Resources for Teaching and Writing with Technology

Oct 08 2008

Resources for Teaching and Writing with Technology

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  • The brief Thomson Handbook by David Blakesley & Jeffrey L. Hoogeveen
    • Each tab in the handbook discusses technologies as new contexts for writing. The tabs introduce blogs, Web 2.0, podcasts, social networks, and other technology-based contexts for writing.
    • Technology Toolboxes introduce strategies for writing with technology. Sample topics include project planning, freewriting on the computer, revising on a computer, using the comment function in Microsoft Word, tracking changes to a document, and more.
    • Part 7, “Writing in Digital Spaces,” covers internet-based networking, designing media-rich projects, and understanding rhetorical contexts for writing.
  • Articles about Using Wikipedia for Academic Purposes:
    • Roy Rosenzweig’s “Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past” in The Journal of American History (June 2006) is one of the few scholarly articles that evaluates Wikipedia’s authority within an academic discipline (in this case, history). Along with providing a comprehensive discussion of Wikipedia, this article could be a model for students’ own analyses of the site.
    • In “Dissecting the Web through Wikipedia” (American Libraries, August 2008) librarian Adam Bennington presents a basic structure for using a Wikipedia to teach information literacy. Much of the chatter about Wikipedia and information is happening within the Library and Information Studies discipline; very little information currently exists in the Rhetoric and Composition literature.
  • Computers in the Composition Classroom: A Critical Sourcebook (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008) provides a valuable overview of the promise and peril of integrating technology and the teaching of writing. You can request a free copy from Bedford/St. Martin’s.

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