Category: Blog

  • Donating My 2023 Book Royalties

    Donating My 2023 Book Royalties

    Over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed a new year-end tradition: Increasing my charitable giving by donating my book royalties. This post is about celebrating and uplifting the good work of amazing people and organizations. So I’ll shelve my commentary about the fact that academic authors are seldom paid for the words we write. And…

  • Three AI Chatbots, Two Books, and One Weird Annotation Experiment

    Three AI Chatbots, Two Books, and One Weird Annotation Experiment

    Bard, Claude, and ChatGPT walk into a bar. Start of a bad joke. Make it a library. And rather than ordering drinks, let’s say they’re “reading” and responding to books. That’s the basic premise of what became a rather weird annotation experiment I conducted earlier this week. Three generative AI chatbots. Side-by-side-side chat sessions about…

  • Playing with Claude

    Playing with Claude

    Here’s an update: Why wouldn’t a university student assigned course readings not use Claude? Here’s a basic prompt template for Claude 2, just edit to meet your needs: >>> Hi Claude. I’m a student in the [level] course “[title].” Here’s a brief description of my course: “[course description].” I need a [length]-word [specify type of writing…

  • Annotate Your Syllabus 4.0

    Annotate Your Syllabus 4.0

    Read all #AnnotatedSyllabus Posts and Resources Yes, it’s that time of the summer. That time when you’re beginning to prepare courses for the new academic year. And if you’re reading this, you’re probably drafting and revising a syllabus, too. It’s been awhile since I last wrote about annotating course syllabi. My first entry, from 2018,…

  • On Father’s Day

    On Father’s Day

    In the mid-1980s, when I was about four, we visited Sons of Jacob Cemetery outside of Danvers, Massachusetts. Mom had a conference in Connecticut, which meant that my sister and I were in tow, as was grandma, our caretaker. The cost of four airline tickets was irrelevant as the sum was unmanageable. We drove from…

  • Summer, Annotated

    Summer, Annotated

    With Annotation now available and my year as Scholar in Residence at Hypothesis wrapping up, here are some notes about my summer if you’re looking to connect, learn more about social annotation and my research, and jump into some fun activities. You’re also very welcome to contact me and follow #AnnoConvo for book updates. June…

  • Annotate Your Syllabus 3.0

    Annotate Your Syllabus 3.0

    September 2020 Update: View all #AnnotatedSyllabus posts and resources. Perhaps it is not surprising, given my research about social annotation and learning, that the two most-read blog posts I’ve authored are Annotate Your Syllabus and Annotate Your Syllabus 2.0. As educators–both K-12 classroom teachers and higher education faculty–prepare for a new academic year amidst the…

  • Amplifying Annotation Crowd Layers

    Amplifying Annotation Crowd Layers

    CROWDLAAERS (“crowd layers”) is a dashboard that captures open web annotation data from Hypothesis and reports learning analytics for use by learners, educators, and researchers.

  • Annotate Your Syllabus 2.0

    September 2020 Update: View all #AnnotatedSyllabus posts and resources. In August of 2018, prior to the start of this school year, I shared some thoughts on Twitter about students annotating their course syllabi. The thread, in turn, motivated me to publish “Annotate Your Syllabus.” Welcome to version 2.0. Whether you teach in a K-12 or…

  • Marginal Syllabus at 2018 NCTE Annual Convention

    This post originally appeared on the Marginal Syllabus blog. The Marginal Syllabus is excited to participate in next week’s 2018 NCTE Annual Convention in Houston, Texas (#NCTE18). Members of the Marginal Syllabus team who will be attending and presenting include: Christina Cantrill, National Writing Project Jeremy Dean, Hypothesis Joe Dillon, Aurora Public Schools Remi Kalir, University of Colorado…