Digital Journal

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Alexander Liholiho's personal journal, 1849

Curriculum[edit]

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 Coder Merlin™  Computer Science Curriculum Data

Unit: Lab basics

Experience Name: Digital Journal (W1005)

Knowledge and skills:

  • §10.111 Participate with electronic communities as a learner and contributor
  • §10.112 Actively mentor learners within and beyond the school environment
  • §10.121 Demonstrate proficiency in managing files and processes using a command line interface
  • §10.651 Create web pages using HTML and CSS

Topic areas: Reflection

Classroom time (average): 20 minutes

Study time (average): 30 minutes

Successful completion requires knowledge: understand the purpose of a digital journal; understand the purpose of reflection

Successful completion requires skills: creating a digital journal in the proper format

Background[edit]

Introduction[edit]

Your journey through these computer science experiences will benefit greatly by journaling. Each journal entry will have four parts:

  1. A brief journal header
  2. The second part of your journal will document assistance that you have received or provided.
  3. The third part of your journal will have a prescribed format. Here, you'll have the opportunity to ponder about phenomena that you've observed and answer some questions.
  4. The fourth part of your journal entry will address some open-ended prompts that will be the same for each experience.
  5. The final part is your opportunity to further explore the experience on your own.

Conventions[edit]

Journal Location and Name[edit]

All of your journals will be located in a subdirectory of your home directory, called "Journals". Let's create that directory now.

john-williams@codermerlin:~$  cd
john-williams@codermerlin:~$  mkdir Journals
john-williams@codermerlin:~$  cd Journals
john-williams@codermerlin:~/Journals$  

Each file will be named in accordance with the identifier of the experience (with the "W" replaced by a "J") with an extension of ".txt". Let's create the journal for experience W1002 and enter the editor:

john-williams@codermerlin:~/Journals$  emacs J1002.txt

Journaling Requirements[edit]

  • The first part of your journal will be a simple header with your name, the journal identifier, and the date that you started writing the journal. Type that into emacs now:

1 | Name: Jane Williams
2 | Journal: J1002
3 | Date: 25-Sep-2021
4 |
5 |

  • The second part of your journal simply lists those individuals that have provided you with assistance and those individuals that you yourself have assisted:

4 |
5 |
6 | I received assistance from: John Williams
7 |
8 | I assisted: Jane Williams
9 |

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Caution

Providing clear attribution when using the ideas and creations of others is a core tenet of your journey and a serious responsibility. Do not leave these lines relating to assistance blank. You must either list one or more names or explicitly state NO ONE.

  • The third part of your journal will have a prescribed format, as determined by the specific observation boxes in that experience. As an example, consider the following two boxes from W1002:


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Observe, Ponder, and Journal : Section 1
  1. Name at least two other services that you personally use which are implemented using a Client/Server Model


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Observe, Ponder, and Journal : Section 2
  1. It appears that both Jack Williams and John Williams can have a directory of the same name. Do you think the ability to have two different users create a directory of the same name is important? Why?


These questions should be labeled in your journal using the convention Section.Question followed by a newline character. Use complete sentences and leave a blank line between questions. In this example, there are two sections with one question in each section. In emacs, we'd continue as follows:

 8 |
 9 | 1.1:
10 | One of the other services that I use is...
11 | Another of the services that I use is...
12 |
13 | 2.1:
14 | I think that the ability to have two different users...

  • The fourth section will address some questions that require a bit more thought. These same questions will be answered for each experience. Let's add these lines to emacs now:

15 |
16 | What did I learn? What is the "big idea"?
17 |
18 | What challenges did I encounter?
19 |
20 | How could this experience be improved?
21 |

  • The final part of your journal is titled "Free Reflection." It's an opportunity for you to reflect on your experience and how it has impacted your thinking. Let's add these lines to emacs now:

21 |
22 | Free Reflection: How has what I've learned impacted my thinking?
23 |

Template[edit]

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Helpful Hint

In order to quickly create journals, you can copy this text into emacs into a file inside your Journals directory called "Template.txt". Then, in order to start a new journal, copy the template as a starting point.

jane-williams@codermerlin:~$  cd ~/Journals
jane-williams@codermerlin:~/Journals$  emacs Template.txt

Then, copy the text below into emacs:

Name: Jane Williams
Journal: J____
Date: 01-Jan-2023

I received assistance from:

I assisted: 

1.1:

1.2:
 
2.1:

2.2:

What did I learn? What is the "big idea"?

What challenges did I encounter?

How could this experience be improved?

Free Reflection: How has what I've learned impacted my thinking?

Before saving the file, change the name of the author to your name. Then save the file.

Now, the next time that you need a journal, copy the template as a starting point. For example:

jane-williams@codermerlin:~/Journals$  cp Template.txt Jnnnn.txt

Exercises[edit]

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Exercises

Now that you've completed W1005, complete:

  •  J1002  Create a journal and answer all questions in W1002. Be sure to include all sections of the journal, properly formatted.



Experience Metadata

Experience ID W1005
Unit Lab basics
Knowledge and skills §10.111
§10.112
§10.121
§10.651
Topic areas Reflection
Classroom time 20 minutes
Study time 30 minutes
Acquired knowledge understand the purpose of a digital journal
understand the purpose of reflection
Acquired skill creating a digital journal in the proper format
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