New Media and Critical Multiliteracies
Broadening powerful oral and literacy practices to encompass
"multiliteracies," "cyberacy," and critical media literacy in the
age of knowledge and globalization
NGSX: Harnessing New Digital Tools to Support Practice-Embedded, Teacher Professional Learning, at Scale
How can we harness new digital technology to create practice-embedded, sustained professional learning opportunities for teachers –at scale? The changes called for in the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards are not minor tweaks; teachers have to shift from "recitation to reasoning," entailing dramatic changes in teaching and orchestrating talk. The Next Generation Science Exemplar System (NGSX), funded by NSF, is a cyber-enabled learning environment building in vivid images of the new vision of teaching and learning science, with embedded expertise (through TED-like talks, classroom video cases at multiple grade levels, and cyber-enabled interactivity, positioning teachers as teacher researchers. Designed to support face-to-face study groups of teachers and administrators, NGSX (available anywhere, anytime) is now being piloted in seven states, and 21 districts across the country.
Graphic Novel Club: Fostering Adolescents’ Multi-Literacies and Critical Literacies through Graphic Novels
What happens when adolescents read, write and translate graphic novels? Designed and facilitated by two Education professors, the Graphic Novels Club is a space for seventh-graders who attend Claremont Academy. Youth read graphic novels from a number of different genres; explore how graphic narratives differ from other forms of storytelling; examine the craft of creating graphic novels so that ultimately, they can create their own; and meet a graphic novel artist or artists. The goal of this project is to generate knowledge about the pedagogical possibilities of graphic novels in fostering students’ critical, academic and disciplinary literacies.
Raphael Rogers and Jie Park
SPIT-IT! (Storytelling Project Incorporating Technology for Ideological Transformation) is an after school program to develop documentaries addressing the social reality of urban youth of color. It involves training and equipping the youth with technical film–making skills as well as helping students document their stories and the stories of their community as counter-narratives to dominant images of urban youth.â€¨ This project explores the power of story and film–making to develop young people as agents of personal, social and civic change. As well, we explore the potential for radical healing through counter–storytelling
Community Cinema Worcester
Community Cinema Worcester brings cutting edge documentary films into the community where we can discuss controversial ideas with local community activists. We use provocative films to foster dialogues about the issues impacting our community.