HyperDocs and the Dilemma of “Yes, but…”

My Journey Into HyperDocs I first learned about HyperDocs during the summer of 2020. I don’t always set out to learn about every new digital tool or practice I read about, but HyperDocs was generating enough conversation– especially for something that’s been around since 2013– that I became curious. I heard a range of opinions, from they’re nothing but gussied-up worksheets, to they’re the promise […]

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Beliefs for Integrating Technology into the English Language Arts Classroom

On a rainy, chilly Friday afternoon, I attended the ORATE (Oregon Association of Teacher Educators), where I gave an overview of NCTE’s (National Council of Teachers of English) recently published position statement, Beliefs for Integrating Technology into the English Language Arts Classroom. The slides from the presentation are below; as of this posting, all the active links are accurate.  

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Where Does News Live?

Her nails are always perfect. She uses clear polish so you don’t always notice them. Until she starts tapping the cell phone sitting on the table between you. Then you notice the perfect shape, the perfect cuticles. Today her perfect index finger jabs at the phone. “I think I am the only person who still reads a real newspaper,” she says. “Now it’s all in […]

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What Are Friends For?

I’m lucky to have friends who inspire me. Creative, brilliant, entrepreneurial– and unafraid to put themselves into the world of education in order to make a difference. To make things better. Sometimes what sparks new thoughts or clarity in my own perspectives is the fact that I see things differently. Sometimes the truest gifts of a friendship are the ways in which we don’t align. […]

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When a Project Gets Sidelined

The room buzzed with voices and movement. Students hovered in small groups around workstations, talking, pointing to the computer screens, gesturing. I had given what I thought was a simple assignment: find images that will bring to life a new layer of meaning in the poem you received at the start of class. It was one of the first classes of the semester in a […]

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Whoops, I did it again: A new conversation on “digital writing”

These conversations creep up when I least expect them. Last night, it was in a car on the way back from a bike ride down the west side of  Manhattan and back up the Jersey side of the Hudson. Included was cruising across the  George Washington Bridge and an excellent ferry ride. Then came the traffic on the way home. Talk turned to work-related stuff, and […]

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Blog as Field Notes

This fall, I’m setting out to use my blog more intentionally. I want to use it to aid in creating my path beyond graduate school. I am not the only one who has talked about the impact of doctoral studies on one’s life. What I would like to do is recreate my own learning style. Part of the training of a doctoral program is in the […]

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Does “Digital Writing” Exist?

Introduction This post is dangerous. It calls into question some of the ideas behind growing interest in teaching writing using digital tools, specifically the notion that something called “digital writing” exists. The post is also highly ironic in that I am in the middle of planning a session with Rick Kreinberg for the 4T Virtual Conference on Digital Writing (4TDW– you can find the schedule here) and I am very […]

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The Believing-ness of Why

I am a teacher educator. Because I’m a doc student and our certification program is a Master’s level Teaching of English (high school writing and literature) program, I can be teaching people who are already in their own classrooms, or people who have never taught but will leave our program and begin teaching. One of my super-favorite courses to teach is Literacies and Technologies in the […]

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