Making Shakespeare relevant using technology in the classroom
Why do we need to use technology? How much are teenagers using technology?• NINE out of TEN 13-17 years olds have used some form of social media• 3 out of 4 teenagers currently have a profile on a social networking site• 1 in 5 has a current Twitter account.• 68% of all teens say Facebook is their main social networking site• 68% of teens text every day• 51% visit social networking sites daily.• 34% of teens visit their main social networking site several times a day *Statistics from Common Sense Study, July 2012
Using Twitter Twitter is an online social networking service that enables it users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, informally known as “tweets.” Danika Barker, a high school teacher at Central Elgin Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas, Ontario(Canada) was inspired by the RoyalShakespeare Company in London’s experiment “Such Tweet Sorrow.” Actors tweeted Romeo and Juliet using modern English in real time.
To tweet or not to tweet. . . Hamlet?Danika Parker chose to teach Hamlet through the use of Twitter. • She created all of the twitter accounts for the different characters through gmail.com • This enabled her to see the planning that happens through direct messages on Twitter Students were able to tweetusing netbooks, cell phones or a • She could recycle the personal laptop Twitter accounts for future classesStudents were also put in pairs, sothe need for technology wasn’t 1:1
Hamlet Twitter Account
Hamlet Twitter Account
How it Works in the Classroom Grading Method More Technology Storify • Students were not graded on their tweets, which enabled them more Ms. Barker was able to creativity and feeling less tense use Storify to take the about being involved tweets and move them around if she felt they • Ms. Barker did give grades if their weren’t in a good order or if she wanted to delete was a discussion on Twitter a tweet. between characters• Students tweeted in “real time” while also reading the text.• After reading the Act in class, students were put in groups to discuss what they had just read and how their character would react or what they would have tweeted during the scene.
How it Works in the Classroom How Often?• Tweeting was done once or twice a week• The next day the class would read through the tweets and discuss them• Twitter was NOT used as a substitute; students still read the book and had to understand it. • Ms. Barker could gauge their understanding through the appropriate use of their tweets. • Twitter was also the “great equalizer” of characters• Students also gave a presentation or created a website for their final project
Incorporation of MORE Technology Danika Barker also used websites and other tools to help create a better understanding of the text for her students. • Students were able to create “fake” newspaper articles using fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp hello.corkboard.mewhich is essentially a board of “sticky notes.” Ms. Barker posted the news ofHamlet’s death here, and students could post their condolences.
In the Classroom• Doesn’t have to JUST be Shakespeare• Using technology, integrating methods into the classroom• Could also use blogs, Youtube video re-enactments, podcasts, apps on Iphones, Ipads or Macs (Ex: creating songs or raps), or make “fake” Facebook pages students can create discussion• Using technology has more advantages that disadvantages for students today BIGGEST takeaway students had: The discussion between each other on Hamlet BEFORE tweeting.
How Danika Barker Motivates the First Day of Classhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4 B1LaIwaZM
ReferencesBarker, D. (n.d.) What it’s all About. Brevity is the soul of (t)wit. Retrieved September 22, 2012, from http://brevit.danikabarker.ca/Information.htmlLoechner, J. (2012, July 25). Teens Viewpoint on Digital Lives. Media Post. Retrieved September 22, 2012, from http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/ 179287/teens-viewpoint-on-digital-lives.html#ixzz21qGG0f9qTeaching Shakespeare with Twitter. (2012, Aug 25). Retrieved September 22, 2012, from http://live.classroom20.com/1/post/2012/08/teaching-shakespeare-with- twitter.html