Friday Poster

Serious Play with Pinterest

Track: Social Media

Abstract
This presentation will revisit and provide an update on an NJEDge presentation I gave two years ago about using Pinterest, the social media tool, in upper-level literature classes to enhance the learning experience. Over the course of four years, I have experimented with various iterations of the project, varying the parameters of the Pinterest assignment to appeal to different learning styles and to meet different instructional goals. In each instance, students wrote an essay about their experience with the project and completed an assessment. Samples of the projects, as well as outcomes data and future plans will be shared.

Mary Balkun
Professor of English
Seton Hall University

Bio
Mary McAleer Balkun is Professor of English and Chairperson of the English department at Seton Hall University.  Her research interests include early American poetry and travel narratives, material culture, and the American gothic and grotesque.  She is author of The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and Identity in American Literature and Culture and articles on Phillis Wheatley, Sarah Kemble Knight, and the American grotesque, among others.  She is also Associate Editor of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry.  Her current projects include a study of the early American grotesque and an edited volume on women and empire in the early Americas.