Henry Jenkins

Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In

Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In

| September 3, 2013 | 7 Comments

A documentary film airing on public television in September explores the incredible work that students can produce when their passions and interests drive learning.

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Remixing Melville: Moby Dick Meets the Digital Generation

Remixing Melville: Moby Dick Meets the Digital Generation

| March 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

In a traditional English class, a teacher might assign Herman Melville’s famous novel Moby Dick in small chunks. Students might complete their reading (or not), discuss major themes and perhaps write an essay at the end of the unit. But if a student never gets past the first few pages, the rest of that unit […]

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How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

| January 9, 2013 | 19 Comments

Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cell phones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all […]

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Pottermore Fuels Harry Potter Mania

Pottermore Fuels Harry Potter Mania

| June 24, 2011 | 2 Comments

[Correction 6/24]: Updated to note that the writer of Transmythology blog is Simon Pulman, not Henry Jenkins, an expert in participatory culture, Harry Potter’s fan fictions sites, and their role in fostering learning and social justice. Within days of announcing the new Harry Potter website, Pottermore, the “official counterpart” to the wildly popular book series’ […]

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Harry Potter, Henry Jenkins, and the Power of Social Media

Harry Potter, Henry Jenkins, and the Power of Social Media

| May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

At the Learning from Hollywood conference last week, USC professor Henry Jenkins talked about his theory on building what he calls “participatory culture” around Harry Potter Alliance as a means to teach kids how to be social activists and realize their transformative powers. Jenkins believes that schools should embrace the powers of social media and […]

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