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William Gaskins

Figment: Write yourself in. - 0 views

    "Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you're into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here."
    Great digital space to get kids writing for an audience....Bill
William Gaskins

The River City Project: Introduction - 0 views

    "Welcome to the River City Research Project. With funding from the National Science Foundation, we have developed an interactive computer simulation for middle grades science students to learn scientific inquiry and 21st century skills. River City has the look and feel of a videogame but contains content
    developed from National Science Education Standards
William Gaskins

ASCD Express 5.23 - Rethinking Five Paragraphs - 0 views

  • I never missed an opportunity to remind my students that the structure was actually derived from Aristotelian principles of logic. Who better than Aristotle to endorse your lesson plan?
  • I finally came to the conclusion that the five-paragraph essay just no longer serves kids in the 21st century.
  • fact, on its website the College Board explicitly recognizes the limitations of the five-paragraph essay on the grounds that it "fail[s] to engage the reader."
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  • Toward that end, a few colleagues and I developed an approach that seeks to do just that: move writers beyond the five-paragraph structure toward a new, more flexible blueprint that mimics the way professional writers write.
  • The text in this case is anything that raises our "writer's eyebrow"—a concept from literature, a key finding in biology class, even a YouTube video everyone's talking about.
  • This approach takes time and effort, and we've had to develop many templates and models to scaffold the skills kids need to be successful. But the payoff is worth it; these essays are fresh; original; and, frankly, more fun to grade.
  • in this world of Facebook and Twitter, our students need to learn the crucial notion of audience.
  • But understanding how to craft a message for different audiences requires an elasticity of mind and fluidity with genre that can't be achieved by a fill-in-the-blank approach.
  • But once they begin to craft work that is engaging, inventive, and modeled after the 21st century discourse they see all around them, kids develop a style and a voice that is truly their own. And as Aristotle once noted, "Change in all things is sweet."
    I never missed an opportunity to remind my students that the structure was actually derived from Aristotelian principles of logic. Who better than Aristotle to endorse your lesson plan?
William Gaskins

The New Writing Pedagogy - 1 views

  • Because Cory was in a class that used social networking tools for writing—specifically Elgg, an open source media platform—other students, teachers, family members and even the general public were able to comment on his story.
  • But with the advent of Web-based social networking tools like blogs and wikis, YouTube and Facebook, it may be that the next revision of writing pedagogy is upon us, one that emphasizes digital spaces, multimedia texts, global audiences and linked conversations among passionate readers.
  • Moving to a new pedagogy is not easy for many district administrators, however, as the Web as a writing space is still primarily an unknown, scary place to put students. But as research is showing, students are flocking to online networks in droves, and they are doing a great deal of writing there already, some of it creative and thoughtful and inspiring, but much of it outside the traditional expectations of “good writing” that classrooms require.
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  • That change is spelled out clearly by the National Council of Teachers of English, which last year published “new literacies” for readers and writers in the 21st century. Among those literacies are the ability to “build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally,” to “design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes,” and to “create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts.”
  • According to a recent Pew Internet and American Life Project study, 85 percent of youths aged 12-17 engage at least occasionally in some form of electronic personal communication, which includes text messaging, sending e-mail or instant messages, or posting comments on social networking sites
William Gaskins

Jack Jennings: Can Boys Succeed in Later Life If They Can't Read As Well As Girls? - 0 views

    "March is national reading month -- and a good time to focus on some rather bleak news about the reading gap between boys and girls. From elementary through high school, males are reading at lower levels than females. This doesn't bode well for future job opportunities for men or for the overall health of our
    workforce. I think this is an education crisis that is not receiving nearly the
    attention it ought to."
William Gaskins

How Social Media Is Having a Positive Impact On Our Culture [OPINION] - 1 views

    "First, on my way to go sit down and read the newspaper at my coffee shop, I got a message from my 10-year-old son, just saying good morning and letting me know he was going to a birthday party today. I don't get to see him all the time. He's growing up in two houses, as I did. But recently, as I handed down my old iPhone 3G to him to use basically as an iPod touch. We both installed an app called Yak, so we could communicate with each other when we're apart."
William Gaskins

5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 years - Dan Schawbel ... - 1 views

    "We're seeing more and more recruiters use the web as a place to search for talent and conduct employment background searches. This trend is set to increase year over year and I've been predicting that an "online presence search" will become as common as a drug test since 2007."
William Gaskins

Making Time for Inquiry: The Elementary Leadership Program - 1 views

    "Three teacher consultants led 11 elementary school teachers in a study group on incorporating inquiry-based literacy learning in their classrooms. Working as inquirers themselves, the teachers explored ways to help children ask questions about matters that interest them. The teachers' written work about their journey into inquiry-based learning are presented here to help other elementary teachers who would like to go beyond skill-and-drill to tap children's natural curiosity. "
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