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The Last Day at C&W 2008

May 25, 2008

Well, it was the last day of the conference, but it was just as exciting as the first day.  Unfortunately, my notes are still a mess, but here they are anyway.

Tony Atkins:  Defining “Technological Literacy”:

  • How files work
  • File extensions
  • Internet protocols
  • etc.

“Students can follow the instructions and tutorials to successfully use new applications in isolation, but [they] often stumble in completing the assigned projects because they do not understand fundamental principles about how computers, the Internet, operating systems, and related technologies function.”

In his research project, he asks students the following four questions:

  1. Explain the process of moving a Word document from the My Documents folder to your USB drive.
  2. Describe what the Internet is and how it works.
  3. What happens technically when you access a website through a browser such as Internet Explorer and view the site on your computer?
  4. What types of files can comprise a typical website and how do the different types of files relate to and interact with each other?

He then discussed how models, metaphors, and analogies can be useful in helping students to understand technology, but I’ll let you ask him if you want to know more!

Jennifer Bowie: Podcasting Resources

From “The Five Canons, Audience, and Earbuds: Adding Podcasting to the Computers & Writing Classroom” by Jennifer L. Bowie.

Applying the 5 canons of rhetoric to podcasting.  Some resources she suggests:

  • Podcasting for Dummies by Evo GTerra & Tee Morris
  • Tricks of the Podcasting Masters by Mur Lafferty & Rob Walch
  • Dangler, et al.  “Expanding Composition Audiences with Podcasting,” http://www.bgsu.edu/cconline/podcasting
  • “Podsafe music” – http://magnatune.com/ 
  • WordPress blog’s “podpress” option (I’ve GOT to check this one out, right?)

In an upper-level class, teams of 2-3 students composed weekly podcast reviews/summaries of assigned readings, class discussion, etc.  Podcasts could also be used for peer review or for professor’s responses to students.

Of course, she presented more resources, but, again, you’ll have to ask her for them!

Martine Courant Rife:

Discourse-based interviews using audio recorder and open source transcription software – http://trans.sourceforge.net/en/presentation.php.  

IP issues for writers and tacit knowledge.  Check out http://www.deviantart.com/.

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More “I have no idea what they refer to” notes:

Hmmm, well, I enjoyed the conference, and, once again, I returned to the “real world” of Statesboro with all kinds of ideas.  Maybe I’ll even remember what some of them were!