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How you ever wondered how thought communities like NWP sites start off as a group of individual and diverse people, who eventually transform in to ever-growing collective communities reshaping how we come to think of and enact teaching and learning?  We've wondered that, too, as a relatively new site of 4 years of existence. We have been carefully studying the ways in which we've been becoming a...
10 years ago, after completing my freshman year of college, I was getting ready to pack up my dorm and return home for the summer. Before I left I decided to drop my my adviser's office, Dr. Rosalie Romano, and ask her for advice on some summer education-related reading. I had never did any reading about teaching outside of assigned coursework, and my work with Dr. Romano over the course of the...
Driving home from a weekend Writing Project retreat with my colleagues, Cindy and Lacy, I didn’t have much to say. Even though for the first time all weekend the conversation had nothing to do with the intense professional work we were doing, I was too tired and too frustrated to talk. The purpose of the retreat was to give us all time and a supportive environment to work on developing a...
Educators offer instruction, support, guidance, opportunities, challenges, resources, but how do teaching and learning really occur in out-of-school media literacy education programs? This resource takes a deeper look at some key characteristics of pedagogy in two youth media programs in the Philadelphia area. As part of my Stoneleigh Junior Fellowship with Research for Action in 2010-2011, I...
Youth say they want respect, voice, value, safety, support, challenges, and a sense that they are making a contribution to something goodin the world, so what can we learn from young people about what motivates them to engage and learn new skills? Based on interviews with and observations of youth media producers in the Philadelphia area, this resource explores what motivates these youth to...
Transformation is not something that happens overnight. This year, my high school seniors completed research projects that asked them to answer the question, “what problem do you see in your community, and what do you wish to develop in order to address this problem?”  Getting them to ask relevant questions took time, and creating a space where they felt empowered to love their community enough...
As I considered sharing a piece that might represent a school administrator’s application of Digital Is concepts, I knew it would mean pushing myself in an area that remains a challenge –the world of contemporary technologies. In general, I'm pretty comfortable with using technology because I'm not afraid to experiment. At the same time, I don't have a natural sense of logic that some bring to...
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?
Many of us maintain profiles across an ever-increasing number of websites, effectively distributing our identities into discrete, albeit linked, chunks. How do our different online incarnations serve our goals for connecting with others? 
Key ideas about literacy learning and play are highlighted here in this video introducing Project DIRECT of the Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon. A key piece of Project DIRECT is the use of virtual environments, in this case Second Life, to support rural teachers and their professional development work with new media and digital literacies. Here we see a group of twenty...

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