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Posts tagged “education

Push Through the Paywalls

Sure, it is great to support old media. I buy subscriptions to actual printed things (Poetry, Wired, and others). But sometimes you might just need to get around a paywall. And don’t feel like logging into some university library database. Google Incognito will help you.

It’s better than the Groucho Marx nose glasses disguise. Here’s a link to a lifehacker post about using Google Incognito, but really it’s only a couple clicks away. If you’re already using Chrome, you don’t have to download anything.


Books Battle Netflix: Steal Like An Artist

Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon is the kick in the pants you’ve been looking for.

Kleon has the medicine that many beginners and “blocked” experts need. Take what you like and transmute it. In contrast to the old advice to write what you know, Kleon throws out the challenge, “Write the book you want to read.”

This would be a better use time than watching On The Road and buying a boatload of new denim designed to look like old denim.

But if you’ve ordered Steal Like An Artist and you need something to hold you down until it arrives checkout Exit Through the Gift Shop. Or you could just check out Kleon’s Ted Talk right here.


Edwardsville Intelligencer’s Feature Story on Homophonecheck.com

Corey Stevens had this to say:

Their is going to be a new way to edit your class assignments online. Or is it they’re? There?

Jason Braun, an English composition teacher at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has released the world’s first homophone checker.  Homophones are words that sound alike, but are spelled differently, and cause a lot of confusion for many beginning writers.

Read more at:

http://www.theintelligencer.com/local_news/article_d5ecdb8c-a6b8-11e2-b188-0019bb2963f4.html


The Belleville News Democrate Features Homophone Checker on Front Page

By JAMIE FORSYTHE — News-Democrat

A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate student has created a website application to help other dyslexic students like himself. Jason Braun, 35, of Edwardsville recently launched an online “homophone” checker.

A homophone refers to words that sound the same, but are spelled differently, and Braun’s web application, http://www.homophonecheck.com, allows writers to proofread for errors that word processing software can’t find.

For example, spell checking a document won’t find an error if you use ‘there’ instead of ‘their’ or ‘they’re’ or ‘know’ instead of ‘no.’

http://www.bnd.com/2013/04/11/2573441/dyslexic-student-creates-website.html


Homophone Checker and the Cult of Correctness in The ALESTLE

The Alestle giving some props to the Homophone Checker and making some good points about the “cult of correctness” that follows around English professors, teachers, and majors.

http://www.alestlelive.com/news/article_e9bc89c0-9cbb-11e2-85fe-001a4bcf6878.html


At Critical Margins: LITERACY IS FOR THE CYBORGS, OR HOW I SPENT NEARLY TWO YEARS READING A ONE PAGE BLOG POST

In an attempt to redefine literacy for the cyborg future, I have annotated Benson Schliesser’s article “Court Approves Nortel’s Sale of IPv4 Addresses to Microsoft” that appeared at CircleID.com.

Read more at:

http://criticalmargins.com/2013/04/01/literacy-is-for-the-cyborgs-or-how-i-spent-nearly-two-years-reading-a-one-page-blog-post/


The Homophone Checker Makes The Chronicle Of Higher Education

Lucy Ferriss tells it like it is. The Homophone checker is not perfect, but it is a start. Check it out at:

http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2013/04/02/homophone-phobic-hears-help/