SAMPLE IDEAS: CULTURAL TOOLS
|TOONDOO||Create comic strips to explain a scientific theory|
|8TRACKS||Create a music playlist of songs that talk about wealth distribution|
|PINTREST||Make an on-line bulletin board of ads that depict social stratification|
|iMOVIE||Have students remix film and television that is reductive to now make a feminist statement|
|Create a page an an historical character and have students interact in character|
|SECOND LIFE||Engage in world building by focusing on specific ecological and/or sustainability considerations|
CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 1
Viral campaigns and Internet sensations are easy access points for connecting with students because they don't require any particular understanding of a specific culture. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, for example, has applicability to a wide number of disciplines.
CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 2
One effective means of incorporating popular culture into the classroom is to have students apply learned theory to a cultural artifact. In this example, students dissect the possible meaning behind Hoozier's "Take Me to Church" by using analytic tools that are often applied to the study of poetry.
CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 3
Projects and assignments which draw upon cultural tools and media references are especially useful. For example, this video playlist shows how popular television shows can be re-cut to make a new feminist or queer argument. The cultural tools employed are video editing software such as Final Cut, iMovie or Windows Media Player and the media references are Sex and the City and Real Housewives.
SAMPLE IDEAS: MEDIA REFERENCES
|Business: Develop a marketing plan for the new X-Men movie|
|Engineering: Design a boat for the castaways of Gilligan's Island using only what the castaways have available on the island|
|English: Use rap music to illustrate poetic meter and rhyme|
|History: Have students write AU fanfiction|
|Sociology: Create a collage of ads depicting engendered performance|
|Law: Look at issues of law presented in How to Get Away with Murder|
|Math: Use The Hunger Games to discuss probability|
|Science: Test the validity of the science shown in The Big Bang Theory|
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR TEACHERS
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