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  • The Why Behind The Making

    Last week, I read an article on venturebeat.com, describing Nancy Pelosi’s “awe” for the maker movement. The article was old, (published January of last year), but I was still happy to see this opinion vocalized, being a maker-educator, myself.

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  • Turtle Art: Project Guide

    This project guide gives a series of lessons for teaching basic programming and mathematical concepts using "Turtle Art."

    These lessons were developed by Miriam Leshin, Laura Kretschmar, and Aaron Vanderwerff of the Lighthouse Community Charter School, in Oakland, CA.

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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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  • Connected Learning and the Invitational Summer Institute

    What possibilities emerge for Writing Project sites when you take the traditional Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) and infuse that model with the principles of Connected Learning?  What role might the Make Learning Connected MOOC (#clmooc) play in the unfolding Summer Institute? This collection offers a glimpse of the possibilities that might emerge when the work of the the ISI and the #clmooc converge.

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  • Inquiry Beats Mastery

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  • Making Maps, Making Meaning

    map collage We had folks in our workshop session at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Boston “making maps” as part of our presentation around the Making Learning Connected MOOC. It was so cool to see the different approaches to ideas and to representing pathways of discovery.

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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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  • How Making Completely Innovated my Classroom

    This year I began incorporating the concept of the makerspace into my classroom.  I began the process by giving students the opportunity to make something to represent the definition of a vocabulary word.  They were given the options of filming a stop motion video, creating a skit, making a sculpture out of playdough, or any other ideas they came up with to show their understanding of a new word off their vocabulary list.

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  • The Why Behind The Making

    Last week, I read an article on venturebeat.com, describing Nancy Pelosi’s “awe” for the maker movement. The article was old, (published January of last year), but I was still happy to see this opinion vocalized, being a maker-educator, myself.

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  • Turtle Art: Project Guide

    This project guide gives a series of lessons for teaching basic programming and mathematical concepts using "Turtle Art."

    These lessons were developed by Miriam Leshin, Laura Kretschmar, and Aaron Vanderwerff of the Lighthouse Community Charter School, in Oakland, CA.

    Guide written by David Perlis.

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  • Making Space and Time for Student Agency and Voice —An Educator Innovator Webinar

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  • Why Connected Learning?: The Inclusion of #CLMOOC in our Summer Institute

    We have been excited about the “Connected Learning” movement for some time at the Kean University Writing Project, and our team has been thinking about how to incorp

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  • Make Your Learning Connected

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

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  • An Invitation: Join the Summer of Making & Connecting!

    In a couple of days it will be June.  Let’s face it, summer is indeed here.  ….That wonderful time of year when the world is in full bloom and ideas percolate.  As the summer suddenly arrives on the doorstep, I have this personal ritual of creating my annual “Summer Manifesto”.  It is a wish list.  I jot down all the various things I want to be able to do over the summer.  The list is usually packed with some pretty ambitious work-related goals (i.e. write that book chapter, grant proposal, etc).

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  • Writing as Making/Making as Writing

    When we think of the current Maker Movement, we often picture robotics, crafts, or digital fabrication. What happens when we push ourselves to think about writing, media-making, and the arts too?

    Below is an interactive version of the webinar (thanks to Vialogues), which allows you to add your own comments to the conversation. Feel free to jump in here and/or browse the various related resources below.

    Note: Play the video in the browser below and/or click on "Discuss in Vialogues" to add comments directly.

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  • Re-making middle school: lessons from DS106, the MOOC, & democratizing composition

    I'm not quite sure what I'll be teaching this Fall, but I am sure that I want to make my classroom look and feel more like ds106 and Camp Magic MacGuffin.

    What is DS106?

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  • Teachers Tweet about Making

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  • Thrive!

    In reading Meenoo Rami’s Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching, I am struck by the fact that her final chapter is about empowering students. I am struck by this because so often teaching narratives start, not end, with the students. And of course, there is very good reason for this—as educators we want and need to put students at the center of the work. Rami argues this too, in fact, in the very beginning of her book.

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  • Innovative Education: Writing As Making

    I recently made an inspiring trip to Washington DC where I was able to advocate for education, for teachers, and writing in our nation's schools.  I was honored to be asked to introduce Representative Rush Holt of New Jersey to my colleagues of the National Writing Project, as we gathered together at the Capitol building for our annual Spring Meeting.

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  • Watching Kids Code

    While there are debates to be had about whether all kids should learn to program, the best arguments for teaching kids to code, I expect, will not be sharpened in debate, but come from watching and listening to kids who are learning to code, and partnering with their teachers in the spirit of shared inquiry. Recently, I had the honor of participating in a lively conversation on Connected Learning TV about teaching kids to code.

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  • Writers at Work: Making and Connected Learning

    In July 2013, the National Writing Project hosted a series of webinars and twitter chats at Connected Learning TV called Writers at Work.

    In that series, we tapped into a variety of ways that Connected Learning principles provide a powerful framework for innovating practice in and across a range of learning environments and are being explored and embodied in schools, after-school programs, and informal learning situations.

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  • Writing as Making/ Making as Writing

    When we think of the current Maker Movement, we often picture robotics, crafts, or digital fabrication. What happens when we push ourselves to think about writing, media-making, and the arts too? Join us to explore this question through looking at work and drawing from our own experiences as writers and makers.

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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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  • Hinting at the Tenets of Design Thinking

    Our recent unit analyzing the 15th century French &#8220;Tres Riches Heures&#8221; not only focused upon analyzing the subtext of the images but also hinted at the tenets of Design Theory and the creation of meaning by means of student memes that combined historical images with modern text. Shown above is a student product whose annotations reveal this combination.</body></html>

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  • On the (DS106) Radio: Hack the World

    On Tuesday night, the collaborative radio show venture that I was part of — The Merry Hacksters — had a premiere on DS106 Radio. I represented our group during the chat with Alan Levine and Christina Hendricks. The collaborative experience was interesting, to say the least, as we worked almost exclusively off Google Docs, Twitter and Dropbox to gather ideas, share audio files and make suggestions for the show’s sequence. We never “talked” to one another, as some other groups did with Google Hangouts, etc.

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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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  • Learning Connected Learning

    This collection brings together content from the NWP Digital Is website which demonstrate some of the key principles of connected learning while also opening up a discussion about the implications of this work for learning both inside and outside of school.

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  • Elyse Eidman-Aadahl on Writing in the Digital Age

    As published at Edutopia

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUlrzkpIgq8&feature=player_embedded#t=0

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  • Next Connected Learning Webinar: Tuesday, July 9, 10am PT (1pm ET) What Does "Interest-Driven" Look Like?

    How can educators -- in school and out -- support youth to pursue and document the ideas that matter to them, while simultaneously helping them to use a critical lens?

    Join Mimi Ito, Paul Allison, Nicole Mirra, and Stephanie West-Puckett for a Tuesday, July 9, 10am PT (1pm ET) webinar as we collaboratively discuss the intricacies of interest-driven learning.

    We'll have a follow-up Twitter Chat on Thursday, July 11, at 10am PT (1pm ET) using the #literacies hashtag.

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  • Writing as Making/Making as Writing

    During the month of July, the National Writing Projecct is hosting a four-webinar series on Connectedlearning.tv.

    The series, Writers at Work: Making and Connected Learning, had a fantastic kick-off this Tuesday, July 2.

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  • "Writers At Work" month kicks off today, 10-11am PT (1-2pm ET)

    Today at 10am PT (1pm ET), the National Writing Project is kicking off a month-long series of webinars & Twitter chats on how connected learning provides a framework for innovation across learning contexts.

    You can find more info about the month's series of events, "Writers At Work: Making and Connected Learning."

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  • Making Learning Connected: Make Cycle One Reflections

    clmooc storify1

    (Link to the Storify collection from the first Twitter Chat)

    Greetings!

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  • "Making and Education Reform: Learning to Ride the Wave" with Julian Sefton-Green

    What are the various reasons behind 'making as learning' gaining traction in the education reform arena? Read Julian's full post on

    DMLcentral.net: http://bit.ly/19M9dAU. You can learn more about Julian on his blog at www.julianseftongreen.net.

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    Intro to "Making and Education Reform: Learning to Ride the Wave"

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  • Making Learning Connected (#clmooc) - NWP's Summer MOOC

    You may have heard and seen some of the flurry of activity surrounding the NWP's summer MOOC, Making Learning Connected (#clmooc).

    The kickoff for the MOOC is fast approaching. It launches next Saturday, June 15! If you wanted some more information, there are a few explanatory paragraphs included here. You should also check out the About page on the MOOC hub, and the fully-animated FAQs!

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  • Making Learning Connected: #clmooc is open for sign-ups!

    Making Learning Connected is a massively open online collaboration (mooc) established to spark making, learning and sharing by educators throughout the summer of 2013. Framed by the principles of Connected Learning, participants will tap into their own passions and interests while exploring different aspects of what it means to make, learn, share in openly networked ways.

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  • Maker Bridge Webinar Series

    A series of three webinars, entitled Maker Bridge, was kicked off yesterday. The series is supported by the Nominet Trust - in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, as part of their involvement in Make Things Do Stuff. Below is the video archive of that first webinar.

    From the Maker Bridge site:

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  • #nerdcamp and the new educational transcendentalism

    Arduino LEDs

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  • Making, Curating and Sharing Resources

    Last year I started the /Teach wiki and filled it with a bunch of links out to resources, curriculum, descriptions and other useful tidbits of content designed to support the teaching of digital literacies and spread all over the web. The wiki became my own personal dumping ground to save resources authored by the budding Webmaker community.

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  • Making as Writing/Writing as Making: Six-Word Memoirs

    Late to the game, I've recently become intrigued by the six-word memoir form.

    Started by Smith Magazine in 2006 with the question, "Can you tell your life story in six words," the idea has gained a lot of traction. Organizations like National Public Radio have picked up on it and Smith Magazine has published Six-Word Memoir anthologies to great popularity.

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  • "Imagineering" the Curriculum

    a beautiful collection

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  • High-Tech Textile Design - September 20, 2012 Webinar with Kylie Peppler

    On the connectedlearning.tv webinar series last week, Kylie Peppler, assistant professor in the learning sciences program at Indiana University, Bloomington, led a discussion about e-textiles and her current work on creativity, systems thinking, and media arts in youth comminities.

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  • 5 Ways to Flip Composition

    Originally published on August 21, 2012 at Democratizing Composition.

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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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  • Hsing Wei: Rethink, Collaborate, Tinker, Create

    I took some time recently to explore the Ignite talks from this year’s DML conference in San Francisco. One I found particularly exciting was by designer and researcher Hsing Wei, who founded an innovative collaborative called The DTC Lab.

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  • Springing in to DI: Positive Potential

    When I first read Kevin Hodgson’s found poem, “Beyond This Moment in Time,” in response to Elyse Eidman Aadahl’s interview regarding digital writing at DML Central, I was struck by its positive and hopeful tone:  “Writers still mean something--/We make the world: piece by piece, bit by bi

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  • Making and Technical Writing with the Missouri Writing Projects Network

    In the run up to the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Conference in San Francisco, making is on my mind. The ways that we make to learn, learn to make, and the composing processes involved in it all. One of the strands of the conference is being organized by Mitch Resnick around ideas of Making, Tinkering and Remixing and the connections to 21st century learning.

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  • To the Digital Is community -- a big ol’ love bomb for you!

    From the makers of Hackasaurus comes a very special Valentine's making opportunity: Love Bomb Builder. Practice your HTML skills and send your love today!

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  • “…write about something that matters.”

    Reflecting about the implementation of our Maker pilot here in the Central Coast region of California, I often go exploring among my roots in childhood experiences of progressive education (meaning student-centered, ungraded, project-based authentic learning), years as a home-school teacher and one-room rural school substitute teacher, and the whole language/whole child convictions I developed in my studies for a multiple subject credential at UCSC and as an elementary classroom teacher for ten years.

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