Since the tutorial is studying Computers: Facts [and]
Misconceptions, some class time will be devoted to identifying popular
images of computing.
What is reported in the popular press about computing?
What images do these reports present?
To what extent are these images true, misleading, false?
What are the practical, social, cultural, and ethical implications of the
Here are three examples of possible news stories, all retrieved on
Saturday, August 24.
Presentation of News Stories in the Tutorial
Most Thursday tutorial meetings will begin with the presentation of a few
Groups of 2 or 3 students will present 1 news report/group on Thursday,
Each student is expected to present 1 additional news report before the
Each student is expected to present 1 additional news report after the
Each news report should have appeared within the last week (i.e., after the
presentations of the previous Thursday).
Each student report should be planned for about 5 minutes, as follows:
presentation of the story itself (about 3 minutes)
a few comments on possible perspectives the story presents regarding
"facts, misconceptions, and ethical issues" (1-2 minutes)
a few questions for class discussion (1-2 minutes, but maybe longer)
Students may work in groups of 2 or 3 on the identification of news
Each person on the team must be part of the oral presentation
If the presentation is by a group of n students, then the presentation
counts as 1/n toward the 1 required presentation before and after break.
Thus, if two students present a news article, they each get credit for 0.5
news stories (and would need 1 more 2-student presentation to fulfill the 1
full report before or after break).
Since students do not have to sign up for news presentations ahead of time,
we can expect class time to be sporadic. Some days we may have several
reports, other days none at all. If it turns out that many students want
to present on the same day, it is possible that the discussion may need to
be continued on the following Tuesday.
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