This week-long institute is open to secondary and college teachers, librarians and media specialists, community and museum educators.
The New Media Classroom: In conjunction with the American Social History Project (CUNY) and the American Studies Association's Crossroads Project Assumption College will host a regional summer seminar dedicated to bringing educators together to investigate ways to incorporate effectively print and electronic media in various teaching and learning environments. The 20001 AC-NMC summer institute, organized around the theme of " Culture Wars: 1920s America," will build on the previous New England Region-NMC summer institutes, held at Assumption and at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. It will expand the existing network of educators from diverse sites (schools, colleges and universities, community centers, museums, historic sites, and other historical and cultural institutions).
Why Culture Wars: 1920s America? This is the theme of the American History and Culture on the Web project at Assumption which NMC co-leader John McClymer directs and for which co-leader Arnold Pulda is a research associate. The project, supported with an Education Development Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, focuses upon defining decades -- the 1850s, the 1920s, and the 1770s. American History and Culture on the Web staff create archives of primary materials, design pedagogical exercises, and provide narrative guides to on-line materials. We will use these resources along with many others unconnected to the project.
We will begin with materials dealing with the Harlem Renaissance. We will then look at key events of the decade, from the debate over immigration restriction to the Smith-McAdoo contest for the Democratic presidential nomination (in which the Klan's endorsement of McAdoo was the crucial issue) to the Scopes Trial. We will look at the emergence of advertising as an industry and profession and at the new mass culture of whichadvertising was a key component.
The Program at Assumption College includes a five-day summer institute (Sunday,
June 24-Thursdeay, June 28), a year-long on-line seminar, and follow-up on-line meetings focusing on the successful implementation of new media based instruction and materials.
Goals include enabling participants to:
promote the ability of students and other learners to construct knowledge and make connections in multi-media, text, images and sound
explore a range of new humanities resources available on the World Wide Web;
integrate technology into individual courses, school curricula, and public interpretive programs;
work with scholars and educators who have pioneered in developing new media applications
contribute to an ever-widening community of educators committed to exploring what it means to learn, teach, and interpret in technology-enhanced sites.
We invite applications from educators at high schools, colleges, universities, community centers, historical sites and organizations. These should be submitted no later than Monday, May 21, 2000. Applicants can apply as individuals or a team. High-level technological skills and extensive use of new media in previous teaching are NOT requirements for particiation. Instructional and interpretive goals will drive the use of technology in the institute, not vice versa
Summer Program website: www.assumption.edu/NMC2000
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