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  • Mathematics and Turtle Art

    We’re a K–12 school, with K–12 makers, and we treat that making as a way of driving student learning, rather than simply showcasing it. What that means is that we let students tinker, discover, and hit walls with a project before giving them instruction, then use these successes and setbacks as learning tools. Driving our curriculum through our making requires shifting our roles as educators. We often take a step back from teaching directly, so students can teach themselves.

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  • Inquiry Beats Mastery

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  • Connected Learning: An Academic Quest

    I'm trying to distinguish between an assignment, a project, an inquiry, a mission, and a quest.

    So here are some basic definitions. Below I sketch out why I'm doing this.

    A quest has three qualities that distinguish it from an assignment or project.

    1) Students choose whether or not to do a quest at all. Students choose quests to build the skills they need to achieve a self-chosen goal or complete a self-designed project.

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  • eBook Review: Why School?

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  • Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design

    Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement.

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  • Mathematics and Turtle Art

    We’re a K–12 school, with K–12 makers, and we treat that making as a way of driving student learning, rather than simply showcasing it. What that means is that we let students tinker, discover, and hit walls with a project before giving them instruction, then use these successes and setbacks as learning tools. Driving our curriculum through our making requires shifting our roles as educators. We often take a step back from teaching directly, so students can teach themselves.

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  • In what ways do teachers lead in public online spaces?

    To support learning more about the ways that teachers lead in online public spaces in the context of an ethnographic research class I took last semester, I followed five of my colleagues, all writing project teacher-consultants, online for one month between September and October 2011 and then interviewed them about their work in November. I chose these specific teachers as they represented a diversity of teachers I know who do significant work online and because they are also considered teacher leaders by their peers and colleagues, both on and off-line.

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  • Make Your Learning Connected

    The second Making Learning Connected (aka #CLMOOC) starts today!

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  • Networked Classrooms: Providing Equitable Access to Connected Learning—A Webinar at Connectedlearning.tv

    Our month-long series, Equity and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom, started off marvelously yesterday. The series, broadcast in partnership with Educator Innovator and Connectedlearning.tv, focuses specifically on equity in relation to Connected Learning principles.

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  • Rural Voices Radio...What Digital Is

    Since 1999, Rural Voices Radio has been demonstrating that “digital” is an environment where young writers feel a sense of ownership from which they can connect with topics that have always had the power to inspire--in this case the power of Place.

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  • Interview: Will Richardson on Connective Writing

    In this interview, broken into three parts, Will Richardson further explains what he means when he talks about connective writing.  

    It part 1, Will defines connective writing and talks about what makes it, in his words, "different" from other writing that might happen in school.  

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  • WhyReef

    Come SCUBA with us in WhyReef—a virtual coral reef—and discover the splendors of coral reefs and the creatures that make reefs their homes! Observe amazing reef species from the Harlequin Shrimp and the Giant Triton Snail to the White-Tip Reef Shark, count and identify species to monitor reef populations just like scientists do, or play the Food Web Game to figure out how these creatures depend on one another.

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  • Reflecting on the Impact of Learning: Student Thoughts about Learning and Digital Literacy

    In 2007 I found myself teaching a speech class for the first time. As I excitedly prepared for this teaching experience, I reflected on times when students gave speeches in my English courses. Often I found students didn't remember what they said in the speech they delivered. At times, they questioned my comments about any content they missed or how their voice and tone sounded during their presentation.

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  • Integrating Digital Learning

    Cross-posted from Kim Douillard's blog: www.thinkingthroughmylens.wordpress.com

    Today was Digital Learning Day.  And I'm all for focusing attention on digital learning to cast a spotlight and encourage more widespread participation.  But I'm also thinking about the ways digital learning doesn't fit in a day.

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  • Scratching into an Hour of Code

    Mitch Resnick, as the head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab,  talks about kids not just learning to code but about coding to learn. At this year's NWP Annual Meeting in Boston, Mitch and his colleague Karen Brennan from ScratchEd, worked with a group of us to dive into Scratch and to play with the idea of coding to write and coding to learn.

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  • Threading new possibilities - looking to nature for artistic genius (a post-thought to #NWPAM13)
     

    It took me a couple of days, but I found the video I was shown at the MIT media lab last week in Boston. I don't have a lot to write. Instead, the video says it all. Here is a story of how studying the nature of blind silk worms and their quest to silk cocoons builds knowledge. When artists and engineers pay attention to the natural world and manipulate instinct, new creations are discovered.

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  • A Question of Balance

    "As an educator, I care about how learning happens. When I think about my own ferocious engagement with learning out on the MUni (mountain unicycling) community trails, I want to see the same motivation in, not just my own students, but students across age divides and disciplinary boundaries.

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  • “Where Do I Start?”: Beginning the Digital Journey in the Classroom

    How do teachers get started? What can we learn from the digital journey of other educators? The resources here function both as stories of teachers who struggled and figured something out and as examples you might start with in your own classroom.

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  • What does it mean to be a Connected Educator?

    After last year's inaugural Connected Educator Month, participating teachers argued “every month should be connected educator month.” And here at NWP Digital Is, where we explore digital literacies and connected learning, we couldn't agree more. In this collection, explore ways to connect during Connected Educator Month and to stay connected throughout the year!

    What does being a connected educator mean to you?

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  • Inspiring writing, learning in six words

    I want to share my love affair with six-word stories with you today. I have shared some of the ways I use six-word memoirs or six-word stories in my classroom before but those ideas are only the tip of the iceberg.

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  • What does student success look like?

    I have been pondering this question as I prepared my poster presentation for the Kentucky Student Success Summit. I have made no secret of how troubling I find our national, state, and local conversations about student success – perhaps my biggest concern begins with a definition of success.

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  • Going Public With Students’ Work

    This blog post originally appeared on Teaching Channel as part of a publishing partnership with the Center for Teaching Quality.

    In late February, Pew Internet and American Life Project published the How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and Their Classrooms report. The results aren’t surprising:

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  • PLNs, Serendipity and Learning

    I am curious as a cat which I think has a great deal to with my career choices. Sure journalism is a lot about writing but it is also about questions and the search for truth (at least if done right, not the way it seems to be practiced by big media today). Similarly teaching has to be (again if done right) about a constant quest for knowledge and answers to the questions sparked by your classes.

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  • A flurry of activity around release of "Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design"

    There has been a flurry of activity around Tuesday's release of "Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design." Here is a quick list of links that should help you and your networks access the content that is most important to you:

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  • Researchers Recommend Core Changes in Education

    Connected learning is about progress and it’s about something everyone in education agrees is urgent and important -- the unprecedented opportunity we're seeing to rethink an approach to education where all young people can realize their learning potential and their right to thrive. Press Release: "Researchers Recommend Core Changes in Education"

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  • Class blogs should be open spaces

    The walled discussion board almost feels normal at this point. As a tool, I can understand the use of a discussion board as a community builder and idea incubator. I’m a fan of those concepts.

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  • Web Literacies/ Digital Literacies

    (Note: this is adapted from a post at my blog)

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  • It's Not About the Circuits. It's About the Making.

    I've had several really positive interactions this week and last about some of the work we're starting in my school district around make/hack/play.  But in two conversations last week, I was struck that the folks asking me questions had equated "Making" (I'm using the capital "M" when I talk about Making the movement.  Maybe I shouldn't be.) with "building electronic circuits."  That's a bad connection, and I wish folks would move past it.

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  • Centering on Essential Lenses

    (Re-posted from the Center for Make/Hack/Play, a new project I'm working on.  Find the Center for Make/Hack/Play on Twitter and Facebook.)

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  • Now You See It: Highlighting Cathy Davidson's Talk at MSU

    As we continue to enrich our thinking about education and digital literacies, I had the chance to attend a valuable talk about attention, learning and shifts in education.  Information on Cathy Davidson's talk follows:

    Cathy Davidson of Duke University visited Michigan State University on Friday, April 20, 2012 to discuss her book Now You See It How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn.

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  • Teaching in the Digital Writing Workshop

    Released in 2009, The Digital Writing Workshop (Heinemann) blends the pedagogical approach of a "writing workshop" with the technical and rhetorical features of "digital writing." This collection features a number of resources related to the concepts presented in the book, many of which feature fellow NWP teachers and examples from their classrooms.

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