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TOPIC: Can Twitter help students learn Shakespeare?

Can Twitter help students learn Shakespeare? 1 year 10 months ago #7009

  • Zhanna
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Parade Theater is interested in presenting dramatic productions in novel ways. Our first project takes the internal character networks of William Shakespeare's ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream' and broadcasts it onto the Twitter stage.

The play can be viewed in a number of ways...
a) The linear/most traditional way here: on Twitter or alternatively on our website.

b) Semi-linear / more organic by starting at the ParadeTheater twitter home page and exploring the twitter feed/conversations:
https://twitter.com/paradetheater

c) Least traditional/exploratory - Selecting a character and exploring the dialogue (e.g. twitter.com/Titania_PT)


With the dissection of the play into smaller chunks, the transference to a modern medium and the addition of visual cues, it's an experiment aimed at bringing Shakespeare to new audiences or perhaps appreciating his works in news ways.

Does this new presentation medium resonate with students? I'd love to get feedback from students and teachers on their experiences. All thoughts are appreciated.
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Can Twitter help students learn Shakespeare? 1 year 9 months ago #7010

  • Ron Severdia
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Of course it can be used to help students learn Shakespeare!

The ways you describe could provide ways to gain a deeper understanding of the text and characters. You could also let the students brainstorm to come up with ways to use Twitter in creative ways. You could teach them about iambic pentameter and they can only tweet lines with a certain meter—even making a game out of it.

The key is efficacy. How do you assess their knowledge and understanding based on the learning objectives for the lesson? That will also help guide what might be the most effective activities.
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