Browsing All posts tagged under »literacy«

The Making of a Digital Story

July 11, 2008


Between laundry loads today, I’ve managed to draw a host of cartoon characters, write a story, and lay out a storyboard. This digital storytelling is hard work, challenging, and fun.   I’m creating my images the old-fashioned way—sort of. I’ve hand-drawn three characters, each with several different facial expressions. I then took a picture of […]

21st Century Literacy: What Can We Do NOW?

July 8, 2008


Wesley Fryer  has published another winner: a 14.5 minute video defining what it means to be literate in the 21st Century and urging schools to take action NOW. He gives practical, specific advice and admonishes educators to have their students practicing the 3 C’s: communication, collaboration, creation. For my own local 21clc  team, I think […]

A Message For All Educators, Not Just School Boards

July 6, 2008


Wes Fryer has created a video for his local school board, attempting to persuade the board to take action to have his school address the problem of not preparing students for the digital demands of the 21st Century. It speaks to many of the same action steps we at BHS need to be taking. Fortunately, […]

After NECC 2008: What will I DO now?

July 6, 2008


In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.                                     – Author Unknown The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success.                                            – Henry Ward Beecher While NECC 2008 is still fresh, I wanted to set personal goals. What actions, as a result of my […]

Social Libraries: What If Students Keep an Online Reading Log?

June 15, 2008


Bookshelf widgets are cool. They always catch my eye. I’ve noticed several people include one in their blog sidebar. I’ve been using LibraryThing for a while, trying to catalogue the books I’ve read. I can catalogue a ton of information about each title: when I purchased it, when I started reading it, when I finished […]

Kittle Writing Beside Us

June 9, 2008


Eighty-two pages into Penny Kittle’s Write Beside Them, I’m smitten. This book will join the ranks of my go-to books, alongside Daniels and Steineke’s Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles and Barry Gilmore’s Speaking Volumes. Imagine my excitement when Penny Kittle herself agreed to enter our book club discussion. Wow. Having the author “write beside” us can only enrich […]

Twilight Series: For Pleasure & For Pedagogy

June 9, 2008


I’ve gone on a fiction reading binge while lounging on the beach this past week. There’s no better way to re-energize after a taxing school year than to sit in a beach chair beside the ocean, inhale the salty air, soak in the not-yet-too-hot sun, massage the feet in the sand, and escape via literary pages. […]