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Melissa Adams

Storify - a compositon tool using social media content

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Posting to share this tool that I learned about at my AEJMC conference in August. Basically, you can aggregate content (including posts, video, photos, etc.) to compose a blog-like aggregate of social content.

https://storify.com/

Here's an example of one done for the last day at AEJMC - this is the PR Division day roundup.

https://storify.com/AEJMC_PRD/recap-of-aejmc-on-sunday-8-9-prprofs

I plan to use it to both teach professional skills and to offer students an opportunity to play with content and create various narratives from social content. I think play and time are the two key elements to this tool. My students will need to learn how to compose "on the fly" and this tool is a fun way to aggregate content from live tweeting and posting of events. There's no big chunk of time needed at the end of the day to create a more formal recap when you already have the social content to drag and drop into Storify. Although it is primarily designed for journalism and PR use, I think instructors in other disciplines could come of with some creative composition assignments using this tool as well.

Melissa Adams

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Technology?

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I've been thinking about how to be culturally responsive in the classroom recently and revisiting some readings on diversity and inclusion (bell hooks, Paulo Friere) but wonder how we might be able to use technology to foster this effort. Are there some creative pedogogies we might undertake to help counter some of the inherent cultural biases we have to become better teachers? I don't have any answers currently, but I've found the Civilschools videos helpful to watch as I think through this even though they don't directly address the use of technology. Here is one video by Jamie Utt that covers some of the foundational lit of this pedagogy - hope you all find it helpful as well. https://vimeo.com/135513787