writing as making

I paused mid-step. A red-bellied bird had just hopped in front of me and she too had suddenly frozen in her tracks. In her beak hung a long, droopy piece of grass and a short, thin stick. We eyed each other. A cool April breeze whipped around the busy street corner. She took another hop forward balancing the items she had gathered for her nest. I reached for my phone to take a picture. I already...
What possibilities emerge for Writing Project sites when you take the traditional Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) and infuse that model with the principles of Connected Learning?  What role might the Make Learning Connected MOOC (#clmooc) play in the unfolding Summer Institute? This collection offers a glimpse of the possibilities that might emerge when the work of the the ISI and the #clmooc...
Mitch Resnick, as the head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab,  talks about kids not just learning to code but about coding to learn. At this year's NWP Annual Meeting in Boston, Mitch and his colleague Karen Brennan from ScratchEd, worked with a group of us to dive into Scratch and to play with the idea of coding to write and coding to learn. Today is the first day of an...
As published at Edutopia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUlrzkpIgq8&feature=player_embedded#t=0 Elyse Eidman-Aadahl is the director of national programs and site development at the National Writing Project. She is also a founder of Digital Is, a forum and community to share resources about teaching writing. Keep up to date with Elyse Eidman-Aadahl and the National Writing Project on twitter....
When we think of the current Maker Movement, we often picture robotics, crafts, or digital fabrication. What happens when we push ourselves to think about writing, media-making, and the arts too? Below is an interactive version of the webinar (thanks to Vialogues), which allows you to add your own comments to the conversation. Feel free to jump in here and/or browse the various related resources...
In July 2013, the National Writing Project hosted a series of webinars and twitter chats at Connected Learning TV called Writers at Work. In that series, we tapped into a variety of ways that Connected Learning principles provide a powerful framework for innovating practice in and across a range of learning environments and are being explored and embodied in schools, after-school programs, and...
How can educators -- in school and out -- support youth to pursue and document the ideas that matter to them, while simultaneously helping them to use a critical lens? Join Mimi Ito, Paul Allison, Nicole Mirra, and Stephanie West-Puckett for a Tuesday, July 9, 10am PT (1pm ET) webinar as we collaboratively discuss the intricacies of interest-driven learning. We'll have a follow-up Twitter Chat on...
During the month of July, the National Writing Projecct is hosting a four-webinar series on Connectedlearning.tv. The series, Writers at Work: Making and Connected Learning, had a fantastic kick-off this Tuesday, July 2. Above is the archived video from the webinar. You can see this video, as well as an archive with resources and key questions/comments here. Additionally, the DML Research Hub,...
Today at 10am PT (1pm ET), the National Writing Project is kicking off a month-long series of webinars & Twitter chats on how connected learning provides a framework for innovation across learning contexts. You can find more info about the month's series of events, "Writers At Work: Making and Connected Learning." The first webinar features Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Nichole Pinkard, Andrew...
Keywords: writing, write, make, create
The Make Movement is a shift towards helping us see the value in the act of creating instead of merely consuming. As more young people spend their time online, it is important for us, as educators, to consider how we can help them develop the agency to move from being passive consumers to active creators.

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