Fake news as child’s play? Designing a game about fake news and media literacy

As Lalitha conveyed so eloquently in her earlier blog post on citizenship as multimodal practice, we at MASCLab had an impactful period of introspection and soul-searching (read: a very tough time) after the 2016 election. Our post-election meetings were a time for powerful conversations, as well as powerful silences. In these conversations, we listened to each other, reaffirmed our commitment to “getting proximate,” and brainstormed ways … Continue reading Fake news as child’s play? Designing a game about fake news and media literacy

Foster Care Film Series and the Re-making of Family and Home

Last month, we hosted filmmaker Yasmin Mistry and two of the participants in her films, Charell Star and Kim Flodin, for an interactive screening of three short films that are the first in a larger series being produced by Mistry, the Director of Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project. The films are based on interviews that Mistry conducted with individuals – current and former foster … Continue reading Foster Care Film Series and the Re-making of Family and Home

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 shift in the way we make meaning, from a strict … Continue reading Thoughts on Multimodality