Category: writing

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Snagit for Chrome Adds Screencasting-Yippeee

One of the joys of writing in the open about digital texts and tools is being able to beta test new features. I can't lie. I was a little giddy when I got to play with the new screencasting tool, Snagit for Chrome from Techsmith. I have a long history with screencasting. The ability to…
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Supporting Phonics Instruction with Children’s Literature and Writing

I am always on the hunt for new digital text and tools to support writing in the early childhood education classrooms. Then Storyscape.io came across my twitter feed while I virtually lurked the #dml2014 conference. As soon as I saw the beauty and simplicity I could not wait to try out the tool. How Do…
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Plotagon: A Powerful Tool

When we think about online research and media skills our minds quickly turn to video production. Yet students and teachers can find video making and remixing a daunting task. We need simple tools to scaffold video production. I like, many, mourned the demise of xtranormal. I found the text to movies tool so powerful for classroom…
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Creating #CCSS Aligned Writing Rubrics

Many districts, here in Connecticut, have taken on the task to realign district wide writing assessments to both the Common Core State Standards and the rubrics published by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. (Please note earlier versions of the post did not correctly refer to SBAC. Images still list it as Smarter Balance and not the…
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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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#walkmyworld Learning Event Reflection

We asked everyone to examine the "walks" they share and what it meant to name. Then we explored how naming influenced identity. Molly Shields challenged us back. She felt our prompts suggested a separation of the text and world. So Molly threw three prompts at us: Shouldn’t we say, rather, that texts actually make up…
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#walkmyworld Update: Welcome to Week Four

I just scrolled through the #walkmyworld feed. You have shared hundreds (264 to be exact) of tweets from across the globe. Tweets about "#walkmyworld" Leanne, Ian, Sue, Kristy, and I are so excited that so many people have decided to get involved in project to examine poetry, multimodality, response and authorship. The craziest part of…
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Graphile- Complexity and Graphic Novels

On Monday we held the second Literacy Research Association Netcast. We put together an amazing panel on Grpahic Novels I, a novice in the world of Graphic Novels, was struck by a few salient points. First there is a general misconception about the complexity of Graphic Novels. Many teacher erroneously believe that graphic novels step…
Where do ideas come from? Reflecting on my first make for DS106 0

Where do ideas come from? Reflecting on my first make for DS106

I have lurked. I have laughed. I have never launched into my own learning into DS106. For those that do not know D106 started off as a class into digital storytelling and it has evolved into one of the most active communitities for mutlimodal composition. I always saw my favorite Twitter folks discussing #ds106 and…