Tagged: writing

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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Narratives that Surround Us

I often find myself searching for the boundaries of texts. Where does authorship begin? Does meaning reside, as David Coleman author of the Common Core State Standards quipped, "Only within the four corners of the text?" Or as my post structuralist friends suggest, "Do the boundaries of the text bleed into the world?" This internal…
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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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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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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.…
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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…