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The Indigenous Internet 

Recently I went to see Werner Herzog’s documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, featuring awe-inspiring ancient cave paintings in France created tens of thousands of years ago. The visuals and camera work were incredible, but one part that really struck me was an interview with a researcher recounting an anthropologist’s experience with Aborigines in Australia. While …

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Embodied Software Tools 

I spend half of my time at work using Final Cut, a video editing software program, and while I still have new things to learn I sometimes feel like it is an external organ of mine. In Final Cut my hand is represented by the mouse cursor but it can mutate at any moment like …

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Talking: An Obsolete Technology? 

A recent New York Times article discusses the declining amount of time spent talking on the telephone, a communication change that has occurred over the past five years with the advent of text messaging. According to cell phone companies, spending on text messaging is soon to overcome spending on talking minutes. In particular, this article …

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I Am A _______: Ask Me Anything 

One of my favorite websites is Reddit, an aggregator of user-submitted content (such as pictures, links, news articles, memes, etc.) which are compiled and listed in an ever-shifting hierarchy based on “up” or “down” votes by users. Topics can be sorted through threads or “subreddits” (e.g. funny, politics, gaming, programming, random). My favorite subreddit is …

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Language:: Writing as Video::Editing 

Akinnaso (1991) reflects in his chapter “Literacy and Individual Consciousness” on how gaining literacy (especially coming from an oral culture, as he did in Nigeria), fragments and subdivides one’s thought process. “The nature of schooling, writing, and ‘scientific’ inquiry further socializes us into talking about experience in bits and pieces. The segmentation of experience is …

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Computers + Writing 

Writing and alphabetic systems have always been shaped by the tools and materials in the environment. The materiality of clay and reeds influenced the development of the ancient alphabet cuneiform; the writing system was comprised of five different wedge shapes, which were the types of impressions the reeds made in the clay. (The word “cuneiform” …

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Where were you on 9/11? 

Thomas de Zengotita’s Mediated (2005) begins with a story of where he was at the time of the Kennedy assassination. He happened to be in a method acting class in New York City when the news was delivered, and de Zengotita and the rest of the participants were not sure if the information was true …

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Documentary Obsessions 

1. Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian, 1907 2. The Up Series, by Micheal Apted, from 1964-present 3. Ways with Words, by Shirley Brice Heath (1983) 4. Pretty much everything by Studs Terkel, but especially Working and The American Dream

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Living through the Paleozoic Era of the Internet 

We are living through a communication revolution. It is like the Gutenberg revolution of the printing press, but at a thousand-times greater magnifold. The Internet. Arguably, this technology is beyond the discovery of copper, the discovery of bronze, the discovery of smelting iron. It is beyond the technology of paper and gunpowder. It is beyond …

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Literacy, Context, and the Internet 

Shirley Brice Heath’s groundbreaking work Ways with Words (1983), which detailed ten years of ethnographic research of two communities in the Carolinas, offered deeper perspectives on language and literacy. Heath examined the oral and written communication norms in these communities, demonstrating that literacy is not a neutral skill. Regarding Trackton (a poor, African-American community) and …

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Transmediation 

Kress (2010) introduces the concept of transduction, also referred to as transmediation by Siegel (1995), which means translating an idea from one mode to another mode. For example, this might be translating an essay into a video, or translating mathematics problems into comics. Siegel argues that this type of semiosis, or meaning-making, helps students develop …

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TCETC 2011! 

Submit to TCETC 2011! TCETC (Teachers College Educational Technology Conference---say it five times fast) is a conference for graduate students related to topics on education and technology. There is going to be a keynote speaker this year, Shira Ackerman, a TC alum who has worked extensively in children's media. The conference will be at TC …

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