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|| Transforming Writing Through Technology
||Writing & Technology @ Carnegie Mellon University
English Professor David Kaufer and his CMU research collaborators Ananda Gunawardena & Aaron Tan (Computer Science), and Alexander Cheek (Design) introduce Classroom Salon, an application used by instructors to create social networks and online learning communities of students and instructors...(read their article). Here are additional press articles from the English Department.
Three educators discuss how Classroom Salon changed the way we teach writing.
Mellon Distinguished Professor of English
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Select readings - Books
The following are a selection of books on writing and technology. They are available at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries.
Alphabet to Email by
Call Number: PE1075 .B28 2000 (Hunt Library, 2nd floor)
Publication Date: 2000-03-07
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In Alphabet to Email Naomi Baron takes us on a fascinating and often entertaining journey through the history of the English language, showing how technology - especially email - is gradually stripping language of its formality. Drawing together strands of thinking about writing, speech, pedagogy, technology, and globalization, Naomi Baron explores the ever-changing relationship between speech and writing and considers the implications of current language trends on the future of written English. Alphabet to Email will appeal to anyone who is curious about how the English language has changed over the centuries and where it might be going.
A Better Pencil by
Call Number: Z45 .B37 2009 (Hunt Library, 2nd floor)
Publication Date: 2009-09-24
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Baron (English & linguistics, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) explores how writers use technology to accomplish their work, historically and personally, highlighting clay tablets, parchment, paper, pencil, typewriter, and computer. Along the way, he provides humor-infused portraits, such as of Henry David Thoreau's role in producing the pencil and Dan Rather's fall owing to unverifiable documents about George W. Bush. Baron reminds readers of the clunky beginnings of word processors, complete with screenshots, and describes his experiments with students writing on clay tablets. He consistently relates his own journey to writing exclusively with computers as well as the views of fellow scholars and students. The anecdotes put human faces amid scholarly discussion. Baron culminates his survey by considering the new types of writing recently popularized on blogs, social networking web sites, and wikis. Verdict In providing analyses of censorship, privacy, and the transformed relationship between reader and writer, Baron presents a well-researched, original sketch of how technology and literacy meet. Recommended for academics and serious language lovers.-Marianne Orme, Des Plaines P.L., IL (c)
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Select readings - Articles
Top 12 Ways Technology Changed Learning
In the 21st century, technology has changed the ways in which we communicate and go about our lives. Very few educators would disagree with the notion that technology has dramatically changed the teaching and learning process.
With the help of some fellow teachers .. (read more)
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