The Changing Spaces of Reading and Writing

Many ways in which New Yorkers say “Merry Christmas” or its equivalent. (LOC)

I have selected this image because words, or to be more exact the actual mechanics of the process of writing, fascinate me. I am also interested in translations of a text into different languages and how the original message changes or remains the same depending on the cultural variations in what words we use.

My name is Svetlana Gibson and I teach grade 5 in an inner city school in Coquitlam. My attention was captured by this course because I teach with laptops. Students in my class show remarkable improvements in their writing and reading when using the computers to demonstrate their learning. I am currently at home with an eight month old baby and her four year old big sister.

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My First Computer Experience

Mainframe computer, originally uploaded by scriptingnews.

Hi There!

I’m Michael Haworth, I am an Information Technology 8 to 12 teacher at a distance education school in British Columbia. ETEC 540 is Course #7 for me, and I am really looking forward to it. My interest in this course was piqued, because often when we talk about technology, I believe we often forget about text and focus on all of the other bells and whistles that frequently accompany technology. When I create new online courses, I focus a considerable amount of time on trying to write high quality text that helps students, and I appreciate any further skill development that I can get in this field. Further, the books by Ong and Bolter look interesting and I am looking forward to learning and working with everyone in the course.

I chose this image because it represents my first personal experience with computers when I was in Grade 1 in 1975. Our Grade 1 class went on a field trip to a office building where they had a computer that looked similar to this one. I remember being in awe of this machine with the whirling tapes, flashing lights, card punch and teletype machine – it was like being in a holy shrine of technology! The text element of the computer and the field trip was that the class was able to take turns working on a teletype machine playing some sort of text adventure game where text commands were given to the computer and then it would type out what was happening in the game – I thought it was simply astounding. The people in the office also gave each student a computer punch card with our names punched out on it and a large sheet of computer paper with our name printed out in very large ASCII-based letters.

That computer experience stayed with me throughout my life and I believe that my fascination of computers eventually led me to my career as an Information Technology teacher. For me, technology has been a lifelong fascination.

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iTeeth, originally uploaded by Brophy Photography Club.

My name is David Berljawsky. I actually found this picture pretty easily. To me it is a very relevant to the discussion that we will be having in this course. Talking and communicating through technology is what I thought about right away. This picture is certainly art, and is created in a form that was impossible just a couple of short years ago.

I am an elementary school teacher in North Vancouver, and regularly teach computers, and other technology related classes. This is my passion and what I want to pursue, so I feel that this program is ideal for me. I find that the current generation of students are very technologically aware and communicate in ways that older generations do not. It could be texting, facebook, twitter or a blog. One thing that I really enjoyed about this picture is that the author used a modern cell phone, hooked up to the internet for this picture. It is artistic and representative of the current generation of elementary and high school students.

I struggle with implementing and developing my philosophies concerning modern technologies. On one hand, I love computers, the internet, and all of those technologies. They make my life easier, assumedly better and, well, they entertain me to no end. However, I can see many negatives with the ways that students use this technology, and how it educates them. I’m hoping that I will be able to plan ways to open up my students understanding, using technologies as a tool, not as a crutch.

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Times Square revisited

Times Square revisited, originally uploaded by michael_davies.

My name is Drew Murphy and I chose this photo of Times Square because it speaks to me about our deep immersion in text and technology. There’s an incredible power and excitement about the photo and also a sense of danger and excess. The text and the technology are literally engulfing the pedestrians who calmly wait to navigate the chaos. The scene alludes to Postman’s ideas that new technologies alter the things we thing about, the symbols we use and the arenas in which thought develops.

I’m a high school technology teacher in Sechelt, British Columbia. I apply technology in the teaching of our planning and graduation program. I’m very involved with technology , pedagogy and the design of educational software. I’m looking forward to taking my third course in the MET program and working with everyone.

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Technology, Text, Orality & the Body

Hello Everyone,
Barb Fraser here. I choose this image because for me it is a very good visual representation of some of the concepts that are at play in this course. Technology, Text, Orality, the Body…. the very Human creation of Speech and expression of Thought realized as words, manifested either orally or in the form of text. Just like our subject matter this image is extremely complex and is comprised of multiple connotations and implied or inferred layers of meanings. Moreover the image itself issues out of a complex art genre [minimally; photography, mixed media, and surrealist art] and it “speaks” to a technologically advanced cultural milieu.
Specifically, it places text onto or within Technology [represented by a keyboard]. It then subsumes the physical body [that place where we imagine the text issues out of, that is the head or brain], specifically covering or replacing the mouth, again where speech, orality [non text based communication] or oral versions of text alone…are created/born. That is, it plays with the idea of the fusion of text not only onto and within technology but also within and through the vehicle of the body as a medium for the creation and the communication of text and also [implied] of speech and orality.
I have worked in health care all of my life in various management capacities, at BC Children’s, VGH and St. Paul’s Hospitals. Currently, I am happy to be working on campus [away from hospitals!] as manager of the MHA program here at the SPPH [School of Population and Public Health], UBC.
I am specifically interested in what makes online learning different [for example the F shaped scanning patterns of readers of text on line] from conventional learning and to better understand how to present e-learning content so as to maximize its advantages and compensate for some of its perceived disadvantages. I am a former psych major [originally art and psych], from Simon Fraser University and regard art and psychology as two of my primary passions in school and in life. I have somewhat eclectic interests and have an ongoing passion for film [Vancouver film festival et al], books, music, politics, and painting…
Look forward to learning with all of you….

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When East Meets West – Technology

When East Meets West, originally uploaded by CiaoChessa.


My name is Lindsey Martin and I chose this photo because I believe it demonstrates the idea that new technologies change communities and cultures. The course thus far has indicated that some cultures use new technologies while others choose not to. I find this photo to be indicating the balance of power that some of the readings have shown. New technologies create a shift in the balance of power and I believe the image, in an almost ironic sense, shows this. The two men, who are clearly traditional in their culture, using cameras could indicate that new technologies will have an effect on how we live and changes how we see our world and community.

I am a secondary school teacher in Surrey, BC and have been teaching for five years. I primarily teach social studies and history. My interest in this course initially was the idea of looking at technology and writing in a new way. I have always looked at technology and writing in a very broad sense and I am now excited to look at it from all different vantage points. I am also excited to use all this “new technology” in my teaching practice and hope that I can become a better educator through this course and the MET program. This is my first course in the MET program and so far it has been intellectually stimulating! I look forward to working and getting to know all of you!

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Common Textures

Reference Mosaic: Creative Commons Textures, originally uploaded by Jasen Robillard.

Hi, I’m Maureen Coyne.

I chose this photo because it reminded me of what I had just learned in the introductory module about the fact that the word text shares the same prefix as texture and textile. I had never made those connections before. This photo displays many different textures, which reminds me of the word text, which is a group of words that are woven together.

I work as a learning consultant with the Canadian federal government in Ottawa, Canada. I’ve been working as a public service employee for the past three years. My principle work duties involve designing and developing e-learning courses and programs for public service employees and project managing these projects. I’ve also been involved in editing course content, creating e-learning standards, and developing facilitator-led courses.

I have a Degree in Geology, a Diploma in Technical Writing and a MET Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning. This is the 10th course that I’ve taken in the MET program.

I look forward to working with you!



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