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With great power comes great responsibility. So advises Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben. In a blog post Henry Jenkins re-imagines Peter/Spiderman as a case study representing a whole generation of youth who, like Peter, are deploying new media technologies and the processes associated with them to develop a clearer understanding of themselves and their place in [...]

Infographics: our new guide

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At ISTE last summer I was inspired by three fabulous presentations about using infographics as a student strategy for telling a story and taking a stand through visualizing data. Last June, I was thinking: that we could/should begin to ask learners to interact with and make sense of data, not merely by studying and consuming [...]

Samsung’s SUPERHERO Video Competition

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You and your students can vote for your favorite historical character portrayal from among 10 finalists in the Samsung Superhero Video Competition.  (All 519 videos can be seen on Samsung’s Superhero YouTube Channel.) Any K-12 student living in the U.S. or a Federal Territory may enter the enter the 2012 by submitting a 1-3 minute [...]

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story

For my September newsletter, I decided to resurrect and majorly update an old PowerTools document of ideas I had for mixing up the traditional student project and for offering students alternate strategies for communicating their knowledge and creativity. Yes, I have tried many of these at home with adventurous teachers.  I thought I’d share.  Please [...]

Wikispaces introduces Projects

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I can’t wait to share this with our teachers! For the many us who are already grateful Wikispaces for Education users, here’s another gift for the new school year.  Yesterday, the Wikispaces blog announced the launch of Projects as a better way to work in classroom groups. This feature is going to make it way [...]

Which style?

photo © 2008 Ethan Lofton | more info (via: Wylio) Our district is exploring the most prevalent documentation style at the university level. And I am also curious about which styles are used most broadly at the K12 level. So I thought I’d do a little survey and report the results here in a couple [...]

Mr. Database Man (a proof of concept)

This spring, I asked a few of my always game filmmakers to create a series of proof-of-concept films to promote the use of databases across industry and brand.  Maya, who is looking forward to a marketing career, delivered one of their products just as the school year ended.  It stars Matt as Mr. Database Man. [...]

I hope you’ll search (with skill): a revised letter to my grads

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(It’s that time again.  I was thinking about how sad I am going to be to say goodbye to this year’s senior class, and decided to update a piece I first shared in my April 2009 VOYA column.) A letter to my seniors Each spring I watch another class leave me for the university and [...]

I’m just a book

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It was one of those days. My students were hard at work creating their Civil War newsletters from the perspective of a northern or southern journalist.  They happily used our wiki lesson and pathfinders, but hundreds of relevant books on our shelves (and on the cart I dragged over) were going unused. The fact is, [...]

Vimeo Video School

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I recently discovered that the place I store and share my videos is also a place to learn how to make videos better. Vimeo Video School offers a growing array of sharp, clever bite-sized tutorials, illustrated with clear examples, created by the Vimeo filmmaking community. Here’s one example:  Shooting Basics, from the Video 101 section: [...]