Day 14: Here There Be Technology

Hello everybody,

Today was sort of all over the place. Having finished reading Chapters 3, 5, and 6 of Troy Hicks’ Crafting Digital Writing, we discussed and analyzed the differences of “digitally convenient” and “digitally enhanced” texts here on the Google Doc. Also, with TIB essays in hand, we had planned to expand them to their full podcast glory. However, iCare failed to receive us, but Rachel swooped in and saved the day!

While I struggle to put into words the vast amount of wisdom and learning she bestowed upon us, here are possibly some helpful resources/reminders as we all work on our podcasts:



This one is from Dr. Benko which she tweeted and is a PDF from iCare about creating podcasts:


Some final notes on the podcast (mainly advice from Dr. Benko and Rachel):

If you don’t have GarageBand, you can get it for free at iCare, at Teacher’s College. It might be helpful to record in segments in order to avoid mess ups. Your belief statement should be the title of the piece. The Soundcloud login is the same as the blog login found on the blog assignment. Last, but not least, Dr. Benko needs a break too and will be under radio silence over fall break but gives this final encouragement: MINIMAL TEARS EVERYONE.


Further goings on in the classroom today centered around the idea of an online text being either “digitally convenient” or “digitally enhanced” as defined by Hicks.

According to the Google Doc, most people thought of “digitally convenient” as being the text being put online merely for accessibility. A digitally convenient text for the most part would be just as good in a non-digital form (a sentiment voiced by Emily during discussion). This isn’t to say that there are no digital elements involved in the text. Therein lies the key difference between the two terms. As Liv and Brittany point out, the digital elements of an only digitally convenient rather than enhanced text are superficial. They add no significant meaning or function and are just there because they can be.

A digitally enhanced text will definitely use digital elements, but each time with a purpose in mind. Whether it be a hyperlink or embedded media, it serves a meaningful purpose and the text would be less without it. As another example, Rachel targeted the hashtag as an element of digital craft, with its multiple purposes of  making associating, reflecting, grouping things together, and choosing who sees it because of the tags certain people are known to follow.

Finally, we were all given a chance to deepen our new understandings by applying them to two texts: our choice of a TIB podcast, and Joel’s book trailer for Feed by M. T. Anderson. It seems all groups agreed that Joel’s book trailer was a digitally enhanced text, using various elements such as music, imagery , voice, and text in a way that all fit together and played off of each other well.

On the other hand, groups for the most part considered the TIB podcasts to be more on the convenient end of the spectrum than enhanced, due to the fact that it could have easily been left as an essay on paper. However, with voice recording and underscoring music, there is a tone added which affects the meaning, which can count toward it being an enhanced piece.

To apply our new knowledge to a different situation, I find this potentially helpful resource to be another example of a digitally enhanced text. This kind of text is a prime example of using hyperlinks effectively. Not only is each resource connected for easy access, but the suggested page for each resource helps readers more quickly find what they might be looking for. The links go beyond just shoving a new resource at people and telling them to figure it out, and actually pave the way for exploring them.

Friendly Reminders:

Midterm draft is coming up! By now you probably have set up a time to meet with Rachel. If not, it’s a pretty good idea to do so (and required).

Podcasts must be uploaded to the SoundCloud account by Thursday next week (10/13).

The following 3 articles need to be read as well: 

“Assessing Writing”

(The second two probably need license, so you can find them here!)


Enjoy Fall Break everybody!




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