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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...
On the April 24, 2014 NWP Radio show, the topic was site readings during upcoming invitational summer institutes. Guests discussed the summer readings as well as how those readings have changed and stayed the same as the Common Core Standards have come online and ever more content is available digitally. Host Joye Alberts of the National Writing Project was pleased to welcome guests Lil Brannon...
Keywords: welcome, writing, overload
I am writing my own welcome to this Digital Online space. I feel like we are truly in an era of overload. I am amazed by the seamless integration of participation here, but I wonder how often I will be able to join in the conversation. I love all the ideas that are going on through social media, twitter, facebook, Google+ and here. The conversation strands and ideas push my thinking. But how much...
Twitter has done something interesting for its 8th birthday: it is allowing folks to find their very first tweet. I couldn't resist -- mainly because I couldn't remember how long ago that was nor could I even vaguely remember what I wrote for my very first tweet?   Oh. How creative! (snark) But 31,000 tweet later as @dogtrax (I know? What the heck do I write about? I don't know), I am still...
As with most high school populations, I have students of all spiritual stripes – believers, seekers, dreamers, hopers, doubters.  So, when I stumbled upon a prompt for prayer in Georgia Heard’s wonderful book Writing Toward Home, I paused. All prompts in Heard’s book draw on the past and the introspective, on reminiscences and musings to generate memories for drafting memoirs or vignettes. But...
photo (4).JPG                                  This lesson takes about 30 minutes to complete, and it has three parts: visualizing, listing, and writing.  The objective is to generate memories from a specific place.   In E.B. White’s luminous essay “Once More to the Lake,” White writes about taking his son on a vacation to a lake in Maine that he visited with...
Just when I was feeling pretty tech-savvy, I volunteered to be the liaison for National Writing Project’s Connected Learning MOOC (#CLMOOC)... And that, THAT, was the end of my naive competence. Immediately I was signing up for blogs, Google + hangouts, webinars, and getting emails from that weird hashtagged acronym that put images of cows in my head. What was a MOOC, anyway? I googled it. It is...
Linda Darling Hammond argues in The Flat World and Education that “America’s commitment to equity will determine our future” and outlines a set of recommendations, based on accumulated experiences both nationally and globally, that she describes as “policy for quality and equality” in schooling. This policy includes having meaningful learning goals connected to intelligent and reciprocal...
This blog post is cross-posted from Margaret Simon's site: Reflections on the Teche Today is Digital Learning Day, a day when educators join together and take the pledge to make digital learning a priority.  To learn more about the movement, click here. To celebrate digital learning day, things didn't look all that different in my class.  My students are very connected to the computer through...
This morning I rolled out of bed at 4:30 AM, anxious to get the day started. Digital Learning Day (#dlday)! Twenty-four hours of recognition and celebration of teachers and students engaging in meaningful digital work. On the way out of the door I grabbed my DSLR camera, my monopod and my shotgun microphone. Today I was going to capture and share the progress my students are enjoying in their...

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