SMALLab and Professional Learning Communities

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Situated Multimedia Arts Learning Lab (SMALLab) — learn more about the SMALLab

About the Project

From 2007-2009, I worked with a group of teachers and collaborators Coronado High School in Scottsdale, AZ. I worked directly with teachers who focused on modified language arts curriculum and English as a Second Language curriculum.

With each teacher we developed a SMALLab scenario for use in their classroom in lieu of traditional textbook style curriculum. As a result, we turned out 3 interactive and embodied scenarios that taught Common Core subjects including metaphor, idiomatic language, and story structure.

Each year’s professional learning community or PLC consisted of of 2-3 high school language arts teachers, curriculum specialists, myself, and my research advisors. We met once a week to collaboratively design the scenarios and plan for student activities.

Each scenario had a user-generated content component. Students created audio and visuals and incorporated them into a media database that they could then program into modules using the SMALLab’s authoring tools.

List of Scenarios

The Metaphor Game — 2007

Students searched for metaphors in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, illustrated the, and then remixed them on the fly in the SMALLab.

The StoryMap — 2007

Students recorded sounds about Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” and placed them within an exploratory landscape for their peers to enjoy.

The StoryLine — 2008

Using a template, students create visual and sounds for plot elements in

Embodied Poetry Idioms — 2009

English as a Second Language students break up into groups and are assigned an idiom they will become experts on. The groups then create an animated, multimedia SMALLab scenario to teach their classmates their idiom.

My Roles

PLC leader, scenario designer, art direction, mentor teacher, SMALLab media coordination, tech and multimedia facilitation

 

2 students grab elements to make metaphors on the fly
Metaphor Game — students grab visual storytelling elements to make metaphors on the fly

 

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The StoryMap — exploring sonic elements in the map is a physical experience.

 

A StoryLine created for teaching plot in The Fall of the House of Usher.
A StoryLine created for teaching plot in “The Fall of the House of Usher”.

 

Students created their own visual content for a StoryLine of La Llorona
The StoryLine — Students created their own visual content for a StoryLine of La Llorona

 

 

 

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