Yesterday, I gave my e-poster session at the annual GVSU Technology Symposium, an event I’ve participated in every year since my arrival at GVSU in 2004. The Tech Symposium is a great place to pick up new ideas from colleagues and show off the work your students have been doing. This year, I focused on Hackasaurus, the fantastic tool from Mozilla that allows you to alter the html of any existing web site.
I use Hackasaurus in my Teaching of Writing class, where I use it as a way of teaching argument–both visual and verbal argument. Students choose a web site to hack with Hackasaurus, changing a key visual element or text to make a argument. I encouraged students to think about social justice, so that they might “hack” web sites that promote a particular ideology–patriarchy or capitalism, for example.