This isn’t about a tool, and it isn’t even about an assignment I do. It’s about an assignment I want to do . . . plan to do. It’s the pedagogical equivalent of aspirational dressing.
The ur assignment is here: http://ds106.us/2011/06/24/triple-troll-attack-go/
The baseline learning and fun here is that one has to know a certain body of information or discourse community well enough to make thoughtful and, if you’re lucky, amusing connections between disparate points.
Like all overworked classroom teachers, I immediately saw how I could twist this for my own nefarious purposes. In a content-focused course such as history or literature, one could ask for connections between authors or thinkers within a given literary or political movement or across particular movements or time periods. In a writing course, the Triple Troll becomes a starting (or ending) point for an analysis of . . . of any number of things. The mind boggles really.
To prove that it could be done easily and by the graphically-challenged, such as myself, I put together my first Triple Troll using my brain, Google Drawing, and the interwebs, et voila:
For the record that’s John Dewey next to a quote by James Gee attributed to Ira Shor. I should be able to get a pretty good essay out of that!
photo by: Cali4beach
Author Gill Creel