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The Future of Writing: I Wandered Lonely In The Cloud

Student Success Week 2015 | Exploring the Intersection of Writing with Technology

Anya Kamenetz writes for a living--everything from Tweets to books--in the age when pixels are replacing print. That means she lives in the world for which students are preparing.

Collaboration and crowdsourcing. Ubiquitous metrics and instant feedback. Simultaneous translation, voice recognition, instant and incessant revision. Privacy and disclosure; avatars and characters. Emoji, multimedia, and transmedia; the re-ascendance of image over symbol. Data journalism. Clickbait and crap detection. Mobile, social, and the war for eyeballs. Metaphor, syntax and diction; accessibility and codeswitching. Authenticity and voice.

Anya will talk about how all of these ideas figure into her writing practice and share some ideas for how writing assignments might reflect them.

Audience:  Educators, Administrators and Students

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Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education, such as Generation Debt and DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education. Previously, she covered technology and social entrepreneurship as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She's contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Kamenetz was submitted for a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing by the Village Voice in 2005, where she had a column called Generation Debt.

Sean Tupa is the Product Marketing Manager for Turnitin. Previously, he had worked in various capacities for the College Board, including the roles of Director of Research for the Digital Solutions department and as a Director with the Innovation & Concept Development team. In these positions he conducted research projects, focus groups and surveys with both students and educators to help identify challenges and solutions in the world of education. Sean received his Bachelors degree in Philosophy and History from Hiram College.

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