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Bringing Bots and Badges to my Classes

My course evaluations weren't strong enough last semester in my online class Children's Literature and Literacy. I needed to make adjustments. I knew what went wring. Mainly we had no community. Students saw class as a checklist of submitting assignments. Most of this was my fault. I did not provide the level of feedback I…
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Educators Teaching Educators: #EDcampCT

  [caption id="attachment_2274" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] All images takes by Tyler Varsell. License not specified[/caption]   On Friday August 18th close to hundred teachers descended on the Ethel Walker school for a day of learning at #edcampct. For those who do not know edcamps started as an unconference where no vendorsd or proposal submissions. Instead learning…
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Inquiry as the Assessment, Technology is the Tool

At the Geographic Information Systems Institute at Southern we had a wonderful conversations about the pitfalls of using Story Maps. We all brought up how see the "Showcase" during  inquiry projects. Students stand in front of the class proud to share what they learned. The teacher sits in the back filling out a rubric. A…
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Exploring Our World: Geography as an Essential Inquiry Skill

An illuminated world flickr photo by hasor shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Over the next two weeks teachers from across New Haven Public Schools will gather at Southern Connecticut State University for our Geographic Information Systems Institute. Teachers will receive 8 days of training on using GIS and Story Maps. they will then…
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Transforming Knowledge Through the Elements of Story Telling

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Melting Glass flickr photo by Still Vision shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license[/caption] Metaphors matter and when it comes to how we shape our world storytelling is central to the human experience. In fact the ability to project alternate realities into the past and future can be be what makes…
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Putting the Service In Scholarship

service flickr photo by melanerpist shared under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-ND ) license I was lurking on the feeds of The Digital Literacy Symposium being held at the University of Rhode Island. I discovered the conference as I keep the #digiuri hashtag up on Tweetdeck. Quickly I bumped into some of the coolest people…
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Pop-Up Remix during #HipHopEd

In a recent post on my backstage blog (I use it to describe process or half baked thoughts) I explained my excitement for #HipHopEd in order to gather some song lyrics. I am pop culture deficient yet carry some knowledge of early hip hop. I got there on a strange path long after the original…
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Credentialing in the McVerry Household: Criteria and Evidence in Badging

flickr photo shared by JasonGoto under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license I have loosely followed and dipped my toes into open badges and digital credentialing. Mainly through the prodding of people like Ian O'Byrne and Doug Belshaw. The idea that we could have some common refrigerator to stick on our accomplishments is appealing.…