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(word cloud created from G+ discussion referenced below) I suspect that if I told some of my computer programming friends about what the Making Learning Connected MOOC was up to this past Make Cycle with the "hack your writing" theme, they would get a chuckle, and tell me, "That's not hacking." Remixing poetry, shaping odds and ends of writing, moving words into image .... that's just ......
As a first year teacher, still enthused about the idea of teaching language arts to a group of 100+ eighth grade students, I was quickly saddened by the lack of interest that the students seemingly shared with each other. At E.B. Aycock Middle in Greenville, North Carolina, we serve students who come from two completely different ends of the socioeconomic spectrum.  We certainly have our share of...
What is Multi Literacy? - Anna Haschke, Sergio Rushing, Carla Vangrove   Multiliteracy is a fairly new term that has come about because the way people are communicating is changing due to new technologies.  Not only are their shifts in the way English is used within various cultures, but we are redefining what it means to read and what it means to compose.  Written text is not the only way in...
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.
Keywords: video, language, flipping, TED, lesson
(This is adapted from a blog post at Kevin's Meandering Mind) The other day, I read about how the new TED-Ed site was experimenting with ways to remix, flip and otherwise redo their own lessons and video content, and since I am curious about new tools, I dove in and gave it a try. The tool is set up around a video, but you have quiz questions that are set up (with video helpers if you get stuck...
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...
I'm never really sure how a new format for sharing a project will play out when I first begin to experiment with it. I’m not a tech proficient human who easily can make sense out of how to manipulate new technology tools. I don't see the pathway from beginning to end with the pre-programmed intuition that mathematical thinkers possess. I tend to be an experimenter- working from trial and error...
Podcasts give English language learners a nonthreatening way to practice English. In my experience, podcasting (like other digital modalities) often motivate English language learners to extend their new language skills as they tackle complex subjects. Working with a local not-for-profit group called "Need in Deed" that helps students apply academic skills with solving social issues, my fourth-...
Despite the seeming limitation of 140 characters to express oneself, it turns out that you reveal regional dialects when tweeting. This piece from NPR, based on research from Carnegie Mellon University, informs us that, for example, the word "something," tweeted by people throughout the country, has been found to be reduced to "sumthin" in certain regions. The word is distilled even further to "...
A few weeks ago, I had a brief Twitter conversation with Paul Oh and Ira Socol about how little we re-read and re-write in schools. One of Paul's tweets about design-thinking sparked my part of the conversation. I see writing as a design process - we craft it. We plan, draft, revise, publish, and evaluate the effectiveness of our writing in a variety of ways as adults and educators. It's an...

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