Date

2016

Major

English (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Joe Pellegrino

Abstract

An important step for education is to grow with technology. If educators do not move past the basic classroom structure of merely dumping knowledge into students without engaging them about the processes or theories behind such knowledge, students will continue to see themselves as receptacles for received wisdom, and only as consumers of information. But if educators engage students in the processes of gathering and creating new knowledge, students can see themselves as contributors to the academic endeavor, and will, perhaps, commit more fully to their own self-betterment. One significant way for teachers to engage students is by treating them as digital natives. Student can move beyond consumption to analysis and even content creation, thus gaining a further understanding of the subject at hand and extending their newly-garnered critical skills to other fields of study. The Odes Project is meant to combine teaching with technology through an exploratory website. It presents six of Keats’ most famous poems, the “Great Odes,” as a better way to teach students how to interpret poetry. The site gives an in-depth study of “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” “Ode on Indolence,” “Ode on Melancholy,” “Ode to a Nightingale,” “Ode to Psyche,” and “To Autumn.”

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