Archive for March, 2012

And yet more resources…

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Here are the links we discussed in class yesterday (plus, a few more):

PEW’s “What Kind of Tech User Are You?” quiz – this site has TONS of resources and statistics about internet use

CSS Zen Garden – a look at how the same information can be portrayed in different, visual ways

ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology(2011) – a national survey of students and their technology preferences

Readings for March 27

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

There are two articles for Tuesday’s class – you can find them by using Dacus Library databases :)

  • Bronwyn Williams, “Tomorrow will not be like today: Literacy and identity in a world of multiliteracies,” J. Adolescent & Adult Literacy 51.8 (2008) (Academic Search Premier)
  • Kouider Mokhtari et al., “Assessing the New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension” The Reading Teacher 62.4 (2008): 354-57. (Academic Search Premier)

And again, for those interested, here are more resources about language and online identity:

Readings for March 20

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Before Spring Break, we talked about the prospects and challenges of the Internet – the website I mentioned (Global Voices) can now be found on the Resource page. Keeping with this theme, today’s discussion focuses on how social media is changing how we think about news and the global community.


NY Times, Social Media Help Keep the Door Open to Sustained Dissent in Saudi Arabia

James Surowiecki, When Social Media Became the News (TED, 2008)

Clay Shirky, How Social Media Can Make History (TED, 2009)


For those interested in this topic, here are a few additional resources:

Alisa Miller Shares the News about the News (TED, 2008)

Paul Lewis, Crowdsourcing the News (TED, 2011)

Ford Foundation’s website, Advancing Media Rights and Access

Additional Resources

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

I have updated the resource page with the links from today’s class discussion. Make sure you look at this page – it will be helpful as we move towards the multimedia project!

Keeping Up with Online Activities

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

This week is our eighth for online activities – that means everyone should have a total of 24 posts by the end of this week!

By March 8, 16 research/reaction and 8 responses to other blog posts

Reminder: after spring break, we will drop the total activities down to two. Everyone will post ONCE on Tuesday (either a research or a reaction post, your choice) and respond ONCE on Thursday. We will continue to do these online writing activities for three weeks, but starting the week of April 9, we will stop in order to concentrate on peer review. Our first peer review day is April 10.

Total activities for the semester: 30 (19 posts and 11 responses)