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After returning from ISTE2014, my partner in crime, Minsoo Park and I were fired up.  We had gone in not knowing what to expect, but had some clear goals about what we wanted out of the conference.  The previous year was our building’s first attempt at beginning to integrate computational thinking and computer science building-wide for all students.  Despite tremendous staff  buy-in, the...
A group of disparate individuals, engaged in passionate discussion, sit leaning in, elbow to elbow, in a darkened bar with drinks in hand.  Many a revolution has started with that same picture right? CTRL-Shift (http://ctrlshift.mste.illinois.edu/), for me and for many others, has been just that: A revolution.  Begun by a group of local entrepreneurs and University professors, this social think...
Our first deceptively simple first challenge was to Unmake an Introduction. The idea was to do more than simply introduce ourselves, but to explore and challenge the idea of identity and how context influences the ways we identify ourselves. More than that we were charged to explore how these identities come with built in boundaries that can include or exclude others as well as help us make...
Today, every industry is powered by software. In my community, Codecraft Lab is an important connector and advocate for making sure every student has a chance to gain the software skills that she or he can use in any industry. While many jobs of the future don’t even exist yet, computer programming skills and concepts will help students excel at any job tomorrow. Design, advertising, acting,...
(reposted from my blog) The first days of the Making Learning Connected MOOC have already brought a stream of cool sharing and connections. As a facilitator, I try to keep an eye on posts, making sure everyone is being greeted into whatever space they share, and just keeping a pulse on things that might emerge (avatar creators, for example). Yet, even for me, the open nature of our kind of...
Twitter has done something interesting for its 8th birthday: it is allowing folks to find their very first tweet. I couldn't resist -- mainly because I couldn't remember how long ago that was nor could I even vaguely remember what I wrote for my very first tweet?   Oh. How creative! (snark) But 31,000 tweet later as @dogtrax (I know? What the heck do I write about? I don't know), I am still...
Classroom Photo.jpg Teaching can be so messy.  And learning to teach even messier.  Having in most cases only personal experience to draw from, many student-teachers struggle to consider how theory might translate into classroom practice.  Sure, rich dialogue happens often in pre-service programs. And students are frequently called upon to be reflective as they...
*This article first appeared at News@Fairfield on September 12th, 2013. For the 65 Bassick High School teachers who gathered in Fairfield University’s Oak Room in late August, it was all about literacy—teaching their students to write, to read, and to communicate clearly, effectively, and reflectively. The morning began with a light breakfast and greetings by University President Jeffrey von Arx...
The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University just completed its first week of the Invitational Summer Institute where we began to make summer, to connect our learning, and to question what digital writing actually is. There were a few changes made with this summer's programs, however, for very specific reasons. The Young Writers' Institutes hosted at our campus have grown robust and...
  Last weekend, I attended the Digital Media and Learning Conference, themed “Democratic Futures”.  I’ll have to say, I was more then excited to be in this space.  Its pronounced commitment to thinking about the dynamic ways that “young people are redefining expressions of ‘citizenship’, ‘political engagement’, and ‘democracy’”(as the program read) was right in line with my own interests and...

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