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From Library to the Learning Commons 0

From Library to the Learning Commons

Today I had the pleasure, with Barbara St. Onge and Ian O'Byrne, to present at the American Association of School Librarians. We highlighted the development of the Online Research and Media Skills curriculum. The ORMS curriculum is based on three cornerstones: online collaborative inquiry, online reading comprehension, and online content construction. It is rooted in the…
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Connected Educators: Building Communities or Spaces

Do connected educators rely on community? Can you simply dictate the creation of community?  I have long argued that attempts to force community on educators is a misguided policy. Instead I draw on Gee's ideas of Affinity Spaces. Affinity Spaces I find the notion of Gee's affinity spaces to be a useful frame for examining connected…
Evolution of the Online Research and Media Skills Curriculum 1

Evolution of the Online Research and Media Skills Curriculum

It started with a blog post. I have always called my blog the rough draft or my life, or the forever draft, but this post (which I have yet to port to my wordpress site) was the genesis of the ORMS curriculums, the MNLI cornerstones, and the ORMS MOOC> It of course took many hands…
Google Apps as Free LMS and Academic Discourse 0

Google Apps as Free LMS and Academic Discourse

After much prodding from Ian (@wiobyrne) I am attempting to move my classes this fall from BB9 to using Google Apps as an LMS. I always wanted to break away from Blackboard. Not because I do not like the affordances of the platform. My main reason was I need to model digital teaching and learning…
#mnli13 Day Four Reflection: Prewriting for Digital Publishing 1

#mnli13 Day Four Reflection: Prewriting for Digital Publishing

Day Four. Its make or break. A day for workhorses. We build in two design studios for participants to create their learning activities. The goal is to choose a pedagogical goal and enhance that goal with digital texts and tools. This year we tried something different. We created a paper based "road map" and had…
#mnli13 Day One Reflection: (re)Mixing Kool-aid 0

#mnli13 Day One Reflection: (re)Mixing Kool-aid

A shift happened. It wasn't fast. Not earth shattering, but teachers are increasingly ready to for digital teaching and learning. We had built MNLI, from its founding by Don Leu, Hiller Spires, Carl Young, Julie Coiro, and Jill Castek to today, with the idea that we were introducing teachers to digital teaching and learning. In…
Bridge to the Future Summer Academy Draws to a Close 0

Bridge to the Future Summer Academy Draws to a Close

Thank you. Thank you to the makers. The breakers (both the b-boys and b-girls, and the hackers). The writers. The singers. The sculptors. Thank you to the engineers. The artists. It was a wonderful summer. This academy was about finding your voice. Knowing that you have power over your own future. Power over our future.…
Chromecast-The Solution Schools Need 1

Chromecast-The Solution Schools Need

Yesterday, as everyone knows by now, Google released Chromecast. The device which allows video playback through HDMI is the band aid for schools dealing with two operating systems: Chrome OS and Android. I have long advocated for GAFE and Chrome in schools with two major caveats: Chromebooks and tablets do not work on the same…