An Invitation: Join the Summer of Making & Connecting!

It's only fair to share…TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinPinterestemailTumblrRedditIn a couple of days it will be June.  Let’s face it, summer is indeed here.  ….That wonderful time of year when the world is in full bloom and ideas percolate.  As the summer suddenly arrives on the doorstep, I have this personal ritual of creating my annual “Summer Manifesto”.  It is a wish … [Read more…]

#Makerspace Launch!

It's only fair to share…TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinPinterestemailTumblrReddit The Kean University Writing Project is a non-profit organization, a site of the National Writing Project, the largest professional development provider for teachers across the U.S. and the longest lasting PD provider of all organizations existing in the world.  Since 1974 the NWP has directly impacted the writing instruction of … [Read more…]

Innovation in Education: Writing as Making

It's only fair to share…TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinPinterestemailTumblrRedditI recently made an inspiring trip to Washington DC where I was able to advocate for education, for teachers, and writing in our nation’s schools.  I was honored to be asked to introduce Representative Rush Holt of New Jersey to my colleagues of the National Writing Project, as we gathered together at the … [Read more…]

Some Thoughts on Open Learning: Ode to the Dandelion

It's only fair to share…TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinPinterestemailTumblrRedditNobody 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…TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinPinterestemailTumblrReddit 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…TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinPinterestemailTumblrReddit 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…TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinPinterestemailTumblrReddit 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…TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinPinterestemailTumblrRedditToday 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…TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinPinterestemailTumblrReddit…..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…TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinPinterestemailTumblrRedditAh, 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…]