Instructions for the Journey Log


Your Journey Log is a weekly reflection where you will use the Habits of Mind to explore your journey through the quests and raids, as well as your experiences with technology and coding. This is a way for you to reflect on your learning and adventure through this course. There are a few criteria you must follow, but what is written about is mostly up to you. These should be SUBSTANTIAL reflections and not a simple one paragraph response.

You are assessed on the following criteria:
  1. Creativity
  2. Reflective Depth
  3. Use of Habits of Mind
  4. Class Specialization

Journey Logs are due at the start of class every Tuesday starting on September 4th. They will run for about ten weeks and close out with a final overall reflection. The directions are as follows:

Each week you should reflect on your time with your quests and raids (including the readings and sessions) as well as your experimentations with technology. While doing so, your focus should be at least one of the habits of mind (detailed below and on the syllabus), rotating through all eight before repeating. Engage with ideas of failure, kairos, and technology to see what went well, what didn't, and how you can prepare yourself for future encounters. Of course, if you had a successful experience that you want to share, please do so here as well! Your specialization will alter the way in which you engage in the reflection by giving extra criteria or dictate what modes to use. The specializations are as follows:

  • Warrior: For all reflections, you must use at least two habits of mind and write at least 600 words.
  • Ranger: Research two concepts from sessions or readings. Collect at least two sources for these concepts and explain why you chose them and how you found them. Reflect on the research process as well as the deeper meaning of the concepts. Make sure to cite all sources in a citation style of your choice.
  • Mage: Create a 3 - 6 minute video using voice, images, text, and cited clips from other videos. You may use Adobe Spark Video in the beginning, but should move to Adobe Premiere Pro once it is introduced in class. A brief paragraph should accompany the video discussing your process.
  • Bard: Bards are creative problem solvers. You should focus on digitally creating something that represents this week's reflection. This could be a flyer, video, animation, pamphlet, or drawing. You should document this process in images and/or video. A paragraph should accompany the composed piece on the process and rationale for your creation.
  • Builder: Create a structure or series of structures in Minecraft: Educaton Edition to work through at least one concept from the week. You should use signs and boards to help the reader walk through this creation. You should upload both the file for the world as well as a "video" (could be a slideshow) that both walks through and explains the created structure(s). If you choose not to use Minecraft, you could also write code, showing what you've learned thus far. 

Remember, the journey log should be fun and helpful to you. Put thought and effort into this log so it is something you are proud of at the end of the semester.

JL 1 - September 4: Free Topic - No Specialization Required
JL 2 - September 11: "Day in the Life of" (See Quest Log for Explanation)
JL 3 - September 18: Premiere Pro Analysis (See Quest Log for Explanation)

JL 4 - September 25: Free Topic
JL 5 - October 2: Minecraft: Education Edition (See Quest Log for Explanation)
JL 6 - October 9: Your Software Experience (See Quest Log for Explanation)
JL 7 - October 16: Collaborative Writing (See Quest Log for Explanation)

Habits of Mind:

  • Curiosity – the desire to know more about the world.
  • Openness – the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world.
  • Engagement – a sense of investment and involvement in learning.
  • Creativity – the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas.
  • Persistence – the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short- and long-term projects.
  • Responsibility – the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others.
  • Flexibility – the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands.
  • Metacognition – the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge.

Formatting and Submitting your Log

How to Format: For your first Journey Log, create an Adobe Spark Page and title it, "Last Name - Journey Log" (Your subtitle is completely up to you). Whenever you start an entry, click on H1 heading, left aligned, and type the following: "Journey Log # - Selected Habits of Mind - Myers Briggs/Specialization." Then, click on H2 heading, left aligned, and type the following: "Month & Day" Please refrain from using left aligned H1 headings unless it is to break up the journey log entries. If you have a video, please make sure you embed it.

How to Submit: When you are finished composing, click on "Share" at the top of the page and then click "Publish." make sure you have the hyperlink linked on the Quest Log Sheet. If you are editing (adding to the journey log), make sure you click on Share > Publish > Update Link. 

Final Journey Log Reflection

Now that you have reflected on the coursework, your raids, and the experience of the semester, it is time to reread all of your reflections and see how you have changed as a thinker, writer, and innovator. Please reflect on the following:
  • Reflect on the four most important Habits of Mind: 
    • Why are they important? How did they help you this semester? What will they continue to do for you in the future?
  • What would you change about the course?: 
    • This is the first time this course is being taught in this way, so what worked, didn't work, or what needs improvement. I know grades weren't updated quick enough, but what else could be changed? What did you learn? What missed the mark? 
  • Are you more ambitious or less apprehensive about using digital production software for projects or personal use?
  • Do you think you writing, creativity, ways of thinking have improved? Why or why not?
Bonus: Take the Myers Briggs test again and see if it has changed. What does this change (or consistency) say about you? 

This should be about 500 words, but remember to break up the text with headings, images, and videos. 

​Please put this at the very bottom of your Journey Log.