Category: writing

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Counting What Matters: A Semester with Thimble

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] flickr photo shared by Therese Tjernström under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license[/caption] The end of the semester, unlike the winter weather,  has rolled on in. Similar to meteorologists we teachers  have to use tools to gather data and make predictions. On their own these readings do not describe much.…
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Computers Versus Printing Press

David Kellog recently posted to the Extended Mind Culture and Activity listserv that printing press transformed language more than the computer. I disagree. Rather than explain using just words I "atomized" and confused the work by remixing in pesky images with the email thread. Any emphasis is mine. In a recent interview, Chomsky was asked…
Miss Your Google Reader Bundles? Feedly to the Rescue! (Again) 1

Miss Your Google Reader Bundles? Feedly to the Rescue! (Again)

Feedly Has Just Announced the Release of Shared Collections Click Here to Apply for Early Access I have long advocated teaching and learning across open and distributed networks. Much of this work has centered around individual blogs aggregated through RSS. Like everyone I used Google Reader, and I shuttered at its demise. Long before the…
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Writing Mini-lessons with Sock Puppets: Creating a Lead

As a teacher I have a fundamental goal of teaching writers that will some day teach writers. I try to do this by modeling what it means to write and making my process as open as possible.  I believed this when I taught in 6th grade and I believe it now at the college level.…
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Festering Ideas in Draft Form

The best writing festers. A small idea takes hold somewhere in my world and begins to gnaw at my time. Then the scheme and design of my  thinking spreads into my  other daily needs. Normal routine gets enveloped by the desire  to write. As if  good ideas replicate like a virus. Once infected I cannot…
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Forget Searching for Time. Where are the ideas?

Back in October, as part of Connected Educator Month, I set a goal to focus on being a better blogger. This involved focusing on the technical aspects of learning the Wordpress platform, reading and then reading more, and doing more writing. I may not be a better blogger but I sure I have pressed the…
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Winning the Academic Writing Game

I have asked the students in my hybrid literature and literacy classes to re-imagine the writing mini-lesson. Students in my graduate classes may also choose to develop a digital text and tool learning activity. Many may, and should, post a recording of a lecture that goes through the steps: explicitly define, model, guided practice and…
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Community: The Only Path to Open Education

This past week I helped all of us celebrate Open Education Week. I joined Teachers Talking Teachers, participated in the Mozilla webmaker challenges, joined the Teacher badges Alliance, and engaged with many of you on social media. I am left with one overarching theme. You cannot have Open Ed without community. You cannot have open…