Phill Alexander - Teachnology Statement: PowerPoint version


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  • I love this! Witty, sharp, smart. It’ll be alienating for some faculty, yet familiar and comfortable for many students. What I’d love to see here, though, in the video commentary, is an explanation of this space, and perhaps a rhetorical analysis of it. It’d be useful for all of your slideshow audiences to see you make an argument about what rich, literacy-anchored spaces games are.
  • Phill Alexander - Teachnology Statement: PowerPoint version

    1. 2. Phill I believe we currently stand at a major turning point as educators and rhetoricians. While there is a widely held, inaccurate belief that our students have high techno-literacy, the reality is that many college students do have access to technology but are far from proficient. ..
    2. 3. 10 Key Tech Classroom Issues <ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Technological Literacies (Selber Style) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative writing/research </li></ul><ul><li>Risk taking/exploration of new modes, genres, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration of online persona/voice </li></ul>
    3. 4. Okay, that was only Five <ul><li>“ relatively” easy manipulation of sound, video and images allows for powerful composition </li></ul><ul><li>“ Writing” (blogging, chat, email, message boards) happens all the time, even if some don’t call it “writing” </li></ul><ul><li>As instructors, we can prepare our students for writing they won’t consider writing </li></ul>
    4. 5. Two more… <ul><li>9. Technology changes the way we think and the way we live in profound ways. Part of that change is excitement (excitement that pen-and-paper and bound books don’t reflect) </li></ul><ul><li>10. We also have the power to de-mystify computers and technology. “Go play,” I tell my students. “You won’t break it.” </li></ul>
    5. 6. “ Go where they are”
    6. 7. A little Phillosophy <ul><li>I encourage my students to take risks while writing, to seek help from each other, and to expand their horizons by attempting projects that might require doing something they haven’t tried before. </li></ul><ul><li>I push myself to take those same risks in my own writing </li></ul>
    7. 8. Because if I compose/think/live like this:
    8. 9. Do I want students to think like this?
    9. 10. No. I want activities like this: <ul><li>If I had the footage, there’d be a video here of an in-class activity (I’d love to have video of my High Fidelity activity from the longer work). So imagine a shiny, exciting video showing some sort of digital classroom activity here. </li></ul>
    10. 11. In closing… <ul><li>we read and compose every day in multiple ways in multiple contexts and multiple mediums. </li></ul><ul><li>We should welcome each opportunity to communicate in new and exciting ways </li></ul><ul><li>We should view the texts we create as opportunities to situate ourselves within a larger world, a larger text, and to illustrate both our individuality and our connections to others. </li></ul>