community connections

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...
[This is part of a larger conversation I have been having with Kevin Hodgson about digital writing and literacies (and which we are archiving at Jog the Web and here on the  National Writing Project Digital Is site in our blog posts.)] A few weeks ago, Kevin sent me a VoiceThread in which he asked me about online communities, their vibrancy and their exclusiveness. He asked this through a...
This collection brings together content from the NWP Digital Is website which demonstrate some of the key principles of connected learning while also opening up a discussion about the implications of this work for learning both inside and outside of school.
I just finished awarding my students their badges for our Community assignment and I wanted to share the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of my venture into gamification as opposed to grading. I originally shared my reasons for replacing grades with badges in my post “Community Building With Badges” which was sparked by Cathy Davidson’s description of her badging system but essentially I hoped...
Can the concept of communities of practice help frame connected learning in the workplace and beyond? Today, August 14 at 1pm ET/10am PT, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, director of NWP National Programs and Site Development, will lead a MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning webinar about Communities of Practice for Professional Learning: Connected Learning for Adults. When: Tuesday, August 14, 1 p.m....
Philipp Schmidt, of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), closed the Connected Learning webinar in which he and P2PU were featured last week, with a thank you and a challenge. He thanked both facilitators and participants for creating an opportunity that was itself a “flexible, engaging, and welcoming opportunity for us to conceptualize how learning works” and then he challenged us all to do something...
With so many programs and tools, the possibilities for using technology in the classroom seem endless. How do you choose which to use? How do you know where to start?
For those who are seeking to replicate their own blogging community, here are a few resources that we developed that might come in handy.  

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