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Research: Weaving Contexts of Participation Online: The Digital Tapestry of Secondary English Teachers

Research: Weaving Contexts of Participation Online: The Digital Tapestry of Secondary English Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Luke Rodesiler
University of South Florida

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This article presents research from a qualitative study exploring five secondary English teachers’ professionally oriented participation online. Drawing upon Cole’s (1996) “surround” and “weaving” views of context, the specific line of research featured here was guided by the following question: What are the features of the online contexts that selected secondary English teachers weave in exploration of teaching, learning, and literacy? The author collected archived online artifacts (e.g., blog posts, microblog posts, and posts within social network sites) and employed an ethnographic content analysis. Findings revealed five notable contextual features that emerged across cases: multimodal affordances and a/synchronous flexibility, as seen from a surround view, and classroom teaching experiences, connections among teachers online, and a touch of levity, as seen from a weaving view. While providing directions for future research, these findings stand to support more nuanced understandings of the teacher-generated online environments to which many educators are turning in an effort to supplement their professional growth. 


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Here's an academic researcher's view of the professional learning networks created by secondary English teachers. 

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5 Great Writing Posts Last Week - Hugh O. Smith

5 Great Writing Posts Last Week - Hugh O. Smith | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
These are my favorite blog posts about writing last week. What were yours?
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TWO WRITING TEACHERS

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Teaching Kids. Catching Minds. 565 Miles Apart.
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Another great writing teacher blog.  Don't miss it. 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 30, 2013 9:54 PM

If Dennis O'Connor recommends this, it IS good.

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15 Awesome Ways To Use Blogs in Your Classrooms

15 Awesome Ways To Use Blogs in Your Classrooms | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Ever thought of using a blog to enhance your classroom? Here are 15 examples that come out of just ONE of the 100's of digital teacher workbooks inside of our Teacher Learning Community.


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Katie Frank's curator insight, February 10, 2013 8:10 AM

My own classes just started their own Book Blog on Kidblog.  I'm inviting students to create blogs too: so far, ideas range from Favorite Passages, Riddle/Brainteasers, Science & Math Breakthroughs... We JUST got started!

Here's it is: http://kidblog.org/MsFranksClass-4/

Katie Frank's curator insight, February 10, 2013 8:13 AM

We JUST started a Book Blog in my classes.  We're using Kidblog, so all students can start their own blog, if they want to.  I have invited students to start their own blogs, and some ideas include: Favorite Passages, Riddles/Brainteasers, Science & Math Breakthroughs.

We JUST started, but here it is: http://kidblog.org/MsFranksClass-4/

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 9:37 AM

Thanks for sharing.

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Glogpedia - the best of Glogs

Glogpedia - the best of Glogs | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 9:50 AM

Great examples of how students can share information with technology.

KB...Konnected's curator insight, April 27, 2013 11:04 AM

Great way to find Glogs you can use in the classroom. Glogs are interactive posters that are a fun way for students to present what they are learning.

Ma. de Lourdes Garcia's curator insight, August 20, 2013 7:54 PM

My students loved this tool so much

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QuadBlogging | "In terms of young children developing as writers this is the most interesting development in the last 20 years." Pie Corbett

QuadBlogging | "In terms of young children developing as writers this is the most interesting development in the last 20 years." Pie Corbett | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

QuadBlogging is a leg up to an audience for your class/school blog. Over the last 12 months 100,000 pupils have been involved in QuadBlogging from 3000 classes in 40 countries.


A Blog needs an audience to keep it alive for your learners. Too often blogs wither away leaving the learners frustrated and bored. Quadblogging gives your blog a truly authentic and global audience that will visit your blog, leave comments and return on a cycle.

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What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts?

What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Growing excitement around technology’s potential to transform the classroom has the education community chattering about laptops, tablets and smartphones. Continue reading →

Via Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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It was word processing that pulled me into technology.  I recall many English teachers telling me that word processing was going to ruin writing. 


And so it goes....

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 4, 2013 3:13 PM

Kidblog and Collaborize Classroom are two tools that work for me in language arts and book clubs.  What works for you?

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10 Types Of Writing For eLearning: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning

10 Types Of Writing For eLearning: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Not only do we need skills for expository, creative, persuasive and technical writing, but we often write about topics for which we know very little at first. Furthermore, our writing is expected to be motivating while clearly delivering concepts, procedures and facts.
Here you’ll find some brief guidelines that focus on each type of writing. Much of this writing is done in storyboards, so I didn’t include writing for storyboards as a separate type. What other types of writing for eLearning can you think of?


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Thanks Ken, I'm glad you find it useful. Please feel free to recommend good sites.
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Thank you for the rescoop. I like what I see on your topic!
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Journal Writing Prompts, Visual Journals, Journaling, Blogging Tools & Sources

Journal Writing Prompts, Visual Journals, Journaling, Blogging Tools & Sources | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Journal and blogging writing how to, inspiration, articles, prompts, and online learning resources.
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14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging

14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

So you have heard about blogging with your students and you are considering taking the plunge but just not sure what or how to do it? I am here to tell you; blogging with my students has been one of the most enriching educational experiences we have had this year, and that says a lot. So to get you started, here is what I have learned:

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10 Tools for Digital Storytelling in Class | The Whiteboard Blog

10 Tools for Digital Storytelling in Class | The Whiteboard Blog | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
A guide to 10 great tools for digital storytelling with a class - create comics, animations and ebooks.

Via Elena Elliniadou, Giselle Pempedjian
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Writing Prompts - Resource Topics - National Writing Project

Writing Prompts - Resource Topics - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This resource archive from the NWP provides articles going back to 1979.  It all fits today! Worth a visit and a few bookmarks.  ~ Dennis

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10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.

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Nacho Vega's curator insight, April 2, 1:48 PM

Read it... or not... :)

JordiMarínba's curator insight, April 6, 3:37 PM

Excellent infografic to bear in mind when writing blogs.

MCLibrarianRMIT's curator insight, April 12, 10:12 PM

Common grammar errors and how to fix them.  Applicable to more than just blog posts.

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How Blogging Can Help Reluctant Writers - Edudemic

How Blogging Can Help Reluctant Writers - Edudemic | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Blogging is an excellent way of motivating students to develop a lifelong love of learning. Writing is a process, and when they learn this they will be able to apply the skills to other aspects of their schooling.
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Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, September 10, 2013 6:27 PM

An article on the use of blogging to motivate students to write. 

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Brian Romero Smith's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:49 AM

Reflection is vital for students in IB programs, blogging provides that platform for them to be open with themselves about what they are learning and how it impacts them as individuals. 

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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

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This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself. I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided to have them blog weekly.

One Assignment, Many Objectives

After giving students some practice and solidifying my ideas by talking to a colleague and past student, I developed this assignment. I tried to ensure that the assignment would:

Address multiple Common Core standardsHold students accountable while minimizing stressBe structured enough to provide clarity while giving freedom to experimentBe varied enough to keep students engagedGet students to write for multiple purposes


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I find it hard to believe that blogging isn't part of every classroom wriitng workshop.  

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:38 AM

I love blogging and getting my students blogging too!  I have seen their writing flourish,  when they realise they are writing for a larger audience!  Their sense of humour, style and unique opinion comes to the fore!  Blogs are a wonderful way for young people to share their worldview!

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Digital Discussion: Take Your Class to the Internet | Edutopia

Digital Discussion: Take Your Class to the Internet | Edutopia | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
How to set up a blog in your classroom....


Many teachers have started to experiment with blogs. For some, a blog is an electronic notebook -- one students can't lose (or claim the dog ate). For others, it's a forum where a class discussion can unfold 24/7. Either way, blogging can be a powerful educational tool. Suggestions for setting up a classroom blog follow. (Keep in mind that these ideas assume student access to computers and the Internet.)

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 9:44 AM

Teaching how to use the internet effectively makes so much more sense than pretending it doesn't exist.

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A 60 Seconds Guide to The Use of Blogging in Education

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A few months ago Educational Technology and Mobile Learning posted a detailed guide on how Teachers can Use Blogging in Education. We are glad this post has received a wide interaction from...


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Chris Carter's curator insight, February 26, 4:19 PM

Beautiful infographic; powerful message

Anabel Gonzalez's curator insight, February 27, 6:57 AM

My Beginner ESL students have started blogging everyday and it has been a huge success!  They are enjoying it so much that they are improving their writing skills without realizing it. Blogging is good for all!

Maria Richards's curator insight, March 29, 1:27 PM

I SOOO need this infographic.

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Teachers Quick Guide to Blogging

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Student Blogs: Learning to Write in Digital Spaces | Langwitches Blog

Student Blogs: Learning to Write in Digital Spaces | Langwitches Blog | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Tweet Student blogging is not a project, but a process. We are continuously striving to refine, improve and re-evaluate.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 29, 2012 5:51 PM

As a middle school writing teacher I was always hungry for ways to connect my students with authentic audiences. I set up liteary bulletin board systems in the 80's to publish student writing.  


Now that blogs can bring anyone's writing to an international audience, it's seems (to me) that classroom blogging is a no brainer. 


However, many teachers just won't go there. And many students don't really get it.  


This article provides sound advice for anyone 'getting into' blogging. 

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Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay

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thinkstock By Shelley Wright


As an English teacher, I’ve had numerous conversations with college professors who lament the writing skills of their first year students. But not all writing. Most students are capable of solid expository writing. It’s their skill with persuasive writing that’s the problem. Specifically, they’re weak at writing a thesis statement that can be argued.

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Making Paper Blogs to Prepare for the Online Experience | The Inspired Classroom

Making Paper Blogs to Prepare for the Online Experience | The Inspired Classroom | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Web-based Digital Storytelling Tools and Online Interactive Resources | Danny Maas, Emerging Technologies AISI Consultant

Web-based Digital Storytelling Tools and Online Interactive Resources | Danny Maas, Emerging Technologies AISI Consultant | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

An approach to using digital stories in the classroom


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Write On!

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Write On! is a community for teen writers and book lovers. It's a place to come and meet others who share your passion for the written word, and a place to learn more about the craft of writing and the publishing business.

 

We offer the blog, forums, a chatroom, Ask-The-Editor with real editor Alison Weiss, monthly Agent Chats with real agents, etc. to help accomplish the goal of a tight-knit community of writers (and readers).


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