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Gearing Up for Digital Learning Day

Gearing Up for Digital Learning Day

I’m starting the countdown to California’s February 1 Digital Learning Day celebration and feeling very fortunate to be attending the event with three outstanding teachers from my district.

Lesley McKillop, 4th gSplash-Channel3rade teacher at Prairie Elementary and Area 3 Writing Project colleague, will share how her students use filmmaking as tool for transforming their writing into social action, such as taking on the Sacramento Board of Directors to save Splash, an environmental education program. Checkout the video for an idea of the many ways Lesley takes student voices beyond the walls of the classroom.

Teresa Cheung, 4th grade teacher at David Reese Elementary, will share how her students use voice recorders, as part of the Stories from the Heart project, to interview family and community members to compare and contrast childhood experiences across generations, geographic areas, and cultures.

Terri Mills, 5th grade teacher at David Reese Elementary, will share See the Wind, a science and writing lesson in which she teams her 5th graders with 1st graders. With a little help from their big buddies, the first graders then take their writing and their voices out to the world via VoiceThread.

I’ll be sharing Digital ID, a collaborate project I’ve been working on this year with Writing Project and Merit 2011 colleague Natalie Bernasconi. But more about this project later in the week:-)

In the Sacramento region, thanks to the efforts of Digital Learning Day coordinator Jayne Marlink, the excitement is growing, along with DLDay resources.

Hope to see you there!

Encouraging the Writer in All of Us

Encouraging the Writer in All of Us

What do Truman Capote, Frances Farmer, Joyce Maynard, Bernard Malamud, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Redford have in common?”

Answer: They all received Scholastic Contest awards as teenagers for their creative work.

So if you know budding young writers in grades 7-12, please checkout the California Writes site for information on how they can participate in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Contest of 2010.

California students have the added bonus of sponsorship by the California Writing Project. With options of up to 3,500 California student winners (Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention),  all Gold Key entries will be published online.  And if that isn’t enough…”California Gold Key winners’ work will also be judged for national awards and scholarships, with national winners honored during Scholastic’s National Celebration of Events in new York in June 2010.

Early submission deadline = December 18, 2009; Final Submission Deadline = January 8, 2010.

Have questions?  Need more information? Contact the California Writing Project at

Need a little inspiration for your YA writers?  How about joining Scholastic’s Goosebumps webcast with R.L. Stine? Scholastic has you covered with a complete teacher’s guide for the October 28 event.

Need a little inspiration for yourself (and I think your students will enjoy this too)? Checkout this YouTube clip on Inspiring Authors.

What great opportunities new technologies – supported by and in collaboration with  national organizations –  offer our students for writing for an authentic purpose and publishing to an authentic audience!

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