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For educators and parents, blogs can be tools for providing their students with relevant, purposeful, and connective writing and learning experiences. For students, blogging can offer new ways of participating in the affinity groups they are active in, or they can provide opportunities to discover and experience entirely new ones.
To promote more conversation around this new idea of connected learning, the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub is hosting a series of webinars at their new website, connectedlearning.tv. The second webinar in the series was held on Thursday, March 22, and featured DML Research Network Chair, Mimi Ito, as facilitator. The webinar was a live-streamed hangout, with a handful of participants...
When I first heard about Digital Learning Day, I started looking around to see how our teachers are using the technology as a day-to-day tool in the classroom. At first, I was just going to blog about what was going on in the building, but I decided to let the teachers share for themselves. So . . . I opened the question up to the teachers in my building. Here is a link to what they said. http://...
Understanding and Evaluating Characterization in Novels Overview The idea behind this unit is for students to develop a greater understanding of how authors create characters using various categories of character traits and then evaluate how well those representations reflect reality. These traits include physical, identity, and social/moral. Several activities described below were used as...
Driving home from a weekend Writing Project retreat with my colleagues, Cindy and Lacy, I didn’t have much to say. Even though for the first time all weekend the conversation had nothing to do with the intense professional work we were doing, I was too tired and too frustrated to talk. The purpose of the retreat was to give us all time and a supportive environment to work on developing a...
Educators offer instruction, support, guidance, opportunities, challenges, resources, but how do teaching and learning really occur in out-of-school media literacy education programs? This resource takes a deeper look at some key characteristics of pedagogy in two youth media programs in the Philadelphia area. As part of my Stoneleigh Junior Fellowship with Research for Action in 2010-2011, I...
Youth say they want respect, voice, value, safety, support, challenges, and a sense that they are making a contribution to something goodin the world, so what can we learn from young people about what motivates them to engage and learn new skills? Based on interviews with and observations of youth media producers in the Philadelphia area, this resource explores what motivates these youth to...
The MAP Committee came together in April for a meeting at CCCC in Atlanta. Our goal was to network with others at CCCC and to refine our framework. Continuing to build on our meetings, the feedback we received at the NWP Annual meeting, and our review of student work, we felt we had developed a sufficiently solid working framework that we could take it out into practice for testing. In developing...
The Zia Elementary School Video Club was started by me, the club sponsor, in the 2006-2007 school year. That first year, we had approximately 8 kids, interestingly all girls. Since then, the club has grown each year in numbers of students as well as the quantity and quality of videos. This year we have 20 students and we’ve had to turn children away due to a lack of adults available to supervise...
tableux.jpg (Warning: This is not a resource on how to teach Shakespeare. Except it kind of is.) I had already been through one year of teaching "The Taming of the Shrew" to a high school audience. It had been reasonably successful; students enjoyed reading the play aloud, and were amused by the trickery and brashness of the main characters. The most interesting...

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