Educator Innovator helped organize a Hack Your Notebook Day event last week involving paper circuitry, LED lights, and a great deal of sharing, collaborating and reflecting. Check out the great notebook hacks produced by youth and adults from around the country.
Paul Oh is a Senior Program Associate with the National Writing Project.
Writing Project Site
Reposted from my blog.
Paper + Circuits + LED stick-on lights + Art and Creativity = Hacked Notebook. As in:
This low-cost, lo-fidelity making happened this week at the National Writing Project’s Annual Meeting, Jie Qi of MIT’s Media Lab along with her collaborators David Cole, Jennifer Dick and me representing my org, helped a group of teachers turn their notebooks – that icon of the writing class - into a mashup of technical and artistic interactivity.
The New York Times Learning Network asked this question of me and 27 other educators to kick off Connected Educator Month:
What might “connected teaching” or “connected learning” — that is, using technology to build communities and share knowledge — look like in practice?
Describe one recent example, small or large, from your own classroom or organization, or from work you have heard or read about, and tell us why you chose it.
I used the opportunity to talk about my experience with this past summer's National Writing Project-fueled MOOC, Making Learning Connected (aka CLMOOC). In particular, I mentioned the various ways in which educators connected to create a remixable, open-content project called Tube Map Me, using Mozilla's Webmaker tools.
This is reposted from my personal blog.
I’ve just returned from four days at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, where the spotlight was squarely focused on youth civic engagement powered by the digital. It’s a topic I have great interest in these days because of work I’m involved with in the Oakland, CA, Unified School District.
More on that, though, in an upcoming post.
Here, I’m going to provide a brief roundup of developments related to a Mozilla Webmaker project called Make a Beautiful Six-Word Memoir that I, along with Laura Hilliger and Christina Cantrill, have been working on.
Late to the game, I've recently become intrigued by the six-word memoir form.
Started by Smith Magazine in 2006 with the question, "Can you tell your life story in six words," the idea has gained a lot of traction. Organizations like National Public Radio have picked up on it and Smith Magazine has published Six-Word Memoir anthologies to great popularity.
For those of us on Twitter, compacting an idea - especially one as huge as a life's story - into smaller and smaller spaces is a familiar challenge. Because of the limited number to work with, each thing - character or word - becomes precious. As a former journalist, I've always appreciated brevity and - probably like any one of you - know from hard experience the difficulty of revising down to an essence of an idea.