The Polliwog Journal

A weblog about teaching English & integrating technology

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About Me

I taught high school English from 1990-2016. Somewhere in those years computers happened to me, so it is not so hard to imagine that computers would happen to my teaching. What happened to me as a result of their convergence continues to astound me.

Please visit me at Ms Hogue’s Online English Resources

My name is Dawn Hogue, and as a teacher my goal was to help educators embrace technology in their schools.

My Experience

  • 25 years as a high school English teacher; 11 years teaching CyberEnglish, a nationally recognized Web-based English class.
  • BA in English for Secondary Education from Lakeland College; MA in Education from Lakeland College; MS in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University
  • Technology trainer for Cardinal Stritch University (2001-03); for SITA (Summer Instructional Technology Academy) for Eastern Wisconsin Instructional Technology Consortium (EWITC), August 5, 2008; and ongoing for the School District of Sheboygan Falls, providing one-to-one and large group technology training.
  • Sheboygan Falls School District’s teacher of the year, 2000; Recipient of five staff development awards from Sheboygan Falls School District; Chosen as “Most Influential Teacher” by nine top-ten students.
  • Avid user and early adopter of technology tools for teaching and learning.

My Ed Tech Philosophy

Time Magazine chose “You” as its Person of the Year in 2006, and by “You” they meant anyone who uses Web 2.0 tools to engage in “community and collaboration on a scale never seen before.” Web 2.0, they said, “is a massive social experiment” and it is “about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.”

When I first began putting content on the Web in 1999 for my poetry class (syllabus, semester calendar, links to helpful sites, etc.) I was, though I didn’t realize it, part of the revolution that would become Web 2.0. My tool was a simple Website that most of my students had access to. We used that site to stay informed. But it was a one-way mode of communication. Web 2.0 is transactional communication that allows for multiple voices and back and forth communication. Used for teaching and learning, it can help us create community. I have long believed in Web communities, even in primitive forms like Moos and Listservs.

Contemporary people carry their media worlds with them much like Pigpen’s cloud of dirt. It could be insulating, but it doesn’t have to be. While some would say you can’t really get to know people online, I know otherwise. Twitter, Facebook, Diigo, Wikis, Blogs, and more, allow all of us, teachers, students, parents, and administrators, to share our learning with each other. When we make teaching and learning transparent, we demystify it. We make it democratic. We make it shared.

Learning like this goes beyond the school walls, beyond the school day’s clock hours, and most of all, beyond bricks and mortar, which stand as a symbol of the past. Schools of the future are engaging places where students teach teachers as much as teachers teach students. We learn, we work, we grow together.,9171,1569514,00.html

Published Works


On the radio:

In print:

Blog Mentions: (not necessarily interviews. . .)


4 Comments so far ↓

  • Mary Stilwell

    I have just spent two hours on your various sites. I have been trying to graduate from using a “digitize everything and just keep on teaching” mentality to actually using technology and I feel that I have found that in your CyberEnglish pages. I am amazed – in awe – and can’t wait for September!

    My hope is to be teamed up with another teacher in the fall who is less tech-comfy that I am so that we can both move forward. We would develop our own units and so on, but I would like to use your work as a sort of template for our first year. How would you feel about that? I have seen that you often invite people to use your materials, but to what extent?

    Do you offer Professional Development workshops in other venues? For example,if I could convince our local PD committee to sponsor you to come to Canada, specifically to New Brunswick, are you available for such things??

    Mary Stilwell

  • Dawn

    Hi Mary,
    I sent you an e-mail (hope it made it to you), but I wanted to let you know that your comment prompted a new post titled “Consulting.” Thanks again for your comments and I hope your September is as fun as you envision it to be.

  • vicki

    I’m a new-ish teacher in middle school (6th grade) of LD students and I am always looking for new ways to make English exciting and accessible to these students. I was looking for something else, stumbled on Wordle (!), and then found this blog! I am so excited and energized–I know I will be here a lot. I am very thankful for this site and the conversations it creates.

  • Dawn

    Hi Vicki,
    Thanks for your comment. I remember being new-ish. We’ve got so much to look forward to when we’re new-ish. Sometimes even us old-ish ones find ways to make learning fun.
    Best wishes, Dawn

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