Tag Archives: NCTE

How to Bring Teachers in Your District on Board with Technology

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I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had over the years to attend and present at educational technology conferences hosted by outstanding organizations such as ISTE, CUE, Google’s EdTechTeam, National Writing Project, and NCTE. Being able to attend keynotes and sessions by nationally known educational visionaries, such as Will Richardson or Kylene Beers or Rushton Hurley, provides sufficient inspiration and… Continue reading

It’s that time again: #eddies14

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I love the Annual Edublog Awards. Every year, the event puts me into a reflective mode, as I think back through memorable posts, tweets, and virtual connections. In making my 2014 nominations, I’ve focused mainly on two areas that are very important to me: Resources for a connected educators Resources for primary grades (too often… Continue reading

Hulk Hogan Taught My Son to Read – Sports Literacy in the Common Core Era

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My son was a late reader.  He entered 2nd grade already a grade level behind in reading. That changed one Saturday afternoon when he stood next to me at a checkout stand at a convenience store. He spotted a wrestling magazine with his hero Hulk Hogan featured on the cover. As he handed the magazine… Continue reading

Back from NCTE 2012 Convention

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I’m back from a 5-day trip to Las Vegas, host site for the 2012 NCTE Annual Convention: Dream, Connect, Ignite. The opportunity to hangout with and learn from NWP and NCTE colleagues more than made up for having to traverse the ultra smoke-filled, incredibly noise-filled casinos that lay between the MGM Grand rooms and convention… Continue reading

ISTE 2012 – Day 1 Highlights

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My four-day excursion to San Diego for the ISTE 2012 Conference has been jam-packed with awesome sessions, great conversations, and  fun!  Here are some highlights from Monday: Ignite sessions– “5 minutes and 20 images to tell your story, share your tool, and inspire an audience of your peers!” Such an energizer and a great model to take back… Continue reading

Teaching Writing “Out of a Box” – Can we reverse the trend?

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Writing in its many forms is the signature means of communication in the 21st century. ” (National Writing Project) I was not taught how to teach writing as part of my teacher credential program.  It is through my 16-year affiliation with the National Writing Project that I have joined conversations, learned strategies, and shared best… Continue reading

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

Reports from Cyberspace – Heading into the New Year

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What a great start to the New Year! I woke up to beautiful snow (something we get only a few times a year here in Placerville, CA) and my morning edition of The nwp Daily, full of thought provoking posts, Tweets, and links for stepping into 2011. The first link I clicked on took me… Continue reading

Building a News Story = Building 21st Century Literacies

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News 10’s Nick Monacelli’s September SECC session on Building a News Story was outstanding! And the good news for teachers – across grade levels and subject areas – who were not able to join us live at Channel 10 is that you and your students now have access to the entire presentation: As I’m writing… Continue reading

Accelerated Reader- Four questions for administrators

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As school districts everywhere brace for yet another round of budget cuts, I have a question: Why not drop the annual online testing fee to Accelerated Reader? This question has been on my mind  ever since NCTE colleague and mentor Allen Webb shared his observation that “school districts tend to value programs they have to… Continue reading