Assignment Spotlight: TimeMapper

Beck Wise

Assignments, Locative Media, Pedagogy, Tools

When the DWRL staff started talking about preparing digital lesson plans for new instructors teaching first year composition in our classrooms, one of the first tools we settled on was TimeMapper. This free and open-source tool allows individuals and classes to quickly and easily build timemaps: timelines with associated geodata, in which every data point is mapped to both its temporal and physical location. It’s fun and accessible, and it builds on the DWRL’s long history of research in locative

A Discussion on Discussions

Felipe Cruz

Assignments, Pedagogy, Tools

Among teachers, silence is always a concern. You assign an intriguing, provocative and controversial reading to your students, hoping for a lively discussion in the classroom, a debate which will spark new ideas and lead to the questioning of old assumptions (assuming, that is, that students have in fact done the reading). But then, one is often met with silence. What went wrong? Did the reading not resonate with the students? Did they not find it interesting? Did they not

Past the Littlefield Fountain: Turning Missing Statues Into Teaching Opportunities

Keith Leisner

Locative Media, Pedagogy, Tools

an image of former president of the confederate states of america jefferson davis ensnared in moving harnesses

Have you ever been planning a lesson, and the resource you’re looking for isn’t there? Maybe it’s a YouTube video you saw that would be perfect, maybe it’s just a simple handout. Either way, a missing resource can be extremely frustrating, especially if you didn’t have time to check the resource before the actual lesson (come on, you know this has happened to you). Now imagine this experience with something more substantial, say a statue. That would be the case

Aggregation as Activism

Pete Kunze

Pedagogy, Social Media, Tools

Digital spaces have fashioned new identities or, more accurately, given new life to extant ones. Take, for instance, the troll. In “real life,” we might call this individual a bully, but clearly the perceived anonymity of the internet allows for criticism to become a perverse art form. Artists (broadly understood) online become “content creators,” from bloggers to vloggers, Tweeters to Instagrammers.

Teaching Twitter

Pete Kunze

Pedagogy, Social Media, Tools

Last week, #BlackLivesMatter launched its new website here. “Not a Moment, but a Movement,” the main page declares, underscoring the ongoing efforts to criticize racial injustice, especially in regards to police brutality and mass incarceration. Though the Black Lives Matter movement began as a hashtag on Twitter, it has blossomed into the public conversation on race, and its message has spread across social media.

How Do YOU Use Twitter?

J Brentlinger

Pedagogy, Social Media, Tools

How do you use Twitter? I’ll bet lots of ways. Maybe you’re creative. People use Twitter to show off what they can say in 140 characters. Or maybe you make your own news feed, without any stigma attached to what you like. You really can. People follow NPR, Taylor Swift, and Pope Francis all at once, just to see what each of them says about the news of the day. But you might want to be part of a larger