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By Stephanie Rollag and Mary Moeller My first introduction to the book, Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom, was at the 2014 Urban Sites Conference in Chicago. As I made my way through the introduction in a break-out session, I recognized themes that resonated with discussions I have had with teachers about their experiences within the contexts of their classrooms, their ongoing...
The coming two weeks will no doubt engender a dynamic (and hopefully playful) conversation about co-learning in the Connected Courses community.  I am honored to facilitate the topic along with colleagues Alec Couros and Howard Rheingold who have been exploring these issues for some time.  Of all the topics we considered tackling when designing the Connected Courses “spine”, this one seemed to me...
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I consider myself pretty invested in the Connected Learning community – I had the privilege of co-chairing the Civic Education & Youth Serving Organizations strand of the Digital Media and Learning conference in 2013, I contributed to an eBook edited by Antero Garcia focused on the application of Connected Learning principles to the classroom, and I am a Connected Learning Ambassador for the...
Connected Education needs a Panama Canal to connect the real thinking by those who are thinking, to those who are practicing, but often not thinking. The Panama Canal was a concrete grounded-in-the-real-world connection that solved the real world problem of how to connect the Atlantic and the Pacific without having to travel around South America. This was not a solitary problem. It was a problem...
I am very excited to be convening the Passion-Driven Learning strand of the K12 Online Conference this year. This is an approach I believe deeply in. We have an all-star line up covering vital topics such as genius hour, connected learning, and more. Several of these projects are ones I've been proud to be associated with this year. Here is the schedule for the week. (Links will be added as the...
A version of this post appeared yesterday at my blog. My students have been writing commentaries about The House on Mango Street for about a month. I modified Sheridan Blau’s format to account for the fact that I’m working with 9th-graders instead of college students. At the beginning of the year, my students often respond to challenging tasks by remaining quiet and waiting for help.  With this...
Source Photos: "Making model airplanes for U.S. Navy at the Armstrong Technical High School. Washington, DC." Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. News Bureau. (06/13/1942 - 09/15/1945) Taken March 1942. A Love Supreme: Reflections on Why We Continue to Teach | contains a sample of “Acknowledgement” from John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme....
This post appeared earlier today at my blog. I intended to blog about writing commentaries with my students in this post, but my thoughts went in a different direction this week. In Chapter 4 of In the Middle, Nancie Atwell recounts a visit to her classroom from the legendary writer and teacher Don Graves. At the end of the day Graves came and stood in my doorway with his coat on, smiling. “What...
This week, I wanted to take a different approach. Using the same time that I reserve to write a post, I took the time to visualize one:  Why I Continue To Teach - Untitled Page.png  Source photo: Title and other information from caption card. LOT 0216 (Location of corresponding print.)Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division....
In my first Connected Educator Month blog post I talked about fostering voice and agency in both teachers and students, but in this post I want to focus on the idea of what it means to be connected. For many people, including myself, the idea of connected means being plugged in – most likely via social media. However, simply having a Twitter or Google+ account is not enough to make you a truly...

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