Contemplations

Framing Media Studies, Part II: Cinematography

Feb 4th, 2014 | By
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By Clint Stivers and Phoebe Bronstein In the last post, we discussed mise en scene–everything that is put/placed in the scene–and so for this post, we are moving on to cinematography. Cinematography refers to what the camera does from framing, to focus, and movement. In early filmmaking cameras were heavier, and therefore more static. As

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Losing Our Writing

Jan 26th, 2014 | By
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Writing in itself is an aesthetic art not merely acquired, but more so felt. To say the least, writing is not baseball, and you cannot purely practice to become better. There comes a point when your grammar, style, diction, and syntax may create the ideal writing, but can still be completely lacking that which is

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Framing Media Studies: Teaching Cinematic Style, Part I

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By
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By Phoebe Bronstein and Clint Stivers As teachers of multimodal/WOVEN artifacts, we naturally understand how to teach students how to arrange images for effective designs in posters, presentations, infographics, and other visual mediums. Despite having experience in visual rhetoric, some teachers express difficulty in how to approach teaching film. In this spirit, with our brief

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The V in WOVEN: Student Posters and the Rhetoric of Waste

Dec 1st, 2013 | By
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 In this post, I’d like to write about student posters and start/continue a conversation about the importance of the V in WOVEN. The Rhetoric of Waste and Sustainability: Teaching writing at Georgia Tech, an institution that prides itself with training problem-solvers, I invite my students to use multimodal communication as a tool to identify and

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My Next Job Will Be At Starfleet Academy (Another Tech, No to Tech, Yes Column)

Nov 7th, 2013 | By
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We were fans of Star Trek.  Sure, we thought: people will travel through space, we’ll meet with beings from other planets, we’ll fly space ships, and for work, we’ll hold flat, thin computers in one hand and tea in the other, the simulated daylight shining ever-so-slightly off our bald pates.  Sure, that will happen, because

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“We Can’t Stop Here! This is Tech Country!” Going Gonzo in English 1101

Oct 31st, 2013 | By
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I’ve been thinking lately about one of the many useful comments my adviser made about the failed novel I submitted in the last semesters of my MFA program. She told me I’d shown bad manners. Instead of organizing the book into chapters, I used stick figure drawings to mark breaks between sections. No real respite

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Telling Stories, Building Community: “This I Believe” in the First-Year Writing and Communication Classroom

Oct 4th, 2013 | By
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In the spring of 2011, Georgia Tech started a “This I Believe” project in partnership with the Writing and Communication Program. The campus reading series and student contest are unofficial off-shoots of a popular radio series, originally hosted by Edward R. Murrow in the 1950s, and then resuscitated on NPR from 2005-2009. The radio essays

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The “This I Believe” Essay and Orality in the Classroom

Oct 2nd, 2013 | By
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I use the personal “This I Believe” essay as a means to develop and appreciate oral language skills in the classroom. My students script their essays keeping in mind that they will be submitting their essays in an audio-visual format. I have found that this project has a profound impact on how the students compose

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Making [Multimodal] History: 21st Century Timelines and 20th Century Connections

Sep 16th, 2013 | By
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One of my challenges in teaching students is that they often don’t get a lot of my references. I’m sure many teachers have had this problem: jokes that you think are hilarious fall flat, or mentions of pop-cultural figures that you assume are common knowledge end up getting blank looks. But this problem also extends

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Teaching Composition with Interactive Fiction, Part Two

Sep 14th, 2013 | By
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In an earlier post, I explained why I think interactive fiction (IF) computer games can drive valuable experiments in the multimodal composition classroom.  You can check out Part One for an overview of what IF is and what I think it can do for students.  In the present post, I’ll lay out a few more

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