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Multimedia Composition: A Question of Balance

Date: July 14, 2009

Summary: Northern California Writing Project Director Peter Kittle taught himself multimedia composition by creating this video alongside his students. He documents how he learned to be a mountain unicyclist—and relates those processes to literacy learning.

 

Northern California Writing Project Director Peter Kittle decided to teach himself multimedia composition by creating this video alongside students in his Advanced Composition for Future Teachers class at Chico State University.

In the completed movie, he documents the practices he engages in to become a mountain unicyclist—and relates those processes to literacy learning generally.

Excerpt

"As an educator, I care about how learning happens. When I think about my own ferocious engagement with learning out on the MUni (mountain unicycling) community trails, I want to see the same motivation in, not just my own students, but students across age divides and disciplinary boundaries.

The challenge facing me and others who teach is how to provide a structure for learning within which students become part of affinity groups, willingly learn new concepts, master bewildering jargon, and address authentic problems. I have no doubt that such a task will be fraught with obstacles and challenges. But I also have no doubt that success is possible."

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