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As a longtime writing student and new instructor at the college level, Bad Ideas About Writing put into words the discomforts that I was already feeling about institutional attitudes towards “academic writing.” While these discomforts had been brewing for a long time, I was never quite sure how to express them - or whether I was even allowed to express them. In my undergrad program, and even as far back as high school, there had always seemed to be a general underlying disdain for recent generations of students’ writing and literacy skills.

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on Feb 1, 2018
by Lydia Beller-McKenna
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Cheryl Ball and Drew Lowe's new FREE ebook Bad Ideas About Writing is your new #1 weapon to bury zombie ideas about writing and writing instruction for good!

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on Jan 31, 2018
by Stephanie West-Puckett
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Given that one needs a phone, tablet, or computer and service to access it, the Internet is not the great equalizer that it has been touted to be. 

A more affordable, convenient, and well-organized source of knowledge is an unabridged dictionary. Recently, I picked up a free copy of the unabridged edition of The Random House Dictionary of the English Language. The copy had been abandoned, along with other household items, in a box marked “FREE STUFF” on the sidewalk. 

Any student who is reading below proficiency--or even below advanced--would benefit from a formal course or even a homemade study of an unabridged lexicon like Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary

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on Jan 13, 2018
by Corey Olds
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Introducing new collection of resources that exemplify some of the best connected learning practices from Pittsburgh.

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on Jan 9, 2018
by Patricia Monticello Kievlan
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When I studied Latin during my freshmen year of college, I was astonished to learn that our English word sentence derived from the Latin sententia, which means feeling, thought, opinion, vote, judgment, determination, will, and--of course--sentence.

Saying that sententia means sentence, which is a grammatical unit of one or more words that expresses a declaration, a question, or an exclamation, does not tell a curious mind much at all. However, when one thinks of a grammatical sentence as a feeling, a thought, or even someone’s will, which is to say one’s desire or volition, a curious mind may wish to know more. After all, what does a sentence have to do with feelings?

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on Jan 9, 2018
by Corey Olds
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This lesson plan was developed by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation. 

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Jamaal Davis, adapted from a lesson plan created by multiple CLP staff
Subjects:  STEM
Estimated Time: 5 days, 2 hours per session  
Grade Level: 6-8

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on Nov 22, 2017
by Jamaal Davis
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This lesson plan was developed by the YMCA Lighthouse Project at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation. 

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on Nov 22, 2017
by James Brown
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This Pathway to College lesson plan was developed by Homewood Children's Village in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation. 

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Walter Lewis & Lisa Marie Benavides
Subjects:  College Readiness
Estimated Time:  8-week unit, 2 hours per week
Grade Level: 10-11
 

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on Nov 22, 2017
by Walter Lewis
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This lesson plan was developed by Assemble in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation.

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Jess Gold
Subjects: Social Studies, Fine Arts
Estimated Time: 2 sessions, each 1-2 hours long
Grade Level: 6-8

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on Nov 21, 2017
by Jess Gold
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This lesson plan was developed by the Pennsylvania Resources Council in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Sarah Alessio Shea
Subjects:  Science, Environment, Ecology
Estimated Time:  10 sessions over 2-4 weeks
Grade Level: 6-8

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on Nov 21, 2017
by Sarah Alessio Shea
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Conferences are a traffic intersection. They are jam packed, a five lane road that crosses a one way street with a slow light. There are jaywalkers and honkers, texters and screamers. On occasion, someone gets out of the car, slams the door self-righteously, and we all watch in fascination. While conferences may seem as streamlined as meeting in a room and listening to others talk about teaching, they are as complex and chaotic as anything else.

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on Nov 16, 2017
by Andrea Marshbank
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on Nov 16, 2017
by Joe Dillon
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It is that time of year in a teacher's life when grades are due, the first round of testing is underway, holidays are around the corner, and deadlines never seem to be met.

It is the morning of the first full day of the annual meeting . . . a time to re-center, learn new things, meet new people and get reacquainted with others. It can be a time to breathe again.

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on Nov 16, 2017
by Robert Rivera-Amezola

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As a longtime writing student and new instructor at the college level, Bad Ideas About Writing put into words the discomforts that I was already feeling about institutional attitudes towards “academic writing.” While these discomforts had been brewing for a long time, I was never quite sure how to express them - or whether I was even allowed to express them. In my undergrad program, and even as far back as high school, there had always seemed to be a general underlying disdain for recent generations of students’ writing and literacy skills.

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on Feb 1, 2018
by Lydia Beller-McKenna
blog

Given that one needs a phone, tablet, or computer and service to access it, the Internet is not the great equalizer that it has been touted to be. 

A more affordable, convenient, and well-organized source of knowledge is an unabridged dictionary. Recently, I picked up a free copy of the unabridged edition of The Random House Dictionary of the English Language. The copy had been abandoned, along with other household items, in a box marked “FREE STUFF” on the sidewalk. 

Any student who is reading below proficiency--or even below advanced--would benefit from a formal course or even a homemade study of an unabridged lexicon like Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary

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on Jan 13, 2018
by Corey Olds
blog

Introducing new collection of resources that exemplify some of the best connected learning practices from Pittsburgh.

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on Jan 9, 2018
by Patricia Monticello Kievlan
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When I studied Latin during my freshmen year of college, I was astonished to learn that our English word sentence derived from the Latin sententia, which means feeling, thought, opinion, vote, judgment, determination, will, and--of course--sentence.

Saying that sententia means sentence, which is a grammatical unit of one or more words that expresses a declaration, a question, or an exclamation, does not tell a curious mind much at all. However, when one thinks of a grammatical sentence as a feeling, a thought, or even someone’s will, which is to say one’s desire or volition, a curious mind may wish to know more. After all, what does a sentence have to do with feelings?

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on Jan 9, 2018
by Corey Olds
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Conferences are a traffic intersection. They are jam packed, a five lane road that crosses a one way street with a slow light. There are jaywalkers and honkers, texters and screamers. On occasion, someone gets out of the car, slams the door self-righteously, and we all watch in fascination. While conferences may seem as streamlined as meeting in a room and listening to others talk about teaching, they are as complex and chaotic as anything else.

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on Nov 16, 2017
by Andrea Marshbank
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on Nov 16, 2017
by Joe Dillon
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It is that time of year in a teacher's life when grades are due, the first round of testing is underway, holidays are around the corner, and deadlines never seem to be met.

It is the morning of the first full day of the annual meeting . . . a time to re-center, learn new things, meet new people and get reacquainted with others. It can be a time to breathe again.

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on Nov 16, 2017
by Robert Rivera-Amezola
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What happens when teens from St. Louis neighborhoods come together with cameras, microphones, and laptops at UMSL Grand Center?  OneCity Stories welcomed high school students, partners from St. Louis media businesses, and teachers to establish a new publishing outlet for St. Louis youth.   Besides the thirteen youth writers and the dedicated staff, three transformation points contributed to the evolution of empowered teen voices at OneCity Stories.

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on Oct 31, 2017
by Catherine Griner
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In my online tech class we previously watched a movie and discussed the issues with bullying. Our professor posted these two links and asked that they would be added to our PLN. The one is a guide to the movie we watched called "Bully", it is a documentary based film. The other link is called the Bully Project where you can make a pledge and read more about bullying in todays schools. The thinks are provided below. 

http://www.thebullyproject.com/

https://www.facinghistory.org/sites/default/files/publications/BULLY_Guide_DVD_release.pdf

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on Oct 29, 2017
by Sarah Elizabeth
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As part of the collaborative, online annotation project, “Writing Our Civic Futures,” a reader created the following note in the digital margin of Henry Jenkins’ post, “How Young Activists Deploy Digital Tools for Social Change”:

At the time of this writing, it was the last in a string of 27 notes left by a handful of educator-participants, including K12 school teachers, and researchers in higher education who study connected learning. It also provides a vital entry point for participation from other educators who want to join in this equity-focused project but may be unsure how to start. 

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on Oct 7, 2017
by Joe Dillon
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Bastrop ISD and Heart of Texas WP have partnered to form the Choice and Voice team for the LRNG grant. Our work is underway as we link Bastrop, TX K-4 teachers with community leaders to find innovative ways to share young students' writing out in the community. Check out our work so far!

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on Sep 26, 2017
by Katie McKay
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The goal of our project was to explore connected learning by connecting in-school and out of school learning in a juvenile detention center through music and video projects designed to be self-reflective stories of how the students define freedom.

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on Sep 26, 2017
by Raemona Little Taylor
Teacher helps students write and find inspiration from art
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Our group of high school students had arrived via van, to the world famous home of monumental outdoor sculpture: Storm King Art Center. They had been told their English class would focus on Art and Social Justice, and this was part of the class.  Once a week we would visit the center and write.

We arrived in the early afternoon.  The late summer heat and smooth breezes were refreshing and familiar.  A few students spied monarch butterflies and dragonflies. Wildflowers and mushrooms graced the edges.  We were all grateful for this weather, stretching the sunny warmth into the encroaching fall air.  This was a day to be outdoors.

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on Sep 23, 2017
by Kate Fox

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This lesson plan was developed by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation. 

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Jamaal Davis, adapted from a lesson plan created by multiple CLP staff
Subjects:  STEM
Estimated Time: 5 days, 2 hours per session  
Grade Level: 6-8

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on Nov 22, 2017
by Jamaal Davis
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This lesson plan was developed by the YMCA Lighthouse Project at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation. 

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on Nov 22, 2017
by James Brown
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This Pathway to College lesson plan was developed by Homewood Children's Village in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation. 

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Walter Lewis & Lisa Marie Benavides
Subjects:  College Readiness
Estimated Time:  8-week unit, 2 hours per week
Grade Level: 10-11
 

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on Nov 22, 2017
by Walter Lewis
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This lesson plan was developed by Assemble in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation.

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Jess Gold
Subjects: Social Studies, Fine Arts
Estimated Time: 2 sessions, each 1-2 hours long
Grade Level: 6-8

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on Nov 21, 2017
by Jess Gold
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This lesson plan was developed by the Pennsylvania Resources Council in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Sarah Alessio Shea
Subjects:  Science, Environment, Ecology
Estimated Time:  10 sessions over 2-4 weeks
Grade Level: 6-8

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on Nov 21, 2017
by Sarah Alessio Shea
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This lesson plan was developed by Julianne Slogick and Jeff Holliday at Mount Lebanon School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation.

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Julianne Slogick & Jeff Holliday
Subjects: Social Studies, Ecology, Environmental Science
Estimated Time:  About 1 week of in-class work on each module, 1-2 days for culminating event, 1 day for reunion event
Grade Level: 9-12

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on Nov 10, 2017
by Julianne Slogick
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This lesson plan was developed by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation.

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

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on Nov 10, 2017
by Laurie Giarratani
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This Spoken Word lesson plan was developed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation. 

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Venneasha Davis
Subjects:  English Language Arts
Estimated Time:  5-6 Sessions, 45-60 minutes each
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

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on Nov 9, 2017
by Venneasha Davis
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This lesson plan was developed by staff from the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation.

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org

Developed by: Mariruth Leftwich
Subjects:  Social Studies
Grade Level: 9-12
Estimated Time:  minimum of 4-6 classroom periods, plus art installation design and production time (the original project was approximately 50 contact hours with students spread over three months)

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on Nov 9, 2017
by Mariruth Leftwich
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This lesson plan was developed by Avonworth School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation.

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Dr. Kenneth F. Lockette
Subjects:  Art, Design
Estimated Time:  Varies (Can be done in one month or spread out throughout a semester or school year)
Grade Level: 9-12

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on Nov 6, 2017
by Ken Lockette
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Almost 50 years ago from this moment, Grace Lee Boggs began to reflect on the power of education as it relates to the power to shape community. In this resource around community collaboration, we return to Detroit to see how educators have put these ideals into practice, as well as expand beyond Detroit to see how teachers in other parts of the country are partnering with local communities to extend the scope of student learning and impact.

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on Aug 1, 2017
by Christopher Rogers
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Nicole Mirra challenges deficit narratives to “remind us that children are complex beings who are not simply interested in childish things; instead, they are citizens in the making who offer sophisticated observations and critiques of the inequalities and injustices around them that educators need to honor and build upon. We have an urgent need to utilize students’ voices and interests in order to help them develop expertise and agency.” Building upon this critical insight, I have compiled recent examples of strong interest-driven projects that cultivated a deep commitment to youth choice and voice, as meaningful ingredients to transformative learning experiences.

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on Aug 1, 2017
by Christopher Rogers
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“Brother Mike” Hawkins served as a beacon of light during his time with the Digital Youth Network and the YOUMEDIA space at the Harold Washington Library. The power of mentors, like Brother Mike, has been most frequently connected to the informal learning spaces across a community, yet in this resource, we seek to position mentorship in coordination with classroom educators as a powerful resource in cultivating critical connections and relationships beyond the bells and walls of the school day.

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on Aug 1, 2017
by Christopher Rogers
Marginal Syllabus at a Glance
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The image below is a one page .pdf intended to illustrate conceptually The Marginal Syllabus project at a glance. In the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, the project will continue in partnership with NWP's Educator Innovator network. Read more about the first year of the project on the pages associated with this resource, or take a more in depth look at marginalsyllab.us, the project website. For those interested in joining and spreading the word about this annotated conversation, the .pdf is available for download below. 

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on Jul 26, 2017
by Joe Dillon

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Bad Ideas About Writing Book Cover
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Cheryl Ball and Drew Lowe's new FREE ebook Bad Ideas About Writing is your new #1 weapon to bury zombie ideas about writing and writing instruction for good!

Bad Ideas, Good Writing, Writing Instruction, Zombies, composition, first year writing
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on Jan 31, 2018
by Stephanie West-Puckett
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Introducing a new collection of resources that exemplify some of the best connected learning practices from Pittsburgh.

learning innovation, makerspaces, Pittsburgh, Remake Learning, schools, connected learning, Hive, librarians, libraries, museum education, teachers
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on Nov 9, 2017
by Patricia Monticello Kievlan
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Years in the Making with Connected Learning seeks to offer lessons on the evolution of Connected Learning through the vantage points of mentors, community collaboration, and interest-driven learning.

WeAreLRNG, interest-driven, community, connected learning, LRNG, mentoring, mentors
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on Aug 16, 2017
by Christopher Rogers
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This collection shares resources created by educators across the Educator Innovator network who are working to transform their teaching in order to promote connected learning. 

LRNG Innovators, connected learning, DML, LRNG
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on Jul 12, 2017
by Nicole Mirra
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The 4T Virtual Conference on Digital Writing is a satellite of the annual 4T Virtual Conference (teachers teaching teachers about technology), which is sponsored by the University of Michigan Schools of Education and Information and Oakland Schools.  The 4T Virtual Conference on Digital Writing focuses on the research, pedagogy, and tools of writing in digital spaces in the K-12 classroom
4T Virtual Conference on Digital Writing, 4TDW, digital writing, virtual learning
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on Nov 23, 2016
by Delia DeCourcy
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Resources in this collection have emerged from a growing partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Writing Project (NWP) designed to bolster connected learning opportunities within the national parks and reach more young visitors and educators.

National Parks Service, National Writing Project, connected learning, professional development, teaching writing, writing
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on Oct 25, 2016
by Judy Buchanan
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This collection of case studies features three communities who build on fan interests and engagement to unite, inspire, and drive social change. These communities include Harry Potter enthusiasts, StarCraft gamers, and wrestling fans who use their shared passions as springboards for creative production and building peer-supported communities of learning.

case study, CL.tv, connected learning
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on May 16, 2016
by Connected Learning Alliance
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This collection of seven personal stories showcases educators who are trying to reimagine both the role of educators as learners and develop new methodologies for teaching students in this increasingly digital age. 

CL.tv, connected learning, personal story
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on May 11, 2016
by Connected Learning Alliance
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This collection of ten personal stories features individuals who use their personal passions to engage with their communities.

CL.tv, connected learning, personal story
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on May 4, 2016
by Connected Learning Alliance
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This collection of six personal stories documents the different ways that educators are utilizing aspects of both design and play in their curriculums. Their hands on approach to learning allows students to physically manifest their ideas by constructing, designing, and executing a plan to create something new either on their own or as a collaboration.

CL.tv, connected learning, personal story
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on Apr 29, 2016
by Connected Learning Alliance
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This collection features four case studies which showcase a range of spaces where learners are pursuing their interests and passions alongside peers and mentors. These case studies, which showcase the work of both schools and community organizations/collaborations, were originally featured on Connected Learning TV, which now airs on NWP's Educator Innovator. 

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on Apr 29, 2016
by Educator Innovator
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This collection of five case studies features a selection of schools, organizations, and collaborations focused on using a connected learning approach to educational and social outreach. This collection spotlights communities of learners and educators developing unique programs that can expand educational experiences beyond the four walls of the classroom.

case study, CL.tv, connected learning
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on Apr 27, 2016
by Connected Learning Alliance
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This collection draws together blogs and resources that follow my experience implementing the 20 Time project, Innovation Hour, in my high school classroom.

LRNG Grant, 20 time, genius hour, project-based learning, student choice, student-centered classroom
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on Aug 27, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
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This collection features the work of three Teacher Consultants from the UNC Charlotte Writing Project who explored and reflected upon how a "maker" approach to teaching English Language Arts worked to empower students in the classroom and connect them with the community. 

hacking, Maker Movement, activism, #connectedlearning, make
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on Jul 30, 2015
by Steve Fulton
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This collection highlights six case studies centered on evidence the authors have uncovered through teacher inquiry and structured conversations about students’ digital writing.

digital writing, protocols, #lookingclosely, connected learning, inquiry, student work, teacher inquiry
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on May 13, 2015
by Troy Hicks

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