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  Langston Hughes said it best when he expressed his feelings in the masterpiece, “I, too”: Tomorrow,  I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then.   Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed—   I, too, am America. Too many of our children (and many people in our society) feel that they don’t have a place at the table. The...
By Rebecca Guerrero When I first embarked on the decision to explore the website Storybird.com, I went in as an artist, a literature geek, and a future educator, completely sold on the idea that art and writing can be a beautiful meeting place for learning to occur. While the school landscape is often regrettably bogged down by standardized test prep, research has shown that incorporation of the...
"Genius Hour" Teaching Strategy with Dr. Nicole Mirra Video of "Genius Hour" Teaching Strategy with Dr. Nicole Mirra All rights reserved. As part of my course exploring Connected Learning as a framework for teacher education, I engaged my students in a Genius Hour project. Check out the YouTube video that explains the project. Also, here is...
Tule Lake Sign Between 1942 and 1946, 29,490 Japanese Americans were incarcerated at Tule Lake in California, representing nearly one fourth of the 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Tule Lake, one of the ten original incarceration sites became in late 1943 a segregation center where the so-called “disloyals” and their families were...
4T_dwc_logo_2 (3).jpg When crafting definitions, it’s helpful to break terms and concepts apart. And I think that’s useful to answer the question raised in this post’s title: what’s the 4T Virtual Conference on Digital Writing? Short answers might include: An online gathering of amazing educators A well-designed virtual learning experience An extended...
When I began teaching full time and pursuing a masters degree simultaneously, I was under the impression that I would struggle most with the work load. I was shocked to learn that, while balancing the work would definitely be challenging, I would struggle more with managing technology: Let me start by briefly discussing my history with technology. At 24, I am a product of my generation in that my...
   I remember the old adage "Back when I was a boy"...and when I heard that, I knew that I was about to get a lesson on how easy I had it when I was young, compared to the difficulties and hardships my parents had.  And years later, I could finally understand the adage. "Back when I was a girl, we only wrote compositions on yellow, fuzzy paper with blurry red lines. We used the Reader's Guide...
After returning from ISTE2014, my partner in crime, Minsoo Park and I were fired up.  We had gone in not knowing what to expect, but had some clear goals about what we wanted out of the conference.  The previous year was our building’s first attempt at beginning to integrate computational thinking and computer science building-wide for all students.  Despite tremendous staff  buy-in, the...
A group of disparate individuals, engaged in passionate discussion, sit leaning in, elbow to elbow, in a darkened bar with drinks in hand.  Many a revolution has started with that same picture right? CTRL-Shift (http://ctrlshift.mste.illinois.edu/), for me and for many others, has been just that: A revolution.  Begun by a group of local entrepreneurs and University professors, this social think...
This collection highlights six case studies centered on evidence the authors have uncovered through teacher inquiry and structured conversations about students’ digital writing.

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