I put this digital story together in response to a prompt from my friend, Daniel Weinshenker. The constraints: one photo (which he provided, I didn’t get to choose); maximum length = 2 minutes.
(Text written before recording. Recorded using an SM58 microphone plugged into an H4n audio recorder. Audio edited in Audacity. Picture edited, panned, combined with music, and exported within iMovie.)
If you haven’t been following the Zeugma podcast out of the University of Texas at Austin’s Digital Writing and Research Lab (the DWRL), then you should. Right now. Go. I’ll wait. … Okay. It’s producers–Axel Bohmann, Eric Detweiler, Hala Herbly, Lisa Gulesserian, and Michael Roberts–have put together a useful, polished, cohesive, and relevant podcasting series. I can’t say how impressed I am. And I also hope you all know how much work it takes to effectively edit quality audio. They do a wonderful job.
To Zeugma’s latest episode, “Multimediating,” Harley Ferris and I contribute a short conversation (10 mins) about audio assignments in the writing classroom. (I’m sort of starting to feel like this is all I talk about lately.) Some theory. Some practical info. Harley argues for a focus on Rhetorical awareness, and I argue for accommodating (even encouraging) a bit of un-polish to students’ texts. Here’s the episode in it’s entirety:
Now go “like” them on their Facebook page so they can keep the project going!