ENG 704: Choosing a Blog Platform

An earlier version of this post was done for an ENG 725 on “Teaching Writing Online.” I will be updating those posts to include what’s new since then and to better fit the new course. In my ENG 704: Teaching Writing Online class this spring, one of the things they will be doing is reflective […]

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Yes, Pinterest

This is a  post for English 704; Teaching Writing Online, and it may be a brief one. I want to make sure writing teachers think about social media as more than just social, even the ones that are so highly gendered at this point that the idea of an educational use for them seems laughable. […]

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Sharing a recipe with Google Glass

One of the available categories of Glassware is Glass software that acts as recipe social media, one that allows you and many other people to make a recipe archive. That in itself is not new, but two of those archives, allthecooks and KitchMe also allow you to search and then run through the recipe using […]

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Pick me!

i just signed up to be an Explorer for Google Glass, me and a gazillion other people. The form had a drop-down menu of choices for the reason why I wanted Google Glass, but hey! I’m a writer, so I want another chance with more words. If Google is as all-knowing and all-seeing as some […]

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Against happy news

Good news is one of those things that no one at all can in good conscience come out against.  However, here I am, not even a curmudgeon in training, about to write about how good news on Facebook in the form of links from sites such as Upworthy makes me cringe. I not only cringe, […]

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Enraged by memes

On the meme front, there is a long-lived trope where you are asked to pick up a book randomly from your shelves or desk and go to a selected page and give the sentence. For example, I liked the “Give the last sentence of your dissertation (or thesis)” meme. However, a current version of this […]

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It may be Kansas, but

…that doesn’t mean they’re crazy. The outrageous social media policy the Board of Regents enacted right before winter break could not stand.  The Chronicle of Higher Ed’s News Wire notes today that the Regents will be meeting to reconsider. Good. As someone born in Kansas and a Wichita State Alum (BA) who used the superb […]

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Requiring Social Media in the Classroom

This is my handout for my Fishbowl Session for IR14. It gives my vantage point on social media policy from Missouri State, which began as a normal school, and still has a great respect for teachers and innovative teaching still exists. Greenwood Lab School (K-12) is adjacent to campus and is available for longitudinal studies. Over all, […]

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How We Remember

My mother died Friday, June 21, 2013. That’s less than a week, and this is the death that officially makes me in charge of joint family memories. I am now the eldest of my generation on my father’s side with my mother the last of her generation on both sides. I have older maternal cousins […]

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