Category: professional development

Transmedia Teaching 0

Transmedia Teaching

Terry Elliot asked me to explain how I try and bring the principles and core values of connected learning into my classroom. This dialogue came about after I posted an ignite talk defining,  or rather poaching, the meaning of connected learning. I use transmedia teaching. What is transmedia? Transmedia storytelling involves an unfolding narrative across many digital…
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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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Behaviors Versus Competencies in Badging System

Want to start a fight in the open badges community? Bring up rigor. Challenge the point of participation badges or say something like, "I got the I blinked while breathing badge." I admit I am guilty of questioning badges for low hanging fruit. During the Connected Educator Month last October you could get a badge…
Excited to Announce the 2014 New Literacies Institute 0

Excited to Announce the 2014 New Literacies Institute

My favorite time of year rapidly approaches. For the last three years I have had the honor of serving as co-chair and co-organizer of the Massachusetts New Literacies Institute. Each year we refine our model to ensure participants engage in personalized inquiry learning. Massachusetts New Literacies Institute July 8-10, 2014 Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA…
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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…
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Reflective Assessment Practices

I try to stress one lesson when teaching pre-service teachers about assessment: your assessments should be be used to judge your practice more so than the abilities of your students. After all it is almost impossible to know all that students know. So instead of warping assessment by conflating it with grading I try to…
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PLC: Pretty Long Committee meetings?

I spend, thankfully, countless hours in schools. As part of my job I travel around the country to support teachers in the effective use of digital teaching and learning. Something caught my eye in the many staff and conferences rooms as I sat in. All over the walls teachers and school leaders hung posters describing…