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Creating Purposeful Remixes with Mozilla Popcorn 0

Creating Purposeful Remixes with Mozilla Popcorn

I was sad to miss what looked liked an entertaining and informative #hiphoped chat on Twitter Tuesday night. In celebration of hip hop turning forty the community was ranking the top 40 most influential #hiphoped songs. I woke the next morning and checked out the transcript. I wanted to think about how I could use…
My Inaugural UnHangout 0

My Inaugural UnHangout

Today I was fortunate to participate my first, and possibly the first ever unhangout. I can not contain my excitement about this wonderful tool. Unhangout is another wonderful project from the MIT Media Lab and supported by the MacArthur Foundation. It is an open source project and those more familiar with the innards of code can modify…
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Finding Our Voices in Lost Voices

[caption width="640" align="aligncenter"]flickr photo shared by Gilbert Mercier under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-ND ) license[/caption] We want every student to leave Gear Up knowing they have a voice. They are "active players and not spectators in life" as Walter Dean Meyers., the author of Handbook for Boys wrote (our shared reading this summer). To…
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…
Expanding Horizons through the Stories of Art 0

Expanding Horizons through the Stories of Art

I cannot lie. I feared the worse. Not beacause we were taking youth from New Haven to Art Museums. It was my experience as a midddle school teacher that jaded me towards the idea of gallavanting across New Haven to the Yale Art Museum and the Yale Museum of British Art with seventh graders. In…
Making My Space 0

Making My Space

I have long said the first step teachers need to take when enhancing their pedagogical goals with digital text and tools is to create an online space for learning. I had the opposite problem: too many spaces. In fact one would need Google Map enabled with WAZE to navigate all of the wikis, blogs, LMS,…
Connected Learning MOOC 4

Connected Learning MOOC

I am starting my first MOOC today. My purposes are many. First I hope to connect and reconnect with like minded creators and makers who place more emphasis on (RE)Design over digitial text and tools. I also hope to steal ideas for the Building Bridges Summer Camp I am running this summer for students in…
Google Play for Education??? 0

Google Play for Education???

UPDATE: After listening to last week's episode of TWIT (the Google I/O summary. I realized that my hope was a little overblown. Google Play for Education will be for the Android Store. The Chromebooks of course use the Chrome Web store. So until these two infrastructures talk schools must decide do the want an Android tablet or…
College Celebration Day 0

College Celebration Day

Far too many of our young our lost before they even begin to think about secondary education. We must, as a nation, encourage students, especially students of color, to attend college. These efforts must start early. That is why I was so proud to be involved in the College Celebration Day at Southern Connecticut State…
Taking the Digital Out for Digital Learning Day 0

Taking the Digital Out for Digital Learning Day

You see it in their faces first. Borderline Walking Dead extras staring blankly at a screen overcome by a mixture of exhaustion and frustration. They came to learn about digital teaching and learning. They wanted to use the latest digital texts and tools enhance their pedagogical goals. Yet they are lost. Tumbling in a world…