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One of the Three 'Rs' Could Disappear from Howard County Middle Schools - Patch.com

One of the Three 'Rs' Could Disappear from Howard County Middle Schools - Patch.com | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
One of the Three 'Rs' Could Disappear from Howard County Middle Schools

Reading teachers in Howard County middle schools are being told they won't be teaching formal reading classes next year — a proposal that has sparked controversy among teacher advocates who are worried that basic education building blocks could be abandoned.

The proposal, crafted by a county school system committee, recommends the elimination of reading classes. Reading teachers would then be reassigned in different capacities in other classes, which would absorb reading responsibilities, said Howard County school board member Brian Meshkin.

The Howard County Education Association is among those concerned. On Nov. 8, the representative council — its policy-making body — unanimously passed a resolution stating its opposition to the proposal.

"We're taking away reading as the kids are reading Shakespeare and not Dr. Seuss," said President Paul Lemle. "We should have reading instruction at high schools, in addition to not eliminating it at the middle schools."
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Thought Experiments in the Classroom

Thought Experiments in the Classroom | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

Teachers can use this four-phase approach to guide students through a challenging but fruitful process. 

Thought experiments are a natural part of human cognition. We engage in a thought experiment when we watch the Super Bowl and try to imagine what the winning players will do during the locker room celebration or when we try to imagine how we'll go about telling our spouse that we spent more money than the budget allows on a new computer. A thought experiment occurs anytime we create a mental projection of some event that we can't actually observe at that point in time. These projections aren't static; rather, they involve the conscious manipulation of images.

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Digital Stories @ UMBC

Digital Stories @ UMBC | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

This spring students examined the history of American Youth Activism from 1945-1975 while producing digital stories and documentaries. Young Americans were important participants in the social, economic, and political changes that took place across society during the most intense years of the Cold War. The class emphasized skills in writing, oral history, and traditional research as well as digital storytelling computer technologies. Student first produced digital stories exploring the roots of their own political awareness. HIST 495 - 710 was held in the spring of 2011. The course was taught by Dr. Kriste Lindenmeyer, Chair of the UMBC History Department and Dr. Bill Shewbridge, Director of the New Media Studio.

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Seeing the Classroom as a Hub of Technology-enabled Social Change

Antero Garcia, who teaches English at a high school in South Central Los Angeles, is a Ph.D. candidate focusing on critical literacies and civic identity through the use of mobile media and game play.
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Hypothes.is | The Internet, peer reviewed.

Hypothes.is | The Internet, peer reviewed. | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"Imagine:

If wherever we encountered new information, sentence by sentence, frame by frame, we could easily know the best thinking on it.
If we had confidence that this represented the combined wisdom of the most informed people--not as anointed by editors, but as weighed over time by our peers, objectively, statistically and transparently.
If this created a powerful incentive for people to ensure that their works met a higher standard, and made it perceptibly harder to spread information that didn't meet that standard.
These goals are possible with today's technologies.
They are the objectives of Hypothes.is."

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Connectivism and ‘Ah-Ha’ moments

Connectivism and ‘Ah-Ha’ moments | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Do you understand what connectivism is? Sometimes I think I do. I read Stephen’s blog post for example, and it seems to make sense.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Tuba Angay-Crowder
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Crossing the Digital Divide: Bridges and Barriers to Digital Inclusion | Edutopia

Now that we’ve reached the second decade of the new millennium, how is digital access changing, and what are the implications for schools?
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Games and Education Scholar James Paul Gee on Video Games, Learning, and Literacy

James Paul Gee is an expert on how video games fit within an overall theory of learning and literacy. He is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Lit...

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Gamechangers Pty Ltd's curator insight, December 12, 2012 8:13 AM

Jim Gee contextualising video games in learning. Insightful as always. 

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, December 30, 2012 10:22 AM

Great video remins me of the book Everything Bad Is Good For You By Steven Johnson. 

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Visual Art as Critical Thinking | Edutopia

Visual Art as Critical Thinking | Edutopia | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Blogger Andrew Miller celebrates teachers who engage their students' cognitive abilities through creative methods.
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Undergraduates now can ‘internationalize’ any major | Newsroom | Washington University in St. Louis

“The Global Certificate is a powerful way to ‘internationalize’ any major or professional plan, cross borders and disciplines, engage, explore and connect,” says Priscilla Stone, PhD, assistant provost for international education and director of overseas and undergraduate studies in Arts & Sciences. “The goal is to foster a desire in students to become more engaged global citizens.”

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Bloom's Taxonomy Revised for the Digital Age

Bloom's Taxonomy Revised for the Digital Age | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

Many teachers use Bloom's Taxonomy and Bloom's Revised Taxonomy in developing and structuring their teaching & learning experiences. Bloom's Digital taxonomy is an attempt to marry Bloom's revised taxonomy and the key verbs to digital approaches and tools.


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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 23, 2012 12:51 PM

Create, create, create!  Design.  Build!  Love the direction here!

glenn blakney's curator insight, December 25, 2012 11:21 AM

I try to weave Bloom into every lesson and build to the end of the trimester at the top.

Nancy L Zingrone's curator insight, January 26, 2013 5:51 PM

This is a much better trajectory for the elements in the taxonomy. Creativity is both the pinnacle of what we do and at the heart of what we do.

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Lost and Found

Lost and Found | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

Dig through history – and your imagination.

Steve Gottlieb is fascinated by the power of suggestion – which is why he scours the country in search of the past. His photography, which features old, diminished structures and artifacts, begs the imagination to fill in the empty spaces between history and the present day.


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Internet access: Discount for poor families with kids

Internet access: Discount for poor families with kids | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Internet access will cost $9.95 a month under new cable industry plan.
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Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
How American teens navigate the new world of "digital citizenship"...

"Social media use has become so pervasive in the lives of American teens that having a presence on a social network site is almost synonymous with being online. Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites. Many log on daily to their social network pages and these have become spaces where much of the social activity of teen life is echoed and amplified—in both good and bad ways."

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Cybraryman Internet Catalogue: Digital Citizenship

"The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents. Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience.

Digital Citizenship Chat #digcit Wednesdays 8pm EST"

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Spotlight On Common Sense Media - National Writing Project

Spotlight On Common Sense Media - National Writing Project | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"Summary: Common Sense Media helps kids navigate the Internet safely and interact with their peers in a responsible, respectable manner—and provides resources for parents and curriculum for teachers to serve those ends."

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Peer-to-Peer Learning in Hybrid Courses

Hybrid (or blended) learning incorporates many of the same teaching methods as traditional classroom learning. In this film, Thesys International provides a ...

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Jossey-Bass::Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning

Jossey-Bass::Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"This book introduces teachers to the Disciplinary Literacy instructional framework developed by the Institute for Learning, University of Pittsburgh. Grounded in the Principles of Learning developed by acclaimed educator Lauren Resnick, the framework is designed to prepare students, grades 6 and up, to master the rigorous academic content learning required for college success. Unlike 'generic' teaching models, the framework is specifically tailored for each of the content disciplines. Highly practical, the book shows teachers how to integrate literacy development and thinking practices into their routine content instruction, with separate chapters devoted to math, science, history, and English/language arts. The book also shows how school instructional leaders can support teachers in learning and using this instructional approach."

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Digital Ethnography » Subjects or Subjectivites?

"As an alternative to the idea that we teach “subjects,” I’ve been playing with the idea that what we really teach are “subjectivities”: ways of approaching, understanding, and interacting with the world. Subjectivities cannot be “taught” – only practiced."

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MOFET JTEC - Haifa University: Students Will be Required to Write Wikipedia Entries

MOFET JTEC - Haifa University: Students Will be Required to Write Wikipedia Entries | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
The Haifa University Faculty of Humanities has decided to require students to write entries in the Hebrew Wikipedia on course material as part of the...
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Scores up in math, not in reading

Scores up in math, not in reading | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Public-school students across the United States posted record scores in math this year but stalled in making progress in reading, according to results of nationwide testing released yesterday.

 

"Rising math scores “undoubtedly reflect the success of math instruction in our schools because math is almost exclusively a school subject taught almost entirely in math classes,” Driscoll said in a statement. “It is quite different for reading, where the achievement … also reflects how much children read outside of school and the reading demands across the curriculum, not just in reading classes or English language arts.”"

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