I’ve just received the very cool news that I’ll be teaching my first graduate-level course in the spring (in addition to the anticipated three sections of freshman composition), one that will present some interesting challenges for me. The course, “Technology and the Language Arts Curriculum,” is designed for teachers seeking their M.Ed. in English education, and as the course catalog suggests, the class is expected to focus on emerging media technologies and their effectiveness as pedagogical tools, with one of the goals being the production of a syllabus for a “computer intensive language arts course.”
So far, I’m only in the very earliest stages of brainstorming about what such a course should look like. Because I have quite a bit of experience with using blogs in the classroom, we’ll certainly discuss how blogs can be used in writing classes (something that went particularly well in my Rhetoric and Democracy course a few years ago, a course that also taught me a lot about teaching in a computer classroom). I’m also thinking about setting up a course wiki, which will (hopefully) introduce them to the possibilities and challenges of using wikis in their classrooms. Finally, I’m also hoping to spend some time working with my students on how they might set up video projects for their students (and to discuss the questions that such projects raise). There are some challenges here–including the availability of equipment–but it seems like it could be a fun class to teach.
Hoping to have more to say about the course in the next several days, but I still have one last round of grading tonight and I need to stop procrastinating.
Update: Forgot to mention that I’ll almost certainly discuss pedagogical uses of iPods and podcasting in general, but I don’t want podcasting to be considered merely a form of (course) content delivery. Still brainstorming. Must grade.