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English Tech Pedagogy Quick Survey



Here are the responses we have so far in our quest to organize a ‘meet-up’ of our faculty and staff who want to share their tech pedagogies (defined as widely as possible-3X5 cards to transcription hardware) and who want to learn other tech pedagogies.  Please respond to the survery.  Once we have gotten all we are going to get we will gather for what some call an ‘unconference’ and others ‘birds of a feather’ and others still an ‘open spaces meeting’.  In other words we will have minimal top down and maximum bottom up  organization.  It is akin to improv, but actually more kin to a scripted reality show where the participants riff on, in this case, the very general theme of tech pedagogy.  I have done it before and it is quite fun.  And we really don’t enough fun in our daily lives.

If you haven’t completed the survey and wish to you, then follow this link to a live form to fill out.



THATPodcast » Blog Archive » Episode 2: Introducing Omeka

THATPodcast » Blog Archive » Episode 2: Introducing Omeka
This is an absolutely fascinating podcast about the new site builder for the “digital humanist” called “Omeka”.

It is one of the most exciting projects I have ever seen and could potentially involve every aspect of the university, revolutionizing the way the humanities is presented.

NINES–A Gathering of Resources

NINES and Collex

This project draws together various sources (primary and secondary) into one handy scholarly place for all students of literature to examine. This site specializes in nineteenth century writers but the software that runs it, Collex, can be used to create any collection. This freeware appears to

1. Work within any browser
2. Use no plugins so is self-contained
3. Be free and busy with developers working to improve it.

Here are a few collections to check out.

The William Blake ArchiveBlake
Collective Biographies of WomenPilkington
The Letters of Christina RossettiRossetti

Southern Appalachian English

This is what the web is good for–an expert site on Appalachi-English.

Southern Appalachian English
Welcome to this website on the speech of one of America’s most often misunderstood regions – southern and central Appalachia, which stretches from north Georgia to West Virginia.

Take the Mountain Vocabulary Quiz. Translate this one I heard the other day–tatn’t, as in “I tatn’t to the vet, but hit hain’t hepped hit none.”

Crowdsourcing: A Million Heads is Better than One

Crowdsourcing: A Million Heads is Better than One
The “wisdom of crowds” is a popular web 2.0 buzzword, popularized by James Surowiecki’s book of the same name. At its most basic, the term means that two heads are better than one, and that still more heads will yield even better results.

Some might argue that it is still the lone writer sitting in her lonely chair which makes it go round, but there is new paradigm on the block–crowdsourcing. Perhaps it is really an old idea given new impetus by the advent of the rocket we call the Internet.

However you look at it, read this article and begin to appreciate the extent to which this term is fast becoming an article of faith in the webbed community.