Technology in the Language Arts Classroom 

This is the course schedule for English 518, "Using Technology in the Language Arts Classroom." Most readings listed below are available online unless marked "ER," in which case the readings will be available through electronic course reserves.  Discussion of many of these texts will be taking place on the official course blog.

January 16: Introduction to Course

Overview of course policies and introduction to blogging and wiki software.

January 23: Blogging and Writing Instruction:

Julian Dibbell, “Portrait of the Blogger as a Young Man.” Feed, May 3, 2000.

Charles Lowe and Terra Williams, “Moving to the Public: Weblogs in the Writing Classroom.” Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs. Ed. Laura Gurak, Smiljana Antonijevic, Laurie Johnson, Clancy Ratliff, and Jessica Reyman, June 2004.

Rebecca Mead, “You’ve Got Blog: How to Put Your Boy Friend, Your Business, and Your Life On-Line,” RebeccaMead.com, November 13, 2000.

Chuck Tryon, “Writing and Citizenship: Using Blogs to Teach First-Year Composition.” Pedagogy 6.1 (Winter 2006): 128-32. ER.

January 30: Understanding Media Change

Marshall McLuhan, “The Medium is the Message,” Understanding Media.Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1994. 7-21.ER.

Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin, “Immediacy, Hypermediacy, and Remediation,” Remediation: Understanding New Media. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1999.20-51. ER.

Walter Benjamin, “Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” Illuminations. Trans. Harry Zohn.Ed. Hannah Arendt. New York: Schocken, 1968.  ER

February 6: What is New Media?

Lev Manovich, “What is New Media?” The Language of New Media. Cambridge: The MIT Press 19-61. ER

N. Katherine Hayles, “Material Metaphors, Technotexts, and Media-Specific Analysis.” Writing Machines.Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2002. 18-33. ER

February 13: New Media and Authorship

Jay David Bolter, “Seeing and Writing.” The New Media Reader. Ed. Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2003. 679-90. ER

Lev Manovich, “Models of Authorship in New Media.” Available online

Jill Walker, “Feral Hypertexts: When Hypertext Literature Escapes Control.”Proceedings of ACM Hypertext 2005. Salzburg September 6-9, 2005.

February 20: Composition and New Media

Paper Proposal Due at the Beginning of Class

Geoffrey Sirc, “Box Logic.” Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition.Ed. Anne Frances Wysocki, Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Cynthia L. Selfe, and Geoffrey Sirc. Logan, UT: UtahStateUniversity Press, 2004.111-146. ER.

Anne Frances Wysocki, “With Eyes That Think, and Compose, and Think: On Visual Rhetoric.” Teaching Writing with Computers: An Introduction. Ed. Pamela Takayoshi and Brian Huot. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.182-201.

February 27: Computer Classrooms and Writing

Richard Selfe, “Goals in Action: Student Workers at the Center of Things.” Sustainable Computer Environments for Teachers of English and Language Arts: Creating a Culture of Support.

Nicole Brown, “The Regionalization of Cyberspace: Making Visible the Spatial Discourse of Community Online.” Composition Forum 15 (Spring 2006). 

Meeks, Melissa Graham. “Wireless Laptop Classrooms: Sketching Social and Material Spaces.” Fall 2004. Negotiating Space in a Laptop Classroom. Kairos. 10 November 2005

March 6: Spring Break

March 13: Interactivity

Luis Arata, “Reflections about Interactivity,” MIT Communications Forum.

Anna Everett, “Click This: From Analog Dreams to Digital Realities.” Cinema Journal 43.3 (Spring 2004): 93-98. ER.

March 20: Participatory Cultures

Henry Jenkins, “Why Heather Can Write: Media Literacy and the Harry Potter Wars.” Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York: New YorkUniversity Press, 2006. 169-205.

Lev Grossman, “Time’s Person of the Year: You.” Time Magazine, December 16, 2006.

Richard Stengel, “Now It’s Your Turn.” Time Magazine, December 16, 2006.

Matthew Klam, “The Online Auteurs,” New York Times, November 12, 2006.

Update: Lakshmi Chaudhry, "Mirror, Mirror On the Web." The Nation, January 29, 2007. 

View “Youtubers.”

March 27: New Media and Democracy

Henry Jenkins, “Photoshop for Democracy.” Technology Review. June 4, 2004.

Patricia R. Zimmermann, “Digital Deployment(s).” Contemporary American Independent Film: From the Margins to the Mainstream. Ed. Chris Holmlund and Justin Wyatt.London: Routledge, 2005.245-64.

JibJab and other videos TBA.

 April 3: Video Sharing

Joshua Davis, “The Secret World of LonelyGirl.” Wired 14.12 (December 2006).

Bob Garfield, “YouTube vs. Boob Tube.” Wired 14.12 (December 2006).

Christopher Conway, “YouTube and the Cultural Studies Classroom,” Inside Higher Ed, November 16, 2006.  

Tim Anderson, “‘TV Time' is the New 'Playtime' Flow 4.1 (2006).

Selected YouTube videos.

 April 10: Digging Through the Archives

Browse the following web resources:

American Memory Project


Making MediaCommons

Internet Movie Archives

Paul D. Thacker, "Are College Students Techo Idioits." Inside Higher Ed (November 15, 2006). 

April 17: Wikiality

Brock Read, “Can Wikipedia Ever Make the Grade?” Chronicle of Higher Education. October 27, 2006.

Stacy Schiff, “Know it All: Can Wikipedia Conquer Expertise?” The New Yorker, July 31, 2006. 

Alan Liu “Developing a Wikipedia Research Policy.” Kairosnews. June 29, 2006.

Jeff Rice, “Wikiality.” Yellow Dog. August 3, 2006.

Lynn D. Lampert, "Integrating Discipline-Based Anti-Plagiarism Instruction into the Information Literacy Curriculum."  Reference Services Review 32.4 (2004): 347-55.

Aril 24-May 1: Student Presentations. Papers due at the beginning of class on May 1.