Engaging students with Twitter, plus a well-read 9/11 poem at the end

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yolo archiveThis week we have a return visit with Andy Jones, who is not easily summarized. He is a lecturer and educational technologist at UC Davis, savvy about social media, one of Davis’ best-known poets, a bit of a showman, a trivia host … you get the point. New technology is typically bewildering, but Jones makes good use of tech. On this program he discusses how he used Twitter to engage students in one of his UC Davis literature classes. (He wrote the experience into a chapter for “Teaching Arts and Science with the New Social Media,” a 2011 book edited by Charles Wankel of St. John’s University.) In August, the Sacramento News and Review interviewed him for an article on “Facebook fatigue” (http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/facebook-fatigue/content?oid=3356429), and we discuss his views on Facebook too. In the last part of the show we discuss poetry, and the poetry nights he has hosted in Davis for several years (mentioned in the Sacramento Bee Sept. 10 at http://www.sacbee.com/2011/09/10/3898206/davis-poet-laureate-silberstein...). We end with Jones reading one of his own poems from 2006, inspired by the terrorist attacks ten years ago.

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