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Tess Alfonsin

Digital Is - 14 views

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    The NWP Digital Is website is a collection of ideas, reflections, and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world. Read, discuss, and share ideas about teaching writing today.
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    teaching-focused knowledge base exploring the art and craft of writing, the teaching and learning of writing, along with provocations that push on our thinking as educators and learners in the digital age
Ruth Howard

Jukes+-+Understanding+Digital+Kids.pdf (application/pdf Object) - 12 views

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    Although this lecture by the futurists from Info Savvy Group is dated 2006 it is an essential and clearcut distillation of current issues for teachers of youth in the classroom. The Info Savvy website-CommittedSardine has plenty other free resources, I located this elsewhere as you can see.
    http://www.committedsardine.com/handouts.cfm
Ruth Howard

The Importance of Managing Your Online Reputation « emergent by design - 17 views

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    Will Rich points to this post re 'online reputation' and job readiness. For me it points to the need for students to use the social tools together with adult help rather than separately as when banned from use at school. And of course..how to help, really?!
Ruth Howard

I'm sure I'm doing it wrong | Ideas and Thoughts from an EdTech - 8 views

  • According to many definitions of good teaching, I don’t qualify:

    • I don’t clearly state objectives
    • If I do state them, they are as fuzzy as all get out
    • I have a hard time measuring student progress
    • My course syllabus changes almost daily
    • I never use tests
    • I constantly stray off topic
  • I do constantly question whether or not I need to be more structured.  Do I need to be able to define my outcomes more succinctly than this?

    Students will learn that:

    • Learning is social and connected
    • Learning is personal and self-directed
    • Learning is shared and transparent
    • Learning is rich in content and diversity
  • I do provide rubrics, build criteria together, emphasis and utilize descriptive feedback.  Providing supports and the odd insight best describes my role.  I’m of total confidence they are learning. Just read their blogs.
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  •   I’ve read, listen and thought  more about assessment than most and yet it still baffles me. Mostly because the kind of assessment that makes most sense (immediate and descriptive feedback) isn’t really valued in schools.
Ruth Howard

A Textbook Example of What's Wrong with Education | Edutopia - 0 views

  • Who writes these things?" people ask me. I have to tell them, without a hint of irony, "No one." It's symptomatic of the whole muddled mess that is the $4.3 billion textbook business.

    Textbooks are a core part of the curriculum, as crucial to the teacher as a blueprint is to a carpenter, so one might assume they are conceived, researched, written, and published as unique contributions to advancing knowledge. In fact, most of these books fall far short of their important role in the educational scheme of things. They are processed into existence using the pulp of what already exists, rising like swamp things from the compost of the past. The mulch is turned and tended by many layers of editors who scrub it of anything possibly objectionable before it is fed into a government-run "adoption" system that provides mediocre material to students of all ages.

  • There's no quick, simple fix for the blanding of American textbooks, but several steps are key to reform:
Ruth Howard

Writing in the 21st Century - Yancey | doXtop - 0 views

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    Writing in the 21st Century -recommendations for digital literacy and a new writing curriculum
Ruth Howard

Shift Happens - Now What? at Change Agency - 0 views

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    More than a digital literacy manifesto-21st century learners all.#educhat
Angela Maiers

School Administration - Digital debate: Prepare kids for exams or life? - 0 views

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    Cell phones and exams-debate over digital devices!
Angela Maiers

Comiqs | Create & Share your Comic Stories - 0 views

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    Great digital storytelling and photo sharing tool!
Angela Maiers

Towards a Theory of Digital Literacy: Three Scenarios for the Next Steps - 0 views

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    Digital Literacy
Angela Maiers

November Learning - Web Links - 0 views

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    Great lesson examples for website analysis. Nice collection!
Angela Maiers

Digital immigrants or digital natives? A discussion of digital competence… A ... - 0 views

  • Rather than a Digital Native/Digital Immigrant dichotomy,
    students have a wide spectrum of digital competence
    positively correlating to their digital exposure.
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    So if I were to make the post title into a statement it would be:

    Rather than a Digital Native/Digital Immigrant dichotomy,
    students have a wide spectrum of digital competence
    positively correlating to their digital exposure.
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    Excellent post, and much needed discussion on digital competencies!
Angela Maiers

Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent - About This Initiative - 0 views

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    CoSN has long recognized that superintendents can make or break technology initiatives. For example, in a 2004 nationwide survey of 455 technology decision makers, CoSN found that visionary technology leadership - and the community support fostered by district leaders - made the difference in districts that were able to bolster their technology plans, budgets and implementation.
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    Nice site on 21st Century Leadership
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