All the things we cannot see….

It’s only fair to share…I am thinking about all the things we cannot see. Things large and small, things gentle and things formidable.  Things floating right by us, things key to the way we live and breathe.  Love is in the air, and the elements, so many memories and molecules, and our countless communications too. … [Read more…]

When objects are endowed with force….

It’s only fair to share…I know that this obsidian holds some kind of power.  I found it on a walk in the West Coast when I was around 20.  It is smooth and dark and weighty and sharp.  It seemed to be waiting for me to pick up. ….What is a sacred object, but a … [Read more…]

Importance of Imagination, Part 1

It’s only fair to share… On the morning after election day, I tweeted:   Shocked, exhausted, and profoundly heartbroken, I knew to meet the day with the universal mandate for good parenting: to serve as my children’s best example. I took similar steps to support and listen to my students. Soon thereafter, I came to … [Read more…]

Writing for Public Purpose

It’s only fair to share… This current back-to-school season is no doubt marked in tangible ways by a contentious presidential election cycle. I find myself wondering how much this indubitable backdrop will play a role in the learning that actually takes place in many classrooms. How much do the real world concerns of the day … [Read more…]

Virtually Connecting at #2016DML

It’s only fair to share… I am pleased to report that the upcoming Digital Media and Learning Conference (to be held at the University of California, Irvine on Oct. 5-7) is slated as rich ground for Virtually Connecting! Virtually Connecting is a connected learning community that is reshaping the ways we think about professional collegiality. In a traditional model … [Read more…]

Dear Future President

It’s only fair to share… As the candidates and the media concentrate on issues that matter to voters in this election season, how can young people engage and have a voice? Young people should have a say on the issues that matter to them, their communities, and our country. How can we support our youth … [Read more…]

Reading as a Social Act

It’s only fair to share… It’s commonly acknowledged that writing is a social act. What does it mean to write online? When we write in the digital age, we are writing to share and to connect. But, what about the act of reading? I open this reflection by quoting myself from a prior DML post: These days, … [Read more…]