Best Teaching Practices to Engage Your Students

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  • How do we use current technologies and extend the affordances of the platform to new practices. Use Twitter as a way to incorporate popular culture into the classroom and could be tied to a character in a literary text that the class is reading by practicing transmedia storytelling. This could be used as an introductory activity or extension by having the class collaborate on creating a twitter feed for the different characters from The Great Gatsby over a few weeks. How would Jay Gatsby speak? What if Jay Gatsby hadn’t taken the blame for Myrtle’s death, how would the others act? What would each of them write in 140 characters over a couple of days of storytelling?
  • The Participatory Design framework is intended to inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of new media technologies that mediate learning in a participatory culture. The goal is for learners to:Create artifacts for self-expression and as objects to learn with.Connect with other learners of shared interests to affiliate with a domain.Circulate content to engender shared knowledge networks.Collaborate on design activities to foster co-configured expertise
  • …but also tweets and videos and other forms of media. We layer our stories on top of each other and through websites like google maps, we give areas we traverse a Sense of Place defined by the people that have experienced it and helped shape its meaning. Our souvenirs have become virtual galleries, but what about leaving something there that says to other travelers, this is my mark on this shared place. This is my part of our collective story?
  • The Grapes of Wrath is a novel published in 1939 and written by John Steinbeck. Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on a poor family of sharecroppers, the Joads, driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in the agriculture industry. In a nearly hopeless situation, partly because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, they set out for California along with thousands of other "Okies" in search of land, jobs and dignity. The Grapes of Wrath is the journey of the “mother road” – route 66. This summer, my husband and I placed these teardrop sculptures along destinations on Rt. 66. Roadtrips are experiences meant to bringing families together -- packed like sardines in a car for hours on end, with endless time to reconnect and get to know each other all over again. Whether you're a family or a group of friends out for a new adventure ...there's nothing like hitting the open road with no expectations. Developing a travel e-book by leaving sculptures of Teardrop Trailers with barcode's called "Stickybits" at the major rt. 66 attractions. If you have an iPhone or Droid you can scan the barcode and info on Americana or the history of Rt. 66 will appear on your device. The cool thing with Stickybits is that you can then post your own rt. 66 experience to that Sculpture. I'm hopping to create a sort of "User Generated” stories of peoples travels on the Mother Road. Each one of these sculptures will eventually have numerous stories attached as people leave their own info on them."
  • Best Teaching Practices to Engage Your Students

    1. 1. What is Reading in a Participatory Culture?Being conservative in content, we can be radical inapproach
    2. 2. What is Reading in a Participatory Culture? New Media affords new practices• How would Jay Gatsby speak?• What if Jay Gatsby hadn’t taken the blame for Myrtle’s death, how would the others act?• What would each of them write in 140 characters over a couple of days of storytelling, especially if this story were of today’s American Dream instead of the 1920s?
    3. 3. What is Reading in a Participatory Culture?Nature of Expertise has changed
    4. 4. What is Reading in a Participatory Culture?Media production model 4 C’s of Participatory Design explored through Narrative Create artifacts for self-expression and as objects to learn with. Connect with other learners of shared interests to affiliate with a domain. Circulate content to engender shared knowledge networks. Collaborate on design activities to foster co- configured expertise
    5. 5. In developing a new eBook I’m Exploring…What a “sense of place” means in a hybridsociety
    6. 6. What a “sense of place” means in a hybridsociety
    7. 7. What a “sense of place” means in a hybridsociety
    8. 8. What a “sense of place” means in a hybridsocietyRoute 66 as a journey of the “we” narrative
    9. 9. The relationship between Route 66 and Grapes ofWrath
    10. 10. …All great questions must be raised by great voices, and the greatest voice is the voice of thepeople—speaking out—in prose, or painting or poetry or music; speaking out—in homes andhalls, streets and farms, courts and cafes—let that voice speak and the stillness you hear willbe the gratitude of mankind.(Robert F. Kennedy, Address, 10th Anniversary Convocation Center for Study of Democratic Institutions of the Fund for the Republic, New York City, January 22,1963)

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