The Community

Uploaded by anne-charlie on 2012-01-30 05:51
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Although the Internet seems to be free, it actually consumes huge amounts of electricity. This collection is an exploration of the environmental costs of the internet and ways to reduce the energy we call upon daily in our searches, uploads, and downloads.

internet costs, energy use, green computing, sustainability
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on Oct 30, 2012
by Anne Herrington & Charlie Moran
Colored Scene with Bridge
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These resources assume that curricula and teaching approaches for English language learners, as with all learners, should honor students’ own languages, cultures, and interests; engage them in meaningful projects for real audiences; and provide them with a range of tools, including digital tools, for inquiry and composing.

digital tools, ELL, English language learners
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on Oct 30, 2012
by Anne Herrington & Charlie Moran
Dandelion Seeds
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Political blogs, special interest websites, TV talk shows, and talk radio—too many fuel a rhetoric of name-calling, half-truths, and us vs. them divisiveness. The teachers in this collection of curriculum units teach an alternative rhetoric of civic deliberation for thoughtful social action.

social action, social awareness, social justice
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on Oct 30, 2012
by Anne Herrington & Charlie Moran
popular culture 2.0
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Popular culture has changed. No longer just television and movie franchises created by large Hollywood conglomerates, popular culture can be formed by the students in our classrooms. Our students are now both consumers and producers. Sure, they watch the latest blockbuster, but they also spend time making Youtube videos and mashups. This shift is an important one for educators to recognize when incorporating popular culture into their pedagogical practice. Adolescents and young adults are producing increasingly sophisticated forms of multimodal “text,” which include remixing dominant narratives of marginalized populations. Examples include re-messaging popular songs and video games for social change. The following four resources from the Digital Is site highlight how teachers can effectively support the critical media development of youth in their classrooms.

critical literacies, digital composing, digital learning, popular culture
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on Sep 20, 2012
by Antero Garcia Cliff Lee
Uploaded by christina on 2012-07-24 10:38
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The Make Movement is a shift towards helping us see the value in the act of creating instead of merely consuming. As more young people spend their time online, it is important for us, as educators, to consider how we can help them develop the agency to move from being passive consumers to active creators.

create, make, write, writing
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on Jul 24, 2012
by Kevin Hodgson
Uploaded by kjaxon on 2012-05-23 16:07
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For educators and parents, blogs can be tools for providing their students with relevant, purposeful, and connective writing and learning experiences. For students, blogging can offer new ways of participating in the affinity groups they are active in, or they can provide opportunities to discover and experience entirely new ones.

blogging, blog, out-of-school, tutoring
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on May 23, 2012
by Kim Jaxon
image by Diego Zunida
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How do youth explore and express identity online? How can educators support students as they work through this stage of development in online spaces?

online communities, online identity, youth media, identity, youth
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on May 10, 2012
by Erin Wilkey Oh
Image courtesy of gabrieldeurioste on flickr
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Right click. Copy. Paste. Save image as.Is it free for the taking? Or am I breaking the law? Teach and learn about fair use with the resources in this collection.

copyright, fair use, media literacy
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on Jan 20, 2012
by Erin Wilkey Oh
Uploaded by kjaxon on 2011-01-15 14:24
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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.

learning, new literacies, teaching
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on Jan 11, 2012
by Kim Jaxon
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewpaulcarr/
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Many teachers are wondering whether digital writing can align with the ELA strand of the Common Core State Standards, now adopted by 45 states and DC. Many Digital Is resources demonstrate that it can.

Common Core Standards, 21st century literacies
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on Nov 4, 2011
by Christina Cantrill

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