Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Welcome to GSIT 2019

ITB 1003

Falll 2019

Instructor: Jeff Lebow Office: D571  Email: pufslebow@gmail.com 
Office HoursWednesday 4-5pm,  Fridays 3~5pm or by appointment  

 Group Note

Class Bands

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GSIT2019 Writing Folder

Monday, October 14, 2019

iGen and Generation Differences


​According to the research of psychology professor Jean Twenge, Ph.D., those who were born between 1995 and 2012 are far different from any other generation before them, namely because they grew up fully immersed in a high-tech, smartphone-driven world from the day they were born.

Dr. Twenge's just-released book, "iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us," follows up her earlier book, "Generation Me," published in 2006.

We sat down to ask Twenge what we should know about the iGen children, teens, and young adults who are coming up now -- how they're different, what they care about, and how they'll make their mark on the world.

Discussion Questions

  1. In what ways do you think your generation is different from earlier and later generations?
  2. What are the key national and global events that have shaped your generation?
  3. What don’t older and younger generations understand about your generation?
  4. What bothers, confuses, and/or frustrates you about older and younger generations?
  5. How do attitudes differ about: work, play, love, money?
  6. In what ways do you envy other generations? In what ways do you feel bad for them?
  7. What message of gratitude and/or scolding would you give to other generations?
  8. What are your earliest memories of using a computer, smartphone, and other tech?
  9. On average, how much time do you spend on your phone in a day? a year?
  10. How many texts did you send yesterday?
  11. How many ❤and 👍 did you give and receive last week?
  12. How much do you check and care about the sns feedback you get?
  13. How does screen time affect your mood or health?
  14. How, if at all, do you think men and women use their phones differently?
  15. What, if anything, is different about Millenials and iGens in Korea compared to other countries?

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fresh off the back of the success of Sapiens and Homo Deus, Professor Yuval Noah Harari has returned with another book, not quite for the ages, but for the 21st Century. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century cuts through the ‘information overwhelm’ and muddy waters of the online world and confronts the most urgent questions on today’s global agenda.I was excited when I received my copy of the book in the mail, courtesy of Penguin Books, and couldn’t wait to get my head buried in it. By all accounts, it didn’t disappoint. Harari confronts today’s 21 big questions throughout the book’s 21 chapters and after having read and highlighted the book, distilled its 300 pages down to 16,000 words of notes, I decided to bring you my third book summary.


Discussion Questions
  1. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of liberal democracy?
  2. In the future, do you think wealth will be distributed more or less fairly? (in Korea and the world)
  3. Do you think Universal Basic Income is a good idea? What about providing more comprehensive welfare services? (e.g. free health care, education, etc.)
  4. Are you more optimistic or pessimistic about artificial intelligence technology? Why?
  5. What role do you think speaking a foreign language (especially Englsih) will play in 20 years?
  6. Do you think it is possible for an AI creation could gain sentience? have emotions? be self-aware?
  7. Do you think AI can produce art or music?
  8. Have you (and people you know) become happier as they’ve become wealthier?
  9. Do you think the news media will become more or less trusted in the future? What will be the consequences?

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

GSIT Fall 2019 - Week#1

Semester Overview

This course is lis a continuation of last semester’s ITB1002 course. We will use some of the same tools and methods, but there will also be a few changes. There will be additional opportunities for feedback and analysis of writing tasks and recorded conversations. Additionally, some of the topics covered will be chosen and developed by class members.

Hosted Topics

Class members will take turns being a 'Topic Host.' As such, each of you will prepare materials on some topic of interest and/or relevance to your learning goals. This can include current events, social issues, academic subjects, general interest knowledge, or work-related matters. It should be a topic that has not been covered in this or other GSIT courses.

In class, the topic host will provide a short introduction/overview of the topic and prepare materials, vocabulary, and discussion questions that will be covered in class and/or written about after class.  The introduction should not last longer than five minutes. You can use visual aids if you like, but please do not read a ppt. We will plan to spend 40-50 minutes of class time going over the material and discussing the topic.

By the Saturday before your topic, please share your tentative plans and materials with Jeff. Feel free to include Jeff’s input or output in any meaningful way.

During Week#2 and Week#3, Jeff will be the ‘Topic Host’. Class members will start hosting Sept. 25.

Discuss with Jeff’ Topics/Items
Aside from your hosted topic, please feel free to request class time to discuss any material or language questions you encounter outside of this class. This can be a quick explanation of an idiom or a deeper discussion of a topic or article. If possible, please message Jeff beforehand with the question or materials.

There will be more ‘opportunities’ for writing tasks, feedback, and analysis. A ‘GSIT2019 Writing’ Google Drive folder has been shared with each of you and inside you will find a subfolder with your name. Please create Google Docs in those folders for each writing task.

Week#1 Topic: Social Identity 

Considering your multiple identities
(in-class reading)

What is Social Identity Theory?

What is Social Identity?

Week#1 Assignments
         (Due Sept. 8)

  • Write at least 300 words about different parts of your identity. Please use a Google Doc in your ITB1003 folder.  When finished copy and post the text or a link to your Google Doc to your class band. Feel free to include related photos. Jeff's Example)