Hibsman Presents at the Teaching Professor Technology Conference

Posted on 10/21/2013 1:56:12 PM

Dr. Tim Hibsman, English Department, presented his paper, Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum with Technology, at the Teaching Professor Technology Conference in Atlanta, GA, on October 6, 2013.

Lecture Outline and Overview

Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum with Technology 

Tim Hibsman, EdD, Indiana University thibsmans@aol.com

  • Take notes, capture Web pages and photos and share theses with Evernote. www.evernote.com
  • Take text notes and share them, place class notes on the Web with Simplenote: http://simplenoteap.com.
  • Can also use Google Docs. An alternative to this is Zoho Writer. No Google account needed. http://writer.zoho.com
  • Free research tool. Share notes. Draft papers and share them. Have students write and share practice test questions. Have students create “what if” questions and another group solve them. Zotero Everywhere. www.zotero.org.
  • Teach students documentation of research using Nooletools.com
  • Make a class blog so students can publish their work and also ask each other questions: EduBlog.com, Blogger.com, Wordpress.com, Posterous www.posterous.com
  • Build a class archive with Omeka, a free, open source web publishing platform. www.omeka.net or archive.org
  • Students build their own website: Google sites or Weebly www.weebly.com or Webs www.webs.com
  • Students suggest relevant websites and articles for Document Sharing online. Also write a paragraph evaluating the website or article.

History, Humanities, Social Sciences

  • Students access historical books – Google Books or Gutenberg Project, www.gutenberg.org or
  • Find a specific day in history: Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. www.archive.org
  • Find a newspaper for a day in history from Library of Congress: Chroniclingamerica.loc.gov

Computer Science and Systems Analysis

  • Create mindmaps for design projects: with FreeMind open source mind mapping. Freemind.sourceforge.net or Mind Meister, www.mindmeister.com

Sciences: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Medical Subjects

  • Students read scientific article. Then rewrite the article for a popular audience without trivializing or misinterpreting data. Share articles online and have class pick the best version.
  • Write a book review of a popular scientific book such as Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm. Place review on the class blog.
  • Write a profile of a famous scientist,using documented research. Place on class blog.
  • Write instructions for a sibling in elementary school on how to complete a complex problem such as creating a weather report based on sensor data. Break algorithms into simple tasks. Share and compare different instructions.
  • Write and publish quiz questions online for group discussion.
  • Write your own brochure about a discovery or lab result using Microsoft Publisher.
  • Do peer review of lab reports online.
  • Use smartphones to send problem t o a classmate ,who solves it and sends the results back
  • Read a scientific article. Find several key vocabulary words and definitions. Use Wordle or Animoto to create a graphic on the words. Or do a presentation in using prezi.com or doceri.com.
  • Write a letter to the editor of a scientific journal. Email the letter. Also post it and class blog or website.
  • Formulate and share research questions and proposals.
  • Read and/or review a subject-specific blog. For engineers: EEWeb, EDN, EETimes, Engineerblogs.org.
  • Practice writing case studies. Share and review them online.
  • www. edge.org – for science. Scholars and scientists ask large questions and respond.

Sample student assignment: Which are good questions and why.

Which are not and why?

Write an answer for:

1. A general audience

2. An academic audience

3. Your peers


  • Write a “mathography” (story of my life with math) and create an Animoto on it.
  • Write online journal entries: How I reached this solution or Explain a confusing concept.
  • Respond to a graphic posted online. How well does it show trends. How well does the hypothesis relate to the way the data is shown ?
  • Instructor posts two journal entries on the same topic. Class reviews them for successful presentation.
  • Use www.wolframalpha.com to conduct mathematical research or www.gapminder.com to find visual statistics of large data sets.


  • Individuals or teams review an article from an accounting journal. Post the reviews online.
  • Write a memo for the class and post it online for comments. Possible topics: “Differences between Webtrust and Systrust,” or “What is XBRL.”