NYSCATE MixedInk Presentation


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NYSCATE MixedInk Presentation

  1. 1. Bringing a key 21 st century new media literacy into the classroom with MixedInk’s new collaborative writing platform David Stern, Co-Founder [email_address] Don’t Just Write… Remix!
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Appropriation , not autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>MixedInk: From public participation to the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Demo: The People’s Inaugural Address </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines & examples </li></ul><ul><li>New educator package </li></ul><ul><li>Questions & discussion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Plagiarism is Everywhere <ul><li>Audre Lorde, Poet </li></ul>There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt. Art does not emerge whole cloth from individual imaginations. Rather, it emerges through the artist’s engagement with previous cultural materials. MIT/MacArthur New Media Literacies White Paper
  4. 4. Plagiarism is Everywhere <ul><li>Music: jazz, sampling, covers </li></ul><ul><li>Art: apprenticeship, techniques, collage, cultural symbols </li></ul><ul><li>Literature: Homer, </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespeare, Nabokov </li></ul><ul><li>Film: remakes, myths, books, TV, comics </li></ul><ul><li>Science, business innovation, education… </li></ul>
  5. 5. Overemphasizing Autonomy <ul><li>New Media Literacies White Paper: </li></ul><ul><li>Our edu system trains students to be “autonomous problem-solvers” </li></ul><ul><li>In the workplace, people work in teams, draw on different expertise & knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s reframe incentives, help students consider ethical & legal implications of repurposing content </li></ul>
  6. 6. Students Remixing <ul><li>2005 Pew study: </li></ul><ul><li>“ One in five internet-using teens says they remix content they find online into their own artistic creations.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why Invite Appropriation? <ul><li>“ The ability to meaningfully sample and remix content… [to] learn by taking culture apart & putting it back together.” </li></ul><ul><li>- NML White Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation and analysis skills </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to work of role models, peers </li></ul><ul><li>Take risks on top of existing scaffold </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to synthesize key concepts </li></ul>
  8. 8. (Disclaimer) <ul><li>NOT advocating illegal or unethical behavior! </li></ul><ul><li>Promote remixing skills within environment that emphasizes responsibility, transparency & attribution </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>A collaborative writing tool that allows students to write individually and then weave their ideas & language together. </li></ul></ul>MixedInk combines the idea of a wiki with a social rating system like Digg What is MixedInk?
  10. 10. How MixedInk Works Class discusses top-rated version together Students write original essays Teacher sets up project for class Students remix peers’ language & ideas Students rate & comment on different texts
  11. 11. Public Participation Projects <ul><li>Slate Magazine: The People’s Inaugural Address </li></ul><ul><li>White House Office of Science & Tech. Policy asked citizens to draft policy recommendations. </li></ul><ul><li>The Associated Press invited readers to draft collaborative op-eds for & against Sotomayor’s nomination. </li></ul><ul><li>UK Government asking university students to draft climate change manifesto for Copenhagen conference. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What Teachers are Telling Us The kids LOVED it. They didn’t want to stop at the end of the period. Students loved the ability to receive credit for their work while at the same time collaborating with friends. I love the website and I will definitely use it again.   MixedInk has helped my students gain confidence in their own ideas and interpretations as they are able to see how their ideas, phrasings, and incorporation of evidence often parallel that of their peers.
  13. 13. Demo video http://www.vimeo.com/ 2674991
  14. 14. 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>Critical analysis & evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Creative risk-taking </li></ul><ul><li>Exposes a range of perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Direct interaction with historical material or current events </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-to-peer learning </li></ul><ul><li>Work as members of a team </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesis of compelling concepts </li></ul>
  15. 15. Popular Classroom Projects <ul><li>Persuasive or how-to essays </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom debates </li></ul><ul><li>Letters to the editor for school paper or local newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>Film or literature analyses </li></ul><ul><li>Student council proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Speeches </li></ul><ul><li>Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Pretty much anything! </li></ul>
  16. 16. MixedInk vs. Wikis <ul><li>Only one student can edit a one time. </li></ul><ul><li>Shows only the most recent editor’s work. </li></ul><ul><li>Existing text restricts students ability to experiment. </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to identify individual students’ work. </li></ul><ul><li>Many students can participate at once. </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrates every student’s work. </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom to use existing texts or create new versions – alone or together. </li></ul><ul><li>Authorship is tracked automatically and color-coded. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>MixedInk </li></ul>
  17. 17. Tips (1) <ul><li>Choose the right topic – specific, relevant to class. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide some examples to start with. </li></ul><ul><li>Have students follow a structured process: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit 1 original essay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate 7 essays, comment on 3 essays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remix language from 2 or more essays to form a new version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate 10 essays, comment on 3 essays </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Tips (2) <ul><li>Leave dedicated time at the end for ratings. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the top-rated essay at the end, hard copies in hand. </li></ul><ul><li>The bigger the group, the better. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid splitting classes into small groups. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider allowing students from different class periods to work together. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. New Features for Teachers Educator Package $12 / class / month $98 / class / year Free Maximum projects unlimited unlimited Maximum number of students 30 unlimited Pre-register students - Private topics - Remove advertising - Report card on each student - Advanced moderation -
  20. 20. Discussion <ul><li>How to bring ethical appropriation into the classroom while avoiding plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>Your experiences with student-remixed content </li></ul><ul><li>Questions about MixedInk </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom project ideas for MixedInk </li></ul><ul><li>Try it out together, if there’s time & interest… </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>David Stern </li></ul><ul><li>Founder, MixedInk </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@mixedink @davestern </li></ul><ul><li>New Media Literacies White Paper: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.newmedialiteracies.org/files/working/NMLWhitePaper.pdf </li></ul>Contact us!