trying to embed a flickr slideshow. not having much luck.
(Play with the technology here.)
I used Smartdraw to create this graphic of my thought process in wondering where I want to go with my thesis. I think the diagram shows that the plan needs to be more focused. Will definitely sleep on it. What is the value of creating a picture of these ideas vs. describing them in words?
Narrated version using Jing
p.s. Only two free gigabytes are available from Jing (wait, is that giga- or mega-; oh, whatever, it fills up fast, and then it’s $100 annually. I’ll get back to you on this . . . )
Here is my seminar paper concept. Something about whether there is an intersection between new media/multimodal presentation (gotta get these terms sorted out!) and assistive technology. Or is the rush to new media in college writing classes just going to further marginalize the outsiders?
Here is one salesman’s answer.
Yes, he is among others in saying that the essay is dying and will (and should) be replaced by the multimedia collage.
Writing becomes important in order to script videos and plan multimedia projects.
(Scroll down to see Mr. Ohler’s discussion of “The Fate of Writing”)
Still, he has some great ideas and assignment possibilities.
What IS an essay anyway? Here is a wonderful article by Richard M. Chadbourne sent by Dr. Reynolds that discusses commonalities of great essays from different cultures.
Chadbourne calls essays the “most protean and elusive of literary forms,” and Dr. Reynolds avers that the essay will not disappear but is in need of transformation in composition studies. So my question is this: What is the difference in assigning an essay and a “multimedia collage”?
This is a video demonstrating how to send comments to students using Jing. There might be a better chance that they will listen to you than there is that they will read the comments you wrote all over their creation. There is actually some evidence to that effect. Lots of potential here, don’tcha think?
One thing about the power of technology in teaching is that you have to take the time to learn to use it. TTV, Russell Stannard’s website, offers free training videos in many cutting-edge uses of free technology in teaching.
I found out about the idea of using screencasts to provide feedback on student writing from looking at the workshops that will be presented at the 2012 Computers and Writing convention. This is an exciting idea, and like most things I’ve learned to do with technology in teaching, it’s not because of the theoretical implications of having a better impact with feedback. That is certainly important, and exploring the research link on TTV shows a history of the theoretical basis. But I want to explore it because it looks like a better, more immediate way to connect with students.
I might make this my semester project, but first I have to find out if I can learn to use the tool for the purpose. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Thought is as often pictorial or purely emblematic as verbal . . . ~Saleem Sinai in Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
According to Kenneth A. Bruffee (“Collaborative Learning and the”Conversation of Mankind [sic]”
The premise of Bruffee’s important article is that the practice of teaching composition must account for the indeterminacy of knowledge and its nature as a social artifact by utilizing collaborative learning. Bruffee insists that we accept the fundamentally social nature of knowledge, conversation, writing, and thinking, and that the concept of the individual author or expert is an idea whose time has come and gone.
I celebrate the value of successful collaborative learning experiences in writing classes, yet I wonder if this all-encompassing understanding of thinking and knowledge might be a little reactionary. The process of thinking (words vs images? for example) is not fully understood, and certainly individual differences must count for something. Thinking and communication might exist in different realms. Not everyone thinks in words. Yet the idea of collaborative learning remains very important in teaching writing, and the wiki is certainly a valuable tool for this practice.
Where is my Google calendar physically located?
The locations of Google’s Data Centers are not widely known
Where is Wikipedia hosted?
Who has the most web servers?
Where is the cloud for the Department of Defense?
Where is the cloud for businesses?
Why is it called cloud computing?