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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...
I have been pondering this question as I prepared my poster presentation for the Kentucky Student Success Summit. I have made no secret of how troubling I find our national, state, and local conversations about student success – perhaps my biggest concern begins with a definition of success. Far too many people, many who should know better, believe success can be, indeed should be, quantified and...
In the spirit of melding DIY with do-what-you-can-where-you-are (DWYCWYA?), I ran an mostly impromptu nerd camp for any and all local educators. Call it #popupPD. I scheduled the camp for Wednesday of Spring Break and used my blog and Twitter account to promote it. I made a flier available as a .pdf and set up a sign-up sheet on Google Drive. In less than a week, the event went from inception to...
This blog post originally appeared on Teaching Channel as part of a publishing partnership with the Center for Teaching Quality. In late February, Pew Internet and American Life Project published the How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and Their Classrooms report. The results aren’t surprising: 92% of teacher respondents say the Internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access...
Keywords: writing, teaching, pedagogy
My students are creating posters featuring six-word memoirs and artwork inspired by their reading to promote class discussion and their writing. At my institution our Writing II class is based on using a reader and it is intended for students to read, analyze, and evaluate diverse texts across disciplines in class discussions and in writing. The big problem is that students don’t want to read...
I have been teaching online for several years and one class activity which I have continually struggled with is the way to host a productive asynchronous class discussion. I believe (and have personally experienced terrific synchronous online discussions) but asynchronous online discussions bring more baggage (impediments?) with them. Some of those impediments are shared with any discussion or in...
A few weeks ago, Cindy O’Donnell-Allen and Antero Garcia, both professors in the English department at Colorado State University and fellow NWP colleagues, shared with me via e-mail that students in their pre-service teaching courses would be taking a closer look at a resource I developed earlier this year on Digital Is, offering me full warning that my inbox would be full of notification e-mails...
I just finished awarding my students their badges for our Community assignment and I wanted to share the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of my venture into gamification as opposed to grading. I originally shared my reasons for replacing grades with badges in my post “Community Building With Badges” which was sparked by Cathy Davidson’s description of her badging system but essentially I hoped...
The Morehead Writing Project will present a double session about our new Writing Studio program at the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English Conference next week. I will lead off our panel discussion with my explanation of how and why our site decided to start a Writing Studio program and then three teachers and three preservice teachers will share their experiences.  This will be hignly...
Today is Digital Learning Day. How are you celebrating? I have a confession to make. I had big plans once upon a time. I had visions of a huge collaborative community event that brought together teachers and students from Morehead State University (where I work) with teachers and students from the K-12 schools under the umbrella of Morehead Writing Project (which I direct). Then I looked at my...

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