collaboration

INT. HALLWAY - AFTERNOON We look down a long hallway, dark, empty. At the end are glass double doors and the late afternoon light shines in backlighting the scene. We hear some voices coming out of a room but we can't make them out. Out of nowhere we hear a yell. BOY STOP! Then more quiet voices. We move down the hallway. And see a door to a classroom ajar. Through a narrow crack we can see...
This collection considers the tension associated with helping students find their voices as communicators and make their messages public.
“But the real victories come when you have the guts to launch the untestable.” - Seth Godin mrami2 tweets.jpg This conversation took place around dinner time on January 10th. @AndersonGL was in Chicago, @feministteacher was in NYC and @mrchase was in Philadelphia.  They are all educators and they are all engaged in a reflective dialogue about their practice. A...
In November 2009, I had the honor and privilege of speaking to a group of NWP leaders, teachers, consultants, and friends at a convening for the NWP's DIGITAL IS initiative. This collection features the presentation itself along with a selection of related resources.
      Once students (at all three campuses) were done with their analyses, they were asked to publish their work to a common blog-site, Edublogs. Posts were categorized by the website under analysis. This enabled analyses in common to be grouped together. You can take a look at my class blog below:
      Once students (at all three campuses) had completed and published their analyses on the class blog site, students were then asked to respond to each other. Student online response has to be carefully constructed. If not, there is the danger that superficial comments (those reminiscent of myspace comments) can take over. Because our goal was to create a space of thoughtful dialog we created...
  Overall, the results were fantastic! Students original analysis were thoughtful examples of critical thinking in action. Students were enthusiastic and excited about participating in a online writing environment. Because they were publishing on a website, they were more careful to produce a finished product. The students’ discussions with one another were thoughtful and insightful. They...
Here are some resources that may help you use blogs in your own class.
      Over the last several years, I've looked for ways to use technology to enhance my classroom practice, students' critical thinking, and student engagement. In 2008, I was introduced to blogs as a way to make students' writing public. The following reflections discuss the rationale and steps I used to implement blogs in my classroom in a way that not only fostered critical engagement with...
Every day community colleges students are bombarded with texts that aim to sway their opinions, entice them to buy products, or ask them to think a particular way about a political candidate, the classes they might take, or the issues that concern them. As readers and writers in the digital age, a fellow community college colleague and I felt that it was important for students to think through,...

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