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Computers and Writing, May 2011 The Compass for our Shared Space:  Student Knowledge and iPad Integration ~Dr. Christine Cusick, Associate Professor of English and Composition. w riting anxieties resistance a dded content a lienation d isorientation / academic discourse

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Computers and Writing, May 2011

The Compass for our Shared Space:  Student Knowledge and iPad Integration

~Dr. Christine Cusick,

Associate Professor of English and Composition

concerns first year writing

writing anxieties

  • resistance
  • added content
  • alienation
  • disorientation / academic discourse
  • student demographics
Concerns:First Year Writing

student agency

  • student knowledge
  • student inquiry
  • professor disclosure
literacy expanding our definition


  • writing
  • problem-solving
  • critical thinking
  • speaking
  • computing
Literacy: Expanding our Definition
finding a voice academic discourse and emerging technologies

“Discussion…you could almost define university education as an initiation into a variety of powerful ongoing discussions, an initiation that can occur only through the repeated use of a new language in the company of others.”

~ Mike Rose, “The Discourse of Academics”

Finding a Voice:Academic Discourse and Emerging Technologies
accessing student knowledge creating low stakes experiences and putting curriculum first

Information Literacy Game

  • Current Events Jeopardy
  • Literacy Narratives
  • Writing Community
Accessing Student Knowledge: Creating Low Stakes Experiences and Putting Curriculum First
ipad as information literacy tool for seminar in thinking and writing

Let the Games Begin!:Engaging Students with Interactive Information Literacy Instruction

Theresa McDevitt, Editor

Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. (May 2011)

“Sharing Stories: Research, Technology, and Listening to Student Knowledge”

iPad as Information Literacy Tool for Seminar in Thinking and Writing
introduction to game

This game allows undergraduate students to “process” the idea of how they can achieve mastery in a strange environment (research libraries) with strange language (specialized terminology). Through the use of rhetorical techniques, they practice as a group to discover their own competence at becoming an information education expert.

Introduction to Game

Students will be able to:

    • retrieve data from the Internet
    • distinguish reliable and task appropriate material
    • identify and locate themselves within a discourse community
information literacy standards addressed

Standard One: The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.

  • Standard Two: The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Standard Three:The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
Information Literacy Standards Addressed
information literacy standards addressed continued

Standard Four: The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

  • Standard Five:The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.
Information Literacy Standards Addressed (continued)
ipad and familiar ground

using the iPad to engage with familiar territory (i.e. carpentry; punk rock; cooking; car restoration)

  • using the iPad as a tool for game logistics (i.e. timer; score cards, etc.)
  • using the iPad to evaluate online source credibility
iPad and Familiar Ground
world perspectives and critical thinking

Current Events Jeopardy:

    • Mobile Technologies and Exploring Rhetorical Situations
    • Student Discovered News Applications
      • BBC
      • Guardian Eyewitness
      • The New York Times
      • Newsy
      • Today in History
      • TED Talks
World Perspectives and Critical Thinking
ipad as gateway to a literacy community

informal assignments

  • consistent sharing and interaction
  • student directed iPad use
  • writing voice
  • National Conversation on Writing: Who is a Writer?
iPad as Gateway to a Literacy Community

“the electronic portfolio has become a way of extending, and in some cases transforming, what a writing portfolio is and can do. An electronic portfolio can be a multi- media artifact that expands writing to include creative projects in sound, images, movies, and hypertexts.”

~G. Pullman, Computers and Composition

Building a Writing Identity through Electronic Individualized Learning Plans and Web 2.0 Technologies

Mills, Terrance. (Seton Hill student)

  • Oliverio, Alyssa. (Seton Hill student)
  • G. Pullman, George. “Electronic portfolios revisited: the efolios project.” Computers and Composition 19 (2002) 151-169.
  • Rose, Mike. Lives on the Boundary: A Moving Account of the Struggles and Achievements of America’s Educationally Unprepared. New York : Penguin Books, 2005.