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Transmedia Storytelling

What is Transmedia Storytelling? Transmedia storytelling uses multiple media platforms to narrate and expand a story. As digital and social media have expanded in the last decade, transmedia storytelling has become a popular way to enrich television series, movies, works of fiction, and even classic literary texts by creating larger worlds for fans to explore […]



Teaching and Social Media in the Age of Trump

Revised 1/31/2017 The election of Donald Trump has forced many progressive teachers into a quandary: they disagree with everything he stands for, understand the role of social media in contemporary American political discourse, and view their own classrooms as a space to teach social justice. And yet, they also feel stymied or even terrified at […]



Has Commercialism Killed the Web?

For the past three years or so, I have concentrated on topics other than technology, beginning with comics/graphic novels and moving to neurodiversity Some of this change can be attributed to life circumstances: the autism diagnosis my son received almost exactly five years ago has led me to read as much as I can on […]



New Look, Hyperlinking PDFS, and If This Then That

I’m trying to breathe some new life into this old blog. Maybe I’ve been inspired by some of the older competitors at the 2016 Olympics, like the 35-year-old Anthony Ervin who just won Gold in the 50 meter free style. Or maybe I’ve been missing technology a bit, focusing as I have, recently, on graphic […]

Cloud Computing, News

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Teaching Comics–A Reading List

Many of my students and former students have asked me which graphic novels they should consider teaching in their middle and high school English language arts classes. I’ve also been working with students in the GVSU MA to formulate reading lists for comprehensive exams. The result is a compilation, included below, of works that I […]

Courses, News


The PRE is a Bad Test. Here’s Why.

For the past six months, I have been studying what I have facetiously named the PREblem: the high failure rate of preservice teachers in Michigan taking the Pearson Professional Readiness Exam. In October 2013, this test replaced the Basic Skills Test, and as a consequence of its allegedly more rigorous content and its higher cut […]



Twitter On Its Last Legs?

Ignoring for the moment that blogging, too, is on its last legs, and that this blog is living (or dying) proof of that demise, it is looking more and more like Twitter is being abandoned. The Atlantic ran this eulogy for the micro-blogging platform this past summer, and other bloggers (like Bad Words) have made […]

News, Web 2.0

Digital Humanities Summer Institute

This week, I am attending the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. It has been a terrific experience so far, mostly because it is forcing me to think about digital technologies in a new way. I’ve come at digital technology from a pedagogical standpoint for so many years, but the Digital Humanities […]


Where Have You Gone, WordPress?

I have advocated for WordPress over and over again since beginning this blog in 2005 (although back then, I used a now-defunct engine called Blogspirit to host this site). WordPress is, or maybe was, the best thing on the market for a highly customizable, easy-to-use web site or blog. I’ve made dozens of WordPress hosted […]

Cloud Computing, News

The Global Reach of the LAJM

The LAJM is published through Scholarworks, a service that our university uses to encourage academic publishing. It is a very powerful tool that archives and indexes all of the past issues of the journal, while providing editorial tools to manage the production of the journal. One of the coolest things that Scholarworks does, in my […]


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