The Minecraft Camp

It’s only fair to share… Ode To The Minecraft Camp I am blessed to wear two special “hats”. I am simultaneously both an educator and a Mom. And I often marvel at how these two roles are truly integrated. I find that many of the reflections that emerge from my educator self are mirrored by … [Read more…]

A Pedagogy of Empowerment: Taking a Leap of Faith

It’s only fair to share… In a previous article written for my Digital Media & Learning Research Hub blog, “Striving for New Ways to Learn How to Learn,” I wrote about co-learning as the heart of the connected learning experience. We have heard quite a bit about the limits of the “sage on the stage” approach and … [Read more…]

Join 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…]

Join me in Co-Learning with Connected Courses

It’s only fair to share…The coming two weeks will no doubt engender a dynamic (and hopefully playful) conversation about co-learning in the Connected Courses community.  I am honored to facilitate the topic along with colleagues Alec Couros and Howard Rheingold who have been exploring these issues for some time.  Of all the topics we considered tackling when … [Read more…]

Why I Teach (#whyiteach)

It’s only fair to share…I teach because I am ALWAYS LEARNING when I am teaching. When I am learning I FEEL ALIVE. When I feel alive, I know I CAN CHANGE THE WORLD for the better!   It’s only fair to share…

Connected Courses: Towards a guilt-free learning zone….

It’s only fair to share…My CLMOOC friend and colleague Kevin Hodgson (@dogtrax) recently wrote a blog post for the Connected Courses community that prompted us to think about the importance of “lurking” in a connected learning environment.  For those of you who might not be familiar with the term within the context of online behavior, to … [Read more…]

Paper Circuitry illuminates “Writing as Making”

It’s only fair to share…There has been a great deal of buzz lately about “making” and production-centered learning.  As a professor of literature and writing, I have been enthusiastic about the role “making” might play in the classroom.  (Even those classrooms or courses that don’t inherently seem to lend themselves to making in the most obvious sense.)  But … [Read more…]

An Invitation: Join us for “Connected Courses”!

It’s only fair to share…I’m so thrilled to extend a heartfelt invitation to all my fellow learners and educators out there who are intrigued by the proposition of “open education”.  “Connected Courses” is a new online learning experience being put together by a group of amazing educators from the Connected Learning community.   We are a collaborative community of … [Read more…]

Why Connected Learning?

It’s only fair to share…We have been excited about the “Connected Learning” movement for some time at the Kean University Writing Project, and our team has been thinking about how to incorporate connected learning principles into our overall Invitational Summer Institute experience for our new Teacher Consultants. I thought I would share a bit on … [Read more…]