should be doing anyway), and second of all to explore the ways collaboration and different platforms can be useful (or not) in notetaking and critical thinking in film studies.

If you have any questions about this activity or these options, let me know. See you tomorrow for our screening of Chocolate Babies!