Teaching Tech

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Digital Storytelling in First-Year Composition

I can vividly recall stumbling across “The World of Digital Storytelling” by Jason Ohler in late 2008. I was on winter break and I was looking for an innovative way to teach a personal narrative assignment to my soon-to-be first-year composition students. To be sure, I taught personal narrative assignments many different ways during many … Continue reading

We’ve Always Taught Technology in Composition!

Joe Torok is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition as well as a Lecturer in the English Department at Wayne State University. He teaches Basic Writing and Technical Communication and has been instrumental in helping the department significantly expand the number of its online course offerings.   I don’t often see technology in scare quotes, but … Continue reading

Web 2.0 in the Classroom and the Writing Center

The recent on-campus presentation of Bedford/St. Martin’s Writer’s Help came at an advantageous time for me, both as an instructor and as the director of the writing center. As instructors, we all are in search of new tools and technologies that help support student learning. Web 2.0 have become increasingly more popular (wikis, blogs, flicker, … Continue reading

The Open Author and Open Audience Writing Classroom

While largely known up to the turn of the century as workspaces for IT professionals collaborating on the production of computer code and its documentation, wikis–web presences that allow asynchronous collaboration between multiple contributors–now exist to track everything from the location of transgender-friendly public restrooms across the United States, to compiling a comprehensive database of … Continue reading

The Cellular Classroom: A Re-Examination of Media Policies

It is safe to say that as long as there have been cell phones, there have been policies against their use in the classroom. When I began my undergraduate career, cell phones were a few years away from ubiquity and yet I struggle to recall a syllabus that didn’t include a line stating that they … Continue reading

Using “The Awesome Highlighter” as a Teaching Tool

If you’re like me, the books crowding your shelves are littered with marginalia; fading reminders of happy readings. And, in an era dominated by digital source material, you’ve likely found yourself barking at your trusty number two pencil “what now?” Give yourself over to The Awesome Highlighter (TAH) and rest assured that some semblance of … Continue reading

Using Jing to Annotate Texts and Produce Screencasts

Because of the increasing integration of new media platforms (blogs, wikis, content management systems), tools (software for composing, designing, and editing), and projects (assignments that use these tools to create compositions on these platforms) into composition courses, you might find yourself spending an increasing amount of your time in front of your class walking students … Continue reading

Using StumbleUpon to Search for Course Content

Take a cue from the hipsters out there; if you are struggling to stay relevant in today’s emerging media landscape—desperately Googling discussion materials before class—you’re trying too hard. StumbleUpon is a free research tool which functions much like the Yellow Pages, providing resources for users to browse and keep track of interesting/useful websites.  Like other popular … Continue reading

Using Dropbox for Document Management

Managing documents is a soul-crushing task.  If you’ve ever spent a lonely Saturday afternoon searching for a misplaced essay, you know where I’m coming from. Add to this the burden of collecting/organizing student documents each semester, and the prospects seem exceedingly bleak (Daft Punk’s “Technologic” never seemed so relevant). Fortunately, there is help. Dropbox is … Continue reading