Technology Tools for Writing


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    1. 1. Technology Tools for Writing Kelley Kawano Instructional Technology Fellow Antonia Levy Instructional Technology Fellow Sarah Morgano Academic Operations Assistant Tech WAC: Technology and Writing Across the Curriculum CUNY School of Professional Studies 30 March 2012
    2. 2. Web 1.0 (1991-2003) •Content was pushed out to users •No user-generated content •Users could not reflect on contentjacombs, Netscape Navigator Box: mint condition, January 7, 2010 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution
    3. 3. Web 2.0What?•Interactive•Accessible•Collaborative•Easy-to-useWhy?•Engagement•Differentiation•Critical Thinking•New Capabilities•Alternative Learning Environments•Extend Learning•Lifelong learning Quang Minh, Web 2.0 City, December 29, 2006 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution
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    5. 5. COGNITIVE OVERLOADWhen learning new tools, use familiar tasks;when learning new tasks, use familiar tools.Barrett, 1991
    6. 6. Your friendly neighborhood ITF’s…
    7. 7. YOUYour friendly neighborhood ITF’s…
    8. 8. Source: Point A Your friendly neighborhood ITF’s…
    9. 9. Source: Point B Point A Your friendly neighborhood ITF’s…
    10. 10. In This Workshop…Pre-Writing Tools:• Social Bookmarking – – Diigo.comWriting Tools:• Blogs in Blackboard• Wikis in Blackboard• ePortfolios Beth Kanter, Tags: Keywords to describe digital objects, October 3, 2006 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution
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    14. 14. Social Bookmarking » Diigo
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    17. 17. Writing Tools
    18. 18. Wikis* in BlackboardA wiki contains multiple, hyperlinked pages that are organized by content.Wikis can be used for • collective brainstorming • collaborative study guides and (lab) manuals • final group projects * Hawaiian for “very fast”
    19. 19. Wikis in BlackboardAdvantages • Simple design; easy collaboration • Wiki saves successive revisions • Instructor can monitor individual student contributions • Wikis can be made available for non-members (e.g. for peer review) • RSS feed available • Content is exportable
    20. 20. Wikis in BlackboardConsiderations • multiple-page layout could get confusing when wiki pages multiply • individual student’s contributions are not as easily distinguishable as in Blogs or Discussion Boards
    21. 21. Blogs in Blackboard• A linear site in which entries are made in journal style and displayed in reverse chronological order.• Blackboard blogs can be set up for individual users, groups of students, or for the entire class.
    22. 22. Blogs in Blackboard• Developing a blog assignment – Good for either low- or high-stakes writing assignments – Consider the type of assignment it correlates to in a f2f or online environment
    23. 23. Blogs in Blackboard• How can blogs be used? – Private, individual, or public response journals – Sharing resources
    24. 24. Blogs in BlackboardAdvantages • Reflective, response-driven medium • Familiar layout • Controlled conversation • Can chart chronological progress • Privileges new content • RSS feed available
    25. 25. Blogs in BlackboardConsiderations • One voice, rather than discussion • Finding specific information in a blog • Focus on newer content • Blog content not exportable
    26. 26. ePortfoliosAn ePortfolio is a student-authored website that allows students to take over the learning process while developing writing and presentation skills. • Customizable • Accessible • Sharable
    27. 27. Show and Tell…General Course Template Ed: EAS 250 Oceanography Course Template Example (Kathleen Schnaars-Uvino) Ed: COM 110 Digital Information in the Contemporary World Example (CoyJones) in Disability Studies: Capstone ePortfolio Example (Cris Marchionne)
    28. 28. ePortfolios in Digication
    29. 29. Integrating ePortfoliosQuestions to Consider • What discipline-based skills and knowledge can ePortfolio strengthen or elicit? Think especially about the creative use of image and multimedia. • What choices will you make about learning objectives using ePortfolio? • How can a student learn best within your discipline using the capabilities that ePortfolios provide? • How will you incorporate reflections (both on process and looking back on the course)?
    30. 30. Teaching with Technology: Tips & Tricks• Back up work: Technology can fail so its important to back-up work on an external hard drive or USB key.• Cleaning text: Text written in MS Word often retains quirky formatting when pasted into a web browser. Convert to plain text before posting your documents.• Make use of media: The text editor in Blogs, Wikis, and ePortfolios allows easy inclusion of videos, images, and links.• Citations: Students need to properly cite sources—whether text, images, or media —whenever they are used.• Copyright: Students should not use copyrighted content unless they have permission, it is in the public domain, and/or it falls under the “fair educational use” exemption.
    31. 31. Wikis Blogs ePortfoliosGeneral A collaborative space containing multiple, A linear site in which entries are made A student-authored website thatDescription hyperlinked pages organized by content. in journal style and displayed in allows students to take ownership Wikis can be set up for individual users, reverse chronological order. They can over the learning process while groups of students, or for the entire class. be set up for individual users, groups developing their writing and Blackboard 9.1 will include a plagiarism of students, or for the entire class. presentation skills. feature for blogs. Blackboard 9.1 will include a plagiarism feature for blogs. Types: Wikis can be used for: Blogs be used for: •Course-based •collective brainstorming •Private or public response journals •Academic •multiple-authored study guides and (lab) •Sharing resources •Program / Capstone manuals, final group projects. •Group projects •ShowcaseAdvantages •Simple design, easy collaboration •Reflective, response-driven medium •Student-centered •Can incorporate multimedia content •Familiar layout •Incorporate multimedia and other •Saves successive edits so previous versions •Controlled conversation web tools can be restored •Privileges new content •Co-curricular and extra-curricular •Allows multiple users to collaborate within •RSS feed available connections same text entry area •Tied to Grade Center in Blackboard •Save work beyond the semester •Tracking feature allows to monitor •Linked to grading rubric in BB 9.1 •Accessible and shareable individual contributions •Users control privacy •Can be made available for non-members •Includes comments feature that to view and comment (e.g. peer review) sends an email notification to user •RSS feed available •ePortfolios can be copied and •Tied to Grade Center in Blackboard exported •Linked to grading rubric in BB 9.1 •Content is exportableConsiderations •multiple-page layout could get confusing •One voice, rather than discussion •May require higher technical when wiki pages multiply •Difficulty of finding specific competency •Individual student’s contributions are not information in a blog •Requires a separate login from as easily distinguishable as other BB tools •Focus on newer content Blackboard (e.g. blogs or discussion boards) •Blogs are not exportable •Tracking