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Harnessing the Power of Social Media with Students

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Can we harness the power of social media to provide students with a vehicle for exploring and creating original content? WA Mash (Worcester Academy Mashup) is an online magazine where the power of social media is captured to provide creative writing students with a platform for exploring ideas and fostering and contributing to the larger global conversation. By exploring the possibilities offered by the use of social media tools, we explore how one teacher is defining the New Humanities at the secondary school level. Built off the work of Richard E. Miller at Rutgers University, students blog in a timely fashion about a wide variety of cultural, political and economic issues. Most importantly, it is about creating original content and redefining the role of student and teacher. They compliment their work with audio, video, photos and micro-blogging by integrating social media tools like YouTube and Vimeo, Twitter and Flickr. Think Slate or Salon for high school. The conversation will explore the nature and role of the New Humanities in education. How do we define it? What does it look it? What role does it play? And how do we move forward with implementation?

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Harnessing the Power of Social Media with Students

  1. 1. So how do we educate our students for success in the Web 2.0 world?
  2. 2. Old School Creative Writing • Genre based instruction • Anthology of work as primary text/resource • Student work not published • Blogging/Journaling • Assessments were traditional, rubric based • Mostly fiction, poetry etc. • Workshop style with peer edit, peer review process • In depth study of literary elements and terms as vehicle for creation
  3. 3. And then......
  4. 4. What do you want to communicate?
  5. 5. To whom do you want to communicate that message to?
  6. 6. How best do we communicate that message?
  7. 7. Can we harness the power of social media to provide students with a vehicle for exploring and creating original content?
  8. 8. What is the basis for thinking about the New Humanities?
  9. 9. A Personal Paradigm Shift • Rutgers University Center for the New Humanities & work of Richard E. Miller • “Possible for people to communicate instantly and globally through technology. English is a discipline that excels at human expression and the study of human culture related to expression.” • “We (humanities teachers) should be the place that’s at the very cutting edge of education for students in these areas.” • “Multimedia composition; not only is it important for students to be able to excel in the use of verbal and written language as a means for communicating ideas, but they must also be able to excel in the use and manipulation of visual images. That is what it NOW means to compos
  10. 10. Why should schools rethink they way they teach traditional humanities subjects?
  11. 11. MIT TechTV New Media Literacies http://techtv.mit.edu/collections/newmedialiteracies
  12. 12. MIT TechTV New Media Literacies http://techtv.mit.edu/collections/newmedialiteracies
  13. 13. What is the purpose of school? EduCon 2.1 • Creativity, Collaboration and Courage • Schools should be a place where students generate ideas rather than just regurgitate them. • Ability to try out new ideas and test creative ideas. • Fostering new humanities rich environments where teachers can help “capture and harness student energy in order to shape it.” • Provide opportunities for students to convey concepts and original ideas through thoughtful, technology rich collaboration opportunities. • “Schools should be about communication.”
  14. 14. WHAT IS THE WA MASH?
  15. 15. WHAT IS THE WA MASH? The Worcester Academy Mashup
  16. 16. Explore The WA Mash http://wamash.antonioviva.com
  17. 17. The Birth of The WA Mash
  18. 18. Our Process Was Organic • Sir Ken Robinson “Are Schools Killing Creativity?” • KSU “Vision of Student Today” • Modeled after Salon.com and Slate.com, Huffington Post • We did not stick to any specific game plan or prescribed syllabus • Did not use a traditional text book
  19. 19. Our Primary Publishing Tools wamash.com MashTube MashPics MicroMash FacebookMash
  20. 20. MashTube
  21. 21. Three Words to the World
  22. 22. Three Words to the World
  23. 23. YouTube Hits Since September 2008
  24. 24. YouTube Hits Since September 2008
  25. 25. YouTube Hits Since September 2008
  26. 26. YouTube Hits Since September 2008
  27. 27. YouTube Hits Since September 2008
  28. 28. YouTube Hits Since September 2008 1387
  29. 29. Video Essay on “Poverty”
  30. 30. Video Essay on “Poverty”
  31. 31. MashPics
  32. 32. MicroMash
  33. 33. FacebookMash
  34. 34. MixedInk - A new experiment in collaborative writing www.mixedink.com
  35. 35. Stay Connected!! Antonio Viva Associate Head of School Email – antonioviva@me.com or antonio.viva@worcesteracademy.org Twitter – twitter.com/antonioviva Skype – antonioviva iChat – antonioviva@mac.com LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/antonioviva del.ici.ous – delicious.com/antonioviva Facebook – profile.to/antonioviva/ Blog – antonioviva.com EDSocialMedia Contributor – www.edsocialmedia.com Student Work – wamash.com

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