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Summer Institute Presentation (Okemos, MI)

Wonderopolis: “The excitement of learning that comes from curiosity and wonder is undeniable, and Wonderopolis helps create learning moments in …

Learning

Not the Usual Suspects: Alternative Writing Assignments for US History (Part 2)

<i>Since the launch of the Common Core State Standards in 2010, I have placed a number of fairly standard writing assignments (DBQ’s, LEQ, and SAQ’s)</i> …

Teaching

This ancient mnemonic technique builds a palace of memory

In Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective novel A Study in Scarlet (1887) we learn that Sherlock Holmes used the most effective memory system known: a memory …

Ancient History

Video Games Are Boring

Video games are bigger than movies. Everyone's a gamer. I've devoted my life-no exaggeration-to video games for 14 years, working on titles such as …

Gaming Industry

These 2 bots stuck in a loop with each other is Twitter at its finest

Somewhere in the never-ending ether of the net, two Twitter bots are having a cheerful, never-ending conversation with each other.<p>In one corner we …

Bots

Raising Conservation Awareness through Minecraft Aquatic Game for World Oceans Day

In an effort to raise awareness of marine conservation, the Ocean Institute, Connected Camps and the Connected Learning Alliance are inviting young …

Social Media

digitalcivicstoolkit

The Digital Civics Toolkit is a collection of resources for educators to support youth to explore, recognize, and take seriously the civic potentials …

Education Technology

Soundcite

Tens of thousands of Egyptians packed into Tahrir Square in central Cairo on Friday ... The crowd was as large as any that has gathered in the square …

Northwestern University

Are Teachers Ready for Virtual Reality in the Classroom?

Virtual Reality (VR) has become a hot topic in education as of late with the arrival of many options for the technology in the video game world. …

Virtual Reality

HACK YOUR NOTEBOOK - paper meets electronics by David Cole

The Hack Your Notebook series: literacy, craft, and code through paper and electronics

Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images News via Getty Images)Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America’s youth – but it is …

Social Media

Community Music Making in the Classroom with Soundtrap and Noteflight

Our project required each student to find an adult in the building and include them as a special “musician-for-hire” on their Soundtrap recording. I …

Teaching

Interactive Fiction and Twine at Computers & Writing

Last week I attended the Computers & Writing conference in Fairfax, VA at George Mason University, a campus that looms large both in the history of …

Interactive Fiction

Civix Releases New Online Media Literacy Videos

I worked with Civix, a Canadian non-profit, to do a series of videos showing students basic web techniques for source verification and …

Teaching

Place-based Making with Writing Projects and National Parks - National Writing Project

Events<p>NWP Radio—Write Out: Place-based Making with Writing Projects and National Parks<p>May 24, 2018<p>Writers reside inside internal landscapes. They …

National Parks

The Birth of Digital Poetry

An English professor rediscovered how some of the best poets in the world were coding poetry algorithms in the 1960s Photo: Micheline Pelletier …

Literature

12 Visual Communication Ideas That Teachers Can Use In The Classroom

This is what I love about this time of year. The rather fuzzy, yet thoughtfully planned, classroom vision I established in the summer now comes into …

Teaching

Learn Storytelling, Writing, and Filmmaking with Lessons From the Screenplay

This YouTube channel is the perfect resource to bolster classroom learning through popular culture.

Blade Runner

Curated Games Catalog

From Writing to Gaming to Writing

Tal is a 6th grader who likes to write and draw, and who socializes with a close-knit group of cousins about her same age. One of the cousins goes to …

Why Connected Learning? - Connected Learning Alliance

Connected learning thrives in a socially meaningful and knowledge-rich ecology of ongoing participation, self-expression and recognition. In their …

Making school better by making music

Sam Bwiseze has spent the last few years at Albemarle High School learning how to make beats.<p>Every time he goes to the recording studio, located at …

Scientific Communication as Sequential Art

This page presents a scientific paper that has been redesigned as a sequence of illustrations with captions. This comic-like format, with …

Achieving data literacy through fun and games

by Chad Sansing | A spotlight on Data + Friends, a 2018 Global Sprint project<p>Data + Friends is a data literacy and game design project meant to help …

Remixing the Poet: An Exploration of the Creative Process Via the Twitter Bot

While I find the subjects of digital life and gaming to be interesting, when it comes down to it, my heart is in my art. Specifically, it is lodged …

How to Reinvigorate Writing Workshop With Joy Through Independent Writing Projects

<b>Independent-ish</b><p>Whether it’s a small (yet so big) job like packing up, or a more challenging feat like resolving a conflict, we teach, prompt, provide …

Interactive marginalia

Some asides about asides<p>For this year’s annual Interactive Fiction Competition, I entered a hypertext story called <i>Harmonia</i><i>.</i> (It came in third place, …

How to Read a Digital Text

Teaching Writing Through Video Games, Part II

<i>Today we present Part II of Sarah’s thinking on building student interest in your writing classroom by weaving in video games and video game writing.</i> …