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   As I enter my 21st year of teaching at Thurston High School in the South Redford School District, I have seen the change in how my students learn. Students in 2016 are no longer the same passive consumers of information that they were in the mid 1990s. Instead, they have transformed into creators of information they disseminate through blogs, podcasts, YouTube videos and more. In fact,...
There are essentially three camps among educators who support the idea of integrating video games and learning: those who are playing video games as a means to support student learning (e.g. Minecraft, SimCity Edu, Civilization, augmented reality simulations) those who are creating video games as a means to support student learning (e.g. Scratch, Globaloria, Gamestar Mechanic) those who are...
One of the most difficult challenges of teaching first-year writing at the university level is moving students from a set of tightly held, prescriptive beliefs about what constitutes good writing into a space where they can broadly consider the unique rhetorical situation of every composition. Each semester, multiple students tell me they’ve never written anything for school other than a five-...
One of the opportunities offered through PennGSE' was a graduate class focused on video games in/and education. Embedded in the class is an independent project on a video game of your choice and its implications upon learning. I felt it a perfect time to revisit a video game that had such a impact on youth culture during my time in high school: Grand Theft Auto Vice City. I fully understand and...
My students frequently struggle with a Review of the Literature, whether they are first year college writers or graduate students. They have a couple of difficulties. One is the challenge of naming the relationships among a variety of sources on a topic and another is summarizing what the scholarly conversation is in relation to a particular topic. For years I have asked my students to represent...
Keywords: video, remix, web, Mozilla, popcorn
A friend challenged us to create video tutorials on using some the Mozilla Webmaker tools, so I created this screencast of using Popcorn to remix the Digital Is animation video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AtBWZY8Bb4&feature=youtube_gdata Maybe it will help you dive in, too. Here is the Popcorn Project that I made when doing the screencast. http://popcorn.webmadecontent.org/11hn I invite...
What is Multi Literacy? - Anna Haschke, Sergio Rushing, Carla Vangrove   Multiliteracy is a fairly new term that has come about because the way people are communicating is changing due to new technologies.  Not only are their shifts in the way English is used within various cultures, but we are redefining what it means to read and what it means to compose.  Written text is not the only way in...
Keywords: video, animation, RSA
Fall semester 2012 was coming to a close, and I noticed some important skills that my middle school students were still struggling with in my social studies class. In particular, they were having trouble making connections between things that they read, not only across multiple sources but even within a single source. They were seeing each paragraph, each sentence as an individual disconnected ...
Keywords: video, font, funny
As you might expect in this day and age, lots of folks are making videos ... about fonts. Here are a few mentioned by Simon Garfield in Just My Type (plus a few more) that are worth a few minutes of your time. Helvetica Vs. Arial Font Fight Trajan is the Movie Font College Humor: Font Fight Comic Sans is Never a Valid Font Gothic Chick Talks Gothic Font    
Keywords: audio, video, choice, texts
(This is reposted from my blog) This comic captures an interesting and engaging series of discussions I had with my sixth graders yesterday, as I probed them about the kind of “text” they most prefer. I suppose the results are not surprising to any of who work with young people, but the conversations themselves were wonderful — articulate kids talking about their strengths as readers across...

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