Digital Literacy: Getting Ready for the 2013-2014 Year

As the month of August continues to march forward, the dawn of a new school year lies ahead. This year, one of my personal goals is to really push the envelope with digital literacy. So, naturally, I’ve been doing some 21st century research: looking at YouTube, visiting blogs, and looking at infographics. I’ve stumbled upon…
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What’s Missing from MOOCs?

I find myself looking more and more at the impact of MOOCs on education, and in particular, on the notion of personalized learning. Reading the blog “Hack Education” and following this movement in Edutopia have spurred interest. In his article from Edutopia, Matt Levinson, argues that: Unfortunately, for many learners, MOOCs lack the possibility of…
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Personalizing Learning Ain’t What it Used to Be!

For a few years now, I have been following Joe Bower on Twitter. He is a great thinker and advocate for responsible and positive change in education. He is a thoughtful blogger, and he got me thinking of my discussions with many during the last Cohort 21 F2F session about personalization of learning. Amongst others,…
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What is Authenticity in the 21st Century English Class?

Susan Davis writing for “Getting Smart” begins her blog post on “Teaching Authentic Writing in a Socially Mediated World” with this idea: “…I don’t know where to start. You see, I’ve completely bought into the idea that what we teach our students should be authentic, that is, tangible and real in ways that are meaningful and purposeful for…
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Teaching a Pittance of Time in the 21st Century

It is November 11th, and it is the day of stories. Stories from what our students might consider ancient history, stories from textbooks and primary documents; stories told from black and white movies or sincere, frightened faces, and hard working bodies in the bodies in the trenches. How well can students connect to these stories?…
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Report Cards: Time for Reflection

This first report card is always a bit of a wake-up call for students and teachers alike. It’s a time to reflect on the work that has been done, the learning that is happening in the classroom, and as such, it serves as a launching pad for the rest of the year. Using the concept…
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