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Child poetry plagiarist unmasked

The 10-year-old winner of a children’s poetry competition had to hand back her prize money after newspaper readers noticed that her poem was the work of a well known writer. “It’s a mini drama for her. She did not realize it had been written by someone else,” a member of the competition jury said Tuesday. —Child poetry plagiarist unmasked (Reuters|My Way) That’s one way to get ahead in life. Let’s hope…

Half-Life 2 Mod: Week 5 — Brass Columns, Detailed Ceiling, Chandelier in a Blocky Opera House

Because I was away at a conference all week, I didn’t have much time. I had already found some good trees and begun work on the ceiling of my test room, but I figured I had played with that test room enough. But in about four hours today, I created this room from scratch. The textures were part of packs I had already downloaded, of course. I’m working on trying…

E-mail and text 'replace writing'

The decline of handwriting and the rise of e-mail and text messaging has been highlighted in a new survey of media consumption in the digital age. It suggests that half of written communication is by e-mail, 29% by text message and just 13% by pen and paper. —E-mail and text ‘replace writing’ (BBC) But take a look at this detail about methodology: “The IPA TouchPoints survey was based on 5,000 people…

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Calling All Bloggers

Calling All Bloggers (CCCC 2006 Chicago — Day 3) Mike Edwards and Clancy Ratliffe led a very productive special interest group on weblogs. The project I had agreed to work on last year, seeking NCTE support for proposing some sort of official statement about the professional and pedagogial value of weblogs, fizzled. The NCTE had its national meeting in Pittsburgh in November, but this meeting had a very narrow focus. When…

Imagining a Transformed Reality: On the Web, Over the Airwaves, Around the Globe

Imagining a Transformed Reality: On the Web, Over the Airwaves, Around the Globe (CCCC 2006 Chicago — Day 3) In this panel, three experienced comp instructors from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock report their experiences getting students to think outside the box. The presenters asked everyone to pull their chairs into a circle, and in that environment I felt uncomfortable typing away on a keyboard, so I only jotted brief…

Changing Literacies/Changing Mindsets: Communicating Across Digital Difference

Changing Literacies/Changing Mindsets: Communicating Across Digital Difference (CCCC 2006 Chicago — Day 3) I had written a different session down in my conference planner, but Iā€™m glad I want to this one. Sally Chandler brought two of her undergraduate students from Kean University, and together they presented what they learned about the nature of research with a teacher who came of age in the world of print tried to teach students…