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When I began teaching full time and pursuing a masters degree simultaneously, I was under the impression that I would struggle most with the work load. I was shocked to learn that, while balancing the work would definitely be challenging, I would struggle more with managing technology: Let me start by briefly discussing my history with technology. At 24, I am a product of my generation in that my...
If you use the internet or teach older kids, by this morning you probably heard about “the dress”. Gold and white or blue and black? From the lens of this class it’s interesting to see how quickly social media ignited the debate.  As someone who is colorblind, I like that it allowed for a little empathy for kids to understand what it’s like to see things differently. My kids are always fascinated...
Last Saturday at the Literacy Essentials Conference at CCSU, CWP-Fairfield 2012 teacher, Colette Bennett, presented a workshop called: "High Tech Reading Circles" with colleagues from her school. Colette stepped up  literacy leadership in the state partially through a small enhancement fund CWP-Fairfield made available to teachers through the NWP SEED Teacher Leadership grant). The presentation...
This is my first venture into the digital NWP. I am interested in becoming more involved. I retired from teaching English, I still teach GED prep at the Brevard County Jail, and I would like to be involved in NWP if they ahve a place for retired teachers.
These resources assume that curricula and teaching approaches for English language learners, as with all learners, should honor students’ own languages, cultures, and interests; engage them in meaningful projects for real audiences; and provide them with a range of tools, including digital tools, for inquiry and composing.
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Recently, I posted a link to Alan November's keynote speech at the 2012 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards ceremony.  While initially I was intrigued about the idea of how to make home a center of learning for students (because a) parental involvement is one of the best indicators of students achievement and b) many of my students do most of their learning from home on a computer),  I was even more...
Digital technology doesn't merely convey our bodies, but ourselves. Our screens are the windows through which we are experiencing, organizing, and interpreting the world in which we live. We are doing more than extending human agency through a new linguistic or communications system. We are replicating the very function of cognition with external, extra-human mechanisms. These tools are not mere...
Central Texas Writing Project members explore digital writing in the classroom and take a closer look at student identity, language, and voice within this context. This video specifically chronicles a high school student's experience of photo essay composition through a class blog in addition to highlighting his writing with traditional pencil and paper. Narration and writing pieces by our...
tableux.jpg (Warning: This is not a resource on how to teach Shakespeare. Except it kind of is.) I had already been through one year of teaching "The Taming of the Shrew" to a high school audience. It had been reasonably successful; students enjoyed reading the play aloud, and were amused by the trickery and brashness of the main characters. The most interesting...
cover 3.jpg The question of how to use technology in the classroom can often divide a school. Some teachers will embrace what's available to them, designing innovative multimedia projects which use all the gadgets at hand. Others, perhaps as a reaction to the first group, will resolve to do things the way they've always done, at best sending students to the...

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