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The Writing Revolution

The Writing Revolution | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

In the coming months, the conversation about the importance of formal writing instruction and its place in a public-school curriculum—­the conversation that was central to changing the culture at New Dorp—will spread throughout the nation. Over the next two school years, 46 states will align themselves with the Common Core State Standards. For the first time, elementary-­school students—­who today mostly learn writing by constructing personal narratives, memoirs, and small works of fiction—will be required to write informative and persuasive essays. By high school, students will be expected to produce mature and thoughtful essays, not just in English class but in history and science classes as well.

 

Common Core’s architect, David Coleman, says the new writing standards are meant to reverse a pedagogical pendulum that has swung too far, favoring self-­expression and emotion over lucid communication. “As you grow up in this world, you realize people really don’t give a shit about what you feel or what you think,” he famously told a group of educators last year in New York. Early accounts suggest that the new writing standards will deliver a high-voltage shock to the American public. Last spring, Florida school officials administered a writing test that, for the first time, required 10th-graders to produce an expository essay aligned with Common Core goals. The pass rate on the exam plummeted from 80 percent in 2011 to 38 percent this year.

 

According to the Nation’s Report Card, in 2007, the latest year for which this data is available, only 1 percent of all 12th-graders nationwide could write a sophisticated, well-­organized essay. Other research has shown that 70 to 75 percent of students in grades four through 12 write poorly. Over the past 30 years, as knowledge-based work has come to dominate the economy, American high schools have raised achievement rates in mathematics by providing more­-extensive and higher-level instruction. But high schools are still graduating large numbers of students whose writing skills better equip them to work on farms or in factories than in offices; for decades, achievement rates in writing have remained low.


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Beyond Words: Meaning in Motion | NWP Digital Is

Beyond Words: Meaning in Motion | NWP Digital Is | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

"What happens ... when we become more deliberate in our thinking about placing text in motion and the direction suggested by the text itself? How does motion affect meaning and our interpretative process?"


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Why Critical Design Literacy is Needed Now More Than Ever | DMLcentral

Why Critical Design Literacy is Needed Now More Than Ever | DMLcentral | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

Students at Texas City High School engage in new media literacies

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What We've Learned About Games and Learning: An Interview with Kurt Squire (Part One)

What We've Learned About Games and Learning: An Interview with Kurt Squire (Part One) | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

Squire writes that educators "systematically undervalue art and aesthetics."  Interesting connections to aesthetics and cognition.

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Twitter in the Classroom: Authentic conversation or "Just doing school?" | NWP Digital Is

Twitter in the Classroom: Authentic conversation or "Just doing school?" | NWP Digital Is | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

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From Credibility to Information Quality | Youth and Media

From Credibility to Information Quality | Youth and Media | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it
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Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

Use multi-media to design student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by standards-based Essential Questions and facilitated by digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths.

 

Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation

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Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | MindShift

Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | MindShift | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

Is this like Rheingold's concept of peeralogy, but in a classroom setting?

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The Flipped Classroom Defined | MindShift

The Flipped Classroom Defined | MindShift | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

cool infographic showing flipped classrooms

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After Recess: Change the World

After Recess: Change the World | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it
Web tools can turn the world upside down. Change.org has empowered ordinary people to close down homophobic “clinics” in Ecuador, shine a light on sex trafficking, and force banks to drop fees.
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Digital Literacies research briefing

This is a research briefing on the topic of Digital Literacies, written by Dr. Julia Gillen and Prof. David Barton, from Lancaster University. It is part of the work of the UK's Technology-Enhanced Learning Research Programme (http://www.tel.ac.uk).

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The 350 Best Education Resources Chosen By You | Edudemic

The 350 Best Education Resources Chosen By You | Edudemic | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it
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An anthology of digital media projects

An anthology of digital media projects | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

This site contains assignments for and created by participants in the most kick butt online open course anywhere, ds106, Digital Storytelling....

As of Sep 7, 2012 it includes 400 ds106 assignments and 3879 examples created from them.


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SIDI 2012 - Real Reasons to Write: Engaging and Motivating Student Writers

SIDI 2012 - Real Reasons to Write: Engaging and Motivating Student Writers | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

a presentation by the thoughtful Sara Kajder


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New ‘Digital Divide’ Seen in Wasting Time Online

New ‘Digital Divide’ Seen in Wasting Time Online | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it
As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families are spending considerably more time using them for purposes other than for education.
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New Ecologies of Learning: design, digital literacies, spaces & metaphor Slidecast by Grainne Conole

New ecologies of learning: design,digital literacies, spaces and metaphors Gráinne Conole, University of Leicester ALDinHE conference, Leeds...

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Games-Based Learning Experiences: Testing the principles with teachers and students

Games-Based Learning Experiences: Testing the principles with teachers and students | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

The paper describes: the participants, the workshop activities, the findings of the workshops, and in particular teacher and student attitudes towards each of the key learning elements and which they felt were most important to include if creating games-based learning experiences for the classroom.


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Spotlight on Teen Ink: A Magazine Written by and for Teens - National Writing Project

Spotlight on Teen Ink: A Magazine Written by and for Teens - National Writing Project | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

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Samurai Yetis and Ninja Werewolves: How One Teacher Turned Sixth Grade Into an MMO

Samurai Yetis and Ninja Werewolves: How One Teacher Turned Sixth Grade Into an MMO | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: Ben Bertoli is a longtime Kotaku reader and commenter, a lifetime, dedicated video gamer, and a sixth-grade teacher in Indiana.
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My day at Educon 2012 | williamstites.net

My day at Educon 2012 | williamstites.net | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it
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Introducing Programming to Preschoolers | MindShift

Introducing Programming to Preschoolers | MindShift | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it
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Education is about preparing young people to make the world better than it is!

Education is about preparing young people to make the world better than it is! | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

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Why We Need a 4th R: Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, algoRithms | DMLcentral

Why We Need a 4th R: Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, algoRithms | DMLcentral | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it
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Behind the Digital Curtain

Behind the Digital Curtain | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it

Teaching students the underlying logic of digital tools.

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What Should I Read?

What Should I Read? | Digital Literacies and Learning | Scoop.it
These are great books for getting started on or expanding an exploration of digital tools and teaching English. The cover images and descriptions below are taken directly from each book's Amazon...

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