I said I wanted to post about what other bloggers are writing about. I said I'd do it once a week. I also vowed three months ago to give up soda--no such luck!
Over at Random Thoughts, Nancy writes, about electronic editing, "I think teachers need to give serious thought to who their students are. It is the teachers who are hung up on hard copies, not the students. We have to give up trying to teach the students we were and, instead, teach the students we have."
My brother is working on an article and e-mailed me a copy to edit. As an English teacher, I was tempted to print it out and start marking it up. I love my number two pencils, finely sharpened, lined up next to one another; I love the smell of the freshly trimmed wood and graphite as it presses against the white paper; I...sorry, got a little carried away.
Anyway, I realized that I would not be able to quickly share my editing with him unless I scanned the article or sent it through the U.S. Postal Service. I decided to give editing electronically a try. I figured out how to strike-through and comment. Though I consider myself part of the technological generation (graduated from high school in 1995), I don't consider myself all that proficient with technology (as demonstrated by my five failed attempts to render a DVD of the Staff vs. Senior basketball game).
I do think that electronic editing, though time consuming this first time, has merit. The only downfall is that, for this house poor teacher, I can't take the computer to Starbucks. Seriously, is there any better way to grade papers than with a freshly espressed Grande-two pump-extra hot-non fat- no whip White Chocolate Mocha (yes, I do live in the Seattle area; and yes, I've become snooty!)?
Now, if I could only figure out how to do that strike-through thing like The Ed Wonk--so proficient at it.