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Basic Digital Writing Literacies: A Working List

Here at my home institution, we’re in the process of redesigning the first-year writing curriculum. We’re hoping to conceive of a sequence of courses more responsive to emerging digital writing technologies and the social networks within which text circulate. You can pretty much guess the usual topics under discussion for inclusion in the curriculum: web texts, audio texts, video texts, YouTube, WordPress, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, etc. As well as…

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Audio Tests for the Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder

Recently, I was awarded a grant to purchase some audio equipment for a series of interviews I’m working on. I’ve got about $4000 to spend, and I need to be able to conduct interviews with as many as for subjects (plus me) on location at conferences or via Google+ Hangouts. There’s a lot of thinking that has to go into this, and I’m still working out my equipment needs. I’m…

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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…

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Coming Up for Air: Surfacing in Chicago

I’ve not been all that public about my new position at Columbia College Chicago. Fifty years ago, people would have called it radio silence. But in this age of the always-on newsfeed this silence merits little note. Except my own. Because the silence has been mine. And hopefully, now it’s over. Moving is complicated. So is a new job. And a new city. And saying goodbye to friends. And a…

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“Seeing Her Right Back” – a flash fiction digital story

I’m still working to keep this summer’s storytelling moment. This week, I contributed this story to the “BackStory” project from the Center for Digital Storytelling. I’m also still experimenting with circulation across multiple platforms. Below are embeds from my four primary services at the moment: YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Cowbird. (I’ve also decided that Flickr will be my primary source for sharing images.) Seeing Her Right Back from Trauman on Vimeo.

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My Workspace this Evening

From left to right… Timbuk2 messenger bag.Custom color: orange/black/brown. I spent the extra $20 for the custom coloring for two reasons. I didn’t like the color combos Timbuk2 was offering. Also, it might make it a little more difficult to steal, but probably not. Floppy hat. To shield my shiny dome from the sun and rain. Small wood box for keys, watch, change, wallet, phone, etc. If I didn’t keep…

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“Clues to a great story” Notes on Andrew Stanton’s TedTalk

(from Wikipedia.org) “Andrew Stanton (born December 3, 1965) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor based at Pixar Animation Studios. His film work includes writing and directing Pixar’s A Bug’s Life (as co-director), Finding Nemo and WALL-E, and his first live-action film, John Carter. He also co-wrote every film of the Toy Story franchise and Monsters, Inc..” So the guy knows how to tell stories. And here he is offering a structure or framework or set of principles to keep in…

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