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They keep telling me I have to tell the story of my work. They keep saying, "You have to write it down or the moment will pass.  Someone else will write it.  And it will no longer be yours." In the last year, my inkwell has been quite dry, used up by difficult days in teaching, graduate school, presentations, changing jobs, learning new systems in new places.... The list continues. Over this...
Keywords: #ncte14, #hackjam, #storify
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Keywords: remix, hack, #hackjam
I’m not sure if he is still alive and if he is, how happy he would be, but yesterday, in my workshop for high school students, we ripped, cut, hacked , shredded and remixed one of Richard Scarry’s picture books. To be frank, I even cringed a little bit, as I watched students go at the pages with scissors, glue, and ideas. Books are still sacred texts in my head. I don’t regret it though. First...
You can catch the National Writing Project (NWP) EduCon 2.4 Hack Jam in its entirety here thanks to the Science Leadership Academy AV crew and our room tech in particular. Here are a few snapshots of the action: I also want to say thanks to my hack-jam co-facilitator Meenoo Rami, as well as to the NWP (especially to Christina Cantrill and Paul Oh), Mozilla's Hackasuarus project, and the...
Keywords: Hackasaurus, #hackjam
Understanding Perspectives when Reading Online I hear it all the time as I spend countless hours watching screen captures of students reading online, “This website is reliable because it has all the information I am looking for.” Why have all of my efforts to teach students to evaluate websites been so futile? I think it is because I relied on the most common approach to teaching website...
Keywords: Hackasaurus, #hackjam
One of my favorite parts of NCTE 2011 wasn't a scheduled session. It was an ad-hoc National Writing Project sponsored hackjam (not to be confused with Spacejam). Organized by the incomparable Andrea Zellner, the hackjam gave 20 or so folks the opportunity to muck around on the web. Using Mozilla's FireFox browser and a toolbar button from the hackasaurus site to modify websites by changing the...
Keywords: Hackasaurus, #hackjam
I’ve just returned home from attending NCTE in Chicago. This year, the most powerful learning experience I participated in while at NCTE wasn’t a formal workshop,keynote speaker, or session. It was a hackjam hosted by the NWP and organized by an intrepid doctoral student named Andrea Zellner. I left the hackjam feeling incredibly energized, inspired, and full of ideas. As I flew home, I wondered...
This piece is co-authored with Meenoo Rami. We (Chad & Meenoo) want  to begin by thanking the NWP Hackjam development team for all the inspiring work its members have done in making this post possible. So, thank you Christina and Paul! We want to thank our participants, as well, for throwing themselves enthusiastically into the messy work of remaining schools and classrooms. Though it's taken...
Keywords: #hackjam, Digital Is
Digital Is was recently featured in this post, Hacking the Digital Classroom with ‘Digital Is’, on the GradHacker blog by Andrea Zellner of the Red Cedar Writing Project and a PhD student at Michigan State University. Andrea writes, “If you want to hack your classroom with the best guidance out there, set aside an hour and point your browser to http://digitalis.nwp.org.” This has been a busy...
On Sunday, June 26th, the National Writing Project is hosting a Hackasurus-inspired Hack Jam at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA. The Hack-Jam is meant to complement ISTE's 2011 conference theme, "unlocking potential." "Hacking" is generally understood to be a computing term describing digital breaking and entry. Within the past few weeks, high profile hacking attacks have hit...