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#MNLI13 Day 3 Reflection Coding Community

Karen Brennan sparked my thinking today. She presented her work on using Scratch. The programming, games, and stories children created made a large impact on everyone at the conference. For me it wasn't the take away of creative computing I found most moving. It was Brennan's point that making take two things: creating and community.…
Creating Purposeful Remixes with Mozilla Popcorn 0

Creating Purposeful Remixes with Mozilla Popcorn

I was sad to miss what looked liked an entertaining and informative #hiphoped chat on Twitter Tuesday night. In celebration of hip hop turning forty the community was ranking the top 40 most influential #hiphoped songs. I woke the next morning and checked out the transcript. I wanted to think about how I could use…
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Finding Our Voices in Lost Voices

[caption width="640" align="aligncenter"]flickr photo shared by Gilbert Mercier under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-ND ) license[/caption] We want every student to leave Gear Up knowing they have a voice. They are "active players and not spectators in life" as Walter Dean Meyers., the author of Handbook for Boys wrote (our shared reading this summer). To…
Affirmative: Don’t Fear the Robots 0

Affirmative: Don’t Fear the Robots

A firestorm broke out when a study released by Hewlett Foundation suggested that automated scoring systems can produce scores similar (have a high correlation) with those scored by us human folk. Based on the reactions posted on the #ncte and the #engchat feeds you would have thought armageddon was upon us and Pearson merged with the  Cyberdyne Systems Corporation.…
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Rosenblatt, Poetry, & Technology

[caption width="640" align="aligncenter"]flickr photo shared by Rudolf Getel under a Public Domain Dedication Creative Commons ( CC0 ) license[/caption] < h3 class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; >Rosenblatt's Transactional Theory Rosenblatt’s literary theory (1938/1995; 1978) diverges from the New Critical perspective that readers examine texts in order to extract "the meaning." Rosenblatt states that during transactions with literary texts, readers…
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Using Multimodal Poetry to Engage in Critical Literacy

[caption width="640" align="aligncenter"]flickr photo shared by craftivist collective under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license[/caption] Many of us agree that we need to align our classroom activities with the digitally literate lives our students lead. Yet we still hear of many classroom simply focusing on technology integration. Simply put this is a mistake. When…
Reflections on NCTE 0

Reflections on NCTE

I always feel so revitalized when I get back from NCTE. It is great to be around a group of teachers who truly get the paradigm shifts involved in new literacies.I was struck by a question from an audience member during our presentation on supporting striving writers through non-traditional narratives. He asked if our work…
Ten Technology and Poetry Ideas 0

Ten Technology and Poetry Ideas

As a sixth grade teacher I pushed the boundaries of technology integration. You know the type of teacher. They come in early and sign out the computer labs months in advance, they spend hours on building teachers websites, and they integrate digital texts into the literacy curriculum. The first two units I taught that focused…
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…