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An interactive video round-up (seven tools to explore)

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Interactive video is a powerful new tool that allows teachers and learners to enhance video they make themselves–as well as the videos they discover on the Web–with text, images, maps, links, and other media. It transform video from static to dynamic, enabling the traditional medium to morph from monologue to conversation, often crowd-sourced style. It [...]

I love these markers! (But it’s not about the markers)

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I discovered Crayola’s Crystal Effects Window Markers purely by accident at Five Below.  No one wanted them as a prize at our Poetry Slam and I am so glad. Last week, my student assistant Amber yawned at the suggestion of book reviews, logo making, working on our website, and other activities that I myself consider [...]

Anatomy of a slam: “there will be poems”

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April is Poetry Month.  Last week, just a little early, we hosted our first ever Springfield Slam.  The kids from Literary Mag, Gay Straight Alliance, and Gallery Club, who helped me organize the event, assured me, Dr. V, there will be poems.  I worried anyway. No need for that.  There was a poem or two [...]

Cleaning the closet, database style (with kid talent)

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Confession: I collect databases like I collect clothes. Problem: When I get dressed in the morning, I have trouble scanning my crowded closets for available outfit options.  Or, I have trouble finding that one adorable top or dress that I woke up thinking I’d wear. The  database situation has become pretty similar for our students.  [...]

How would you fill an Edcanvas?

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I am adding Edcanvas to my toolkit for curating, flipping, and presenting. The flexible platform allows teachers and students to organize and share teaching and learning materials, or their research products, in the form of a attractive visual grids composed of tiles. Pick a topic, choose a theme (tile layout) and create a canvas by [...]

Crowdsourcing Fifty (or so) ways to leave your paper:

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Every couple of years I attach a list of alternate project ideas to my September faculty newsletter.  As I began to update those ideas this time around, it occurred to me that it would be a much better list if we built it together. So here’s the document I have so far.  I invite you [...]

New Creative Commons license chooser

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If your kiddos are creating and publishing digital content at the rate mine are, you likely want to lead them to select a CC license to apply to those digital stories and posters and music videos and works of art. Just as it’s important to teach about the value of using Creative Commons materials, we [...]

Beeclip EDU: scrapbooking for schools

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We’ve used digital scrapbooking tools for creatively exploring the lives of historical events and figures using primary sources, for creating portfolios, and for presenting research projects. But I’ve been on the lookout for a scrapbooking tool that really works for school. The ones we’ve used the past couple of years have been a little clunky, a [...]

Infotention and digital citizenship

Confessions: I used to be smarter. I used to be a better friend. I used to be able to get more done. I think the same may be true of my students. Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, describes the research [...]

Mightybell: a platform for curation, conversation & group learning

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Mightybell on Vimeo. My network has been buzzing recently about the new social learning space, Mightybell–a place to create groups with friends around what interests you. Launched by Ning co-founder and former CEO Gina Bianchini, Mightybell allows users to get a network up and running and customized (for free) in just a few minutes.  Gina [...]