Technology Presentation


each group will present on one Thursday between Feb. 1 and April 26


50 points (5% of final grade)


  • a ~10 minute presentation of your chosen technology
  • Use the questions below as a guide to your presentation material
  • Leave a minute or two for a brief Q&A


Although this is a composition course, the nature of the material requires that we feel comfortable with technology, especially technology that has a social, and thus rhetorical, aspect about it. It may be impossible to master all the tools and apps available to us since the mere number of such technologies is so vast and the environment changes so rapidly, but we can still explore the rhetorical affordances (in other words, what it is capable of doing) of some existing tech to feel comfortable in these digital spaces. Mastering one tool/app can give you the confidence and knowledge to discover other tools that may be helpful in reaching audiences. While these are not ends-in-themselves, having some familiarity with the affordances of differing apps can help you disseminate your purpose more effectively, communicate to your audience more efficiently, and allow more adaptation to the constraints of context compared to the limits of alphabetic text.


Your presentation should be an organic discussion and demonstration of your chosen technology briefly covering these points in about 10 minutes with an additional few minutes of Q&A time:

  • What is the technology and where can we find it?
  • What is it useful for or why might someone want to use it?
    • Does it have any application for our class assignments?
    • Think in terms of rhetorical choices here (Purpose, Audience, Context, Appeals, etc.).
  • What can the app/program do?
    • Give a brief demonstration of some of its affordances.
    • Any tips for 1st time users, novices, or experts?
  • Are there any similar apps/programs? What are the benefits and drawbacks of each?

tech/app choices

After you are assigned your group # and partner, go to this Google Doc and fill in your choice of tech/apps from the choices below (Column E) as well as the tech category (column F) and you and your partner’s names (column G). Please do not double-up with any other group’s tech/app choice category!

  • Image Editors: GIMP, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, etc.
  • Audio Editors: Audacity, GarageBand, Adobe Audition, etc.
  • Video Editors: Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, etc.
  • Image Annotator: ThingLink, etc.
  • Video Distribution: YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, etc.
  • Audio Distribution: SoundCloud, Audiomack, Spotify, etc.
  • Text Annotator: Genius (formerly Rap Genius), etc.
  • Word Processors: MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, Google Docs, Apache OpenOffice, etc.
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Ello, etc.
  • Social Media Aggregator/Distribution: Hootsuite, Social Booster, Buffer, etc.
  • Image/Video Media: Instagram, Seene, Snapchat, Imgur, etc.
  • Professional Media: LinkedIn, Makerbase, LunchMeet, Xing, etc.
  • Social News/Interest: Reddit, Pintrest, Buzzfeed, Digg, etc.
  • Specialized Interest: Good Reads, Deviant Art, Library Thing, IMDB,, etc.
  • Blogging: Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress, etc.
  • Website Production/Coding: Weebly, Squarespace, Wix, Adobe Dreamweaver, Aptana, etc.
  • Spreadsheet Production: Google Slides, MS Excel, etc.
  • Slide Presentations: MS PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, etc.
  • Cloud Storage Services: Google Stream/Drive, Dropbox, MS OneDrive, iCloud, etc.
  • Your choice if not on this list but verify it with me and don’t repeat others’ categories!

I reserve the right to veto anyone’s tech choice if I do not think it matches the purpose of the course and/or if I find it overlaps with another group’s subject category.



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