#ACTweets: Social Media in the Performing Arts Classroom

During the spring semester of 2013, three acting teachers at three different colleges linked their class discussions through Twitter under the hashtag #ACTweets. (The instructions for students can be found here.) The pedagogical experiment allowed students and teachers to directly interact and discuss with others in Acting 1 classes at CUNY colleges around the city. We thought of it like having the one-on-one attention of a smaller classroom, but the scope and breadth of the CUNY system.

This project was motivated by a desire to help students think through and about acting outside the classroom and was organized by:

@eero_laine – Eero Laine, Acting 1 at the College of Staten Island
@rayelz – Rayya El Zein, Acting 1 at City College
@defyinggravitas – Barrie Gelles, Intro to Acting and Acting 1&2 at Brooklyn College

In light of this recent experiment, we hope to have an open conversation about using social media in (and outside of) the performing arts classroom. What has worked? What has failed? How do students respond? Do the performing arts need social media?

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Categories: Collaboration, Session: Talk, Social Media, Teaching |
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About eero

I'm a PhD candidate in the Theatre Program and Film Studies Certificate Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). I am interested in performance and critical theory and collaborative and cooperative models of scholarship and the ways that technology can facilitate these ideas. I'm writing a dissertation about neoliberalism and professional wrestling.