Friday, March 07 - 4:00PM to 4:45PM
As educators, we face an increasingly distracted student body often more interested in updating their social media sites than engaging with class curriculum or with those around them. Students seem helpless against the siren songs of Twitter, texting, and Facebook, building their online connections while participation in community suffers. This presentation will discuss a service-learning approach to teaching documentary photography that places students with local non-profit organizations. The class incorporates volunteer work, photo essays, and a multimedia project while exploring the tradition of social documentary. Having developed and refined this curriculum over the last decade, Albritton will share his successes with this course as well as the resources needed for its creation.