Archive for the 'Teaching' Category

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 D5.1: DIY, Reproductive Technology, and Girl Writing (?)

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on May 23rd, 2010

Crafting Power: Writing and the Online D.I.Y. Movement Antonia Massa-MacLeod, University of Wisconsin Madison Sadly missed the first part. An analysis of Etsy. Many people on Etsy are learning techniques bring people together, creating a rhetoric. DIY rhetoric includes support, substantially, and connections. DIY rhetoric is overall good, but promotes economic citizenship, dividing people into […]

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 […]

Type flow chart: What your type use says about you?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on April 6th, 2010

The typeface you use is like the clothes you wear, the car you drive, and the words you say. All these say something about you and how you try to present yourself to the world. This type flow chart (see below too) show’s one woman’s path the typeface identity, or at least evolution over time. […]

Giving a little to get a lot: Charities and Social Media

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on November 5th, 2009

What do charities do better than fortune 500 companies? They blog more and make greater use of social networking media. Perhaps this is not too surprising, but it is interesting… According to this study by Barnes and Mattson, completed in 2008, 89% of charities (or 89% of the 200 largest charities according to used […]

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 […]

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. […]

Other reasons I teach New Media

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 2nd, 2009

This video, A Vision of Students Today, also speaks of why I teach new media and why I employ some of the techniques I do. This video is the results of a survey that was part of a digital ethnography class where students surveyed themselves. In this class, 200 students made 376 edits to the […]

Why I teach “New Media”

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

This video, Future Technology 2009: The year of technology invention, covers why I teach “new media” and rhetorical communication with new media. This video is filled with eye-opening “facts” [note: none of these "facts" is referenced and it is unclear how factual they are. For example, their representation of Moore's law is off. I offer […]

Handmade Typography

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

After a semester of teaching Document Design, I am even more of a typographyphile. So I found this post on handmade typography–with faces made from leaves, sticky notes, food, hair, and more–interesting. What a great project this would make in a class! “Go out and make your typeface with stuff–items in your life. Take a […]