Labor Day has long been the traditional week for back-to-school, although it seems like most schools started weeks ago. And for many folks — teachers, parents, principals, students — the big school-related news this week was, well, school.
"In this blog post I share some of my current thinking about the role the Creative Process plays in shaping authentic, exciting, engaging teaching and learning opportunities in our classrooms and schools."
"The project is the result of one week’s worth of Tweets and blog posts from May of last year. The introduction to the book, written by Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt from George Mason University, describes the process of crowdsourcing this sort of academic publication, one that elicited over 330 submissions from 177 authors. The book is freely available online." ~Audrey Watters, http://www.hackeducation.com/
"Rececently, two platforms have emerged as the most dominant on the scene, WordPress, a longstanding self-hosted (& hosted variety) CMS platform, and Tumblr, a strictly self-hosted blog platform that mixes in social networking aspects and focuses on shorter posts (tumblog)."
"One thing that is common to reformist groups is the emphasis placed upon students working together in authentic project based learning (PBL). As Alan November clearly demonstrates there are many valid humanistic reasons for this. However, as in all approaches, there are dangers inherent in this technique. Done poorly this method can consume vast amounts of time for minimal return. However, when done well the returns can be astounding."
"I think we're in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven't seen since Greek civilization," she says. For Lunsford, technology isn't killing our ability to write. It's reviving it—and pushing our literacy in bold new directions."
"Teaching the New Writing (TNW) is collection of practical how-to essays from 16 teacher authors who have attempted to tackle the emerging challenge of teaching writing in the digital age. This 'intersection of technology and writing' is proving to be a challenging task for educators across the country." from an Amazon review by Troy Wilson.