literacy

Animals can’t talk: reaching for rigor in the daily read aloud I’ve been rationalizing the necessity of poverty, which has driven me to take almost every substitute teaching job available this past school year, into my usual meta-layer for anything I do: field work. Since my long-ago degrees are in anthropology, and because I never really did the “observer” part of participant observation during...
(This is culled from a series of blog posts I did while reading Voices from the Middle from NCTE, which had a theme of New Literacies.)   Day One The journal opens with a provocative question: Are you as “literate” as your students? In the forward with that title, the editors of the journal (Diane Lapp, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey) tap into the idea that media and technology are changing the...
David Low - Unwholesome and Insipid Fruit_final.pdf In this humourous academic essay, I explore the historical roots of media panics, which are triggered by generational power struggles over the right to define and preserve culture. Within such panics there is often a rift between youth-oriented popular culture and adult-guarded "high" culture. This rift generally plays out as new media vs. old...
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...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzZSIzBe6w0 This week and next, join Digital Is members as they talk about +Howard Rheingold's new book Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. You can join the discussion on +Teachers Teaching Teachers this Wednesday, April 25, at 9:00 PM Eastern / 6:00 PM Pacific / World Times: goo.gl/3eOxS. Or, participate at http://edtechtalk.com/live-ttt Here's a taste: Like it or not...
threetogetherlrg.jpg During a leadership team (LT) meeting of the San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) in January 2012 we were talking about digital tools and the ways that teachers—and all of us are teachers—use or don’t use online forums for communication.  We have had this discussion before as we continue to explore ways to stay connected without (or in...
I am late in posting this I realize. But as a fundamentally visual reader, I continue to get distracted and excited every time I see this out of the corner of my eye in my Pinterest collection. I think it is so beautiful that I decided that I need to just stop and share it here.   This is a beautiful Pinterest board that Bud Hunt put together for a session we organized with several others...
Since the beginning of the school year I have been using cell phones in my classroom as a way to help connect my students with technology and to use as a worthwhile digital writing tool. Notably, I have written about a social platform called Celly in past blogs and how I believe it can be used for middle school or high school classrooms. Lately I have been giving a lot of thought about cell...
Reposted from DMLCentral.net For years, a common method for teaching writing in elementary and secondary school was the five paragraph essay. Lately this style of essay has fallen out of favor, for a variety of reasons. However, one of the most compelling reasons to avoid teaching the five paragraph essay is that it is a form of writing that isn't really found out in the wild. That is, you don't...
When FDR stated,"There is nothing to fear but fear itself" I think he was referring to the terror that many teachers have when faced with educating students to be proficient in 21st Century literacy skills. All too often, we as teachers stay within our comfort level in the classroom, paying only lip-service to the need to become digtially literate. There is no doubt that teachers are aware of...

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