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“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...
Screen shot 2010-10-25 at 2.02.14 PM.png Classroom 2.0 is an online community for people interested in Web 2.0 tools and Social Media in education. With nearly fifty thousand members, the site is an excellent opportunity for educators to expand their professional learning networks. It is a space for teachers to share what is working in their classrooms and help each...
Youth are communicating with each other and the larger society today using a variety of digital and social media tools, but what are they saying? What possibilities do these digital tools hold for social, political, and economic change?
Screen shot 2010-10-19 at 10.55.40 AM.png WHYs Up! is a blog created by 25 high school students from East Oakland, California. For one month, the students explored different neighborhoods in Oakland and the Bay Area in an attempt to understand their own community better. They began the inquiry by asking questions about their community: Why are people afraid of...
"Who does that?" a girl in my 10th grade English class murmured dismissively. We were walking back to class from the garden across the street from our school, the East-West School of International Studies, Queens, NY. She was responding to my vague proposal that we take their essays about different plots in a local community garden and make audio recordings. "We could put your recordings together...
This was originally posted on my blog: My Squirrelly View of Education and on the NWP eAnthology 2010. I don’t know about you, but I am continually amazed at our world of instant collaboration and communication. The tool doesn’t seem to matter, be it Twitter, Facebook, or Skype. What matters are the people. Over the last couple of years, online I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of...
For those who are seeking to replicate their own blogging community, here are a few resources that we developed that might come in handy.  
Throughout the Making Connection project, our teachers were regularly using blogs to reflect on their own experiences with using blogs for writing. Here are few piece of writing from participant teachers: “Growing up in Athol, I understand how living in a small community can become isolating for young people … Sharing their writing with peers in other communities is an invaluable tool that many...
A survey was given to all participants of the Making Connections project. Here are some of the student reflections: “The project, Making Connections, lasted for months through the school year. I liked this project for many reasons. One was that it used technology and a different way of a school writing project in a good way. Another thing that I liked was that the writers got to use feeling into...
The local affiliate of National Public Radio in Western Massachusetts (WFCR) stopped by some classrooms one day as the students were blogging and produced this piece about this use of technology in the school districts.

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