Learn. Make. Watch. Why? A Response In Two Parts

Learn. Make. Watch. Why? A Response In Two Parts

I. I’m learning that when a glorious day comes in Portland OR,  you drop everything and head outside. Saturday was one of those days: azure sky, crisp spring air, new leaves bouncing in a light breeze. Me,  I headed indoors and spent my afternoon in a dark, windowless space, staring at a screen. I had snagged one of the 20 spots in a workshop at The Northwest Film Center […]

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CLMOOC Does DIGIWRIMO: S L O W Chat Observations

CLMOOC Does DIGIWRIMO:  S L O W  Chat Observations

CLMOOC’s official make-a-thon may have come to a close after the summer, but connections have stayed alive in the G+ and Facebook communities. An now there’s the CLMOOC Popup. As one of CLMOOC noble (and somewhat anonymous) instigators leaders writes, “The notion of Pop-Up Make Cycles is that they pop up suddenly, do their thing (and invite you to do your thing, so we can […]

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SOL#16: Why Write?

SOL#16: Why Write?

From: The Department of Lucky/Unlucky Re: Backlog of Sentences Dear Madam, It has come to our attention that you have a number of writing projects languishing in folders across the internet, not to mention your computer desktop. We have one question for you: What do you think you are doing? Sincerely. ___________________ From: The blog of Karen A. LaBonté To: The Department of etc. Re: […]

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

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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Composing vs. “Digital Writing”

Composing vs. “Digital Writing”

I’ve had a couple of crappy days this week, so when it looked like things might be easing last night, I found myself sitting at my desk, itching to make something. Let me be more specific. I found myself craving the experience of being immersed in the process of creating something. Of composing. It used to be that I would turn to writing when I […]

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Blog as Field Notes

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?

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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“Writing Across the Disciplines” in the Common Core Standards: No Catchy Title Can Capture My Dismay

“Writing Across the Disciplines” in the Common Core Standards: No Catchy Title Can Capture My Dismay

  Our tenuous post-storm electric and internet connectivity kept me from being able to express some of my concerns and questions in our P2PUsession Tuesday night, so I am bringing them here. To so many people, the idea of every school striving toward the same objectives sounds like such a good one. To many, the idea that every student, every teacher, is working toward the […]

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Writing My Life

Writing My Life

What with the recent National Day of Writing and my participation in the P2PU learning lab in Writing & the Common Core, there’s been a lot of urging for folks to write, publicly and often. I started musing about writing in my life and thought I’d take my musing here. I feel like I write constantly: hours a day on my dissertation proposal, email, tweets, […]

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