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Using Feedly and RSS to Examine Student Work

You cannot support deep learning without evidence of knowledge growth. I am glad the Deep Learning MOOC uses this as a cornerstone belief. I am a writing teacher, but I am also a teacher of writing teachers. Therefore modeling how to examine student work is a critical component to my class. I not only want…
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Forget the Politics. Choice Matters

I follow many educational policy blogs. Too many probably, but I love the vitriolic debate and the numerous talented writers. Too often though it seems we forget that children are at the center of of all the debates. Take school choice. You read the blogs and school choice is either the most American of all…
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Understanding Background Knowledge and the Internet

Does the internet change the way readers use background knowledge? Can readers with greater inquiry skills or more open mindsets make up for a lack of background? These questions have perplexed me and have driven my educational research in the last few years. The internet has shifted so many of our social practices and literacy…
Live Blog from Videogame Communities Session at #LRA13 0

Live Blog from Videogame Communities Session at #LRA13

Videogame communities, affinity spaces, and transformative learning: Fluid and connective literacy practices in online and offline spaces Session Participants: Chair: Sandra Schamroth Abrams (St. John's University) Chair: Thomas Liam Lynch (Pace University) Discussant: Amy Stornaiuolo (University of Pennsylvania) Fluid Literacies: Videogaming and Related Practices *Sandra Schamroth Abrams (St. John's University) Connective Literacies: Gaming, Reading, and…
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Voices in the Cloud

Those that know me know I am fond of saying I love juxtaposing the oldest genres in the world (poetry) with our newest texts. Each year Sue Ringler Pet, Ian O'Byrne, and myself celebrate a poet laurete at NCTE through the use of digital texts and tools. This year Leanne Drapeau, a classroom teacher we…
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…