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Making Connections – Theory to Practice

“It may be that cultures invent and refine writing technologies at least in part in order to refashion their definition of the mind and self” (Bolter, p.189). This course has truly been an exploration of how 21st media is enabling … Continue reading

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Electronic Books and Digital Information Systems

There is much to be said about how the electronic book is shifting the way we access knowledge in comparison to the capabilities of the print book. Amongst this discussion is the thought that “the eBook must promise something more … Continue reading

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Print versus Image: The Development of Multimodal Communication

In “Gains and losses: New forms of texts, knowledge, and learning,” Gunter Kress (2005) differentiates between the words ‘mode’ and ‘medium’ to describe the emergence multimodality in the 21st century. Kress (2005) believes that current semiotic transformations in the modes … Continue reading

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From Town Criers to Newsprint: The Evolution of Early Newspapers in England

Theory behind the emergence of the newspaper At the dawn of the 17th century, early newspapers began to replace oral news by manufacturing natural events to fit a single page. Bolter (2001) would refer to this shift in communication as … Continue reading

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From Orality to Print: How Memory Aids Saved the Epic Tale

In his book, Orality and Literacy, Walter J. Ong compares the differences between how oral and literate cultures communicate knowledge. Chapter 3 specifically addresses the qualities of primary oral cultures in contrast to the chirographic, typographic and literate cultures of … Continue reading

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The Death of the Author by Roland Barthes

“To give a text an Author is to impose a limit on that text, to furnish it with a final significance, to close the writing.” Simply put, text is a series of phonetic sounds with variable meaning, depend on the … Continue reading

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The invention of writing.

Thamus’ response to in invention of writing: “The discovery of the alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. Your … Continue reading

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Ask the kids!

My name is Jessica Hall and I am a French Immersion teacher in West Vancouver. I currently teach grade 3 at a small community-based school. This is my 7th MET course (including my two elective courses). With every MET course … Continue reading

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