Category: blogging

Five Ways to Hack Genius.com 1

Five Ways to Hack Genius.com

Tools, Affordances, and Activity All tools have affordances. We can do stuff with tools to change our environment. In fact  if you read any elementary science book you learn about simple machines. From the Pyramids to my doorstop tools have shaped us. Thus you cannot separate tools from  knowledge; social, cultural and physical contexts; or…
Miss Your Google Reader Bundles? Feedly to the Rescue! (Again) 1

Miss Your Google Reader Bundles? Feedly to the Rescue! (Again)

Feedly Has Just Announced the Release of Shared Collections Click Here to Apply for Early Access I have long advocated teaching and learning across open and distributed networks. Much of this work has centered around individual blogs aggregated through RSS. Like everyone I used Google Reader, and I shuttered at its demise. Long before the…
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#Print2Pixel Unconference: Being a Better Blogger

Last Saturday I attended the 2nd annual Print to Pixel unconference. I helped found and organize the original unconference but had to take on a smaller role this year as a presenter. I love this conference because we draw so many K-12 students. In fact this year more sessions were student run than teacher lead.…
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Snagit for Chrome Adds Screencasting-Yippeee

One of the joys of writing in the open about digital texts and tools is being able to beta test new features. I can't lie. I was a little giddy when I got to play with the new screencasting tool, Snagit for Chrome from Techsmith. I have a long history with screencasting. The ability to…
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No One Way to Do Twitter Chats

I just finished Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton. A great book that leaves the reader with the realization that you cannot do Twitter wrong. The book tells the tale of Twitter's birth and rise and each founder had a different view of how users should "do" Twitter. None of these visions ever came true. So I want…
Pre-Writing and Embodied Learning 1

Pre-Writing and Embodied Learning

It saddens me when I walk into classrooms and see prewriting taught using some perfunctory graphic organizer that every student must complete. We send the message that creating new ideas requires a formulaic approach. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prewriting, like writing in general, has as many methods as their are writers. Instead…
Rozz Hussins Speaks on Connected Learning 1

Rozz Hussins Speaks on Connected Learning

My goal for both #ooe13 and #CE13 is to be a better blogger. I do not mean more hits and shares. I want to continuosly strive to be a better writer, a content constructor, a multimodal composer. To this end I am working in two initiatives my site here and launching a Netcasting Network (more…
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Why I decided to support Connected Educator Month

I did not not support Connected Educator Month (#CEM) last year. In total I logged on to three or four events as I respected the panel of speakers. Still I doubted the motives of the Department of Education. I felt we needed to boycott the events if we supported digital teaching and learning. I was…
Reflections on NCTE Blogging Session 0

Reflections on NCTE Blogging Session

This year was our third session on blogging at NCTE. Each year provides us with new insights. Overall my general impression is that teachers want to blog (yipee!!), but are unsure of their purpose, and have little idea of how to use formative assessment to inform their practice. To that end we had a lively…