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Podcasting in the Music Classroom?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 18th, 2011

I’ve done a fair amount of research on podcasting in the writing classroom (I have a forthcoming article in Kairos about it, for instance). Through empirical research, student comments and feedback, and my own observations, there is a lot of value to incorporating podcasting into the writing classroom (see this PodPoster I did, for instance). […]

Specialization and the whole

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 16th, 2011

In academia in particular, but in many other areas, we have to specialize. Many academics know a huge amount of information on a very specialized subject. Few of us have a broad understanding of our field as a whole, let alone a more broad understanding of related areas and even our specialization in other areas. […]

Money for tech use in K-12

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 24th, 2010

Do you teach K-12 and use technology? Could you use $500? If so, this grant may be for you. Heinemann Publishers are offering $500 Microgrants for Teachers who use technology in the classroom. Technology is broadly defined as (quoting them) * Digital devices (whiteboards, handheld computers/PDAs, video/audio recorders, etc…) * Websites and/or internet-based products or […]

C&W 2010 F1.1: Web Design Pedagogy, Digital Video Compositions, and Virtual Worlds

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on May 22nd, 2010

F1.1 – Panel One Piece at a Time: A Web Design Pedagogy of the Gradual Growth Lars Soderlund, Purdue University Lively and engaging presentation. Guns Ruin Picnics (guides, regularity, and product) Made a compromises between code and WYSIWYG: gave them templates, have some stability while allowing code learning. Often end up going into deep code […]

Off to Computers & Writing

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on May 19th, 2010

I am off to Computers and Writing 2010 today. Tomorrow I am part of the Graduate Research Network (as a discussion leader), then 2.5 days of sessions, panels, and networking with those of the cutting and bleeding edge of digital media, technology, and writing. Always a good time. I will be blogging the experience, so […]

So everyone is an Author now?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 31st, 2009

With blogs, twitter, social networking sites, is everyone a writer or better yet, an author now? No, but according to Pelli & Bigelow in A Writing Revolution , everyone will be an author in 2013. Yes, in just four short years everyone will be an author. Get ready to read! A lot! The idea behind […]

World Usability Day 2009 Nov 12: Designing for a Sustainable World

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 30th, 2009

How do products and services impact your world? Have you had problems opening a door, using a new program, or finding a link on a website? If so, you’ve used a product or service with usability problems. Join me for World Usability Day! Usability is one area I focus on with this blog and podcast. […]

Computing in the Clouds 101

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 29th, 2009

In my grad class the students are doing their seminar presentations and one student, Andrew presented yesterday on Cloud Computing. One of the resources he pointed us to is this decent video definition/discussion on cloud computing. The simplicity of the video is both helpful and interesting. I’ll leave further analysis to you.

We are all writers now?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 1st, 2009

In this article, Anne Trubek points out something obvious, but something perhaps so oblivious most people miss it. With the advent of digital media and a rather high saturation of digital media use in the US and elsewhere, people are writing now more than ever. As Trubek states; “What many professional writers are overlooking in […]

Tech makes teens better writers?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 28th, 2009

Who hasn’t heard someone (or at least someone on mainstream media) complain that twitter, sms, email, and online chat programs make teens weaker writers? This is an unavoidable argument, but an unsupported argument. As a technical communicator, I, like others in my area and related areas, argue that the reverse is true. Or moslty true. […]