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What does it mean to “dig into” Digital Is?  When given the luxury of space and time to “dig into” this site, what do we discover about it and about ourselves?   And how might these discoveries help us to think about the future of the site? Approximately thirty people explored these questions and discovered and rediscovered Digital Is during a half-day workshop at the 2011 NWP Annual Meeting. ...
Digital Learning Day encourages everyone—teachers, librarians, school leaders, and parents—to participate, regardless of experience, in the exploration of digital teaching practices by starting a conversation, trying one new thing, and showcasing success. On Digital Is, many educators create resources that not only showcase, but also reflect on a range of examples of student work and reflections...
What are your plans for National Digital Learning Day #DLDay on February 1, 2012? /site-blog/what-are-your-plans-national-digital-lea/3369 Enjoy this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, recorded a week before the big day. +Paul Oh helped us invite this amazing list of guests. They are listed below, along with one thing we've asked them in our conversation about Digital Learning Day. +Natalie...
To support learning more about the ways that teachers lead in online public spaces in the context of an ethnographic research class I took last semester, I followed five of my colleagues, all writing project teacher-consultants, online for one month between September and October 2011 and then interviewed them about their work in November. I chose these specific teachers as they represented a...
Grounded in the National Writing Project’s teachers teaching teachers model, the CoLab is a community of diverse and accomplished K – University practicing teacher-researchers conceptualizing our classrooms, schools, districts and learning settings as cultural landscapes for learning. We originate as the Piasa Bluffs Writing Project at SIUE, and are a growing community of NWP sites confabulating...
Ralph A. Córdova Jr, Director — Piasa Bluffs Writing Project & the CoLab Our site, the CoLab, feels a strong urgency to act. And we want to amplify our urgency bringing it to the attention of those urgencies of all sites who seek to articulate their value as invaluable expert voices in the larger political discourse around education reform, '21st century learning,' the Common Core State...
Open your inquiry to others. If you make your wonderings transparent and accessible, your thinking just may be clarified. Luckily, I am part of a network that nurtures collaboration. National Writing Project (NWP) is a network of educators constantly seeking ways to best facilitate literacy instruction. Many NWP teacher consultants are innovative leaders in using digital media and literacy in...
Step out of your comfort zone. In that same TTT episode, this thought of teaching what we do not know was discussed. The conclusion was we just have to do it. We may not feel 100% confident or comfortable with something like game design, but if you know and believe in the power of games, you know sometimes, you have to take a risk and do it. This is what happens to gamers. They don’t know what’...
Newb it up! Put yourself in your students shoes. I was able to participate in another TTT episode entitled, Gaming Questions from Texas, Minecraft, and the “2011 Horizon Report K12 Edition”. This one was to support the gaming work for our North Star of Texas Writing Project . I was asked to prepare some questions for teachers who have experience in using game-based learning in their classrooms. I...
I started blogging because I want to help teachers change what we do in our classrooms. I remain convinced that teachers' individual decisions have more impact on what happens in their classrooms than policy does. I don't want any school to become the land of do as you please, but I do want every school to become a land of learn as you please. To enable teachers and students to co-create and...

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