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Multimodal Mondays: Play day!

posted: 4.20.15 by Andrea Lunsford

Today’s guest blogger is Monica Miller, a Marion L Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the school of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech, specializing in digital pedagogies and multimodal composition. She received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2014, where she studied American literature, with concentrations in Southern Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her work focuses on the intersections of region and gender. Her current book project, Don’t Be Ugly: The Ugly Plot in the Work of Southern Women Writers, examines the ways in which ugliness marks fictional characters who are excluded from traditional gender roles of marriage and motherhood.

“My friend said that his 1101 class was the best, because they watch videos all day—but he doesn’t get to play with Play-doh like we do!” –Overheard in my first year, multimodal, “maker culture”-themed composition classroom. [read more]

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Categories: Activity Idea, Andrea Lunsford, Collaboration, Guest Bloggers, Multimodal Mondays
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Grandmaster Flash and Autocomplete

posted: 3.3.15 by Traci Gardner

Last fall, the Tumblr account Love, Grampa and Grandmaster Flash made a splash with its humorous screen captures of autocomplete gone awry. If you use Facebook, you know that the site has an autocomplete feature for user’s names. As you type a status update, the feature pops up suggestions of user names that it thinks you are typing, with a built-in link to the person’s Facebook profile.

The feature simplifies the process of connecting users on the site. Unfortunately, it can also change Grandma into Grandmaster Flash, as the Facebook feature guesses that if you type Grandm, you might want to tag Grandmaster Flash in your status update. [read more]

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Students Taking On Affordances and Constraints

posted: 3.4.14 by Traci Gardner

In my last post, I described a classroom activity to Teach about Affordances and Constraints in multimodal texts. While completing the activity, students analyzed a section of a handout that addressed undergraduate English majors and minors, identified its affordances and constraints, and then proposed a new text that communicated the same information more effectively using another genre. [read more]

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Teaching about Affordances and Constraints

posted: 2.25.14 by Traci Gardner

I’m prepping to talk with my Writing and Digital Media class about the affordances and constraints of the modes used in a text. Students have read the basic definitions and related case study in Writer/Designer by Kristin L. Arola, Cheryl E. Ball and Jennifer Sheppard, the textbook we are using, but we haven’t talked about or worked with the concepts in class. [read more]

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