My History Using Blogs as Digital Classroom Space

This is a blog post intended for my ENG 725; Teaching Writing Online class, but also one that others may be interested in too. Yes, I”ve used blogs in the classroom for a long time. What I don’t talk about much though, is how early on I used a blog AS a classroom. My first […]

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Using Twitter for Professional Development

I remember when Twitter was new. This is not my first post about it, having written a post for my Writing I students back in 2012 and other posts on my earlier blog, Techsophist that have now disappeared. I’ve been using Twitter for a long time now, since 2007, and I definitely have a perspective […]

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Choosing a Blog

In my ENG 725: Teaching Writing Online class this spring, one of the things they will be doing is reflective readings responses. That should be no surprise, especially in an online class where face-to-face discussion takes some mediated contortioning. I know blogs seem so old-school now, but really, I have yet to find anything better […]

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A Prezi Brainstorming Session

This is a sample presentation I made for my Writing I class to show them how Prezi can be used to brainstorm. I went with Prezi because I have used it before for conference presentations and thought I could get a version of the class’s Short Project 1 done fairly quickly. Overall, I think it […]

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Connectivity brainstorming

So my Writing I class is beginning their semester-long arc on “connectivity” by doing a little brainstorming. The assignment goes as follows: Short Project 1 gives you the opportunity to present your ideas through Prezi presentation software or something similar. For the presentation, you should use  Prezi, Storify, Pinterest, Popplet, PowerPoint, Keynote, or other mind-­mapping software like FreeMind to […]

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Tweetfest (and more about Twitter)

Yesterday my Writing I Blended class hit the streets of Twitter and had a tweetfest about a blog post by Jay Dolan of The Anti-Social Media about Why Smart People Use Twitter. it went very well, and a bonus was having @JayDolan join in the conversation. He had read about the upcoming event on this blog […]

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What’s New in Emerging Social Software Research (A grab bag)

This post is mainly for my Writing I students, who are joining in with all the other Writing I students here in Missouri State University’s Public Affairs Conference theme, which this year is “connectivity.” To that end I (and the composition program here) am using Stephanie Vie’s very nice reader, (e)Dentity, from Fountainhead Press. On […]

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Inattention in the Classroom and The Cult of Multitasking

On reading my previous post on laptops and inattention in the classroom, I was struck by a nagging feeling that I was missing something that absolutely needed to be said. It came to me when I reviewed what I do when stuck in meetings or presentations where I don’t have a stake in the outcome […]

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The Reason Why

Along with Nels Highberg of Pennies in a Jar, I’ve been thinking about why I still blog. It’s the duration, and today’s NYT article by Sharon Otterman, Haste Scorned, Blogging at a Snail’s Pace agrees. If all I want to do is share a quick link with others or a quick quip, then Twitter is a much better […]

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