Learning “Computer”: A Task for the Age(d)?

My mother, 87, is more proficient that most users her age– undoubtedly because in her son-in-law and granddaughter are software engineers, her son is highly regarded in the computer systems security industry, and her daughter–me– has been involved in internet culture and education for decades. Still, she scolded me the other day that it is more difficult for older people to learn “computer.” Although I […]

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In Search of a Method

[ Responding to the last post.] What if the stories are the way in to an understanding? To worry that stories may not be “enough” on which to build an exploration is to negate the corpus of work on qualitative inquiry, particularly narrative inquiry, for example It’s through the stories that my questions take shape; my wonderings drift, connect, and I “see” what I am […]

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Technology In the Sanctuary: The Story of a Revolution

What happens to the social and cultural foundations of a traditional institution and its members when they are pushed to embrace new technologies of the internet? Or, phrased differently, when these new technologies force their way into the most sacred spaces? If I were talking to educators working to foster new mindsets, practices, and perspectives of teaching and learning, the answer most often would be, […]

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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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Little Boxes on the Desktop: Keeping Writing Small

I went to a pretty good conference last weekend. It made me think of the old folksong, “Little Boxes on the Hillside” (scroll down to the bonus audio). There was a lot of writing involved in sessions throughout the day, which is always a good thing. But in each session I attended where writing was involved, I got a handout with boxes on the page. […]

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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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Every Building Tells a Story

I like to drive by schools when I visit a new town. It’s a way I get a sense of a community. Last weekend, I visited Eastern Oregon for the first time. Our hosts own 20 acres, which they farm for alfalfa that they sell to Japan. The have chickens, goats, a large garden. They both have full-time professional jobs. In short, they are financially […]

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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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