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via http://van-life.net/ I don't know what to make of the piece by Rachel Monroe in The New Yorker about #VanLife, which focuses on people who have taken to living in their vans (mostly VW vans) for all sorts of reasons -- economic, lifestyle, etc. These #VanLife folks then share their travels and world via social media, often with the hashtag of #VanLife, and mostly on Instagram. That's fine....
I know there are a few more learning events for Walk My World (including the last one around heroic myths and the current one around the Story of Us) but I had pulled together a sort of digital portfolio via ThingLink as a way to capture the projects I had been doing since the start. I like using the visual, with links, although it does not leave room for post-project reflections without...
So, I had this idea ... what if I wrote a poem and delivered bits and pieces of it (let's call them stanzas, shall we?) to a few friends in online spaces and asked them to piece the poem together over social media? What would that look like? How would you even pull it off? And this began an adventure this weekend with three of my friends -- Charlene, Sheri and Terry -- as I launched a poem like a...
Yesterday was cold in Denver...really cold. My husband decided this would be a good time to go houseplanting shopping. He watched a TedTalk about how houseplants increase the amount of oxygen in buidings in Delhi. Since I wanted to spend time with my husband, I decided to simply go along for the ride.  We got to the greenhouse and were a bit dumbfounded. We have grown houseplants, but we really...
Keywords: Twitter, social media
This school year, I had the opportunity to work on a very interesting project that explored how to use Twitter to connect the learning of my students with others around the country. The National Public Radio and PBS affiliate in the San Francisco Bay Area KQED offered a tremendous opportunity for teachers who want to encourage students use social media purposefully and academically. Their “Do Now...
Striving to bridge effective technology integration with the best practices of social justice education has been a very narrow path [+community] for me. Few times do I come across conversations that are pushing the boundaries of what's possible with technology in the classroom while at the same time remaining grounded in ideals for a more creative and just world [Thanks, Allied Media]. More than...
Keywords: DLDay, home, social media
As part of Digital Learning Day (tomorrow), we have moved into our unit with sixth graders around Digital Lives. One thing we do is put together a letter/email for parents about Facebook and other social media sites, so that the conversations that start in school about privacy, identity and more can continue at home. Feel free to use this letter, or remix it, if it fits your needs. Dear Parents...
This piece was originally posted at APA Kids' Planning Toolbox. Read the original post here. By Ellen MiddaughMills College, Oakland, California When I tell people I study the role of digital media in youth civic engagement, I am often greeted with complaints about the role of technology in our lives. I hear concerns that video games are keeping kids inside and away from the community,...
  Originally posted on KQED Edspace. As the immigration reform bill begins to consume lawmakers in Washington in the coming months, students around the country had a head start to debate the issue online. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the lead Democratic negotiator, explains, "The American people have told us to do two things. One, prevent future flows of illegal immigration, and then come up with...
Whitney Burke posted a fascinating interview with Amy Stornaiuolo at DML Central, April 26, 2013. Because it deals with teachers and students using a social network for content sharing and discussion, we are reposting here. See below for the interview. While young people are often adept at navigating networked spaces for social purposes in their everyday lives, it is less clear what role schools...

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