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Seminar 1 for the Truro and Halifax cohorts

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  • 1. Literacy & New Technologies GEDU 6353.80/81 Research Seminar in Curriculum Studies Colin Lankshear & Michele Knobel
  • 2. Slideshow available here: www.slideshare.net/netgrrrl
  • 3. Focus of this course
    • Learning to “be” qualitative researchers
    • Understanding that qualitative research is a logically-ordered, systematic process
    • Learning to report research outcomes in an academic manner
  • 4. The logic of research p. 29 of textbook
  • 5. Nature of this course 1 . Work in self-selected groups/teams to produce a digital media artifact and collect detailed data on what transpires. 2. Collectively write an academic research report that discusses the process and experience of producing your digital media artifact in terms of one or two key concepts from current, relevant theory and research pertaining to “new literacies”.
  • 6. In short…. You will be learning to be(come) teacher researchers by (1) producing a digital media artifact and (2) systematically analysing data you have collected in the light of the idea of engaging in new literacies.
  • 7. Typical DIY Media projects
    • Team blog
    • Collaborative wiki
    • Participating in a social network
    • Podcasting
    • Stop motion animation
    • Music video editing (incl. anime music video remixing)
    • Remixing music
    • Participating in a fan fiction site
    • Photosharing (or video sharing)
    • Other (e.g., creating an app, movie trailer remixes, flash animation, Second Life machinima)
  • 8. Documenting your project: collecting spoken, written and observed data
    • Observed data : your fieldnotes, your photographs/videos of the group working, screen grabs/captures, etc.
    • Spoken data : Verbatim recording or documentation of what people said (can be written down or audio-recorded)
    • Written (extant) data : Online tutorials, helpful websites, how-to videos, troubleshooting, discussion boards, text-focussed screen grabs
  • 9. Writing good fieldnotes Fieldnotes Preliminary patterns/hunches/analyses I located a useful website that helped with converting files   Tuesday 11:03am I searched with google using the phrase “file conversion” and located a blog (http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com) that recommended a free online service called Zamzar (zamzar.com). Zamzar is fully online which means I was able to …… BAD EXAMPLE     Conceptual: Accessing distributed expertise a la Jenkins’ “participatory culture”   Technical stuff: media files need to be compatible with the editing software   Other: Web 2.0 – free software service located entirely online (cf., shift to webtop from desktop)
  • 10. Working collaboratively online
    • Google Docs (docs.google.com)
    • Scholar Google (scholar.google.com)
    • Academia.edu (search for research area to find papers & books)
    • Crocodoc (crocodoc.com; useful for collaboratively marking up pdf documents online)
  • 11. Using Google Docs: http://docs.google.com
  • 12. Using Google Docs
  • 13. Using Google Docs
  • 14. Using Google Docs
  • 15. Share your Google Docs with Us
    • Use a Google doc to collaboratively write your research report
    • Add us (with editing rights) to your doc so that we can give you timely feedback on your writing:
        • [email_address]
        • [email_address]
  • 16. Using Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com
  • 17. Using Google Scholar
  • 18. Using Google Scholar
  • 19. Using Google Scholar NB: Double quotes around a phrase searches for phrase
  • 20. By the end of today’s session
    • Email the names and eddresses of your group’s members to Colin & Michele, along with your DIY Media project focus
    • Have set up a Google Document for your group—where you will write/post your academic paper in progress. Check everyone in your group can access it. Share this doc (along with editing rights) with Colin and Michele (micheleknobel@gmail.com & c.lankshear@gmail.com)
  • 21. Dates for next two seminars
    • Second seminar:
          • 30 th May (Truro)
          • 31 st May (Halifax)
    • Third seminar:
          • 20 th June (Truro)
          • 21 st June (Halifax)
  • 22. Before we meet again….
    • Your DIY media project should definitely be well underway, if not close to finished
    • Your data collection should be well underway. Bring what you can with you to our next session —we’d like to focus on analysing your data, looking ahead to your final write-up
    • Revisit set and recommended readings—along with additional texts that you find yourselves—and read more purposefully (e.g., focussing on pertinent concepts etc.)