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In their recent book The Connected Educator- Learning and Leading in a Digital Age, authors Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall state an important distinction between cooperative and collaborative work. In cooperative learning, “each learner works individually on the same topic and then shares with the group… [so that] one learner’s failure to participate does not negatively affect the...
Increasingly, the process of learning to teach and build environments for learning is becoming an increasingly digitized space. From the online discussion spaces students are required to engage in for classes to the portfolios of preservice work that will be shared to assess the viability of an individual for a teaching gig to the ways we adapt and recycle ready made resources and texts, digital...
Merriam-Websters definition of diversity states, “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements.” In the classroom context we have to understand diversity is seen not only in the fact that all students are differing in their identities, but their opinions and ability levels as well. The idea of diversity is often times confused with the actual root-issue of diversity, in that...
Written and Created by: Linda Alexaner, Marie Huntzinger, Jacquelyn Wood. Throughout our semester long Teaching Reading course at Colorado State University, our class had the valuable opportunity to extend our learning outside of the classroom and into the community. We were able to go on two field trips. The first trip we took was to a museum called El Museo. This space is a small museum...
Keywords: reading, literacies
Teaching Reading and the Decisive Moment “Since [writing] is your religion, do you know what you will be asked when you die? But let me tell you first what you won’t be asked. You won’t be asked if you were working on a wonderful, moving piece of writing when you died. You won’t be asked if it was long or short, sad or funny, published or unpublished. You won’t be asked if it was the one piece...
DoYouThinkItWorks.gif Book Club Transcript: Grace: One part that stuck out to me was when Adam got home and he banged on the door. And then no one answered and all the doors were locked and the windows were closed. It stuck out to me because no one answered and I think he was feeling scared and lonely. Then someone answered, but I think before he came in, he...
By Dan Polleys and Rebecca Wildman Increasingly, schools are equipping every child with technology to support their learning. Schools are shifting from delivering content, to helping students be creators of it. This shift is happening...right now under our feet; many educators don’t even realize that it’s occurring. Many children come to us each day, feeling as though they are missing something....
Keywords: writing, curriculum, reading
This week we finally got to bring The Walking Dead into my online writing class and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about that. Of course, as you know if you know anything about me at all, I am a huge Walking Dead fan so that alone was exciting. Just love being able to talk with others about my obsession. But the really big deal for me was what happened when I invited zombies (and...
Last month I went to the Educon conference at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia for the first time and was so excited to see all of the amazing work being done by educators to incorporate digital literacies into their practices and classrooms. I was particularly inspired by the hackjam run by Meenoo Rami and Chad Sansing (watch it live here or read about Chad's reflections on it here...
We have assembled this collection so that teachers may know the territory of machine scoring writing and, when and if their school system considers adopting one of these machine-reading services, they may act appropriately. We believe ourselves that machine-scoring fundamentally alters the social and rhetorical nature of writing—that writing to a machine is not writing at all.

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