Summer Class and Technology

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Forgive the ridiculous picture, it was a part of my thesis, and it seemed to fit. For my summer media communications class we are looking into how technology has changed various forms of communication. The topics include:

  1. How do we collaborate/communicate in class this summer
  2. How has social media changed the political landscape and empowered citizens to act.
  3. Books, Newspapers and Comic Books: Ink to Pixels
  4. TV and Movies: Diversity in Viewing Habits

I plan to have the students create blogs on WordPress.com and then post on these subjects after they have gone over the material I present. We will be using WordPress, Pinterest, and Twitter for the class. There will be no book, just media that I have collected along with a video lecture I will produce. I have been dying to try and create an iBook using Apple’s new software, but that will have to wait for a Fall class I’m teaching.

For example, for the political section of the class we will be focusing on how new media has helped groups speak out and allow their voices to be heard on a global scale. I have quite a bit of material for that and have added some of the content below.

Clay Shirky: How social media can make history
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/clay_shirky_how_cellphones_twitter_facebook_can_make_history.html

Clay Shirky: How cellphones, Twitter, Facebook can make history
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_iN_QubRs0

Clay Shirky on what the government needs to know abut social media
http://blog.ted.com/2009/06/03/tedstate_clay_s/

Small Change
Why the revolution will not be tweeted.
by Malcolm Gladwell
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/10/04/101004fa_fact_gladwell#ixzz1rHydXaQI

The Political Power of Social Media
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/67038/clay-shirky/the-political-power-of-social-media
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/10/04/101004fa_fact_gladwell?currentPage=all

I’m excited about the class and am looking forward to sharing the experience with you on the blog. I will be posting weekly to detail how I am using the technologies and materials I have outlined above.

Your thoughts?

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