Category Archives: technology

If the book isn’t made of paper and I can’t touch it, does it really exist?

Liz over there at Gone Digital has been ruminating about books recently. In a nostalgic kind of way. And it’s gotten me thinking about a few things regarding books as well. I have begun to read books on my iPad. … Continue reading

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Friday Funny: Whitman and Twitter

Just had to share this classic from “Pearls Before Swine” by Stephan Pastis. The week this came out about 15 former students emailed it to me. It gives me a giggle every time I look at it. It’s even funnier … Continue reading

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Again: Relevance, why Twitter? SmartBlogs

Again: Relevance, why Twitter? SmartBlogs. Tom Whitby, in the above post, makes a great case for Twitter for educators. The only beef I have with his position is that I am not as sure as he is that educators were … Continue reading

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Adventures in Parent/Teacher Conferences, Part 1 (of 3 we hope)

I’m tired. Parent/Teacher conferences do that to me. It seems like it takes a few days to recover. And my recovery days this time around were an all-day field trip the next day, an evening conference the day after that, … Continue reading

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The Cloud (Friday funny) and CLAS

It’s Friday and we are all headed to the Colorado Language Arts Society conference this weekend. We are presenting a panel discussion tomorrow. In the meantime, a friend texted me this. Perfect for a Friday. Yes indeed it did.

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Am I an English teacher who has to teach journalism or a journalism teacher who has to teach English?

I recently had the tremendous opportunity to attend the Reynolds Institute for high school journalism, supported by the American Society for News Editors and HSJ.org. This happens every summer at four different locations around the country–I had the good fortune … Continue reading

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Digital vs. Paper

For most of this past school year, my students submitted their writing to me digitally. They would draft in Google Docs, share their drafts with response groups and me for in-process feedback, and then they would submit their polished drafts … Continue reading

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From- for the love of learning: The folly of virtual schools

This popped up in my reader inbox. I couldn’t hep but think about the Sal Khan story of a week or so ago. It is relationship that makes school work. And when it does more than work, when it is … Continue reading

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Bud Hunt on textbooks in the 21st century…

I’ve always been pretty much anti-textbook. I never liked how text books removed my students from the original text. I’d much rather have the original text in their hands. I know our district is trying to figure out how we … Continue reading

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Responding to responses: dy/dan » Sal Khan On 60 Minutes

Khan Academy is getting a lot of press right now. Dan Meyer’s take seems to confirm a suspicion I’ve had for a while. Yes, technology and connectivity can do some pretty cool things for education (and if you read this … Continue reading

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