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Igniting National Poetry Month: An update

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It’s April. Time to update last year’s Igniting National Poetry Month post with some wonderful new resources: Updates: Update #1 -A year ago the New York Times Learning Network titled its poetry page as 11  Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month. They too have done some updating! This year you’ll find double the number of… Continue reading

Live from ISTE NECC – Ruston Hurley

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Rushton Hurley – such a fun, outstanding presenter – one of California’s best – is starting Matching Teachers and Technology: Good Ideas, Common Mistakes by sharing Shorewood High School’s Lip Dub reverse order video. How   cool is that to involve a whole school in project?!  (And here’s a link to show how they put… Continue reading

Live from ISTE NECC – Day 2 – Alan November

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One of my all-time favorite conference speakers is Alan November, so I’m sitting in a huge ballroom right now, with hundreds of other educators, waiting to learn from his Empathy: The 21st Century Skill spotlight session. Key Points: Question: Where is that sense of urgency in American classrooms to connect children via the Internet? And… Continue reading

Kathleen Yancey at NECC – Best session I did not attend

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I should have known that Kathleen Yancey would pack ‘um in at NECC – and I should have been there early.  Try as I did, I could not persuade the ISTE door person to let me in.  But I lucked out….Sandy Hayes taped (with permission) “The Yancey’s” whole session. And Carla Beard blogged the session.… Continue reading

Live from NECC – Alan November on “The Student as a Contributor”

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It’s pretty much a no-brainer that students, not their teachers, should own the learning that’s happening in classrooms. But how do we make that shift? Alan November has a list of “jobs” that will help transfer contol to the learners: Screencasting – Put students in charge of producing tutorials for other children. With the research to… Continue reading

Live from NECC – Alan November on Designing Globally Connected Assignments

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Alan opened the session with a look at where technology is going in the future, via a TED session – Oh my, in mass production of “wearable tech” won’t cost more than a cell phone. Ideas for designing rigorous and globally connected assignments: Suggestion 1 – Teach students ethics of content development – have students… Continue reading

Live from NECC – Media Literacy with Jamie McKenzie

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I’m joining Jamie McKenzie‘s last session of the day: teaching media literacy. We’re looking at the of wikilobbying (coined by Stephen Colbert – whose video we’re watching, which has unfortunately been removed from YouTube). So the question is “how do we alert our students to how Wikipedia works? Phtoshopping Reality – Activity: Show Evolution video… Continue reading

Live from NECC – Scratch Community

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Mitch Resnick, from MIT, is leading the Scratch session. Scratch is all about creating, building, and inventing – to be makers of things. You can’t be fluent in digital media just by interacting; you need to also be able to create. Bridging Divides: making and interacting art and engineering creativity and systematicity individual and community… Continue reading

Digital Storytelling with Arnie Abrams

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Arnie Abrams is opening the session by stating that digital storytelling should be more about the writing – and the writing process – than about the technology. Benefits of digital storytelling: can be made interactive provides real audience works for the “YouTube generation” helps develop visual literacy helps to understand mass media requires presentation skills… Continue reading