Writing, digital tools, & remix

This week we considered the role that technology has played in education, and it seemed we opened a kind of time capsule in considering the readings for this week.  Our agenda:

Thanks to Kelsey for effectively highlighting the ways in which writing has evolved in the 21st century with a thoughtful focus on “Blogs, Wikis, Podcastsby Will Richardson.  This article took us back to a time in which the new affordances of the open web were just becoming apparent.  Certain territory was still uncharted and the road remained “wide open” for pedagogical innovation.  Technology (and digital tools more specifically) have certainly played a major role in the way we think about (and teach others) how to write.  What does it mean to write in a networked world, and in what ways do/should those new affordances transform our writing pedagogy? Kelsey was able to enhance the nature of our discussion by intergrating key questions (and some fun polling) along with an insightful clip from Richardson’s TED talk presentation.  This helped us glimpse a snapshot of our concerns/perspectives on key issues regarding technology in the classroom.  Kelsey was able to spurn our reflection, highlighting our collaborative thinking about the use of digital tools in writing practice.

And thanks to Ganeldye for opening up a discussion of Antero Garcia’s article on the power of remix in learning.   Remix means making something new from preexisting materials; it involves the crossing genres to create a unique  new perspective.  Traditional messages and stereotypes can (and should) be questioned/inverted in the process.  Through remix our students can come to understand production, ownership, and sharing practices of intellectual/creative work.

How can remix lead to a kind of liberatory experience?  What kinds of power implications tie into remixing?  In what ways does the engagement of remix in writing facilitate a dialogue with other cultural producers?  How is this (in itself) a productive interplay?  We thought about the way that remix can be harnassed as a teaching pathway or tool for a more profound consideration of culture and perhaps, a more inspired writing assignments.

Some Equity Unbound invitations:

Your to-do list:

Up next are some readings that consider multilingual contexts for learning how to write and multileracies in a global learning context.

Read: Teaching Writing in the Multilingual World  by Paul Kei Matsuda (Jessie’s selection)

Read: A pedagogy of multiliteracies designing social futures by Cope & Kalantzis (Tom’s selection)

Blog #7 Due- Reflection on the Matsuda & Cope/Kalantzis readings 

Enjoy you week, and please take care!


Dr. Zamora



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