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Mediated Writing – Adobe Slate

Language Learning

For this assignment, I used parts of a paper that I have written for another graduate class and mediated onto Adobe Slate. The main reason why I chose to use this writing piece as oppose to a research paper was because of the images that I wanted to use. I knew that these images are essentially “texts.” However, I felt that these foreign texts would serve as a nice backdrop for the “writing” parts.

The videos and hyperlinks that I chose, provided additional information that weren’t conveyed or written in my actual paper. This format allows for a nice segway without feeling like it didn’t belong in the original writing. Additionally, it shouldn’t detract readers from the overall Slate presentation if they chose not to click on them.

I’ve been working on this assignment for the past week now and really enjoyed this new medium. I might want to try using this over PowerPoint slides to add variety. I love visuals in general, and using Adobe Slate may illicit emotions through this medium more prominently than reading conventional writing. What’s lost are the details in writing, but this doesn’t takeaway from the overall content. I do want to mention that there was a historical piece on the banning of the “Taiwanese language” that I was going to include, but decided not to since I didn’t write it in my actual paper.

All of my images are purposeful. So, if you have a question about any of it, then please don’t hesitate to ask me; or I would love for you to share your interpretations for their purpose. 🙂

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Inquiry?

I’ve sat here for almost half an hour trying to figure out what to blog about. My thoughts are a hodgepodge of different readings over the week. In any case, I keep coming back to this “inquiry” idea. So, it’s only ironic because I still haven’t solidified “my question” for this class; and honestly, probably it may not happen by next week. Hopefully, this blog and my recent insight will shed some light to it.

Inquiry is the process by which we ask not “What is it that we know?” but “What are the things that we don’t know and what questions can we ask about them?” (Thomas & Brown, p.83)

Something that troubles me a lot about inquiry is the fact that we’re not taught this process, especially if it’s within content that we’re either not interested in or familiar with. I know through experience that teachers, for the most part, encourage students to ask questions, especially questions that require clarification for better understanding. However, as a math tutor I quickly learned that students don’t ask questions because they don’t understand what to ask! In other words, in the quote above where it mentions “don’t know” implies an underlying “know” or “understanding” for one to be able to ask “what they don’t know.” (Hopefully, that made sense.)

So, the fact that I feel so overwhelmed with all this new knowledge about technology, digital literacy, and issues on digital divide, it’s no surprise to me that I don’t know what to ask. I barely have a grasp on all of this, and swimming to stay afloat with all this new information that I have no passion of inquiry. I am not saying that I don’t care about access to the digital world; but how am I supposed to care about this when I don’t have Wi-Fi myself and I don’t see it as a “basic” need in life. To add, I don’t teach nor plan on doing so in the traditional classroom setting. Perhaps, another reason why it’s been difficult for me to come up with a tangible question this quarter.

Is it just me or did you have a hard time coming up with a question for this class? What questions or insights do you have for me after reading my problematic post? Were you able to read between the lines and see something that I didn’t catch myself?…