Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Romeo, Juliet, and MySpace
Koty Zelinka, English teacher at Portland Lutheran High School in Oregon, explains in an Oregonian article how she used MySpace to help her students get deeper into analyzing Shakespearean characters. The social networking site was an obvious choice, since nearly 90 percent of her students already had their own pages. She had them work in small teams to create pages for Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Tybalt, and other characters. Before long, students were channeling their Shakespearean counterparts via emoticons, photos, and star-crossed blog entries. Using MySpace for learning not only got her students engaged in character studies, but also gave Zelinka a chance to educate parents--and students--about online security. Who else is tapping the learning potential of social networking tools?