Get Ready for Computers and Writing with KairosCast

May 26, 2015

I know I just posted last month’s episode of KairosCast, but I have to post this one immediately, as it’s full of incredibly helpful advice and discussion about attending conferences, with some special attention paid to this week’s Computers and Writing conference in Menomonie, WI. (Alas, I cannot make it this year. Sad face. But I hope you all have a great time!) So here’s the episode. If you like…

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Audio Interview as Writing Assignment

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April 19, 2014

I recently gave a talk on presentation on incorporating an audio interview as a writing assignment into my first-year writing classroom. I’ve decided to make a bunch of the resources available to anyone who might not have attended, but are still interested. Below, I’m including a video of the talk, audio of the talk, the slideshow itself, a description of the assignment, and a few embedded student examples. Please feel…

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An Audio Review of the Focusrite iTrack Solo Audio Interface for the iPad

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March 28, 2014

This is just an audio version of a review of the Focusrite iTrack that I produced for the Center for Digital Storytelling. I’m just getting started with these tech reviews. I want to make sure to give a big shout-out to my good friend HARLEY FERRIS for producing the soundbeds at the beginning and end of the show! Production Notes… Microphone: Rode Procaster, via XLR into a Focusrite iTrack Solo,…

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Five Places to Find Great Audio Texts On the Web

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December 30, 2013

I listen to a lot of audio texts. On the train on my way into work. On one of my dog’s three 20-minute walks everyday. While I’m folding my laundry. While I’m cooking. On long drives. Every once in a while, I’ll commit to a nice long audio book (Dr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore was great!). But most often, I turn to podcasts. There is so much quality audio material out…

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Setting Up a Classroom for Audio Recording

My students and I just finished our first day of audio recording for this semester. I wanted to share with you some of the equipment and logistics we used to organize our activities. Class Audio Recording Session 10-30-2013 WRII from Trauman on Vimeo. Tools: Computers: Windows 7. Software: Audacity. Microphones: Audio-Technica 2100 Headphones: scramble. Audio-sharing site: Soundcloud.com. File Saving: USB drive or Dropbox.com. My students and I just finished our…

October 31, 2013
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The Zeugma Podcast. You Should Be Listening.

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…

May 2, 2013
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An Apology for Audio Assignments in First-Year Writing Classrooms

This afternoon, my friend and colleague Harley Ferris and I facilitated what’s known within the University of Louisville’s Rhetoric and Composition program as a “pedagogy workshop.” In this workshop, we presented an example assignment tailored specifically for First Year writing classes while discussing issues related to: the efficacy of audio assignments in first-year writing classrooms; how those assignments might be tailored to address specific course outcomes; how those assignments can…

April 11, 2013
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An Apology for Audio Assignments in First-Year Writing Classrooms

This afternoon, my friend and colleague Harley Ferris and I facilitated what’s known within the University of Louisville’s Rhetoric and Composition program as a “pedagogy workshop.” In this workshop, we presented an example assignment tailored specifically for First Year writing classes while discussing issues related to: the efficacy of audio assignments in first-year writing classrooms; how those assignments might be tailored to address specific course outcomes; how those assignments can…

April 11, 2013
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An Audio Interface for the iPad: The Focusrite iTrack Solo

Let’s be honest. An iPad, on its own, isn’t great for audio recording. The onboard microphone can’t possibly capture good quality audio, and there’s no effective way of monitoring your audio as your record it. And yet the iPad still holds some powerful allure for many digital storytellers. Believe me, I get it. The mobility. The build quality. The compact restraint of the tablet form. The tactility of the touch…

October 3, 2011
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