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Pioneer? Exemplar? Innovator!

posted: 3.26.13 by Traci Gardner

One of the things I inherited when I was appointed chair of the CCCC Committee on Computers inComposition and Communication (7Cs) in 1999 was a list of suggestions and to-do’s from the committee’s meeting at CCCC that year. The first thing on the list was a suggestion from Marcy Bauman to “Give an award to Fred [Kemp] to recognize his work.”

That to-do led me to draft criteria and guidelines for what was to become the 7C’s Technology Innovator Award. I remember several things about the process of bringing the award into being. First, there was the struggle with the name. We bounced around several possibilities on our committee discussion list, and a number of the members were in favor of something along the lines of “Technology Pioneer Award.” I was vehemently against it, based on a belief that the word pioneer was frequently gendered. I had found too many references to “pioneers and their wives” and to “pioneer women.” I would have none of that name. Ultimately, we settled on “Technology Exemplar Award.”

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e-Pages: What?

posted: 3.20.13 by Barclay Barrios

So what was it like using one of the selections from e-Pages?

Well, for starters, it’s one of the few times I’ve ever had students “like” a reading. I won’t claim that had anything to do with having the reading online; I think it had a lot more to do with the subject matter (as one student described it, “it’s about that MySpace porn star”) and the fact that the events of the essay took place in South Florida, not far from our school.  About the usual number of students actually did the reading, with about the same mix of those using laptops in class and those who had printed the reading.  For my students, it seems like it was just another reading.

What I found far more interesting was my own reaction to the reading.  I live and breathe technology.  I’ve taught whole classes using just PDFs and my iPad. I grade electronically, too. But I just couldn’t read this essay online. I had to print it out so that I could attack it properly: highlighting, underlining, annotating. [read more]

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