Monthly Archives: April 2014

Rap Genius, a Textual Annotation Browser for Education, Digital Humanities, Science, and Publishing

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Love this site and the potential for engaging students!

Chris Aldrich

Since the beginning of January, I’ve come back to regularly browsing and using the website  Rap GeniusI’m sure that some of the education uses including poetry and annotations of classics had existed the last time I had visited, but I was very interested in seeing some of the scientific journal article uses which I hadn’t seen before. Very quickly browsing around opened up a wealth of ideas for using the platform within the digital humanities as well as for a variety of educational uses.

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Overview of Rap Genius

Briefly, the Rap Genius website was originally set up as an innovative lyrics service to allow users to not only upload song lyrics, but to mark them up with annotations as to the meanings of words, phrases, and provide information about the pop-culture references within the lyrics themselves.  (It’s not too terribly different from Google’s now-defunct Sidewicki or the impressive

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On Writing: Changes in Practice

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Good stuff—and I tend to agree. The unorthodox approach to writing is the most genuine.

The Art of Forgetting

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So, much like I revised my philosophy on reading in my classroom, my doctoral studies have also affected my philosophy on writing in my classroom. The history of research in writing is deep! There is no hyperbole here. Much like I had posted early this past summer, reading up on writing research is like drinking from a fire hose. (Except without all the pain and trip to the emergency room.) The point is that the research is ripe with tradition has taken various detours in the last several decades. I promise not to give anyone a history lesson (not that I could at this point), but, if you’d like, read on to see how I changed some of my writing instruction and activities in my classroom this year.

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