English 808: Technology & Literacy – Course Assignments & Readings

Fall 2016

Dr. Gian Pagnucci

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Current Assignments

For Week 2

Assignment: Gather Web Home Page Materials
due Sep. 6

For our next class we will be creating Teacher Web Home Pages. The best teacher pages usually include a variety of personally created materials. So please bring as many of the following items as you can for next time. You should bring these in digital form (either saved on a USB or emailed to yourself).

Required

  • an interesting quote (some words to live by)
  • a digital picture of yourself (you are welcome to bring as many pictures as you like)

Optional

  • your teaching philosophy statement (if you have one)
  • a sample paper you’ve written
  • any other sample documents you might wish to share with people (perhaps a course syllabus or an interesting course assignment)
  • your curriculum vita
  • Again, while all of these items are useful to post on your home page, if you don’t have a few of them, that’s fine too. Bring whatever you can get your hands on by next Day.

Ongoing Projects

Project IUP Cast (30% of final course grade)

  • Project IUP Cast Interview DUE: Nov. 1
    • You team needs to conduct it’s podcast interview ahead of the due date so you’ll have time to edit your audio file in order to complete the project.
    • Each team only needs to conduct 1 interview as a group.
  • Completed Project IUP Cast DUE: Dec. 6
    • All members of this class will be taking part in Project IUP Cast. The goal of Project IUP Cast is to produce online audio and video content that highlights IUP students’ views on literacy,technology, education, and/or the teaching of writing. Each student in this course will participate in Project IUP Cast by serving on one Production Team. The team’s job will be to create a short (5-10 minute) podcast (audio cast) or vidcast (video cast). The topic of the casting project may be any issue related to technology and literacy.

Technology Project (40% of final course grade)

  • DUE: Dec. 6 (last day of the semester)
    • Students will plan and then develop a small-scale Technology Project.

Previous Course Assignments

For Week 2

Assignment: Gather Web Home Page Materials
due Sep. 6

For our next class we will be creating Teacher Web Home Pages. The best teacher pages usually include a variety of personally created materials. So please bring as many of the following items as you can for next time. You should bring these in digital form (either saved on a USB or emailed to yourself).

Required

  • an interesting quote (some words to live by)
  • a digital picture of yourself (you are welcome to bring as many pictures as you like)

Optional

  • your teaching philosophy statement (if you have one)
  • a sample paper you’ve written
  • any other sample documents you might wish to share with people (perhaps a course syllabus or an interesting course assignment)
  • your curriculum vita
  • Again, while all of these items are useful to post on your home page, if you don’t have a few of them, that’s fine too. Bring whatever you can get your hands on by next Day.

For Week 3

Assignment: Course Packet Readings
due Sep. 13

Please read the following selection from the course packet:

Part 1: Print Literacy

  • “The Importance of the Act of Reading”
    • Paulo Freire and Donaldo Macedo (1987)

For Week 4

Assignment: Digital Course Packet Readings
due Sep. 20

Please read the following section from the course packet:

Part 1: Print Literacy

  • “What is literacy?”
    • James Paul Gee (1991)
  • Literacy and Development – “Introduction”
    • Brian Street (2001)
  • “Writing Is a Technology that Restructures Thought”
    • Walter J. Ong (2001)
  • “Literacy, Technology, and Monopoly Capital”
    • Richard Ohmann (1985/2008)

For Week 5

Assignment: Go Tech Free for a Day!
due Sep. 27

For our next class, please complete the following task:

For Week 6

Assignment A: Digital Course Packet Readings
due Oct. 4

Please read the following section from the course packet:

Part 2: Tech Literacy

  • Cynthia Selfe
  • Donald Jones
  • Dennis Baron
  • Christina Haas
  • Neil Postman
  • Hans Radder

Assignment B: Write 2 Article Annotations
due Nov. 1

Please write annotations of 2 articles or book chapters that relate to the topic of your Technology Project. Email this annotation to yourself and also save it on a USB. You will need electronic access to this annotation.

Please model your annotation on the following example:

In addition to writing your annotations, Dr. Pagnucci will be adding you as an author and editor on The WikiBib Project. So please watch for that email and click on the confirmation link. Sometimes those emails get routed to your Spam folder, so you may need to check that folder if you don’t receive an email. If for some reason you don’t receive a registration email at all, don’t worry, that is a pretty common issue. Iif it happens to you, Dr. Pagnucci will just help you in class to get you registered for The WikiBib Project.

For Week 7

Assignment A: Technology Project Proposal
due Oct. 18

  • Write a proposal for your Technology Project
  • Post your proposal on your web site
  • Please also print a copy of your proposal and bring it to class to give to Dr. Pagnucci for review

For Week 8

Assignment A: Podcasting Materials
due Oct. 18

If possible, please bring the materials below with you to our next class. These are optional materials. It will make things more convenient if you can bring them, but don’t worry if you don’t have these items or forget to bring them. You will still be able to do podcasting even if you don’t have these items, so don’t feel you have to go out an buy a new laptop tonight (though isn’t that a great excuse for upgrading your computer equipment?):

  • a pair of headphones
  • a laptop (if you have one)
  • a digital recorder (if you happen to own one)

Assignment B: Course Packet Readings
due Oct. 18

Please read the following section from the course packet:

Part 3: Orality and Podcasting

For Week 9

Assignment: Complete 2nd Article Annotations
due Nov. 1

Please write annotations of 2 articles or book chapters that relate to the topic of your Technology Project. Email this annotation to yourself and also save it on a USB. You will need electronic access to this annotation.

Please model your annotation on the following example:

In addition to writing your annotations, Dr. Pagnucci will be adding you as an author and editor on The WikiBib Project. So please watch for that email and click on the confirmation link. SOmetimes those emails get routed to your Spam folder, so you may need to check that folder if you don’t receive an email. If for some reason you don’t receive a registration email at all, don’t worry, that is a pretty common issue. Iif it happens to you, Dr. Pagnucci will just help you in class to get you registered for The WikiBib Project.

For Week 10

Assignment A: Course Packet Readings
due Oct. 25

Please read the following section from the course packet:

Part 7: Tech Pedagogy

  • “Foreword: In the Best Modern Way”
    Hugh Burns (1999)
  • “Balancing Acts: Tightrope Walking Above an Ever-Changing (Inter)Net”
    Nicholas Mauriello and Gian Pagnucci (2003)
  • “Network Theory: A Postmodern Pedagogy for the Writing Classroom”
    Thomas T. Barker and Fred O. Kemp (1990)
  • “Teaching Writing with Computers: General Principles“
    Dave Moeller (2002)
  • “A Manifesto for Instructional Technology: Hyperpedagogy”
    Jim Dwight and Jim Garrison (2003)

For Week 11

Assignment A: Tech Project Work Day
on Nov. 1

Dr. Pagnucci will use this class time to provide in class help with the following projects:

  • Project IUP Cast
  • Technology Project
  • Teacher Web Page
  • WikiBib and blog postings

Assignment B: Project IUP Cast Interview
due Nov. 8

  • You team needs to conduct it’s podcast interview ahead of the due date so you’ll have time to edit your audio file in class in order to complete the project.
  • Each team only needs to conduct 1 interview as a group.
  • Please bring your Project IUP Cast audio data with you for in class analysis.

Assignment C: Complete 2nd Article Annotations
due Nov. 8

Please write annotations of 2 articles or book chapters that relate to the topic of your Technology Project. Email this annotation to yourself and also save it on a USB. You will need electronic access to this annotation.

Please model your annotation on the following example:

In addition to writing your annotations, Dr. Pagnucci will be adding you as an author and editor on The WikiBib Project. So please watch for that email and click on the confirmation link. Sometimes those emails get routed to your Spam folder, so you may need to check that folder if you don’t receive an email. If for some reason you don’t receive a registration email at all, don’t worry, that is a pretty common issue. Iif it happens to you, Dr. Pagnucci will just help you in class to get you registered for The WikiBib Project.

Assignment D (Optional): Technology Project Background Information Draft (Optional)
due Nov. 8

If you want Dr. Pagnucci to review your Technology Project Background Information, please print a copy of your draft and bring it to class. This is optional. This does not need to be a complete or finished version of your writing. It is fine for this to be a rough draft. Since this is a draft, it may be any length you wish, from 1-10 pages. If you are not ready to share it with Dr. Pagnucci ahead of time or if you want to just talk things over at your conference, that’s fine. This is just for students who want Dr. Pagnucci to make some comments on the draft before the meeting. It is entirely optional.

For Week 12

Technology Project Conferences
on Nov. 15

  • Conferences will be held in HSS 321, our regular classroom

For Week 13

Thanksgiving Holiday–No Class
for Nov. 22

We will not have class during this holiday week. Enjoy your time off and focus on revising your Technology Paper.

For Weeks 14

Work on Project IUP Cast and Technology Project
for Nov. 29

We will not have a class meeting this day because Dr. Pagnucci will be away . Please use this class time to work on completing your class projects.

For Week 15

Logging Off: Final Class Meeting
Project IUP Cast FINAL Versions DUE
Technology Project FINAL Version DUE
Technology Project Presentations
Final Class Meeting
on Dec. 6

  • Class Pizza Party
    • Please bring something to share at our potluck celebration!
  • Project IUP Cast Presentations
    • We’ll spend some class time listening to each team’s casting project
  • Complete Technology Project for online review
    • If you need extra time to complete your project, you may have until the end of the week
  • Time Travel Technology Demonstration!
  • Submit Time Machine (and then delete it from your hard drive!)

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