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This past school year, I acted as grant evaluator on a project to improve teacher quality by supporting seven middle school teachers in gaining digital literacy; the goal of the project was that the teachers be able to implement a digital writing project in their classrooms in the spring semester. Here I will share the methods of evaluating the project’s effectiveness and what we learned from...
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...
The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University just completed its first week of the Invitational Summer Institute where we began to make summer, to connect our learning, and to question what digital writing actually is. There were a few changes made with this summer's programs, however, for very specific reasons. The Young Writers' Institutes hosted at our campus have grown robust and...
I recently heard a woman rant, loudly and publicly (to a large audience as a part of a public speech on some other topic) about her child’s school. It really, really pissed me off. I know nothing about her situation, of course. I don’t know anything about the public school she spoke of. I don’t know her son. I don’t know the teacher or the constraints she is under. But somehow it didn’t matter to...
  Let me start my reflection by explaining a German term I picked up from Otto Scharmer's visionary work on leadership, Theory U.  He calls it the Feldgang or field walk. Some old-timers I know say that the best fertilizer and tonic for a field is the footsteps of its farmer.  The Feldgang informs the  reason and the imagination.  My wife and I take them on a regular basis and see truly...
From the beginning of Digital Is, Red Cedar Writing Project (RCWP) Teacher Consultants have been involved with creating resources, as well as reading and reflecting both publicly in digital spaces, such as through the Digital Is blog or Twitter feed, and less publicly, in face-to-face or virtual discussions with smaller groups of teachers. Most recently, RCWP Teacher Consultants focused our work...
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...
As part of a successful bond proposal, my school district was able to update infrastructure making all our school buildings wireless. They also purchased SmartBoards and iPads.  I knew I wanted to integrate this technology into my third grade curriculum to increase the learning potential for each of my students. My colleagues were also excited about the cart of iPads and quickly began filling...
This Wednesday, April 17, at 9PM ET/6PM PT. Educators from the Detroit Future Schools program will share their experiences attempting to re-invent the practice and purpose of education. They will offer transformative processes that they use in classrooms along with student-generated media projects. Furthermore, they will share how the DFS network is growing and refining its vision. Join the...
This week has been crazy to say the least.  On the other hand, it has been phenomenal! Tuesday, my 2nd hour seventh grade class began an adventure I felt was worth taking.  For quite some time a writing project colleague and myself had discussed having our classes collaborate with each other using Google Hangout.  If you do not have prior knowledge of Google Hangout, it is just that, an online...

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