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Toward a Theory of New Literacies Emerging From the Internet and Other Information and Communication December 27, 2005

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Toward a Theory of New Literacies Emerging From the Internet and Other Information and Communication The essence of both reading and reading instruction is change. Reading a book changes us forever as we return from the worlds we inhabit during our reading journeys with new insights about our surroundings and ourselves. Teaching a student to […]

Individual Learner Diff in Web-Based Learning Environments December 27, 2005

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Individual Learner Diff in Web-Based Learning Environments In many articles and studies the overall effectivness of the read write web and collaborative work is generally described. Yet the individual response to these tools, or the different types of learning perculiarities are rarely discussed. How do different learnes adopt to this new technology? How do children […]

Knowledge-at-work: Social knowledge December 27, 2005

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Knowledge-at-work: Social knowledge Knowledge is constructed socially, in a group or a community. Knowledge constructed this way is not only done in context, but with a scafold from which to build.

The Long Tail: The Probabilistic Age December 27, 2005

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The Long Tail: The Probabilistic Age Our school, among many others, is wrestling with the efficacy and authenticity of blogging and information found on the internet. Our current strategy is to mix research between internet resources and more traditional reference media. Yet students are faced with the increasing demands of media and information overload. While […]

Student blogging December 27, 2005

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Our student journal/blogging is going OK. One of the top students in terms of tech is a girl who seems more mature, and sort of outside of the ‘popular’ circle. In one of the blogs referrer logs, I noticed that one of them came from her Xanga journal. I poked around it and found out […]

K12 Blogging December 27, 2005

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We just opened up a b2evolution blog to a group of 12 year olds at the school I work in. The blog is ostensibly to be used to allow them to journal about math. B2evolution is a great product for a multi-blog environment with decent admin tools. Putting up 25 blogs took a couple of […]

Moodle and crack December 27, 2005

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I sat through a district meeting the other day with tech leaders from a bunch of districts. One of the topics that came up was Moodle. From comments I heard, most of the district leaders seem to be jumping on the Moodle bandwagon, or at least on the online learning bandwagon. Moodle seems to be […]

School communication December 27, 2005

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A major issue with any school is communication with parents. The typical newsletter is a popular method for sending home information. Yet I’d guess maybe thirty percent actually make it into parents hands. We find them littered on the ground every Friday after school. Increasingly the school website has become a vehicle for providing communities […]

Free collaborative tools December 27, 2005

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I’ve been looking at ways in which to increase the level of collaboration at the middle school level with easy, free tools. These are some of the ones which I’ve found: PbWiki [Click to view link] Free wiki tool. Nice because you can create a seemingly unlimited number of wiki’s off one email. You can […]

Literacy December 27, 2005

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Just finished an article on literacy by Donald Leu Jr. called Toward a Theory of New Literacies Emerging From the Internet and Other Information and Communication. In it he described the necessity of teaching students about communities on the Internet, and the skills needed to take advantage of this ‘new’ way of utilizing technology. While […]

Time December 27, 2005

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Implementing technology can often come down to trying to persuade teachers to use it. How to integrate hardware or software into a classroom when the teacher is not convinced that it matters can be difficult, if not impossible. Time and again I hear from teachers that while tech is/might be worth the effort, they don’t […]

Reality December 27, 2005

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We’ve got a few teachers now using Blogger accounts to produce content for school. Initially our district was somewhat reluctant to link to sites outside of their purview. However, the few blogs that we do have come from teachers who are motivated, and see the usefulness of blogging, and the communication that comes from it. […]

Practical classroom blogging December 27, 2005

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We’ve begun to develop and look at implementing a blogging system in our school this year. While it is easy to get excited about using technology in instruction, I am constantly aware that this is pushing the envelope of what is considered ’safe’ by many in the community. While nearly a third of 14 – […]