Professor Renee Hobbs
Class Participation (200 pts)
Each week, students will be responsible for completing a simple digital media activity designed to support the development of knowledge and skills. You will have choices as you experiment with representing your learning through various media to develop your technology competencies, using different types of tools to accomplish your goals. In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn to use a variety of digital media tools, including WordPress, Pinterest, Storify, YouTube. You’ll get to explore Facebook, Goodreads, FlipGrid, VoiceThread, and others.
When done well, online discussion can be among the most intellectually stimulating experiences, building knowledge and providing opportunities for meaningful reflection and critical thinking. These experiences can contribute to the development of your personal and professional identity. Twice during the semester, you will reflect on what you are learning, providing evidence of effective pedagogical support to peers, including critical inquiry, comprehension, search/find/share, seeing patterns, asking questions, and offering rigorous and constructive feedback. Expectation: 3 – 5 pages.
You’ll make a careful choice of children’s media and develop a 3 – 5 minute video to communicate to a target audience. You may choose to promote a book, film, music, game, app or website. After posting your video online for public sharing, you write a brief reflection on your learning experience as a multimedia author.
Students examine a specific research topic or develop a creative project that is of interest to the student and integrally connected to the themes and issues explored in this course. If you choose to write a research paper, you’ll conduct research to acquire expertise on the topic and write a scholarly paper (15 – 25 pages) describing what you’ve learned, connecting your focus topic to issues explored in the course. You propose a specific topic with an action plan in an email to the instructor. With approval, you may present your work in alternative formats. If you choose to develop a creative project, you’ll submit a creative project with a detailed pre-production notebook that frames your work in the context of issues explored in the class. If you choose to develop a school/community project, you’ll submit a detailed planning document that describes your aims, goals, and process of developing the initiative, with work plan, timetable, and assessment components. As a culminating activity, you will be required to compose a Ignite presentation (pecha kucha) that describes your paper or project and post it online.