designing for participation

As my first post, I'm adding slides from a workshop that Ryan Hill from ARTLAB+ at the Hirshhorn and I did at the Digital Media and Learning conference this year. Ryan and I are both working to develop YOUmedia digital teen spaces at our respective institutions thanks to grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The title of the workshop was "HOMAGO for All: Applying HOMAGO...
I never thought I would be a teacher ... I certainly never thought I would use my teaching experience to guide my thinking as I begin to work on a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences, but here I am. I am the only one who is surprised.  It has been evident from the beginning of my teaching career that my teaching style differs from those of my colleagues, and it was no secret that many disagreed with my...
A challenge when teaching Shakespeare is convincing the students that, while they do not need to love Shakespeare, they can develop an appreciation for the writing and apply the themes in his works to their own lives. Many of my students come into Romeo and Juliet quite resistant and skeptical to my announcement that by the end of the play, they will be able to read a Shakespearean text and that...
Sections:The Discussions EvolveThe Daily GrindThe Trial Online Discussions, postings, and Feedback The Formal EssayThe Reflections  The Discussions Evolve In addition to the specific activities outlined in the module, I asked students to read a scene take notes on The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet before class and pose at least three questions about the scenes they...
So often in my teaching career - and as a student, actually - I have seen and heard teachers forbid the use of the powerful computers inside students' pockets, scold a student for having consulted Wikipedia, restricted Internet use to sites they approved, and regard the online writing and social networking the students conduct as a "waste of time." I have also faced opposition from these same...