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A few of the news feeds I follow through Facebook

I occasionally come across people who didn’t know you could receive news feeds through Facebook, so I put together this list of some of the sources of news I receive that way. If you want the posts of a particular group to show in your feed, click the “Like” button on the group’s page. Related to Education and/or Technology International …

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Precursors to the iPad and the Harry Potter newspaper

Found on this article: Here’s what an iPad looked like in 1994 Starting around 2:32, the narrator predicts that we’ll all be using tablets (instead of computers) to interact with information by the turn of the 21st c. At around 4:00, an interviewee sings the praises of intuitive interfaces. At around 6:12, you see a vision of the Harry Potter …

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Writing as a design art

I’ve been telling my students that writing is a “design art” for a while now, as a way of conveying that rhetorically effective writing is about more than stringing words together: it’s about designing a “user experience.” I haven’t heard this phrase used to describe writing all that often, but I just did a Google search on the phrase and …

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Voice in the Cultural Soundscape Introduction

Helpful article on the literacy practices students develop by composing audio essays. Voice in the Cultural Soundscape Introduction tags: audio essay audio literacy rhetoric and composition Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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Evernote for Transliteracy

I just came across this presentation while looking for more cool things to do with EverNote. EverNote is quite possibly the most handy digital tool I’ve ever used, and I frequently recommend it to students, but until I saw this presentation, I hadn’t thought about how useful it would be to students who are working on research projects. The fact …

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Information Media and Digital Literacy

I came across this image a while ago and saved it on my computer, but I forgot to record where I found it, so I didn’t post it here. And then I forgot about it. I just came across it again, so this time I’m including a link to the source. It’s kind of a nice visual representation of the …

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Using Google Docs to collaborate on cool animated presentations

I just saw this on Elise’s blog and thought I’d share it here. The video gives a great demonstration of how you can collaborate with others on a project, no matter where they are. But more than that, it shows that Google Docs is has some pretty nifty animation options that I didn’t know about! Google Demo Slam: Epic Docs …

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What should college graduates know and be able to do?

Good question! I suspect what they really college graduates need most are skills and knowledge that (a) are incredibly hard to measure; and, even more to the point, (b) are incredibly hard to teach. What Degrees Should Mean Inside Higher Ed, January 25, 2011 What should a college graduate know and be able to do? There are as many views …

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“Editing Matters”

From the January 14, 2011 edition of Inside Higher Ed: “Editing Matters” by Carmen Werder and Karen Hoelscher Editing — oh, whoop-de-do — hardly a topic of intense interest in and of itself. One challenge of focusing on issues such as grammar and usage is that they seem to matter only when they’re not in place. Unlike matters of content, …

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The Multitasking Generation

This March 2006 article from Time magazine explores how multitasking has become a defining characteristic of young people today.

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News: No Grading, More Learning – Inside Higher Ed

Controversial idea! http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/05/03/grading

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Video essays

This semester I gave students the option to develop their final projects using whatever mode of delivery seemed appropriate to their message. Some chose to write traditional print-based essays, some chose to make PowerPoint presentations, and some chose to make videos. Some of the videos were mini documentaries about issues such as identity based on sexual orientation or cross cultural …

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WordPress as a Learning Management System

As an instructor who uses WordPress as my primary CMS, I find this very interesting! WordPress as a Learning Management System – Move Over, Blackboard – WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress plugins, themes, news and help – WPMU.org

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Fair use for media literacy

Helpful resource to better understand the “fair use” issues we need to consider when we ask students to compose multimodal texts using “found” images and audiovisual clips: NCTE Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education

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If today's fifth graders are making video documentaries instead of writing research papers, what will count as "writing" by the time they arrive at college?