Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, and Popular Culture – Revised edition
Edited By Donna E. Alvermann
Chapter 1: Connect(ed) Learning: Fostering Digital Social Imagination Within a Humanizing Educational Framework
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Fostering Digital Social Imagination Within a Humanizing Educational Framework
It was midafternoon on December 1, 2014, when the g-chat window on my MacBook Air popped up on the lower right-hand corner of my screen: “PEACE MY SISTER!!”
This was a signature greeting from Mike Hawkins, a beautiful Chicago soul who went by the name “Brother Mike” in most circles, including the digital media and education worlds where our interests and passions had collided only two years earlier. Brother Mike’s energy, even through the screen in this case, was magnetic. The delivery of something as small as hello offered a blessing and you felt it. Though I was busy with e-mails, transcribing interview data, and prepping for a course I had to teach an hour later, I dropped everything at Mike’s initiation. That’s just how it was. You knew that he cared about what you had to say, and he addressed you in a way that reciprocated that sentiment. I cherished the moments we shared.
Mike and I checked in on one another often over the course of our friendship, offering suggestions for readings (Baldwin was a favorite), articulating our visions for education, and toiling over what revolution might require of us. “We are kindred minds, sister,” Brother Mike would remind me, and succeeded in directing nearly every g-chat, phone call, and text message exchange we had toward discussions of...
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