Some Thoughts on Open Learning: Ode to the Dandelion

It’s only fair to share…Nobody loves the head of a dandelion, maybe because they are so many, strong and soon.”    -Toni Morrison, “The Bluest Eye” My two boys celebrate the onset of Spring like so many young children everywhere do.  They get outside and embrace the thaw.  They run, they discover, they dig with … [Read more…]

Digital Learning Day 2014!

It’s only fair to share… I am pleased to announce that the Kean University Writing Project’s Digital Learning Day will be held on February 5, 2014 in conjunction with state events and the national event hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. This powerful grassroots campaign promotes the … [Read more…]

The Hour of Code

It’s only fair to share… We live in a world surrounded by technology. Information, commerce, communication, and entertainment all rely on computers. But only a tiny fraction of us learn computer science, the basics of how computers work, or how to create software, apps, or web sites. Computer Science provides a foundation for virtually any … [Read more…]

Calling all writers! November is here.

It’s only fair to share… If you happen to fashion or fancy yourself a writer, then November is a good time to buckle down and write.   Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, or academic scholarship, the month is now a kind of dedicated experiment in writing:  a 30 day writing productivity drive!  The general idea … [Read more…]

Celebrate Connected Educator Month!

It’s only fair to share…Today is the first day of Connected Educator month! …..Because no educator should be an island, the U.S. Department of Education has declared October 2013 Connected Educator Month. More than 100 of the nation’s leading education organizations, communities, and companies will come together online throughout the month to celebrate and explore the power of … [Read more…]

Connected Learning: A Toyhack Story

It’s only fair to share……..Some notes from the “Summer of Making” and my participation in the Connected Learning MOOC  In “Make Cycle 2” of this summer’s #clmooc (a massive open online collaboration about making learning connected), participants were all challenged to make a toyhack – that is, to redesign, repurpose, and rediscover and old toy.  This seemed … [Read more…]

Summer of Making 2013

It’s only fair to share…Ah, Summer at last……. I have had some wonderful global adventures lately.  I recently took an invigorating trip with a Kean University delegation to China.  ….So much to see, taste, smell, experience. I also recently attended another fantastic THATCamp (this time at “the source” – at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History … [Read more…]

Celebrate Poetry!

It’s only fair to share… By now you probably know that it is National Poetry Month.  Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American … [Read more…]

The Human Rights Conference

It’s only fair to share…Each year in early March Kean University hosts a significant gathering devoted to Human Rights.  This year the 6th Annual International Conference on Human Rights, sponsored by the Human Rights Institute at Kean University, will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013.  The mission of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University is … [Read more…]

Celebrate Digital Learning Day!

It’s only fair to share… Building upon a growing movement to leverage digital tools to support Connected Learning , teachers, schools, principals, community leaders, parents, and students are called to participate in the second national Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.  An effort of the Alliance for Excellent Education , Digital Learning Day … [Read more…]