Category Archives: media messages

Blended Learning Conference

Carolyn delivered a presentation at the Blended Learning Conference called “The Art of Digital Challenge and Choice: Curated Collections of Texts for Student Inquiry.”  Participants in this workshop experienced a hands-on, action-based digital curriculum that emphasizes choice and inquiry. After moving through a series of quick tutorials on how students access and utilize materials, participants surveyed thematically-based curated collections and explored how students convert their play-lists into original digital compositions and creations. Highlander Institute, Providence, in conjunction with URI’s Media Education Lab. May, 2014.

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Rhode Island Writing Project

Carolyn delivered a presentation titled, “Modeling the Digital Writing Workshop” at the Rhode Island Writing Project annual spring conference.  She demonstrated how teachers can move from pre-assessments into scaffolded learning events and onto student proficiency in digital analysis and composing. March, 2013. Providence, RI.

National Council of Teachers of English

Carolyn shared two curriculum units at NCTE.  The first was “(Re)Imagining Ibsen’s A Doll’s House with Critical Literacy.” The second was “Online Persona Role Plays: Advertisement Analysis.”  Each offered participants the opportunity to see how students can depersonalize their literacy experiences to more keenly relate to individuals, settings, and cultural practices outside what’s considered “normal.”  Digital media literacy analysis and composition helped students create critical distance from media messages. November, 2013. Boston, MA.

Northeast Popular Culture Conference

Fortuna Delivers Paper on Ron Howard’s Film, Rush

Carolyn joined a Sports and Popular Culture panel with her paper, “‘Electifyingly Cool and Sexy’: The Cultural Politics of Speed in Ron Howard’s Rush.”  She argued how Howard, relying on a Classic Hollywood structure of memorable characters performing recognizable actions that celebrate familiar values, reaffirms a popular film narrative in which privileged males hold all the power, have all the fun, and possess the only real opportunities for self-actualization.  Burlington, VT. October, 2013.

A Digital and Media Literacy Idea for the Week

Grades 5-8 Visual Arts Idea:

Have students chat about their favorite television shows.  Then break students into pairs, based on the series that they agreed were their favorites.  Have the students take turns interviewing each other as if they were a character in the show.  Help students to identify positive and negative character traits and why producers create such characters.

Media Literacy, Popular Culture, and Education: EDC 501

Fortuna as Guest Speaker at Rhode Island College Graduate Class

Carolyn talked to M.A.T. candidates about her experiences as a public school teacher in an “Introduction to Digital and Media Literacy as Serious Educational Discourse.” Providence, July, 2013.