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Board games have been teaching us how to shop for more than a century

This November 27, 2015, the day after Thanksgiving, millions of Americans will kick off the holiday shopping season with what has become a "Black …

Board Games

From Markers to Emojis in Digital Writing: It’s All About the Purpose and Voice

It seems I am in a constant search of different approaches to motivate and engage learners. I read blogs, Twitter, and keep my eyes and ears wide …

Writing

CLTV - Transliteracies: Exploring Literacies and Learning in a Connected World - July 15, 2015

YouTube

Exploring Mobile Dimensions with NWP

This last week Amy Stornaiuolo and I had an opportunity to meet with teachers at the Annual Meeting of the National Writing Project to discuss the</i> …

Mobile

Published Games

The following thirteen games are published in the "Reacting to the Past" Series by W.W. Norton & Company:<p>You can purchase or request desk copies of …

Columbia University

Designing for digital capabilities in the curriculum: what’s new?

When we launched the digital capabilities community of practice, a whole number of people signed up for a session on developing the curriculum. I …

Learning

Pencils to 3D-Printers: A New Kind of Language Arts Class

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLPFykSfDTc <i>“The printers have been ordered. Fingers crossed. Here we go…..”</i>This was the email I received two weeks ago from …

Teaching

How Social Media Can Help Teach Good Writing

For all the hype Millennials get, nearly every K-12 student today is part of its successor generation—Gen Z—a group more plugged in and social than …

Writing

“ActiveLit” Lets Students Play & Create Choose Your Own Adventure Games In Virtual Classrooms

I’m a big fan of Choose Your Own Adventure games (see The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories).<p>I just discovered …

Teaching

Learn Anything (Almost) Through These Interactive Mind Maps

Learn Anything is a neat website that is essentially a giant mind map. Enter a topic into the search box on Learn Anything and a mind map of related …

The 6 Essential Elements of 21st Century Learning – Digital Learning – Medium

<b>The 6 Essential Elements of 21st Century Learning</b><p>What we are finally coming to realize in our digital age is that learning belongs to the people. …

Pedagogy

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Collaborative Research Tools

Almost everyone who has given a research assignment to students has then sorted through the bibliographies of their students’ papers and found the …

Periodic Table

Coding Across the Curriculum

What if I told you that there was a simple way to work programming into your English class? That coding and social studies could go hand-in-hand? …

Programming

Online Reading Group Invitation – Games, Learning, & Literacy

If you’re interested in exploring games and learning over the next 4 weeks, I’m hosting a reading group. We’ll be reading <i>What Video Games Have To</i> …

Learning

Putting It Into Words: The Future of Writing Instruction

Sometimes there's nothing more inspiring to aspiring authors than seeing their names in print. The following list of organizations that publish youth …

Publishing

The power of print in a digital world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Today's students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers.<p>Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more …

Education

Great Examples of Multiplatform Storytelling - Echo Storytelling Agency

It goes by many names: transmedia storytelling, transmedia narrative, cross-media seriality, and multiplatform storytelling.<p>But what exactly is ‘it’? …

Storytelling

The chat fiction apps that teens go crazy for

Have you ever heard of chat fiction apps? If not, then you’re probably not a teenager.<p>These digital book alternatives, which are presented as text messages, have been dominating the app charts for the past few months. The format may seem a little strange for people who are used to paperback books, …

Are Chat-Fiction Apps the New YA Novels?

Caroline Renee Mills loves classic British literature. The 32-year-old freelance writer adores Thomas Hardy’s 1878 Victorian novel <i>The Return of the</i> …

Young-Adult Fiction

AWP: The Writer's Notebook

Fiction in the Age of Social Media<p>Alix Ohlin | December 2016<p>The first time I gave a reading, I shared the stage with a writer who introduced herself …

KQED

“My parents emigrated to France from the West African island of Cape Verde, then later moved to Brooklyn,” one student said. Then she rolled a set of …

How Elementary School Students and their Teachers Tell Stories in the Digital Age

Parents, children, grandmothers and grandfathers are sitting around a campfire, a table or a hammock, telling stories. I paint this picture in my …

Digital Age

Digital Spaces: Where Every Student Can Have a Voice

Students often struggle to be heard, even in the most inclusive classrooms. Without meaning to, confident students drown out quieter voices; teachers …

Teaching

How to Transform Research into Curation Using Pinterest and Flipboard

I’m a high school English Language Arts teacher and in the early days of my career, the research project was one of my most important assignments. …

Social Media

Starting the School Year with Privacy and Security in Mind

Remix these Thimble projects to learn about online safety<p>On a healthy Internet, privacy doesn’t mean you have something to hide. It means you have …

How Interactive Timelines Empowered Students, Flipped the Communications Classroom

My Media, Ethics, and Society course at the University of North Carolina at Asheville is both the introductory course to the mass communication major …

Journalism

FUTURE LITERACIES

Christopher Strachey’s Nineteen-Fifties Love Machine

Overwrought love letters began turning up on the notice board at the University of Manchester’s computer lab in August, 1953. Dripping with lustful vocabulary, they were all variations on a basic syntactic template: “YOU ARE MY [adjective] [noun]. MY [adjective] [noun] [adverb] [verbs] YOUR …

Alan Turing

“Hamlet on the Holodeck,” Twenty Years Later

When the media scholar Janet H. Murray was asked to write a new preface to “Hamlet on the Holodeck,” her influential book, from 1997, about digital narrative, she was tempted to make it three words long: “I was right!” Depending on how generous you want to be, you could say that she predicted the …

Ray Kurzweil

Launching Writer's Notebooks

<b>How is it possible that I've never written this blog post before?!?! Today, this day, notebook launching day...it's my favorite day of the beginning</b> …