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Education Week article focuses on digital English classes

June 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on Education Week article focuses on digital English classes · CyberEnglish, Digital Spaces, Improving Education, Technology and Education

Katie Ash’s article, Language Arts Educators Balance Text-Only Tactics With Multi-Media Skills, includes my views about CyberEnglish. I’m in some outstanding company here. Worth reading for English teachers!

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Why I don’t love Moodle

January 26th, 2011 · 4 Comments · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

A recent comment I made in Twitter about not loving Moodle prompted this post. My explanation needs more than 140 characters. First, a bit about my Cyber English background: in 2001, freshmen at SFHS began creating their own websites, stored on a school web server. On these creative, individual, wonderful sites, they published their writing, writing […]

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Engagement is the only thing

December 16th, 2010 · Comments Off on Engagement is the only thing · Improving Education, Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

If  students spend the day at school watching  teachers work, they’re not engaged and they’re not learning. When Dewey spoke of hands on learning, he no doubt meant that if one is to learn to build, one cannot discover the craft through a book but only by actually building. Today’s technology allows us to engage all students […]

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No longer in the company of strangers

October 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education

As a techie and an English nerd, I have often felt out of place, even alienated in most social situations. Ordinary people seem to have a fear that I will be correcting their grammar, which is nonsense, at least in the sense that I would tell them to their face. Humor! Seriously, when I’m off […]

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Diigo 5.0 looks great for teachers and students

July 6th, 2010 · Comments Off on Diigo 5.0 looks great for teachers and students · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education, Techo Zone

Gathering, assessing, and sharing information has never been easier. Teachers who teach using online texts can also teach active reading through text annotations. I loved Diigo before, but it’s even better now. Diigo V5: Collect and Highlight, Then Remember! from diigobuzz on Vimeo.

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Yes, they are sixth graders

May 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

And technology and freedom to choose have given these students a strong purpose for learning. This class is highly engaged. We’d not pound a nail into a board with a screwdriver, so why are so many schools still expecting to prepare students for the future with paper and pencil? Meredith Stewart has the right idea!

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Don't get blogged down

May 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education

Or in other words, teachers cannot become complacent with their current knowledge of Web technology and tools. We must stay in touch with changes, always viewing them with our curriculum and pedagogy in mind. With this new Semantic Web, or Web 3.0, we must ask what it means to us. If we stay nested in […]

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Joey L, games are art, and the case for multi-modal literacies

February 13th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Technology and Education, The Art of Teaching

Joey L asked me if his hypertext paragraph could be about how video games are art. His enthusiasm and confidence made me say yes instantly, without thinking. Any time a student is driven to write about something, we need to do what we can to pave the way ahead. This was about two weeks ago. […]

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Embracing a new paradigm

February 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education, The Art of Teaching

In his post Practical Theory, Ted Nellen describes what happened to him as he moved from a paper and pen classroom to a computer classroom: Everything had changed from a teacher dominated room to a student dominated room. Differentiated instruction became the rule, not the exception. Lessons became projects not daily lessons. Students were much […]

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Posting from Diigo

December 5th, 2009 · Comments Off on Posting from Diigo · blogging, Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

I was reviewing my Diigo links and rediscovered Gail Desler’s post about PhotoStory. As we’re going to have our 9th graders us PhotoStory soon, I thought her post would be good to review. I also wanted to share it with my CyberEnglish9 colleague. In the process, I discovered one more cool thing about Diigo: I can […]

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