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Introducing a new collection of resources that exemplify some of the best connected learning practices from Pittsburgh.
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.
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.
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.
- Writing Feedback
- university writing
- Writing Instruction
- first year writing
- teaching writing
- Growth mindset
- connected learning
- learning innovation
- Remake Learning
- museum education
- art museum teaching
- arts education
- art museum
- project based learning
- malcolm x
- random house
- authentic audience
- LRNG Grant
- LRNG Innovators
- meaningful audience
- Social & Emotional Learning
- Gateway Writing Project
- OneCity Stories
- race conversations
Joe Dillon from the Denver Writing Project, Kim Douillard from the San Diego Area Writing Project and Paul Oh from the NWP presented at ISTE Unplugged about Connected Learning and NWP Digital Is. The session was broadcast and the recording is now available (via Blackboard Collaborate). The Google Presentation is also shared.
It's the second full day at ISTE 2012. This morning, we were privileged to hear Dr. Yong Zhao speak (video embedded below). There is much to reflect on from his talk, but one idea I am thinking about right now is what it means for educators to be connected to the global community.
On our first day of the ISI, we created powerful spaces that pushed all to transform. In one space, each of us curated our Artifact Boxes, displaying items that tell facets of our lives. Once curated, we engaged in a Gallery Walk, with music playing in the background, that involved perusing all the curated boxes. We were invited, post-it notes in hand, to quietly leave "Noticings" and "Wonderings" on the post-it notes for the author's or artists of those Artifact Boxes.
Humanity is essentially based on the principle of diversity. We are hugely different in our talents, our passions, our interests, our motivations, and our aspirations. The irony is, our education systems are predicated on compliance and conformity, not on creativity and diversity. I believe there are opportunities now, with new technologies as well--not only, but including new technologies-- to personalize education for every student in the system. Sometimes I hear people say, 'Well you can't personalize for everybody. We can't afford that.' But I say we can't afford not to.
--Sir Ken Robinson, ISTE 2012 Opening Keynote
I know this may be little more practical than the “cool” factor but this is .. pretty cool. Google has released an automated version of its Google Documents that allows you to collaborate with dead writers. As a story unfolds, you’ll see Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Emily Dickinson and William Shakespeare and a few others pop into your writing, adding a phrase or word here and there, and maybe even an entire sentence. They might even remove some of your words and do a bit of editing. I found it interesting, if not a bit unnerving at times, to try to keep up with them (such as “they” are) and end up with something a bit coherent. (And I have no idea how the site actually works.)
If you want to see my document on Google, check out this link:
Wow! I have been doing so much thinking about the effects of too much emphasis on testing on students. I know. So many people have discussed it. So many more people will discuss it. But, it doesn't hurt to continue this important discourse. These important discussions coupled with action are the only way to transform education into what our students deserve.
Please listen to Barry Lane's tune. Share it. Discuss it. Keep the dreams alive.
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, NWP Director of National Programs and Site Development for the National Writing Project, and Cindy O'Donnell-Allen, Colorado State University Writing Project Director, discuss advances in digital learning and "share their thoughts about how teachers can cultivate technological knowledge and practices as they design classrooms for digital learners."
Join teachers from the San Diego Area Writing Project as they lead a Twitter conversation on Digital Writing and Equity on Monday, June 25th, 4-5 pacific, in conjunction with the International Society for Technology Education Conference happening in San Diego that week.
To join the conversation, check out the #engchat hashtag on Twitter. For more info, see the #engchat website or contact founder and moderator Meenoo Rami of the Philadelphia Writing Project. And if you're in San Diego, join us at the Tin Fish where the San Diego crew will be gathering to participate - face to face and over food and drink.
(This is from my blog)
Today is our last day of school of the year. Phew. As I often do, I was thinking a bit about the various kinds of technology that my sixth graders used this year to complement, enhance and inform their writing. Here’s a list of some of the things they did, although I may forget a few here and there.