PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 is hosting a free webinar on March 18 for educators on "Remixing Shakespeare for 21st Century Students," presented by experts from the Folger Shakespeare Library and veteran teachers.
William Shakespeare's plays offer invaluable lessons for students, but engaging the Net Generation in the Renaissance arts requires a new approach. In this webinar, the speakers will present and demonstrate methods for teaching Shakespeare using digital media. The educational activities to be presented were developed by trained workshop leaders and teachers during the Folger's Teaching Shakespeare Institutes and sessions. Participants will learn practical and exciting ways they can incorporate Shakespeare, and other literary works, into history, social studies, English, and language arts instruction.
What: Remixing Shakespeare for 21st Century Students
When: March 18, 8-9:30 p.m. ET
How: Teachers can participate in the webinars after signing up for free membership in PBS Teachers. Membership provides educators with access to all of PBS's educational services, including PBS Teachers ConnectSM, an online learning community where preK-12 educators can collaborate, share and grow. For more information on the PBS Teachers Live! monthly webinar series.
About the Presenters
- Robert Young is the Director of Education for Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
- Michael LoMonico is the Senior Consultant on National Education for Folger Shakespeare Library and a lecturer at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y.
- Christopher Shamburg is the Associate Professor of Educational Technology for New Jersey City University in Jersey City, N.J.
- Amy Ulen is an English teacher at Tumwater High School in Turnwater, Wash., founder of www.ShakespeareHigh.com, and creator of numerous online instructional resources for teachers.
- Mary Ellen Dakin is an English teacher at Revere High School in Revere, Mass.
- Josh Cabat is an English teacher at Roslyn High School in Roslyn, N.Y.
Following the webinar, PBS Engage, a forum that explores the connection between people, culture and technology, will send out a call for "Five Good Questions." Anyone interested in participating can submit questions about Shakespeare and "King Lear" starting on March 23 to Gail Kern Paster, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Responses will be posted on April 2. Teachers can have their questions answered by an expert to continue their learning, or have their students submit questions as part of a Shakespeare project. Here is a sample of the Q-and-A format.