Social Media, Social Change: Using Digital Tools Today to Respond to Tomorrow's Challenges
In this keynote address, Dr. Marcia Chatelain talks about ways to extend the boundaries of teaching by using social media tools for conversations, collaboration, and connections. Using her own experiences with the viral initiative #FergusonSyllabus, podcasting and other digital humanities, Dr. Chatelain advocates for educators to experiment with online platforms to not only enhance teaching but help students become more active and responsive citizens.
Associate Professor, History and African American Studies
Marcia Chatelain is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. The author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration from Duke University Press, she teaches about women’s and girls’ history, as well as the history of black capitalism. She is currently working on the book From Sit-In to Drive Thru: Black America and Fast Food in an Age of Crisis, which is under contract with Liveright Publishing, a division of Norton and Company. Chatelain’s book will examine the intricate relationship among African American politicians, civil rights organizations, communities, and the fast food industry. Chatelain has published pieces in TheAtlantic.Com, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has also contributed to the popular podcast, “Undisclosed,” serving as the resident historian on a narrative arc about the 2015 killing of Freddie Gray by members of the Baltimore Police Department. In 2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education named her a Top Influencer in academia. During the 2017-2018 academic year, she will be on leave from Georgetown with support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship.
Digital Storytelling: The Why, What, and How of Creativity, Learning, and Assessment
Students accomplish their goals and learn relevant skills through practice, careful time management and teamwork. Through digital storytelling, Marco Torres and Fabiola Torres present a position promoting skills that are relevant to students’ lives and connected with the world beyond the classroom. Through authentic projects that are central to the education of the 21st Century, digital storytelling encourages appropriate context for learning in the information age.
Two Mexican Immigrants gave birth to Fabiola Torres in the French Hospital at Chinatown in Los Angeles, California, USA. Fabiola is first and foremost an instructor of Ethnic Studies at Glendale Community College (GCC). Her current leadership roles include committee member of the Online Education Initiative for the State of California, Statewide Academic Senate Accreditation Task Force and California Community College Distance Education Coordinators Organization. Her pedagogical principles are inspired by her M.A. from Chicano Studies (CSUN), and in Learning Technologies and Theory (Pepperdine’s School of Education and Psychology) and Paulo Freire.
Marco taught middle school and high school for ten years. He also was a media coach, an education technology director, and one of the professional learning leaders for one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles. Marco is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses digital storytelling to add value to his curriculum and showcase evidence. He has been recognized locally and internationally for his accomplishments in the classroom, focusing on teacher learning and storytelling. As the Sr. Specialist/Learning Engineer at Apple, he was in charge of designing and implementing a learning plan for the Los Angeles Unified School District.