Share Paper: The Educational Affordances of the Flash Mob: From Mobs to Smart Mobs

  1. Andrea Zellner, Michigan State University, United States
  2. Chris Sloan, Judge Memorial Catholic High School and Michigan State University, United States
  3. Matthew Koehler, Michigan State University, United States
Friday, March 11 3:05-3:25 PM Oaklands

Abstract: The flash mob, a phenomenon in which groups of people gather in a public space and perform a specific task, has gathered increasing amounts of attention both on the internet and in popular culture. This paper examines the educational affordances and possibilities of integrating this type of event into classrooms and curriculum, from primary grades through university settings. A history of flash mobs, an examination of possible educational uses, and a presentation of four case studies of flash mobs in educational environments are considered.