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This Hudson Valley Writing Project- Dover Middle School partnership, federally funded with an NWP grant, allowed teachers in this project to meet together to create a community of teacher-writers and learners.  Additionally a small student tech team met together regularly as a community exploring. playing with digital tools and sharing their experiences with their IC teams.  What a great...
What happens when high school freshmen discuss "reading," "text," and "identity" and are given Flip cameras to communicate to a methods class of pre-service English teachers what they see as their identities as readers and writers? "Literacy in Our Lives" as an activity grew out of the "Motives for Reading" Unit in The Teachers' Strategy Guide: Reading in a Participatory Culture" (slated to be...
Youth practice recording, interviewing, writing, rehearsing, editing, and presenting throughout media literacy programs, but what other skills do they practice and master in these programs that will help them in life? This resource examines the life skills that young producers gain through their participation in one of two Philadelphia-area media literacy programs. As a Stoneleigh Junior Fellow...
Ralph A. Córdova Jr, Director — Piasa Bluffs Writing Project & the CoLab Our site, the CoLab, feels a strong urgency to act. And we want to amplify our urgency bringing it to the attention of those urgencies of all sites who seek to articulate their value as invaluable expert voices in the larger political discourse around education reform, '21st century learning,' the Common Core State...
Pro's for (Wiki) Prose: Students who wouldn’t ordinarily share their work felt comfortable sharing. As you read in my first blog journal entry, one of the “lows” of Day 1 was a students asking if she “Had to put her work on there.” I can remember the fear and uncertainty in her eyes as she quietly asked the question. There were many like her—students who just don’t like sharing their stuff. I can...
Experiment Success? So, was my experiment a success? Did implementing a wiki in my classroom increase student authenticity in the task and process of writing? I deferred to my students to find out the answers to these questions. I told them that this project of mine was kind of one of their science experiments; I had a hypothesis of what I thought might happen but that their feedback would tell...
In the late fall, after setting my students up with Google Docs accounts and receiving my first assignment from them, I changed my "Single" status on Facebook to “In a Relationship”. My comment was “Yes! I've changed my relationship status! I am now in a relationship with
 Google Docs!” The response was pretty humorous. Seven of my tech savvy friends immediately gave me the thumbs up “Like” sign...
Setting up a shot takes place during the "production" stage of video production (see related links below). The crew-- actors, director, camera person, "marker", art directors, etc.-- goes out to capture the shots indicated on the script. Setup takes a while as locations are arranged, camera placement is negotiated, and actors are situated.  In the example above, there is a small crew of four:...
At first glance, it is possible to understate the writing that takes place in video production. Students are constantly contributing to the final product-- whether it be revising the script or editing shot footage-- but there is also a great amount of “downtime” where students must wait for crew members to prepare, setup, clarify, and so on. The crew can get noisy and they appear disorganized and...
Video production is an exciting writing genre that offers students new opportunities to express themselves in different modes. Even through the video production environment is technologically orientated, it is important to understand and appreciate the literacy involved when young children seamlessly work with multiple modes including traditional print, photography and cinematography, video,...

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