Tagged: new literacies

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Applying for the Web Ninja Badge

Update: I submitted my badge application and recieved feedback from Doug. This "just for fun" badge actually documents the successful work flow of a badge. Doug created the badge, explained the competencies being addressed, described the evidence needed. I then submitted my material. Doug reviewed it and left me this feedback:   I then went…
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Exploring New Metaphors for Education through Design Thinking

As a teacher, participating in this type of research [Design based] gave me the opportunity to work toward solving challenging pedagogical issues in my classroom with collaborators who were experts in the field; it was fantastic professional development for me. As a researcher, I get to see what happens when a promising practice is put…
Small Differences Matter: The DNA of Online Reading Comprehension 1

Small Differences Matter: The DNA of Online Reading Comprehension

Two percent. Just 2% of code separates us from our Chimpanzee brethren. Yet that small difference has lead to humanities’ migration, the rise and fall of civilizations, and the creation of vast works of art. Small differences matter. Much like our genetic code online reading and traditional reading share many similarities. The differences, however, create…
Excited to Announce the 2014 New Literacies Institute 0

Excited to Announce the 2014 New Literacies Institute

My favorite time of year rapidly approaches. For the last three years I have had the honor of serving as co-chair and co-organizer of the Massachusetts New Literacies Institute. Each year we refine our model to ensure participants engage in personalized inquiry learning. Massachusetts New Literacies Institute July 8-10, 2014 Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA…
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Free Pics from Getty Images..Sort of

As an educational blogger I struggle on the hunt for great images. I made a commitment this year to try and use creative commons images or remix other images. Much of my artwork comes from flckr or from artists on deviantart.com that enable downloads. I will then edit these images using pixlr editor in Chrome.…
The Day I Quit Coding 1

The Day I Quit Coding

It's amazing how the smallest comments can have large impacts on ones life. I once spent hours coding and then just I simply quit. The year was 1987. I  stood as a scrawny 6th grader in fron of a class getting ready to demonstrate a progam I created in BASIC. The computer I used was…
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…
#HackJam: #MNLI12 Day 3 Reflection 1

#HackJam: #MNLI12 Day 3 Reflection

On day 3 of the Massachusetts New Literacies Institute I hosted a #hackjam. We all fought some torrential rain and found a restaurant with wifi. It was spotty so we couldn't develop too may remixes but still participants were amazed about x-ray goggles. Basically a #hackjam is a self-organized event to show some of the great Mozilla tools such as x-ray…