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Teaching Tool: Wix

Wix is a really cool, free, and easy to use tool for creating Adobe Flash based websites.  It’s as easy to use as a Blogger account, and there is no coding of any kind required.  For as easy as it is to use, it is a pretty robust tool that could potentially empower and enable [...]

JUMP: Publication Venue for Undergraduate Multimedia Writing

The JUMP: The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects is an online journal focused solely on publishing multimedia projects produced by undergraduates.  I think this is such a great idea considering ho much work is produced by undergraduates in various writing programs around the country every semester.  A journal like this can not only inspire ideas [...]

Are Computer Labs Necessary Anymore?

The Chronicle of Higher Ed is running a story about the University of Virginia’s plan to phase out public computer labs on its campus. They claim that 99% of its students have their own laptops, and that a large percentage of the computer lab usage only involves basic computing programs like web browsers, PDF document [...]

Teaching Tool: Writing Spaces | Readings on Writing

The Parlor Press and the WAC Clearinghouse have teamed up together to present the composition community with a new Web site called Writing Spaces | Readings on Writing.The purpose of the site is to provide online texts for teachers to use in composition courses like first year writing and, eventually, writing across the disciplines, and [...]

Teaching Tool: Flowgram

I just stumbled across this relatively new Web 2.0 tool that looks pretty cool. It’s basically a sophisticated screencasting tool, and, best of all, it’s free. Definitely worth a look for those interested in multi-modal composition – teaching or practicing. http://www.flowgram.com/

Teaching Tool: Jing

My friend and colleague Toby Coley introduced me to a really cool new digital tool this past weekend. I’t called Jing. The free version of it allows you to easily record 5 minute long scree/audio captures. This could be particularly useful for providing writing feedback to students. The one problem is that the files it [...]

(Even More) Watson 2008

I had the great pleasure of sitting in on a panel presentation given by Ehren Pflugfelder and Cristyn Elder from Purdue University on Plagiarism Pedagogy. Drawing on quite a bit of recent research on the subject of plagiarism as well as their own experiences addressing this issues as teachers, Pflugfelder and Elder walked us through [...]

Electronic Commenting Tools

It seems like more and more of us are moving toward electronic commenting methods for providing feedback on student writing.  Having recently transitioned to electronic commenting myself, I can honestly say that it has definitely been a positive experience.  My comments tend to be more thorough and completely formed, and the process of exchanging and [...]