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A Toy for Alphaesthetes

You must visit Wordle. It’s an amazingly cool site that visually communicates word-frequency in a document. You simply cut-and-paste your chosen text, and it creates a picture of the most-used words in your text. The most frequent words are displayed bigger. It’s fascinating. Here’s one I just created using my exams proposal for this coming fall. I can think of all sorts of applications for this as a teaching tool….

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A Toy for Alphaesthetes

You must visit Wordle. It’s an amazingly cool site that visually communicates word-frequency in a document. You simply cut-and-paste your chosen text, and it creates a picture of the most-used words in your text. The most frequent words are displayed bigger. It’s fascinating. Here’s one I just created using my exams proposal for this coming fall. I can think of all sorts of applications for this as a teaching tool….

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RSS Feeds: New Writers, New Audiences

Definition One of the projects I’m pursuing within this blog is to explore new reading/writing technologies. The technology I’ve chosen to explore first is an RSS feed. (A more thorough definition.) Simply put, RSS feeds are like little notices that websites send out when their content changes. There are basically two types of sites (with exceptions) that make up most RSS-enabled sites: news sites like CNN.com or NYTimes.com) or blogs…

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DMAC Decompression

I’ve been home from DMAC for less than two days. All I can say is this: I want to go back. Yeah, here I am back in Louisville, feeling like a little kid whose toys got taken away. There are really four factors going on here: one about the past, one about the present, and two about the future. I’ll start at the end of the list (the future) and…

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DMAC Decompression

I’ve been home from DMAC for less than two days. All I can say is this: I want to go back. Yeah, here I am back in Louisville, feeling like a little kid whose toys got taken away. There are really four factors going on here: one about the past, one about the present, and two about the future. I’ll start at the end of the list (the future) and…

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Nine Days In…

So, I’ve been in Columbus for DMAC for nine days now. I have to say that it is one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. I feel like I’ve been preparing for this for a long time. It’s also really reassuring and even encouraging. So many like-minded people concerned with the impact and potential of digital technologies in our Comp classrooms. I’ve met several inspiring grad students as…

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Digital Assets Ready. Bring on Sophie!

I’m just getting ready to finally start using Sophie. I wanted to have all of my digital assets (a rather unfortunate choice of terms credited to the Center for Digital Storytelling) before I tackle a new editing interface. I wanted to use several on-screen video captures in order to show the software in action. I used a product called SnagIt. It’s relatively cheap ($40) and is really easy to use…

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Digital Assets Ready. Bring on Sophie!

I’m just getting ready to finally start using Sophie. I wanted to have all of my digital assets (a rather unfortunate choice of terms credited to the Center for Digital Storytelling) before I tackle a new editing interface. I wanted to use several on-screen video captures in order to show the software in action. I used a product called SnagIt. It’s relatively cheap ($40) and is really easy to use…

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Update: A title, an argument, and a voiceover

I’ve decided to use MindManager to brainstorm ideas and compose an outline. This choice allowed me to think about visuals as I was working through the clusters. I could simply make the “visuals” notes a different color, and they didn’t get in the way of my alphabetic sense of the text. This practice actually helped me to get a sense for the relationship between them. Because the development wasn’t linear,…

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Prelude to Sophie

I’m still trying to produce a text using the Sophie software that we’ll be teaching at DMAC next week. Ultimately, I’d like to produce a text using only digital media as my composing tools. Of course I realize that a word processors and blogs are highly digital tools. But what we’re going to be talking about (I think) at DMAC is how to use tools that have, as their primary…

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