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  crwp.jpeg The goal of this College Ready Writers Program resource is to support students as they explore audience and purpose for their letter, gather information from multiple texts, and write and edit a complete draft. Can be taught in 4-5 days. Also includes a set of texts about the issue of addiction.
This week, while grading Annotated Bibliographies, Pandora did that thing we all love so much where it assumes we live more active lives than we do. When I realized it had quit on me, I pulled up the tab, admitted that Yes, I'm still listening, and was graced with this ridiculous ad for Dove chocolates. Though extremely flawed (how did he know to pick up particular books based on those super...
Jon Barilone calls attention to a new blog by danah boyd. Read danah's full post on DMLcentral.net: http://bit.ly/Y8DKzG. You can follow danah on Twitter at @zephoria. ------------------------ Excerpts from "Is Facebook Destroying the American College Experience?" At first blush, this seems like a win for students.  Going off to college can be a scary proposition, full of uncertainty,...
I was lucky enough to teach a first-year composition course in the mid-80s that focused on the rhetoric of war. Admittedly, the topic was not one I had any deep ties to. It wasn’t one I would have chosen on my own. I took on two sections of the specially themed course as a favor. I was not an authority on the topic. I hadn’t even reviewed all the texts for the course before I began teaching. I...
I’ve been talking about connected learning for several weeks now, trying to define the model and think about how it might work in the college classroom. This week, I shared three specific activities that demonstrate what goes on in a Connected Learning project: The Harry Potter Alliance Virtual Community/Social Media Class YOUmedia at the Chicago Public Library All these examples focus on a text...
I know that Connected Learning spaces exist at the college level. The best example I’ve ever been in was the Center for Computer-Assisted Language Instruction  (CCLI, now the HDMZ) at Michigan Tech. Students and teachers alike could enter that space and pursue whatever they wanted. I had access to a dream array of digital software and hardware, and the space was filled with helpful people willing...
      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.

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