This from the Folger in partnership with PBS:
The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, partners with PBS this month to provide educational resources on teaching Shakespeare in the 21st century. Experts from Folger Education are sharing innovative ways to incorporate Shakespeare’s King Lear, and other literary works, into history, social studies, English, and language art through:
- contributing to PBS’s Media Infusion, an online forum for sharing ideas on using multimedia resources in the classroom;
- moderating a webinar in the PBS Teachers LIVE! Series;
- providing online lesson plans and demonstrations for using digital media and the web.
Gail Kern Paster, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, will be a special guest contributor on PBS’s Engage blog and answer “5 Good Questions” on the play. PBS airs the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear, with Sir Ian McKellen in the title role, later this month.
“We believe that Shakespeare is for everyone, and new technologies such as remixes, social media and other tools for creative interpretation allow students to discover and rediscover Shakespeare in ways that are timeless and relevant. We are excited to partner with PBS to bring teachers new ideas that they can immediately apply in their classrooms,” said Robert Young, head of Folger Education.
A panel of Folger Education experts, drawn from schools across the country, will present and demonstrate methods for teaching Shakespeare using digital media during a webinar on March 18. All of the presenters are alumni of the Folger’s nationally-known Teaching Shakespeare Institute, and include Robert Young, head of Folger Education; Michael LoMonico, Senior Consultant on National Education for Folger Shakespeare Library and a lecturer at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y; Christopher Shamburg, Associate Professor of Educational Technology for New Jersey City University in Jersey City, N.J.; Amy Ulen of Tumwater High School in Tumwater W.A. and founder of www.ShakespeareHigh.com; Mary Ellen Dakin of Revere High School in Revere, M.A. and Josh Cabat, an English teacher at Roslyn High School in Roslyn, N.Y.
In addition to presenting in the PBS Teachers LIVE! Webinar, Michael LoMonico is a guest expert for PBS’s Media Infusion. In “Mashups, Remixes, and Web 2.0: Playing Fast and Loose with Shakespeare,” LoMonico suggests practical strategies on how to use multimedia resources to approach King Lear in the classroom.
“Today, advances in technology have given Shakespeare teachers excellent tools to help students explore the texts more closely,” LoMonico explains.” These Web 2.0 tools empower students and give them real-world tasks that they can post for the whole world to see.”
To learn more about PBS’s Media Infusion, please visit http://www.pbs.org/teachers/mediainfusion/.
To read Gail Kern Paster’s response to “5 Good Questions” please visit http://www.pbs.org/engage/blog on April 2.
Learn more about Folger Education’s partnership with PBS and its resources for teachers at www.folger.edu/lear.