Folger Education entered new territory on Tuesday February 15 with the beginning of Macbeth Set Free, an online course for teachers. With the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and New York Institute of Technology, we are able to reach teachers across the country with some solid approaches for teaching Shakespeare.
When we planned the course, we were careful to keep it as interactive and lively as possible. We are using Moodle as the course management system for discussions and posting handouts and lessons. The eight live sessions will use Elluminate and feature prepared video of students demonstrating some activities and video from the highly praised Folger Macbeth DVD. Those teachers who are participating will use their webcams and microphones to ask questions and participate in some of the activities.
When we announced the course in January, we had a flood of requests, but we had to halt the registration to 30 participants. Those who enrolled represent 23 states, and each teacher received a copy of the Folger Toolkit.
A different instructor will lead each class in the coming weeks. Here are the teachers who are presenting:
Week 1–Bob Young and Mike LoMonico, Folger Shakespeare Library
Week 2–Chris Renino, Scarsdale (NY) HS
Week 3–Kevin Costa, McDonough School, Owings Mills, MD
Week 4–Sue Biondo-Hench, Carlisle (PA) HS
Week 5–Jaime Wong, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional HS, Sudbury, MA
Week 6–Chris Shamburg, New Jersey City University
Week 7–Amy Ulen, Tumwater (WA) HS
Week 8–Bob Young and Carol Kelly, Folger Shakespeare Library
While the class is closed, here is a recording of the first session.
This is the first of what we trust will be many more Web-based professional development sessions. If you have any suggestions for future Webinars or courses, please add your comments below.