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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...
One significant change to ‘Learning in the 21st Century’ comes in the form of “transmedia storytelling,” a process of writing and reading stories that invites participants into stories in ways that they have been unable to do before digital technologies and the internet allowed us to connect in so many ways, so quickly.
As I considered sharing a piece that might represent a school administrator’s application of Digital Is concepts, I knew it would mean pushing myself in an area that remains a challenge –the world of contemporary technologies. In general, I'm pretty comfortable with using technology because I'm not afraid to experiment. At the same time, I don't have a natural sense of logic that some bring to...
In 1988 the University of Maine at Orono had established a pod of six IBM PCs, operated with two 5 1/4” floppy disks, in the Fogler Library. These personal computers allowed students to word process, create simple spread sheets, or play Pong. The only connection they had outside their own operating system was to a printer. Mainframe terminals were available in Neville Hall, where students could...
There is a natural transition between tool and toy over time. Bubble shooter, Bull stomper game, Free Rice, FishVille are but a smattering of available internet snacks. Computers have always been a source of communication, Messenger making way to MySpace. MySpace ceded to Facebook as the social network of choice. Telephones are mini-computers with full internet capabilities. Students certainly...
With so many programs and tools, the possibilities for using technology in the classroom seem endless. How do you choose which to use? How do you know where to start?
The Six Word Memoir project came from the work of Smith Magazine, an online publishing site. The idea is that everyone has a story to tell, and some of the best stories are told in only six words. Writing for Change students and teachers each wrote about their lives in only six words, and the words and images were put together in a digital movie format by the students. This work continued into...
The students had an opportunity to talk about what they enjoy about Writing For Change. We took video over a few days during the program to try to get feedback from a variety of kids. Components of the Academy Daily Schedule: 9-12noon Quick Writes: Every day, students began and ended the academy with reflective writing. The opening writing was always student generated. At the end of the day,...

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