Billie Bennett, Ph.D. and Steven Doellefeld, Ph.D. come from the Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership at the University at Albany. and they presented on how educators could infuse pop culture into their classroom. Here are excerpts from this morning:
The Simpsons in the Classroom
Used to teach concepts in psychology, sociology, political science, economics, literature
Good catalyst for discussion
Shows examples of Simpsons clips useful in different disciplines
Very well researched (they watched 19 seasons over and over again!) presentation!
Last slide features a meta-argument on stealing animation, that throughout history, cartoons rip one another off!
Questions & Answers
Someone asks where can she could find relevant Simpsons clips for her class. Billie and Steven suggest starting with The Simpsons Archive and googling your discipline and the Simpsons, as others have already used them for pedagogy. Another participant recommends having students find relevant clips for class.
Someone who teaches astronomy notes that our generation watched The Simpsons, while students are watching Family Guy, which is more risque. Steven recommends finding and using other TV shows as well.
WHat copyright issues d you have to deal with? Steven says that it’s nefarious. Teachers are doing it in the classroom for educational use, so it should be fine if you don’t overdo it. Someone I can’t verify, possibly an IP law professor, notes that even such use is limited to two years of course use, after which you should purchase rights to it.
Status update: Right now I’m busy trying to make a dissertation progress submission by Friday, so I’ll be sharing a compiled report for “So… would you hire a social media strategist?” sometime next week. Meantime, something silly.
I saw this seminar handout (yes, it’s real!) which begged for a remix… and so I complied. Warning, totally inappropriate language ensues after the jump….
Apple.com has FakeSteve to deal with, while Singapore has her own twittering “Lee Kwan Yew” on the loose!
Will this “Lee Kwan Yew” be able to entertain us with his satirical ways, or will he be subjected to some form of defamation suit (a first for twitter)?
Given that a high profile group of political bloggers has just submitted a 20 page “Proposal for Internet freedom in Singapore” (pdf) to the Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts, Dr Lee Boon Yang, perhaps our twittering Lee will be a fresh test of the civil liberties of our pending media landscape.
As a member of the group of 15 bloggers making these recommendations, Bernard Leong invites Singaporeans (especially bloggers) to provide feedback about the proposals. A summary of the key proposals is available right after the jump…
UPDATE: I’m reposting this without the neat Flickr notes rollover script as it interferes with my blog template. Click through the image to see the items on my workbench.
Here at my Hypothetical Operation HQ, there are plenty of reasons to stay, and very little to leave.
If Buffalo’s bitter cold outside won’t stop you, employees are given personal space to customize as they please, complete with a full bevy of the latest computers, multiple LCD screens, game consoles, books, magazines and other knick-knacks to keep their minds occupied.
On the right, you see a fairly new eBay acquisition, the TC1100 tablet PC (no longer in production). Working like a 12″ Wacom tablet, this device strips down to 3lbs (like the MacBook Air), has a swing out keyboard and a rotating dock with a DVD drive. Costing not much more than an Asus Eee, the TC1100 is an Intel Centrino machine, featuring a 1Ghz Pentium M processor, 1gb of memory and an 80gb hard drive. Techno-aficionados swear by its unique convertible design, so if you have one, take spanking good care of it!
What do you think?
First thoughts from friends was that I look fat, but I think it makes me more approachable. I’m thinking of making name cards out of these. BTW, can anyone make out what that pink tamagotchi-like thing on the belt is suppose to be?
Dr. Kevin Lim recently graduated with his PhD in Communication at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Dabbling for both pragmatic and play, he seeks an ideal interplay between online and offline life, through social networking, blogging and lifecasting. He openly wishes to become a "social cyborg", where the meshing of human and networking technology would allow one's presence to be augmented by the minds of many. Read more...