The GIF that Keeps on GIFing: GIF Culture and Stigma-Reduction

Image credit: Don't tell me to smile. Retrieved from https://giphy.com/gifs/xT0BKjFrfSczzLoOQg The MASCLab sponsored a recent talk called “Never Gonna GIF You Up: Analyzing the Cultural Significance of the Animated GIF” given by Drs. Kate Miltner and Tim Highfield earlier this semester. As an avid sender and receiver of GIFs, I happily attended the talk and, ...

On Las Vegas, A Note about Our Upcoming Book Talk

Image credit: Dr. Klarevas appears on CBS News. Late Sunday night (October 1, 2017), one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history unfolded in Las Vegas, NV. Later this month, MASCLab is scheduled to host a book talk by Dr. Louis Klarevas, a scholar who has studied mass shootings in the United States extensively -- ...

Sept 20th Meeting Notes

We had a great meeting where we started to get to know the collective experience we bring to the room, brainstorm some new projects and share our ongoing projects. Many new ideas were shared, including a campaign using gifs, games using geo-caching, hip hop health education initiatives, and a lot more! -- and of course ...

MASCLab packed for fall kickoff

MASCLab kicks of ’17-’18 year

Thanks to everyone who came out to our kickoff meeting today. As you can see, we had a huge group of enthusiastic potential members. After introductions, we decided to "show not tell" what it's like to be a part of MASCLab. Part 1 of that plan was to give feedback on what will soon be ...

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First Meeting of the School Year

Welcome new, returning, and continuing MASCLab members! Help us spread the word to the Teachers College and Columbia community--all are welcome. Our first meeting is Wednesday, September 13th from 12-1pm in HM46A (the basement of Horace Mann). Help us spread the attached flyer, and let your classes and groups know! First Meeting 17-18 Flyer!   ...

MASCLab at TC’s Academic Festival

Thanks to everyone who attended our session at the annual Teachers College Academic Festival this past weekend! We had a full house with whom we shared snippets from some of our ongoing projects, including the new Masclab Podcast Series (link coming soon!), an article and upcoming AERA presentation on multimodal scholarship, research in community based settings ...

Judges Take the Lead in the Education of Court-Involved Youth

Since much of my research as a MASCLab member centers on understanding how media representations of crime impacts juvenile justice policy, I attended the National Conference of Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) in NYC recently and learned that many judges are shifting their focus from behind the bench to beyond the courtroom, taking a leadership role in ...

Thoughts on Multimodality

Happy March everybody! In a recent discussion about our upcoming podcast, the MASC Lab team discussed the importance of multimodality in education.  Multimodality, in a strictly denotative sense, is the understanding and approach to communication that utilizes sign systems across our five senses.  But it is also an acknowledgment that we have undergone a major ...

Moving from Media Consumers to Media Producers

Happy Monday, everyone!  Here’s another update to the goings on in MASC Lab at Teachers College, Columbia. We have a lot of great equipment that we’re itching to get out into the streets and produce popular media, so we gathered in MASC Lab headquarters last Wednesday for a media technology workshop.  We talked technical about ...

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New Year, New Projects

Happy Monday, everyone! Last week the Media and Social Change Lab (MASC Lab) met in the basement at Teachers College to plan and strategize our projects for the spring.  One of those projects is a weekly publication on our blog.  Please check back here every Monday for more updates on our projects and other goings ...

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