As a teacher scholar, I think of my role as a facilitator, but I also think of myself as a model. I am concerned a bit about the roles in my classroom at times. When I think about technology, for instance, it is often my students who are doing the modeling, and I am the one who is doing the learning. In fact, I learn a lot from my students. Last semester, I had two classes give oral presentations. I encouraged them to use PowerPoint and to be creative. Most of them used video clips, lots of them used audio clips, and there were a lot of embedded graphics. For the most part, they were very creative.
But if it had not been for the students, I would not have thought about how little I utilize videos and music. I used to incorporate them into my classroom lectures all the time; now I just don't. I don't know why. Maybe it's because I've changed the way I teach and moved to a student-centered classroom. Maybe I don't have that many lectures any more. Maybe it's because it takes a lot of energy from me.
It's not truly accurate to say that I'm not using technology anymore. I've recently started using PowerPoint games to play games like Jeopardy or Hollywood Squares in an effort to make reviewing fun. So, I guess I'm just exploring new venues. I'm also utilizing Black Board more often than I used to, and I'm looking for ways to use Black Board to make grading a bit more efficient (at least for some things - like reading quizzes). In fact, I'm getting ready to assemble some reading quizzes for my fall semester courses. Oh, and I am going to a play a movie in class too (in the intro to lit course). It's an Agatha Christie movie by BBC related to the novel we are reading.
In my Investigating Mysteries Intro to Lit course, I could get students to bring songs to class (with lyrics for analysis). That would certainly enhance the process of analysis. Since my composition courses are including a new element of visual rhetoric, I could incorporate a music video into a classroom discussion and let it be a topic visual rhetoric discussion. Hmmm. In fact, come to think of it, at the end of the intro to lit course we will go over different literary criticisms. We could practice applying them in class to music videos. Wow! This is getting to be interesting.
You know, I could also have my students write about the authors and create web pages for them. Groups could do this before a group presentation. That could be what they are presented.
But let's be realistic. What kind of technology goals can I set for myself in the upcoming year?
I would like to incorporate music back in the classroom. I am going to seriously work towards this goal. I might limit it to just one class. I don't know. I wonder if there are any videos on UTube interviewing any of the authors we will be reading about. I could include them in my lit course. Hmmm