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Tule Lake Sign Between 1942 and 1946, 29,490 Japanese Americans were incarcerated at Tule Lake in California, representing nearly one fourth of the 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Tule Lake, one of the ten original incarceration sites became in late 1943 a segregation center where the so-called “disloyals” and their families were...
The Reasons We Needed Protest for Transformation Students at our high school experience multiple stressors that all kids face: peer pressure, fear of missing out (the ubiquitous FOMO), and anxiety about the future. They also face extraordinary pressures, including generational poverty, community violence, and school instability. They live in the community of Watts in south Los Angeles, which is...
What is connected learning? What does it look like in practice? As I participated in the National Writing Project's Making Learning Connected #clmooc and the Tar River Writing Project's Connected Learning Institute this summer I realized that the 2013 Legacy Garden project, and much of my teaching practice, is connected learning. My priorities as an educator have always centered upon creating a ...
Originally posted as a blog post February 2012. I tried to explain what this means to me in my own learning in a screen-cast this last summer: Now comes a few examples from my students. I ask my students to do a bit of research and some writing about a burning question they have about something of interest to them. More about my curriculum here. I'm interested in this notion of connected...
Open ecosystems are writeable, remixable, hackable, open source, democratic, equitable, multimodal, are about agency, involve inquiry and listening and require being responsive to serendipity and coalition building. Paul Oh presents an Ignite on building open systems of teaching leadership at NCTE 2012 and shares examples of this work in the world, including: Teachers Teaching Teachers Coop...
Keywords: inquiry, Ignite, memes
Peter Kittle, Ignite Talk Thursday from DML Research Hub on Vimeo. Peter Kittle, Director of the Northern California Writing Project, delivered this brilliant examination of memes, guerilla advertising, and the messiness of inquiry during his Ignite talk, "Good Memes, Bad Teaching," at the 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference. For those unfamiliar with the genre, Ignites entail a presenter...
What does it mean to “dig into” Digital Is?  When given the luxury of space and time to “dig into” this site, what do we discover about it and about ourselves?   And how might these discoveries help us to think about the future of the site? Approximately thirty people explored these questions and discovered and rediscovered Digital Is during a half-day workshop at the 2011 NWP Annual Meeting. ...
This Hudson Valley Writing Project- Dover Middle School partnership, federally funded with an NWP grant, allowed teachers in this project to meet together to create a community of teacher-writers and learners.  Additionally a small student tech team met together regularly as a community exploring. playing with digital tools and sharing their experiences with their IC teams.  What a great...
Ralph A. Córdova Jr, Director — Piasa Bluffs Writing Project & the CoLab Our site, the CoLab, feels a strong urgency to act. And we want to amplify our urgency bringing it to the attention of those urgencies of all sites who seek to articulate their value as invaluable expert voices in the larger political discourse around education reform, '21st century learning,' the Common Core State...
How will I teach my students what I don't know in the context of my classroom? A more accurate question would be, “How do I teach what I know little about?” I say, “little” because if there’s anything I’ve discovered with gaming and learning, it’s that there is always a new ah-ha just around the corner if I am willing to put myself in that position. I wanted to know why game-based learning...

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