Fire It Up!

Students live in a world of instant gratification, engaged by peer to peer technology with phones, online games and chats. Their world fills with the fun this “instancy” and engagement provides; they are constantly stimulated in ways that create more neural pathways more quickly than ever did ours.

What’s Next?

Fifth grade and sixth grade still focus on elaboration in writing. However, we will dabble in applying our elaboration skills on election issues. I hope to introduce them to working together on wiki work to explain 1) How a person…

Better Letters

Congratulations Students!  You did it! You worked well on your Letters to the President, researching issues important to you to find supporting evidence.  Not all of you researched in depth; some only summarized.  Even so, the work engaged you to…

Tech Beginnings 1

The set up of our class wiki (http://whatelse.pbwiki.com) has begun and is ongoing. I created the project as part of PBWiki Summer Camp to promote the use of wikis in the classroom as a collaborative writing format. As a result,…

President Project Prep

The National Writing Project and Google have created a project for students to write to the future president about issues and concerns important to them. The project, Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future, provides a platform for teens…

Family wiki info

Why wiki? Check out this page about what wiki is, educational pedagogy, and benefits. http://whatelse.pbwiki.com/Learning-With-Wikis Please contact me with questions.

Twitter, Ning, RSS

Feel overwhelmed? Me too. Technology improves daily; there’s always something new. I needed HTML code for adding video to Ning — wouldn’t you know it? Google embed video code and there’s a site that creates it for you! http://www.freevideocoding.com/ Amazing!…

Welcome !

Wowser! It’s another day! What else could we do today? “What else?” That’s the question to ask, to be curious, to engage more fully in whatever you are doing. And, “What else?” is the question to ask when writing. “What…