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composition in the digital age, issues of teaching and learning, and theories of development
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Rhizomatic Learning

Rhizomatic Learning | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"Today while observing, I noticed how the classroom dynamics in each room were rhizomatic. The learners (students, teachers, and librarians) resembled a sea of "middles" in that they formed and reformed alliances based on need, interest, direction, redirection, assessment, and commitment. Unlike the design of many teacher-directed classrooms, the rhizomatic classroom is based on joining and rejoining as opposed to a hierarchical structure where the teacher determines the content and the method to "dispense" knowledge or perhaps even to occasion learning through experiential design.

 

The rhizomatic classroom requires a shift in teacher talk from telling to inquiring alongside students; from talking a lot and often to listening and conversing. Such shifts reveal the uncertainty present in dynamic learning. As Meg explained planning happens in conjunction with and response to what is happening in the classroom. There's no Sunday planning for the week in the traditional sense. What happens on Monday will inform Tuesday and so on. As Meg said, it's all about conversation."

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Things I Know 251 of 365: Writing differently lets the words say more at Autodizactic

"This is the type of writing we should be teaching. Not forsaking traditional texts, but folding them, extending them, and reconnoitering them into what they can be."

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"Speed Dating" Peer-Review Writing Workshops - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

"Speed Dating" Peer-Review Writing Workshops - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"Like any classroom activity, however, workshops can grow stale if they always follow the same form. Throughout a given semester, then, I vary the format of our workshops to focus on certain skills or elements of writing.One of my favorite workshop formats is “introductions speed dating.” As the title should indicate, this workshop focuses on students’ introductions, helping them think about how their initial paragraph(s) draw readers into their arguments—or fail to do so."

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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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A Brief and Wondrous Writing Contest! | Figment Blog

A Brief and Wondrous Writing Contest! | Figment Blog | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"Developing a strong voice is not easy. Developing a strong voice you have control over is even harder. So we’re not going to throw you into this contest-lake without first offering you some attractive, but effective, floaties for your arms. (We got an A in metaphors.) Junot Díaz is going to be offering up his secrets on narrative voice like a leprechaun offers up Lucky Charms. (Okay, A-minus.) He’ll be writing a blog post about how best to develop your tone, and he’ll be answering your questions on the forums, here.

After you get knowledged by Díaz, your task is to choose one of the following prompts and write your story. Entries must be no more than 1,000 words.

Creating the Voice: Narrative Voice Contest with Junot Díaz

First Person:
Without naming or describing your narrator, write a story in which you make the narrator’s age, personality, and philosophy/outlook on life evident through his or her voice.
Second Person:
Write a story about an ordinary day in the life of an extraordinary person, such as the president, supermodel, or a homeless boy. Narrate the story entirely in the second person.
Third Person:
Write a story in which you describe a person using only attributes generally considered negative (for example a character who is usually late, sloppy, and mean), but through the voice of your narrator, make that character likable.

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Equipment: Why You Can’t Convince a Cyborg She’s a Cyborg » Cyborgology

Equipment: Why You Can’t Convince a Cyborg She’s a Cyborg » Cyborgology | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"The revolution in personal computer is not merely a technological development; it is an ontological shift (i.e., a shift in the nature of being). Human consciousness is expanding out from the realm of the physical into the realm of the digital and back again. As a consequence, it is dangerous to trivialize our online presence. This equipment—our profile, our updates, our “likes,” and everything else that functions as a mechanism of self-expression online—like all equipment, comes to constitute an important part of our very being. We are what we equip."

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Troy Hicks - The Digital Writing Workshop

Troy Hicks, author of the Digital Writing Workshop (Heinemann, 2009), offers an overview of the five principles guiding writing instruction in the 21st centu...

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Are new technologies making us happier?

Are new technologies making us happier? | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Late one night, I was lying in bed, exchanging emails (regarding world domination) with my boss. When I could no longer keep my eyes open, I gently closed my laptop next to me and ...
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The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies

A presentation to the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (Australia) ICT Managers Conference 2011.
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Writing, Reading, & Discussion | Core Literacies

Writing, Reading, & Discussion | Core Literacies | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

Several links to writing, reading & discussion resources.

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Framing Transliterate Learning Through Inquiry and Participatory Cu...

"Framing Transliterate Learning Through Inquiry and Participatory Culture by Buffy Hamilton"

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14 Composition Techniques that Will Instantly Improve Your Photos

14 Composition Techniques that Will Instantly Improve Your Photos | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Understanding composition is something that every photographer should take time to do.
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The Pen That’s Smarter Than the…Pen -- THE Journal

The Pen That’s Smarter Than the…Pen -- THE Journal | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
You’ve heard of smartphones—now smartpens are taking a familiar classroom tool into the digital age.
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Complexity Science and Education: A Glossary

Complexity Science and Education: A Glossary | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"This glossary of terms is meant as a webbed introduction to key terms and concepts in complexity science, framed in terms of their relevance to educators and educational researchers."

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Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Centre for Longitudinal Studies | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"Following lives from birth and through the adult years.
The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) is an ESRC Resource Centre based at the Institution of Education. The Centre houses three internationally-renowned birth cohort studies: the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study and the Millennium Cohort Study."

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Scoop it Goes Public - Everyone is a publisher

The Web 2.0 made the promise everyone would be a publisher. Is that so?
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Developing Writers : Book

Developing Writers : Book | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

"Andrews and Smith argue that although existing theories have provided insights into the teaching and learning of writing, we need to bring such theories up to date in the digital and multimodal age."

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newlearningonline: transformational designs for pedagogy and assessment

newlearningonline: transformational designs for pedagogy and assessment | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Teaching As Reflective And Collaborative Practice...
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Digital Is | NWP Digital Is

Digital Is | NWP Digital Is | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

The NWP Digital Is website is a collection of ideas, reflections, and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world. Read, discuss, and share ideas about teaching writing today.


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Tweeting as Advanced Composition: Lessons from Auntie as @BBCNews goes human

Tweeting as Advanced Composition: Lessons from Auntie as @BBCNews goes human | Developing Writers | Scoop.it
Why @BBCNews has turned off its auto-feed during the day and how other news outlets can learn from the BBC's evolution to human-powered tweets...
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Attention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies

"Focus on five 21st-Century Social Media Literacies: Attention, Participation, Collaboration, Network awareness, Critical consumption."

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[Think Artifactual Literacies] Colbert Report: Neil MacGregor

"Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor explores the significance of historical objects."

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The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | Developing Writers | Scoop.it

We find when writing moves online, the connections between ideas and people are much more apparent than they are in the context of a printed book.

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