Google Docs: Not just documents any more

I “meet” regularly with a fellow doc student to share writing and give and receive feedback. Yesterday, I uploaded her piece into GDocs and commented there. When our call took place, we went to the doc and referred to it throughout our conversation. Suddenly the entire tenor of our conversation shifted. It was no longer just two people looking at feedback on Word documents that […]

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4 Lessons from the 3rd Webstitute

Webstitute #3 at the English Companion Ning closed earlier in the evening; I thought I’d catch a few thoughts in writing before they drifted away forever. Here are four that come to mind first: Lesson #1 Check the tech!  Need I say more? Well, one addition to my post from the other day. I think the best learning in tech situations comes from posing a […]

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Riding It Out

I got on my bike today for the second time in four years. The first time was two days ago. That may not sound odd unless you were once used to cycling upwards of 40 or 50 miles a day. I was, before I started my doctoral program. I rode a measly 11 miles two days ago and I thought I would die. My quads […]

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Me and the Boys from Bangalore

I was hours away from finishing the final qualifying paper, AKA comps, for my doctoral program. It was 10:30 p.m. and if I stuck with it, I could get the citations done before dawn. I was working on a big, graphic-heavy document and Word was acting finicky– I’d started getting messages that my disk was running out of space, which was pretty much impossible, I […]

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Homework Becomes Electric

As part of my class in curriculum theorizing, I have to devise a homework plan, something that will move me along in my own work as I engage the ideas and readings from class. I’m going to do it on my blog, under the category of Homework. We are in the middle of a revolution in public schooling, and I see it as a revolution […]

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When I Learned I Was White

A week ago, I read Jose Vilson’s Educon 2.3 reflection, “#Educon, Edu-Nerds, Chris Lehmann, and A Slice of Race in the 21st Century”. Jose’s post was a powerful reflection on race, told through an anecdote of a conference session he attended. In that session, a participant commented that inquiry-based learning may be great for some kids, but others might need direct instruction. Chris Lehman, principal […]

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