One way to become "crazy good at the internet" is to hang out with folks who live and breathe the web and all things digital. For the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to hang out with and share many conversations with one of my favorite "geeks," Patrick Berry. Patrick, a Library Technology Lead at Chico State, is a master at explaining complex techno-babel to educators who are interested in the use of digital tools and platforms. Recently, Patrick and I realized that our conversations--about iPads, MOOCS, gaming, libraries, Learning Management Systems, and other things that are "plugged-in"--might benefit other educators who are interested in the intersection between education and the digital world. With this in mind, we took a logical next step: we created a weekly podcast, "Back to School," where we share our questions and curiosities related to teaching, learning, and being a "plugged-in" educator.
Kim Jaxon is an associate professor of English at CSU, Chico. She received her Ph.D. at UC, Berkeley in the Language & Literacy, Society & Culture program in the Graduate School of Education. Her research interests focus on theories of literacy, the teaching and learning of writing, and teacher education. While attending UC, Berkeley, she worked in a wide range of classroom settings while supporting Bay Area teachers in developing research projects, many focused on the use of technology in their classrooms. Her recent research focuses on rescuing the concept of participation. She is also a gamer and a self proclaimed geek.
Writing Project Site
In March 2012, my colleague Chris Fosen and I attended and presented at SXSWedu. Now that it is summer, I have some time to collect my notes and share thoughts with the Digital Is community. You may also be interested in submitting your ideas, classroom practices, or research for a SXSWedu panel for 2013. The Panel Picker should open in August 2012. Below, I share links, summaries of a few sessions, and thoughts that may be useful in the design of learning spaces.
Recently, a friend called me with concerns about her daughter's disinterest in the writing she was doing in school. Like many parents, she has fears about writing skills and what this might mean for her child's future. Most of our conversation was spent alleviating those concerns. We spoke about the various writing practices that youth engage with in our current culture and I assured her that the out of school writing was just as valuable. In fact, I argued, her daughter is writing and reading all the time: on social media sites, through texts, emails, and in her journal. I ended up making a suggestion: would her daughter be interested in working with two of our university writing mentors, both of whom plan to be future teachers? We met all together and were excited about the possibilities. And we decided that the focus should be on developing a young person who saw the value of writing in her life, not just in school.