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“With the advent of Web 2.0 tools, cell phones and a social networking phenomenon, writing has become a part of the adolescent growth experience in ways that it never has been in the past…Communicating in the 21st century inevitably leads to writing—writing text messages, writing instant messages, writing e-mail messages, writing in Web spaces like wikis and blogs. Writing is how teens...
(This is reposted from my blog) I’m sure others will have a better insider’s look at Digital Writing Month‘s monumental collaborative project from yesterday entitled “Novel in a Day.” The goal was to use a Google Doc to create a novel of 50,000 words in 24 hours by as many people as possible, writing vignettes. In the end, it was just over 41,000 words, apparently. And about 55 writers were...
Language and Power Video.mov (Click on this link for a second movie example) The Process- "My Homeland" Project Show students Miguel Peraza's "The City", discuss, and assign individual free-write (10-15 min) "My Homeland Is..." Tell students anything goes- write from the heart.   Then share out.- 1 day Teacher groups students, and students select their favorite lines from each of their individual...
(This is reposted from my blog) Like many of you, I am sure, I remember saving money in college by buying used books. I really hated the concept of using someone else’s books for class because I always wanted a pristine copy of the textbook or novel that I could mark up as I saw fit. Instead, I had to deal with someone else’s version of main ideas and interesting points highlighted in (mostly)...
I'm working on a "vision piece" with this title, gathering thoughts for the upcoming CoLab 3rd Space Conference, and I'd love any feedback folks have. Collecting Threads, Weaving Community/Colgando hebras, tejiendo comunidad Weaving the threads of the Common Core into the fabric of our community/Enhebrando los hilos del Básico Común en la tela de nuestra comunidad a proposal for collaboration by...
(This is from my blog) 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...
Recently, a friend called me with concerns about her daughter's disinterest in the writing she was doing in school. Like many parents, she has fears about writing skills and what this might mean for her child's future. Most of our conversation was spent alleviating those concerns. We spoke about the various writing practices that youth engage with in our current culture and I assured her that the...
I took some time recently to explore the Ignite talks from this year’s DML conference in San Francisco. One I found particularly exciting was by designer and researcher Hsing Wei, who founded an innovative collaborative called The DTC Lab. The DTC Lab is a group of teachers, designers, and technologists who meet at New York City’s Eyebeam Art and Technology Center to prototype and develop real...
“Human beings construct meaning as spiders make webs...This is how we survive, our primary evolutionary business. We differ from other species in that clusters of human beings have constructed alternative visions to be passed on, often reshaping them in the passing. We live, more than any previous generation, in an era where these visions meet, each potentially compensating for the blind spots of...
Wow, I just had an extraordinary experience co-planning and cofacilitating our  collaborative work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  The final afternoon, Saturday, which is the subject of this blogpost, was co-planned and co-facilitated by me, and we focused on how we might envision together new ways of collaborating from several WP sites (Piasa Bluffs, Gateway, South Coast), two museums (...

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