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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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  • Diversity in Teaching Reading

    Merriam-Websters definition of diversity states, “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements.” In the classroom context we have to understand diversity is seen not only in the fact that all students are differing in their identities, but their opinions and ability levels as well. The idea of diversity is often times confused with the actual root-issue of diversity, in that initial judgments and stereotypes based on identities tend to become our foundation for the way we treat individuals.

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  • Book Review: The Connected Educator

    (This is reposted from a book review I had done at my blog. I figure this month's celebration of Connected Educators made it a good time to revisit this wonderful book.)

     

    It says a lot about a book when the last line is “Choose to be powerful.”

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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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  • 5 Cartoons That Belong in the Classroom

    Cartoons: they aren’t exactly given the Shakespeare treatment in literature circles. Some scoff with derision, others giggle at the impropriety of it all, while others still meekly raise their hands and try to argue that if history teachers can get away with showing political cartoons, why aren’t English teachers allowed to demonstrate the finer points of Hamlet to toddlers through Sesame Street? But regardless of public attitude, it is fact that behind the pretty colors, there lies an extremely varied spectrum of content in animation.

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  • Notable Notes: Writing, Teaching, Technology

    Notable notes is my attempt to curate my social media feeds and recognize some of the most notable ideas and resources to flow across my consciousness this week.

     

    This week I chose to use a mix of MyTopTweet and FavStar to select the top Tweets I wanted to share:

     

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  • #TeachingIs Feeding

    During National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2015, the Center for Teaching Quality invites all teachers to share their #TeachingIs story in an effort to change the national narrative about teachers, education, and schools. A number of powerful and wonderful stories have emerged from this challenge.

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  • Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom

    Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom, a new ebook from the Digital Media and Learning Hub, is produced and edited by a group of National Writing Project educators and takes examples of practice that teachers have shared online—here at the NWP Digital Is website—and curates them into a larger collection. This collection, unique in its focus on in-school work, explores the principles of Connected Learning woven throughout classroom work and practices.

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  • A Seat at the Digital Banquet

    In 1988 the University of Maine at Orono had established a pod of six IBM PCs, operated with two 5 1/4” floppy disks, in the Fogler Library. These personal computers allowed students to word process, create simple spread sheets, or play Pong. The only connection they had outside their own operating system was to a printer. Mainframe terminals were available in Neville Hall, where students could be indoctrinated in the mystique of programs like SPSS, SAS, and COBOL, beg for tapes to be mounted to gain access to databases, or gain access to chat rooms.

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  • Writing for Change

    "The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world."

    James Baldwin, American novelist, writer, and civil rights activist

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  • Writing for Change

    "The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world."

    ~ James Baldwin, American novelist, writer, and civil rights activist

     

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  • Will Richardson's "Connective Writing" Wiki

    In this wiki, a resource used to support a presentation, Will Richardson, an educator, author and consultant attempts to sketch out his notions of "connective writing."

    Wiki screen shot

    He defines the term thusly:

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  • NCTE 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment Framework

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  • Teachers Teaching Teachers

    "Can you tell us a story about that? Something that happened recently in your classroom?"

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  • Ideas for teachers

    If you're curious about the curriculum for the kind of digital composition that I've been describing, look at the collaborative curriculum section of the Youth Voices site.  And if you're a teacher who'd like to incorporate digital composition into your own teaching, you're welcome to join us!

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  • Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom: New Report

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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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  • An Evolving Writing Classroom

    Visit my tenth-grade English class today and you’ll likely find a lively, dynamic environment. You might see Randi listening to her friend’s narration and providing feedback on the quality of the audio, Casey helping a classmate scan images from a scrapbook, or several other students with microphones and headsets looking for quiet places to record. You won't see me lecturing, but you might see me conferencing with Megan, who thinks her fifth draft finally hits the focus of the story she’s been trying to tell.

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  • Media Literacy via study of Advertisements

    Digital technology doesn't merely convey our bodies, but ourselves. Our screens are the windows through which we are experiencing, organizing, and interpreting the world in which we live. We are doing more than extending human agency through a new linguistic or communications system. We are replicating the very function of cognition with external, extra-human mechanisms. These tools are not mere extensions of the will of some individual or group, but entities that have the ability to think and operate other components in the neural network--namely, us.

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  • Elyse Eidman-Aadahl: Re-envisioning Writing for a Networked Age

    Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, director of National Programs and Site Development at the National Writing Project, was interviewed at the recent Digital Media and Learning Conference about writing in today's context and in the future, as well as the role of educators in teaching writing. 

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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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  • 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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  • Using 6-word-memoir Posters to Discuss Reading, Inspire Writing

    My students are creating posters featuring six-word memoirs and artwork inspired by their reading to promote class discussion and their writing.

    At my institution our Writing II class is based on using a reader and it is intended for students to read, analyze, and evaluate diverse texts across disciplines in class discussions and in writing. The big problem is that students don’t want to read these diverse texts and they are even less likely to want to engage with them very deeply. This, of course, does not bode well for the writing they generate.

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  • Google Docs, Blackboard blogs, and class discussion

    I have been teaching online for several years and one class activity which I have continually struggled with is the way to host a productive asynchronous class discussion. I believe (and have personally experienced terrific synchronous online discussions) but asynchronous online discussions bring more baggage (impediments?) with them. Some of those impediments are shared with any discussion or in fact are minimized online. It is a lot harder to hide the fact you haven’t done your reading or other preparation in online posts, for example.

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  • Using Badges to Assess a Class Community Assignment

    I just finished awarding my students their badges for our Community assignment and I wanted to share the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of my venture into gamification as opposed to grading.

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  • Why would a writing project site want to start a Writing Studio?

    The Morehead Writing Project will present a double session about our new Writing Studio program at the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English Conference next week. I will lead off our panel discussion with my explanation of how and why our site decided to start a Writing Studio program and then three teachers and three preservice teachers will share their experiences. 

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  • Teaching/Technology: On Digital Learning Day

    Today is Digital Learning Day. How are you celebrating? I have a confession to make. I had big plans once upon a time. I had visions of a huge collaborative community event that brought together teachers and students from Morehead State University (where I work) with teachers and students from the K-12 schools under the umbrella of Morehead Writing Project (which I direct). Then I looked at my calendar and my responsibilities and realized I might as well dream of personally ending world hunger.

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  • on self doubt and Black History Month

    As we enter February and as we come off the inauguration of the second term of the U.S.’s first African American president, it seems appropriate to talk about Black History Month and its place in school cultures.
     

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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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  • Reading and Writing Transmedia

    One significant change to ‘Learning in the 21st Century’ comes in the form of “transmedia storytelling,” a process of writing and reading stories that invites participants into stories in ways that they have been unable to do before digital technologies and the internet allowed us to connect in so many ways, so quickly.

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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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  • Tapping into the Multiplicities

    I am late in posting this I realize. But as a fundamentally visual reader, I continue to get distracted and excited every time I see this out of the corner of my eye in my Pinterest collection. I think it is so beautiful that I decided that I need to just stop and share it here.

     

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  • Teaching Publishing as a 21st Century Literacy

    Printing press

    Reposted from DMLCentral.net

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  • Testimonials

    What students and parents said...

    “The writing program last summer was very fun and I learned how to make a podcast. By taking the writing program my writing skills really improved…I use to not like writing but now after the program I really like writing. They made me learn to put all of my thoughts on paper and I am doing really well in my classes in middle school.” ~ Student

    “Raised By was my favorite because in my poem I am honoring the women that raised me.” ~ Student

    “Reflections were my favorite because I got to express myself” ~ Student

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  • Six Word Memoirs

    The Six Word Memoir project came from the work of Smith Magazine, an online publishing site. The idea is that everyone has a story to tell, and some of the best stories are told in only six words. Writing for Change students and teachers each wrote about their lives in only six words, and the words and images were put together in a digital movie format by the students. This work continued into the fall with the Writing for Change afterschool program.

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  • "Raised by..."

    "Raised By Samoan Women" by Christiana, based on "Raised by Women" by Kelly Norman Ellis

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  • About the Writing for Change Academy

    The students had an opportunity to talk about what they enjoy about Writing For Change. We took video over a few days during the program to try to get feedback from a variety of kids.

    Components of the Academy

    Daily Schedule: 9-12noon

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  • Rationale for Writing for Change Summer Camp at a School Site

    The San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) has hosted a very successful writing camp on the University of California San Diego campus for many years. In searching for ways to diversify the students who could attend, SDAWP attempted many recruitment strategies with limited success. The leadership team studied the issue, and decided that it was time to try something new. We decided to move the summer writing camp off campus and into a school.

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  • Glogster project

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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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