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In 1999, when movie-goers first encountered Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity, many could hardly conceive of the story they were about to be immersed in, and not because of it’s dystopian vision of society. Instead, viewers were being drawn into a new vision of storytelling, one that would span three movies, animated films, comics, and video games, let alone countless discussion forums. According to...
We inhabit a culture that is changing our relationship with text, and shaping our future reading patterns. In a recent keynote address, Karen Cator, Director of the United States Department of Educational Technology referred to this transition from a print based classroom to digital media as a ‘digital inflection point’ where we have the opportunity to build powerful new learning environments....
We have told stories to each other since the dawn of human history. We instinctively organize our thoughts as stories. Well-crafted stories engage us, inform us, inspire us and – long after first hearing them – resonate with us. Stories have always carried messages and meaning for us long before writing, radio, film, television, or the internet helped us tell them. The core elements of story...
One significant change to ‘Learning in the 21st Century’ comes in the form of “transmedia storytelling,” a process of writing and reading stories that invites participants into stories in ways that they have been unable to do before digital technologies and the internet allowed us to connect in so many ways, so quickly.
What happens when we become more deliberate in our thinking about placing text in motion and the direction suggested by the text itself? How does motion affect meaning and our interpretative process?
CCCC.jpg This position statement issued by the College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC), a subset of NCTE, takes a pro-technology stand, asking that we integrate technology responsibly in the teaching of writing. In a section headed "A Current challenge: Electronic Rating," however, the position statement warns of the dangers of machine-scoring...
The documentaries included here became classroom texts for us as we used them in a variety of ways in our daily school lives.  My friend, May, will help us out here by providing several examples.  Check these out by clicking the subheadings in the box to the left.  
How do most of us choose books to read? Do we Google book recommendations? Not anyone I know. Maybe we go to Barnes and Noble and browse through books or look for our favorite authors. But the most compelling reason to choose a book is a friend saying, “You’ve got to read this!” In my first grade classroom, I combine teaching the students reading comprehension, persuasive writing and powerful...
Evernote has become a place where I keep a copy of much of the Internet that I want to refer to later.  This is dangerous as it is handy, as it might be that I'm referencing the Web (or at least pieces of it) as it was, rather than as it is.  But there is an affordance in being able to markup my digital copy of a website that doesn't just look like the original - for all intents and purposes, it...
In this short walk through of how I use Instapaper, a text harvesting tool for websites,  I talk about the value there is in being able to extract text from one place and then carry it with me and read it with whatever device I happen to have on hand at the time.   Tools like Instapaper that take some of the content of a webpage without taking all of it make me wonder if it is unethical to strip...

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