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Hitting the wall

I’ve lost it. I’m so angry I could… oh hell, I don’t even know what to do I’m so angry. Nothing happened, not anything any different than any other day. I read a couple of teachers’ blogs. I checked in on Twitter. And all of a sudden it was as if I couldn’t breathe. Here’s what I read. Brian Crosby’s blog, Learning is Messy. Last […]

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Created by Steve Hargadon, this Ning site offers a fascinating collection of interviews with folks active in exploring internet impact, as well as a listing of upcoming live interviewsto be available on Elluminate. MP3 downloads also available. From the site: Welcome to, a live and interactive interview series on the impact of the Internet on society and culture.

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Better late than never: Ripples from The Speech

I meant to blog about this closer to The Obama Speech to school children, but… (you know how it is). The teacher who blogs at Class Antics asked her 9th grade students to write letters of response to Obama. 08:33 pm – “Miss, My Shit is TOUCHING!” A letter one of my students wrote in response to Obama’s back-to-school speech that we watched today in […]

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Did You Know 4.0 / 3.0 / 2.0

Know any teachers, principals, superintendents who have doubts about integrating digital tools into their classrooms, or even into their conceptions of learning and teaching? The yearly update of Scott McLeod and Karl Fischer’s video  Did You Know 4.0 is up. It makes for an interesting conversation starter. Here’s a blurb from the YouTube post. This completely new Fall 2009 version includes facts and stats focusing […]

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CCK09 PLE, courtesy of

The CCK09 Connectivism Open Online Course began last week and I am scrambling to keep up. It promises to be an extraordinary experience. One of the course participants shared a wonderful list of aggregated resources for the course.  I’ve selected a few to keep here on my page. You’ll find others at empay’s blog, My PLE (Personal Learning Environment) for the CCK09 Connectivism Open […]

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1 (slide) + 1 (quote) = 1,000+ words

Slide licensed under Creative Commons by dkuropatwa: Image licensed under Creative Commons by Jared Klett: Quote source: Seth Godin, Education at the Crossroads.

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What’s love got to do with it?

The other day, in my Writing Nonfiction class,  I heard myself say, “You don’t have to love, er, like each other, but you must honor and respect each others’ writing and processes of learning.” That word love slipped out before I could catch it and I felt a little embarrassed. It’s just not the kind of word we use in education. But isn’t that kind […]

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Inciting disruption

I heard from a colleague yesterday who’s coordinating business sponsors, other digital learning specialists, and in-house tech coordinators to “disrupt” a  school district’s practices by using digital tools. “Disrupt” is the operative term; I’m not exactly sure what this entails in her situation. What’s interesting to me is her comment that Disrupting Class [1. Christensen, C., Horn, M., Johnson, C. (2008). Disrupting Class: How Disruptive […]

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There has to be a better way

I have a fabulous bunch of students this semester. They’re really smart, nice, and seem to like listening and talking to each other. And not one of them has been to school in a time when courses didn’t culminate in a high-stakes, standardized test. Let me say that again. My students have never been to school in a time where courses didn’t culminate in high-stakes, […]

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