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(This is part of the Slice of Life Challenge with Two Writing Teachers. We write about small moments each and every day for March. You come, too. Write with us.) Yesterday, I was collecting voices from across the world. Collecting and collating voices. It was all part of an impromptu digital adventure that emerged from a P2PU Course called Rhizomatic Learning. The course ended but our inquiry...
Keywords: poetry, remix, podcast, voice
My good friend, Terry Elliott, released a poem into the wild the other day, and he asked that we remix it. I am not one to pass up a remix invite, and so I requested that he podcast his poem and share the file with me. What he didn’t know was that I was recrafting his words as a poem for two voices. In Audacity, I cut up his audio file, adding my own, and used sounds from his farm and from my...
           In the summer of 2013, the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University hired Bridgeport teacher-of-the-year, Shaun Mitchell, to be a digital liaison and supporter of 21st century literacies. Mitchell provided Connected Learning between the teacher Invitational Summer Institute and Young Writers’ Institutes held on Fairfield’s campus. Mitchell, who teaches English and Drama at...
On Tuesday night, the collaborative radio show venture that I was part of — The Merry Hacksters — had a premiere on DS106 Radio. I represented our group during the chat with Alan Levine and Christina Hendricks. The collaborative experience was interesting, to say the least, as we worked almost exclusively off Google Docs, Twitter and Dropbox to gather ideas, share audio files and make suggestions...
In 2007 I found myself teaching a speech class for the first time. As I excitedly prepared for this teaching experience, I reflected on times when students gave speeches in my English courses. Often I found students didn't remember what they said in the speech they delivered. At times, they questioned my comments about any content they missed or how their voice and tone sounded during their...
One way to become "crazy good at the internet" is to hang out with folks who live and breathe the web and all things digital. For the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to hang out with and share many conversations with one of my favorite "geeks," Patrick Berry. Patrick, a Library Technology Lead at Chico State, is a master at explaining complex techno-babel to educators who are...
[This is part of a larger conversation I have been having with Kevin Hodgson about digital writing and literacies (and which we are archiving at Jog the Web and here on the  National Writing Project Digital Is site in our blog posts.)] A few weeks ago, Kevin sent me a VoiceThread in which he asked me about online communities, their vibrancy and their exclusiveness. He asked this through a...
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-...
Keywords: podcast
universe.JPG Essential Question: How can technology extend the writing process with the use of voice? Overview: The original version of The War of the Worlds radio news bulletin was aired on October 30, 1938 by Orson Welles. I was intrigued by the idea that the machines were destroyed by the Earth's viruses, which is now a widespread topic in our increasing...
(Note: This is one sample of student writing that became a podcast for the Darfur Project) The genocide in Darfur is sickening to me. It is sickening that the Sudan government is neglecting Darfur and supporting the Janjaweed army. It is sickening that 400,000 lives where destroyed and over 2.5 million people lost their homes. This genocide must stop. We should bring in the United Nations to help...

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