English 808: Technology & Literacy – Technology Requirements

Dr. Gian Pagnucci

Technology Instruction

Computers and the Internet are vital tools for writers, scholars, and teachers in the 21st Century, so we will make active use of these technologies in this course. Do not worry if you are a technological novice, however. Instruction will be provided in class for any student who needs help learning how to use a particular technology tool. In other words, I will provide lots of help for everyone who needs it. And if you know what you are doing, you can help those who are still learning the basics. Hopefully, one of the additional benefits of this course is that it will enhance your technological skills.

Online Course Work

Much of the work for this course will eventually be stored online in a digital format. Again, in class help will be provided for this aspect of the course. Nevertheless, some writing may still be required in a printed, hard copy format. 

Technological Software

Over the course of the semester, we will make use of many of the following technologies:

  • Audacity (Audio Software)
  • Blogs
  • Email
  • Facebook
  • Internet Browsers (i.e. Microsoft Internet Explorer)
  • Internet Sites
  • Microsoft Word
  • Online Learning Management System (i.e. Desire 2 Learn [D2L])
  • Online Web Page Composers
  • Podcasting Software
  • PowerPoint
  • Second Life (a Multi-user domain Object Oriented environment [MOO])
  • Twitter
  • Video Software
  • Wiki Software

I’ve chosen these particular technological tools for the following reasons:

  • These technologies are common in many workplaces
  • These technologies are generally free or low cost
  • These technologies are standard software on the IUP campus
  • These technologies are very powerful with many features
  • These technologies are highly useful for creating professional looking documents
  • These technologies are easy to learn