Hypertext & Literacy
Ted Nelson: With a background in film and philosophy, Ted put his ideas about cinematography and his need to organize his thoughts, ideas, and notes into a text-management system he coined hypertext. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Nelson
Tim Berners-lee: If not for him, we would not have the web! The focus that he had was to create a system where people could publish information once, and have others view it. People think of the WWW as a computer system, but it is a publishing system that uses the internet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee
What is hypertext?
Hypertext is a multi-dimesional writing system! Ordinary print reading is left to right - top to bottom - Organized in rows. Hypertext allows us to use the space behind the words to add information. We call this "information," or "data about information" - putting information about the words inside the words.
The sad reality of hypertext is that it is not used as it was intended. Hypertext is a contextual medium, so all links should be in the context of the sentences they apply to. Long lists of links or navigation bars are the anti-thesis of the hypertext ideal.
One of the other strengths of hypertext is that it combines well with visual learning.
The Wiki Wiki web http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiWikiWeb
The most successful and famous wikiweb is The Wikipedia: http://www.wikipedia.org/
The Wiki Web we used is calledd TiddlyWiki: http://www.tiddlywiki.com/ If you want a copy to play with on your own computer:
- go to the website
- click on the file menu
- choose "save as"
- name it wikiweb.htm
- save it to your computer - in documents folder or desktop
- click "file" in the browser and "open" the file you saved.
Hyper-poetry/ficiton http://www.eastgate.com/SandLoves/Welcome.html (by Deena Larsen) http://www.eastgate.com/Dispossession/Welcome.html (by Robert Kendall) http://nowtv.com/mystery/dead.htm (from nowtv.com)
Hyper Haiku http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/28.html(from Ted Nellen @ Information Technology High School, NY)
Hyper Shakespeare http://quarles.unbc.ca/midsummer/midsummer1.html (from University of Northern British Columbia)
Hyper Austin (annotated) http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/ppv1n01.html(from Pemberly.com)
Hyper Hemmingway http://www.has.vcu.edu/eng/webtext/hills/hills.htm (from Virginia Commonwealth University, VA)
Vocab Lesson using a M. Crichton article http://faculty.biu.ac.il/~korens/textfun/f40101.htm (from Dr. Kira Shoren @ Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel)
I'm adding to this page: the original paper from Vanover bush As we may think
Alan kayes dynabook von neuman
Here is a great article on Wikis http://builder.com.com/5100-31-5078062.html?tag=search
Wiki Wiki! Hypertext and Literacy: Learn the history and practice of hypertexting and how it can be used to enhance literacy lessons. Get some hands-on time constructing a mini-wiki web, visit some fully developed ones, and understand how the principle of hypetexting can (and will continue to) be used in the learning process.
Concepts to work with: the idea of threading and the nature of contextual systems.