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Remixing Melville: Moby Dick Meets the Digital Generation

In a traditional English class, a teacher might assign Herman Melville’s famous novel Moby Dick in small chunks. Students might complete their reading (or not), discuss major themes and perhaps write an essay at the end of the unit. But if a student never gets past the first few pages, the rest of that unit … Continue reading Remixing Melville: Moby Dick Meets the Digital Generation →

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cell phones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all … Continue reading How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World? →

Pottermore Fuels Harry Potter Mania

[Correction 6/24]: Updated to note that the writer of Transmythology blog is Simon Pulman, not Henry Jenkins, an expert in participatory culture, Harry Potter’s fan fictions sites, and their role in fostering learning and social justice. Within days of announcing the new Harry Potter website, Pottermore, the “official counterpart” to the wildly popular book series’ … Continue reading Pottermore Fuels Harry Potter Mania →

Harry Potter, Henry Jenkins, and the Power of Social Media

At the Learning from Hollywood conference last week, USC professor Henry Jenkins talked about his theory on building what he calls “participatory culture” around Harry Potter Alliance as a means to teach kids how to be social activists and realize their transformative powers. Jenkins believes that schools should embrace the powers of social media and … Continue reading Harry Potter, Henry Jenkins, and the Power of Social Media →

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