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Reflections on Chapter 3 of Digital MakeOvers

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Note: This is the one of several chapter reflections on the excellent book written by Dr. Liz Stephens and Kerry Ballast on "Using Technology to Improve Adolescent Writing: Digital Make-Overs for Writing Lessons."Read all contributions in this series.
We only think when we are confronted with a problem.
-John Dewey
As much as I enjoyed the previous two chapters of Stephens' and Ballard's book on Using Technology to Improve Adolescent Writing, I have to admit Chapter 3 really caught my attention. That's probably because it introduced me to some concepts I hadn't heard of before!

In responsive writing, share the authors, "students work in groups that communicate in person as easily as they do online through the use of blogs, wikis, and course management systems. They may also use online tools to collaboratively write with people beyond their school and community." They go on to write that "adolescent writers engaged in responsive writing share and…

Take a Stance - Reflections on Chapter 2 of Digital Makeovers

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Note: This is the one of several chapter reflections on the excellent book written by Dr. Liz Stephens and Kerry Ballast on "Using Technology to Improve Adolescent Writing: Digital Make-Overs for Writing Lessons."Read all contributions in this series.





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In reading Chapter 2 of Dr. Liz Stephens and Kerry Ballast's book, "Using Technology to Improve Adolescent Writing: Digital Make-Overs for Writing Lessons," I was struck by the wide net the concept of "inside writing" casts over many of the activities edubloggers are well familiar with. Acts of inside writing include online searching that yields access to text, graphics, sound, video, while wikis and blogs allow opportunities for person-to-person exchanges that "help students construct knowledge" as well as make claims about what they know. The list of thinking processes relevant to inside writing include:

Explori…

Inspiring Education

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This morning, my secretary laid a few magazines on my desk. One of them was EdTech Focus on K-12 with a neat article on writing and technology.

The article is entitled, "Inspiring Education" and is descirbed as "Littleton Public Schools watches test scores soar after utilizing netbooks in its language arts program." Some of the key take-aways from the article for me, which I intend to share with our District's Reading/ELA director, and encourage folks who facilitate writing instruction to review include the following:

When asked for feedback on the first year of what LPS calls its Inspired Writing program, more than 150 students posted similar insights on the blog..."I used to not like writing...Now I keep looking at the time and inside I am saying, 'Is it time for writing yet?'" School officials say access to technology--in the form of Asus Eee netbooks--engages students and makes them excited about learning. Stud…

Responding to GoogleApps for Education Questions

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Source: ePortfolio MashUp with GoogleApps, Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D. - See More about this


A colleague recently posed these questions; my responses (enhanced with benefit of time) follow. I posted those responses to the Google Certified Teacher email group, expecting to be corrected if they were inaccurate. A reasonable amount of time has gone by, so they must be in the ballpark!

Questions posted:
Is Google FERPA compliant?Will Google DOCS integrate with a local Active DirectoryWill Google DOCS allow CPS staff to access student data?- Is Google FERPA compliant? 
While Google does not specifically address FERPA, it does state that it maintains privacy/confidentiality of information shared. FERPA is really a local policy issue that is handled by the School District and professional development for education staff members. GoogleApps for Education content are not scanned for advertising generation, etc. Emails are scanned only to protect from inappropriate content. Google is currently worki…

What is Shared, Endures

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Sometimes, it's true that the only thing that remains of what you've done is what you've shared with others. Such is the case with an old Technology & Learning blog entry I wrote that has "disappeared" but is found on Chris Lehmann's blog, Invest in People, Not Things.

The remnant of truth which remains true today:

I do know that the more money I save on the equipment, software, and traditional textbooks, the more I focus on technology to to foster collaboration and information literacy, on "people as the curriculum," the more I can invest in people. Let's invest in people, not things.

The return on investment is in what children learn to do in spite of life's obstacles, of how they can use one technology to prepare them for the next. That process, the "how" of learning and "what they do with it," is what I want them to get out of using the technology. MS Powerpoint, Moviemaker, Photostory, iMovie? Who cares? Activities…

Silent Enemy - Reflection on Digital MakeOver for Writing Lessons

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Note: This is the one of several chapter reflections on the excellent book written by Dr. Liz Stephens and Kerry Ballast on "Using Technology to Improve Adolescent Writing: Digital Make-Overs for Writing Lessons."Read all contributions in this series.



"Like any other social structure, School needs to be accepted by its participants. It will not survive very long beyond the time when children can no longer be persuaded to accord it a degree of legitimation."
Source: Seymour Papert (1993) as cited in Stephens and Ballast's "Using Technology to Improve Adolescent Writing: Digital MakeOvers for Writing Lessons."

Over the last few weeks, a stack of books has accummulated next to my desk. All invariably are about writing and the teaching of writing and how it's changed over the last few years as a result of technology. Yet, as wonderful as they all have been, I have to admit at how readable I'm finding Dr. Liz Stephens and Kerry Ballast's "…

DiigoNotes - Libraries deal with Disruptive Change

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Thanks to Carolyn Foote for sharing this article with me. Profound implications for libraries. As Blue Skunk Blogger Doug Johnson points out, you can't just be a Book-Librarian anymore.

Gutenberg 2.0 | Harvard Magazine May-Jun 2010 - Annotated
Gutenberg 2.0 Harvard’s libraries deal with disruptive change.by Jonathan Shaw
Increasingly, in the scientific disciplines, information ranging from online journals to databases must be recent to be relevant, so Widener’s collection of books, its miles of stacks, can appear museum-like.
Google’s massive project to digitize all the books in the world will, by some accounts, cause research libraries to fade to irrelevance as mere warehouses for printed material.
The skills that librarians have traditionally possessed seem devalued by the power of online search, and less sexy than a Google query launched from a mobile platform.
Yet if the format of the future is digital, the content remains data.And at its simples…

Typing Test Results @drezac

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Wow, haven't had such an easy typing test in awhile...try it out yourself!






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Shape Poems

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Note: Another blog entry I didn't want to lose and I'm reposting here.


To begin my search, I decided to pursue an interactive that matches this screenshot below: As a writer, I’m always looking forward to sharing writing tools–interactives according to Thinkfinity–with those I work with a class of grade 3-5 students. Shape poetry is fun to do! Shape poems, or poems that look like the things they describe, are a fun way to introduce children to poetry. In this activity from ReadWriteThink, everyone can be a poet using the online Shape Poems tool. When you get to the resource, you’ll find some specific suggestions…here’s what that looks like: You’ll find a link to the Shape Poem Tool. That will take you to something that looks like this: There are a few steps to go through, but it’s clear that children are guided through the process of developing a Shape Poem. Some reminders from the lesson: You can use the child’s senses to help come up with words. What does the object look like? What…

Teaching with Comics

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Note: I wrote this blog entry awhile back and didn't want to lose it. You'll want to read the update at the end to take advantage of a special offer.
Earlier this week, a 2nd grade teacher came by and asked, “I want to teach kids dialogue in their writing using comics. Is there a free program that helps me do that?” The answer is a definite YES. There are several programs online that you can use. Although we quickly stumbled upon BitStrips.com as a simple tool–which is what I used to make the comic above–I knew there were other tools available, as well…through Thinkfinity.org. Before we talk about the tools, let’s discuss HOW comics are helpful; here is a short list of web sites for teaching with or through comics in grades 3-12:
Creating Comics and Cartoons! (Grades 3-5)
Buzz! Whiz! Bang! Using Comic Books to Teach Onomatopoeia (Grades 3-5)
Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Genre Study(Grades 3-5)

Job Posting - District Instructional Technology Specialist

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Woodville ISD has posted an opening for a District Instructional Technology Specialist. Go to www.woodvilleeagles.org for application.


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TCEA MoodleMoot 2010 Presentation Proposals

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Below are my presentation proposals for the TCEA MoodleMoot taking place June 22-23, 2010. Find out more about the MoodleMoot online. Anyone else going?




PROPOSAL #1
Title: Moodle-izing the Writing Workshop
Short Description: In this session, participants will work on "moodle-izing"  the writing workshop. Learn how you can use Moodle to facilitate 4 components of the Writing Workshop with built-in modules, as well as safe, free, easy-to-use multimedia-focused Web 2.0 technologies.
Detailed Description: In this session, participants will focus on the 4 components of the Writing Workshop, including 1) MiniLesson, 2) Status of the Class, 3) Write and Confer, and 4) Group Share. Exciting Moodle modules, as well as Moodle, itself are available to facilitate the flow of the Writing Workshop, as conceptualized and described by Nanci Atwell, Donald Graves, and Luci Calkins. Participants will leave with access to a copy of a Moodle course set up to facilitate Writing Workshop in their cla…

Job Posting - Instructional Technology Facilitator

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The Education Service Center, Region 20 in San Antonio, Tx shared the following:

Education Service Center, Region 20 is seeking applicants for a full-time Instructional Technology Facilitator position. The application is available at www.esc20.net > Employment


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Meeting People I've Already Met

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One of the most annoying things about the way my brain doesn't work is that if I've read or seen your photograph, my brain translates that into "We've met this person before, say 'Hello!'" It's darn confusing to walk up to strangers, say "Hello" like we've known each other, then realize we never have. Worse, my brain seems to work just the opposite with people I have met, but can't remember. So, I'll be one of those folks staring at someone thinking, "Uh, did we meet before?" To which they reply, "Yes, but you probably don't remember me" and I end up feeling like a heel for forgetting them. But given time and retelling of stories, my brain catches on.

So, when I walked up to Kevin Honeycutt at TCEA TEC-SIG, I felt like we'd already met through blog posts, his podcast, Wes Fryer's stories, etc. only to find out we hadn't actually met face to face. Sad to say, I was getting him mixed up with some…

Podcast - 2nd Session of GoogleApps for Education in Texas #tecsig #googleapps

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Listen to Podcast - Second Session
The podcast for the second GoogleApps for Education in Texas panel discussion session has now been posted and is available. You can find out more about it online at http://bit.ly/tecsig2010

Some fascinating discussion and perspectives in this one that did not show up in the first session, although naturally, there is some overlap.

Enjoy!

Listen to Podcast - Second Session
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San Antonio Public Library Fair May 1 and May 13

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On Saturday, May 1st the San Antonio Public Library will host a Reading Fiesta and Concert by Jose Luis Orozco at the Mission San Jose. The event is free and open to the public. Also, the Scholastic Warehouse is having another sale from May 13th to May 29th. This one promises to be the biggest sale of the year and everyone is invited.



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