Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
Edited By Jenifer Jasinski Schneider
11. A Mexican Party in the Sky: Glitches in Composing with Digital Media and Disciplinary Content (Third Grade)
MARGARET B. KRAUSE, AIMEE FRIER, AND REBECCA LOVERING POWELL
In this case, we share Mrs. Walko’s introduction to filmmaking and the students’ first attempts to use video to share disciplinary content. We noticed that the purpose (i.e., Mexican holidays) was lost because the students were distracted by aspects of filmmaking. Therefore, the exact factors that motivated the students (e.g., digital devices, active learning, visual and audio modes) were the same elements that resulted in diminishing returns.
• Third grade class
• Parochial school: Middle class
• Class: 19 females, 14 males; 24 white, 9 Latina/Latino
• Instructor [Mrs. Walko]: White female, 25 years’ experience, Masters in Curriculum & Instruction (served as the technology specialist for five years until the position was eliminated due to budget cuts)
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