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Digitally-Mediated Learning Activity

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Overview of Learning Activity

In an upcoming unit, my students will be reading and studying Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare.  Along with their reading of the play, they will choose a topic of interest from the play and analyze that same topic in modern times through scholarly research.  An example topic would be gangs.  Through their research, students will develop more narrow issues, e.g., the impact of gang mentality on the group and individual. They will then create a WordPress blog to share their research with a wide audience and receive feedback from their peers in order to shape their understanding in a dynamic way.  Last year when I did this same unit, students became advocates for many causes through their research.   Creating a blog will be a wonderful way for them to showcase their understanding and also bring awareness to topics they are passionate about on a global level, not just with the teacher or the class.

Research Paper

Click here to read my research paper in its entirety.  This includes an introduction, theoretical framework, technology, overview, assessment, evaluation and references for my learning activity: FinalProject

Important Resources

“The 20 Biggest Benefits of Blogging” (webpage): http://www.incomediary.com/biggest-blogging-benefits

“Experiential Learning Transforms Into Service Learning” (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou-ZC6JPmWA

“5 Key Benefits of Using WordPress for Your Website” (webpage): http://womeninbusiness.about.com/od/interviews/a/Five-Key-Benefits-Of-Using-Wordpress-For-Your-Website.htm

“Involving Students in Creating Rubrics” (webpage): http://www.teachersfirst.com/lessons/rubrics/involving-students.cfm

“Tips for Teachers: Using Google Forms for Grading Rubrics” (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od3bfA2p1jI

Image credit: Tezak, K. (2011). Retrieved from http://blog.iso50.com/23084/kyle-tezak/.

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