digital video composition

My students frequently struggle with a Review of the Literature, whether they are first year college writers or graduate students. They have a couple of difficulties. One is the challenge of naming the relationships among a variety of sources on a topic and another is summarizing what the scholarly conversation is in relation to a particular topic. For years I have asked my students to represent...
A collaboratively made student production. Cheese is a short action film. It is discussed in detail in a chapter of a forthcoming book. 
roadtrip-nation.png Why did you become an educator? Who encouraged you to follow this passion? Was there a specific person in your life who helped you identify your calling? Many of you can probably name someone who inspired you when you were just starting out. Educators are fortunate in that we spend our entire childhoods surrounded by people who do what we...
Teaching ninth graders, instruction has been centered around themes of conflict as my class analyzes Romeo and Juliet. Essentially, the role of the seminal, ninth grade text, has shifted. No longer can students simply read and analyze Romeo and Juliet. Instead, it is not an option to include materials that exist outside of the original text; it is an imperative part of understanding the text. I’...
The following videos illustrate the accomplishments of several students whose deeply held beliefs and philosophies take shape through multimodes.  Eduardo, in his video entitled I Believe in Language, inserts the voices of others to make his point. Even though he makes some odd slide choices, he provides a vast array of images, film, slides, and sound to make us believe in the power of language...
This video captures the process of digital project creation in my English classroom.  My students blog on our social network, create films, podcasts, and other digital media, and ultimately share their final projects during end-of-project screenings.