digital conversations

“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change  Eight teachers from around the country gather online in a google hangout on...
Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij6YXwh4X9U&feature=youtu.be I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite voices out there Jay Smooth. In this video, which is part of a series of videos, he elaborates upon what he calls the “Little Hater.”  The Little Hater is the voice, mostly inside your head, though can be heard from numerous agents in our life, often blocks us from...
(Anna Smith and I are starting up a conversation about writing in a digital age, and we intend to use different platforms to have our discussions. We also want to reflect on how those platforms inform our writing. Here, in comic form, I think about the use of a one-sided video chat. -- Kevin)
  From 1992-2008, I was an English Language Arts teacher at schools in Massachusetts, South Carolina and North Carolina. During those years, the question I pose above – “Where does the writing fit?” – wasn’t something I asked myself.  During my 1st year of teaching, I encountered Nanci Atwell’s In the Middle, and from there on out, my primary goal was to help students become confident,...
“So, tell me about what you are writing…” Suitcases are piled into the trunk, someone’s coffee cup has found a decent perch in the door pocket, and the GPS voice seems to have left us alone with 63 miles before we should veer off of I-85.   In a car full of UNC Charlotte Writing Project teachers this is just about the time that someone starts out: “What’s happening with your assessment/play/...
Paper sketches, sticky notes and daybooks are scattered around a table at Jackson's Java.  Lil, Lacy and Steve sit in the midst of the paper with more words and images on laptops, ipads and smart phones.   "We need to show the complexity in all this stuff, something that gets at the ideas we were reading about in the Fraiberg piece (College Composition and Communication, 62 (2010),100-126." "We...
Even the unstoppable momentum of 21st century literacy has not managed to completely debunk the myth of solitary genius, and the tension between solitary authorship and collaboration remains. In this collection, new voices dialogue in asking how individual perspective should be treated when it exists due to its role in a much larger, ongoing, public conversation.
Screen shot 2010-09-22 at 6.12.47 PM.png In April 2009, with support from the MacArthur Foundation, three organizations gathered over 250 parents, teachers, and teens for a three-week online conversation called the Focus Dialogues. Prompted by Global Kids, Common Sense Media, and Harvard University’s GoodPlay Project, this endeavor was the first cross-generational...

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