Plugs, Play, Pedagogy

Plugs, Play, Pedagogy

Teaching writing and rhetoric in the 21st century

Episode 10: Exploring the Past

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Plugs, Play, Pedagogy

Episode 10: Exploring the Past

Transcript available here as a Google Doc full of links. If you see edits I should make or links I should add, go ahead and leave a comment.

Part 1: Researching My House

I'm obsessed with my 99-year-old house. So I made a 27-minute audio piece exploring my relationship to it. That's it.

Music you hear in this segment, all estimated to be from 1916 (the year the house was built):

Links to other stuff is in the transcript.

Part 2: Jody Shipka's Response

In hopes that someone could tell me what my piece in Part 1 has to do with pedagogy, I turned to two smart friends who are interested in the past.

First, there's Jody Shipka, who teaches at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, tweets at @remediatethis, and is currently working on a project called "Inhabiting Dorothy." You can find out more about this and other projects at

Part 3: Jen Michaels' Response

Next, we hear a response from Jen Michaels, a doctoral candidate at the Ohio State University. You can follow her on Twitter at @jenlmichaels and learn more about her work at

She mentions the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives a lot, which you know about, right?

End Matter

Produced and recorded by Kyle Stedman (; @kstedman), assistant professor of English at Rockford University, in cooperation with KairosCast and Writing Commons. Please contact me if you have ideas for future episodes or stories about how you've used the ideas you've heard on the show!

The theme music at the beginning of the episode is by Cactus May, graduate student in rhetoric and composition, and the final song was Disco Dan, "Blue Lightning."

The show is licensed by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


And just for fun, here's some of the cool stuff I mentioned in Part 1.

Oscar Wilson's draft card

Dave Harrington shows his map to the reporter

Frances and Sarah Wilson yearbook photos

Frances Wilson wedding announcement

Garden party announcement


by Jennifer on
Kyle, this was so great! And not just because Michael was in it...very, very well done.

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