A Short Introduction to Pre-Texts at HGSE

February 27, 2019

The Pre-Texts workshop on February 26, 2019, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education brought together over twenty policy students, teachers, curators, and more to see how Pre-Texts can be used to help students delve into difficult material. The text used was “Dermatologist-level classification of skin cancer with deep neural networks”, and participants with little background knowledge in this field made book covers on the theme while listening to the text being read aloud. They later picked out and created theater pieces based on literary figures within the text, which the audience had to guess. Participants found the workshop meaningful, with one discussing how the material can be brought to a summer camp he helps run. Another was excited about the prospect of using Pre-Texts in a museum where she is a curator. The workshop showed how participants can use a dense medical text, and still discover and delve deep in a process of collaborative learning and creation.