This is your classroom.
You will determine how much you learn.
As John Dewey said, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” Using my background in English as a starting point, I want to understand how students with different learning styles are engaged and inspired by various mediums. Using that understanding, we can find methods of inspiring curiosity to engage readers in a text, even when reading is not what initially engages their desire to learn, while also helping to contextualize and deepen the experience of reading literature in the 21st century.
In my time as a digital storyteller, I recognized that design can inspire inquiry. Eventually, I would like to create a platform for teachers and students that not only incorporates these diverse materials (podcasts, radio news pieces, primary documents, videos, TED talks, essays, etc.), but also presents them in a visually compelling way. I want to offer students a platform where they want to keep clicking on new material, like how one somehow wastes time clicking through various photos and texts on social media.
Imagine, you finish reading a chapter of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. On your computer, you can take a walk through India using virtual reality technology, or listen to a piece that explains the history of the caste system. Digital humanities have the potential to deepen classroom discussions and turn literature into an experience that allows students to take part in and shape their learning.