collaboration

TL;DR Version: In this blog post I discuss a recent chain of events that has me really excited about the use of Google Hangouts in teaching and learning. I share a strategy that I believe would help you begin to use Google Hangouts to enhance online discussions and collaboration in your classroom. We're in the second series of courses in our IT&DML program. I have discussed aspects of the...
  Reflection and Evaluation Cajon Valley Middle School What we have learned through this process is the power of creating spaces that allow for a variety of entry points, and values the process instead of just final projects. My students live in a world where college seems a far off dream. To see the images and hear the voices of graduate students who still struggle with the academic English...
Aini is a graduate student from China. She was particularly inspiring to my students because she shared so openly what it was like to be a student from China in a college class. She talked about the challenges of learning and using academic language at the same time. She also shared what it was like being a student in China and how different it is here in the United States. She made my students...
Andres IMG_1709.mov  Andres is a student who I have worked with over the past three years as an English Learner. He did not see himself as a writer, and over the past three years has had many ups and downs in his educational career. But being part of a digital writing world matters to Andres. It has provided him the opportunity to share his ideas and work in ways the traditional classroom does...
Lamees is another student who has bloomed in this digital space. A very quiet and shy young lady, she had difficulty finding her space in our boisterous classroom. She has also been part of this writing space for two years, and has goals of attending college. In participating in this particular project, she saw herself on a college campus. By the middle of the school year she tested out of our...
The following week we got to work. Again I shared student work, and shared our Writing For Change Site that had other samples of student work for those who wanted more information or models. Something interesting I noticed right away was that students whether they are in their early teens or in their twenties had similar reactions to this assignment. We had issues with the iPods functioning in...
"We need to think hard about how we talk about writing to our colleagues, to our students, to ourselves. Language, as the linguists tell us, is also the language of thought." Ralph Fletcher As Christine and I embarked on this journey, she shared that although her students were comfortable consuming digital media, they seemed reluctant to produce on their own at least in the educational...
"Connected learning takes root when young people find peers who share interests, when academic institutions recognize and make interest-driven learning relevant to school, and when community institutions provide resources and safe spaces for more peer driven forms of learning.” Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design The San Diego Writing Project has had a focus for the past few...
(This is reposted from my blog) Writers often hoard ideas, right? We huddle with our screens, our pens, our ink and paper, and use our mind as a net to gather ideas and make sense of them. I do that. But I am also intrigued by the collaborative nature of online spaces and how we might open up our own ideas to others and let our stories and poems go, and see where they end up. This week, I used a...
From the beginning of Digital Is, Red Cedar Writing Project (RCWP) Teacher Consultants have been involved with creating resources, as well as reading and reflecting both publicly in digital spaces, such as through the Digital Is blog or Twitter feed, and less publicly, in face-to-face or virtual discussions with smaller groups of teachers. Most recently, RCWP Teacher Consultants focused our work...

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