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English 482: Writing Technologies
Spring 2010
Monday/Wednesday 3:30-4:45; Oregon Building
http://patrickberry.com/writingtechnologies

 

Course Calendar

Date

Monday

Wednesday

1/20

 

in class: Introductions

at home: Read Baron’s “Thoreau’s Pencil,” chapter 3, and “National Handwriting Day,” chapter 4, from A Better Pencil, and post response to class blog.

1/25 & 1/27

DISAPPEARING TECHNOLOGIES
in class: Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Writing as a Technology.

at home: Read Bruce and Hogan’s “The Disappearance of Technology: Toward an Ecological Model of Literacy” and jot down some ideas on how you might visually represent this article.

WRITING TECHNOLOGIES: THE MOVIE
in class: Designing with Photoshop (remember to bring your Flash drive). Post working drafts of movie poster to online site.

at home: Read Jenkins, “Photoshop for Democracy,” chapter 6, Covergence Culture and respond to prompt on class blog.

2/1 & 2/3

DIGITAL REVOLUTIONS
in class: Can Writing Save the World?

at home: Post revision of movie poster to site and respond by email (copying me) to members of your group.

WRITING TECHNOLOGIES: THE MOVIE
in class:
Group discussion of movie posters and Photoshop workshop. Post final draft(s) to site.

at home: Read Trubek’s “Handwriting is History,” Miller-McCune and Baron’s “The Art and Science of Handwriting.” Write a 600-word handwritten response. Last day to submit movie posters: 2/8 before class.

2/8 & 2/10

WRITING BY HAND
in class:
Handwriting, Graffiti, and Identity

at home: Read Carrington’s “I Write, Therefore I Am: Texts in the City” and prepare a five-minute oral presentation on the central ideas of this article.

THE POINT(S) OF POWERPOINT
in class: Class Presentations and “Who doesn’t know PowerPoint?”

at home: Read Lanham’s “What’s Next for Text?," chapter 3, The Economics of Attention, and prepare a lesson plan (approximately 900 words) on how you might present this reading to a group of undergraduates at the University of Illinois.

2/15 & 2/17

THE POINT(S) OF POWERPOINT
in class: Discuss “What’s Next for Text?” and begin exploring PowerPoint as a rhetorical tool.

at home: Read Parker’s “Absolute PowerPoint” and Jaschik’s “PowerPoint Studies.” Jot down some ideas on how your might remake your presentation with PowerPoint.

(re)CONSTRUCTING AND (re)PRESENTING THEORY
in class:
Introduce assignment; Workshop assignment using Parker's article as an example..

at home: Read DeVoss’ “English Studies and Intellectual Property.” Prepare sophisticated draft of presentation of Lanham's chapter.

2/22 & 2/24

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
in class: Intellectual Property Meets PowerPoint Workshop

at home: final presentations due.

(re)CONSTRUCTING AND (re)PRESENTING THEORY
in class: Presentations with PowerPoint I

at home: Read Eldred’s “Technology’s Strange, Familiar Voices.” Post response to prompt on blog.

3/1 & 3/3

LITERACY CHRONICLES
in class:
Presentations with PowerPoint II; Post your evaluations here. What is a Literacy Narrative and what About Technology?

at home: Prepare a “script” of your own literacy narrative with technology. Select images. See details of assignment here.

LITERACY CHRONICLES
Class does not formally meet.

at home: Read David, Hawisher, Osborne, Selfe and Wormer’s “Cultural Ecologies and the Literacies of Technology,” chapter 1, Literate Lives in the Information Age: Narratives of Literacy from the United States. Post response to class blog.

3/8 & 3/10

SCOTT FILKINS VISIT
in class:
We'll be joined by special guest, Scott Filkins, literacy coach at Central High School + Literacy Chroniciles

at home: Revise your literacy narrative. Submit final script and images by email before class.

LITERACY CHRONICLES
in class: On 3/10, we'll record the videos. Bring your
Flash drive and headphones. Movie instructions can be found here.

at home: Complete video recording; read Ong’s “Writing is a Technology that Restructures Thought,” chapter 1, in Literacy: A Critical Sourcebook and post response to class blog.

3/15 & 3/17

LITERACY CHRONICLES
in class:
Workshop footage with iMovie/GarageBand.

at home: Continue working on movie. Final movies due on 3/17.

LITERACY CHRONICLES
Complete your video. Class does not formally meet.

at home: Read Jenkin’s “Why Heather Can Write: Media Literacy and the Harry Potter Wars, chapter 5, Convergence Culture.  Post response to class blog.

 

3/22 & 3/24

Spring Break

 

3/29 & 3/31

WEB DESIGN
in class: Web Design Workshop I

at home: Prepare map or written description of the "home" portion of your site, discussing design and categories. Send me response by email by 3/30.

WEB DESIGN
in class:
Web Design Workshop II

at home: Read Crystal’s “The Hype About Texting,” chapter 1, and “How Weird is Texting,” chapter 2,  from Txtng: The Gr8Po Db8 and post a response on your own website Upload files to netfiles and post link to blog. Complete Task 1.

4/5 & 4/7

WEB DESIGN
in class:
Web Design Workshop III

at home: Complete Task 2.

WEB DESIGN
in class:
Web Design Workshop IV

at home: complete Task 3.

4/12 & 4/14

PEER REVIEW & PRESENTATIONS
in class:
Review portfolio instructions; informal presentations and peer review of sites. We'll use a peer review sheet that you'll need to send to the author and me by email.
at home: Read Rodriquez’s “Final Edition: The Twilight of the American Newspaper,” Harper’s, and respond on the class blog to the prompt.

SITE REVISIONS & GARAGEBAND
in class:
GarageBand demo. You will receive detailed feedback on your site from your peers and from me.
at home: First submission of audio podcast is due.

4/19 & 4/21

TALKING THEORY PODCAST
in class: Present audio podcasts.
Discuss "Dialogues on Writing Technologies" assignment.
at home: A draft of "Dialogues on Writing Technologies" is due on Friday. Send it to me by email.

PODCASTS/PREZI
in class: Prezi workshop
at home: First draft of Prezi presentation is due. See requirements for assignment here as well as tentative symposium schedule. Final revisions minus the Prezi and podcast presentation are due on Friday, 4/23.

4/26 & 4/28

PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP
in class: You will receive responses to your "Dialogues on Writing Technologies" assignment; Symposium workshop.
at home: Keep working on your revisions.

PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP
in class: workshop/conferences.
at home: Keep working on your revisions.

5/3 & 5/5

Symposum English 104

Symposium English 104
FINAL PORTFOLIOS DUE ON 5/6. Send me link.

 

 

 

Patrick W. Berry
pberry2@illinois.edu
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: English 338
Office Phone: 244-1391
Office Hours: Mondays, 11-12, or by appointment