Digital Intellectuals Blog

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Encoding an XML Tree model for my corpus

I work on a project called “Digital edition of historical manuscripts” which aims to diffuse on a public platform multiple corpora that all have one thing in common: they are ego documents, which refer to personal writings, memoirs, correspondence and documents alike. My job, personally, is focused on one corpus, a correspondence from a century ago, written regularly by a French, Nobel Peace Prize winning senator to an American friend, president of Columbia University and future Nobel Peace Prize winner, during World War I. Those letters depict his vision of war and its consequences, as a pacifist, non-combatant, political and...

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Adding sound

My first classes are online! – after a somewhat discouraging start, I got the whole system working now. I decided not to give virtual classes at a fixed times because it would require too much organization from some of the students, or even a quality of internet connection they don’t have. My digital classes consist in powerpoints with audio which I make available to the students, who can then either call me during my skype open hours or e-mail me or leave remarks in the common pad if they have questions about the content. They also have individual and/or group...

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I hate grading – but still

I have always hated grading. It has always felt like a total misunderstanding of what teachers are there for. We are not here to grade, we are here to teach. In an ideal world, there would be no grading at all. Now, we are not in an ideal world, and grading is supposed to be a mean of reaching a better recognition of competences and efforts, allowing people to eventually get a job that corresponds to what they have learned. In times of COVID-19, grading is becoming a nightmare. When confinement started, we still had 4 weeks left in what...

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A Neighbour’s Tree like Totoro’s

On the street side of the house, it almost looks like on the very, very hot days, when everyone avoids setting foot on the hot asphalt. It is as if all life was reserved for the garden side. A large part of Le Mans urbanism dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, with series of small town houses, most of them with gardens to the back side of the house. In many areas like ours, while houses close ranks to one another to the street side, it is the gardens that communicate to the back. And so we...

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The alpha and the beta

Homeschooling seems to work better now that we have a system – a system that supposes that each child can use a laptop on their own for 3 hours in the morning. I have no idea how people who are less well equipped than us, both technically and pedagogically, can manage this situation. I am pretty happy to be able to parallelize the kids’ homework and cooking lunch, but it only works because they can be autonomous for about 20 minutes in a row. I have planned recipes that can both be regularly interrupted during the cooking process and still...