Worth Reading: Spring Break Edition

I spent a lot of time over spring break clearing out bookmarks and saved articles from Instapaper. Normally I post this list when I get to ten, but here are twenty articles worth reading: 

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ThatCamp Philly: Digital Literacy

After running a discussion on working with students who have low technology skills at the first ThatCamp Philly, I ended up on a panel discussing general digital literacy. There was a very productive discussion by attendees, which included friends like Rebecca Goldman and Janine Utell.
  • 55% of households in Philadelphia lack internet access.
  • 550, 000 individuals in Philadelphia are considered low literate.
  • A lot of questioning of the "digital natives" myth.
  • Students often do not realize they need to know technology to take an online class.
  • Digital literacy issues often combine with *literacy* issues.
  • Many employers do not have paper applications. Now what? Jobs do not have time/resources to train.
  • I have had students cite from Yahoo Answers.
  • An idea to survey students' technology skills.
  • Revolving door of adjuncts means repeated training.
  • All humanities classes should have lab component.
  • Everyone keeps talking about digital natives!
  • How do we get expectations to line up?
  • Generational differences in how technology is used could be part of this...Rachel gives example of Using Google Street Maps in class and students being blown away by it.
  • Jazmin does work with a library "tech van" to teach citizens how to use email, Office, etc
  • Students don't know how to do research for transferring to colleges...
  • Often digital literacy can be connected to *literacy* issues...
  • 550,000 adults in Philadelphia are "low literate" (half the population of adults!!!)
  • Connecting service learning to literacy and digital literacy
  • Jobs don't want paper applications
  • You have to have baseline of programmatic literacy or you're just not going to get the job
  • A lot of our returning students are not tech savy
  • Computers can be used to create literacy
  • Surveys for what they use on desktop and phone 
  • Add what browser you use to survey
  • Students often form web searches as questions!
  • Discussion of relationships with libraries
  • Freshman Comp students required at multiple schools to attend a library session...
  • Issues with adjuncts not being "invested" in programs to add this stuff...
  • Yahoo Answers can be solved with better understanding of credible sources...take a day to discuss them specifically...
  • Yahoo Answers is not New York Times is not Science
  • Rebecca: Why do they need scholarly sources!?!
  • Research project as a treasure hunt!
  • Grammar, syntax, protocols, of digital literacy
  • Discussion of what is required for K-12 programs...
  • Students frightened by changing thesis as research goes on
  • Rebecca: Students come to her already written paper and looking for sources afterwards...
  • Have empirical library days in Comp II and/or Lit classes
  • Another call for digital literacy across the curriculum
  • Having, besides the four papers, allowing students do pick and choose platforms for assignments (150 points)
  • By presentation day, must have sources that need to be DEFENDED
  • A big change these days is students don't have to learn how to code/wysiwyg 
  • List of approved sources for papers (make using these part of rubric)
  • Rebecca: students have to do background research first before expert research
  • search involves failure!!!

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  • Jeanette Winterson on art during a recession.
  • Norman Thomas di Giovanni’s Website dedicated to Borges and his censored translations is very interesting and worth spending some time with.
  • 2666 reviews: The New York Review Of Books, New York Times, The Quarterly Conversation
  • Part two of Tony Rettman’s interview with Joe Carducci.

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  • New York Times on Orwell’s diaries being blogged on WordPress.
  • Christopher Sorrentino reviews John Barth’s new novel in Bookforum.
  • A book of letters between Bernard Henri Levy and Michel Houellebecq will be published soon.
  • An interesting “first person” piece in The Guardian about asexuality.
  • Alice Ferrebe’s Digital Orientalism: Japan & Electronic Literature.
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    • Simon Armitage discusses his new translation of Sir Gawain & The Green Knight over at The Guardian:

    The poem is also a ghost story, a thriller, a romance, an adventure story and a morality tale. For want of a better word, it is also a myth, and like all great myths of the past its meanings seem to have adapted and evolved, proving itself eerily relevant 600 years later. As one example, certain aspects of Gawain’s situation seem oddly redolent of a more contemporary predicament, namely our complex and delicate relationship with the natural world. The Gawain poet had never heard of climate change and was not a prophet anticipating the onset of global warming. But medieval society lived hand in hand with nature, and nature was as much an enemy as a friend. It is not just for decoration that the poem includes passages relating to the turning of the seasons, or detailed accounts of the landscape, or graphic descriptions of our dealings with the animal kingdom. The knight who throws down the challenge at Camelot is both ghostly and real. Supernatural, yes, but also flesh and blood. He is something in the likeness of ourselves, and he is not purple or orange or blue with yellow stripes. Gawain must negotiate a deal with a man who wears the colours of the leaves and the fields. He must strike an honest bargain with this manifestation of nature, and his future depends on it.