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People have asked me (okay, two people) what "Poet Ponders" is meant to be. What is my purpose? I now will attempt to clarify what makes "Poet Ponders" different from my blogs on rhetoric or writing.

"Poet Ponders Pedagogy" is meant to address the role technology plays within the science and art of education. This is not a blog for general political rants, thoughts on the latest fiction, or photos of my cats. This blog is a place to explore how teaching and learning are affected by hardware and software. As a teacher, how does technology shape my experiences and those of my students?

We have moved beyond the early "Digital Age" and through the "Interactive Web 2.0" trends. Now, our students occupy the "Social Media Age" and the Internet is much more than e-mail and the World Wide Web. Writing has been affected by Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and dozens of other "quick" media. These technologies enforce a brevity with its roots in technological limitations: the 120 to 160 characters squeezed out of "Short Message Service" (SMS) cell phone packets.

While our students (and some of us) embraced the Social Media, our colleges and universities slowly embraced the Web. At the moment, many schools are at Web 1.5 -- if we are fortunate.

Some of the topics I have and will continue to address on "Poet Ponders" include:
  • Learning Management System / Course Management System (LMS/CMS) platforms such as Moodle and the various Blackboard applications.
  • Collaborative tools, such as Wikis and group blogs created and maintained by students.
  • Applications to support the writing process, from brainstorming to editing, and how they affect writing.
  • Technical challenges supporting various students and faculty skill sets.
  • Student expectations versus the realities of online and partially-online (hybrid) courses. 
  • Evaluation tools, methods, and standards for online education, including student digital portfolios.

For a more general blog on writing, I suggest the Tameri Blog on Writing and Reading. If you are interested in rhetoric and communication skills, I suggest following Rogue Rhetorician.

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