Contention 1 for @newtechnetwork #echoAV | Value of “talk” in feedback and assessment

In my quest for generating more authentic feedback in writing, I often find myself drawn to conversations, whether they are synchronous or asynchronous.  We know our pedagogy is strengthened by feedback that helps students grow, understand and better communicate their thoughts or work products.  When we hold writing conferences, we realize a truth that we may Read More …

@newtechnetwork Bring on the A/V to Echo Tasks! #echoAV

Over the past two weeks, as part of the 2012 University of Illinois Writing Project summer institute (#UIWP2012), so many passionate teachers who love writing and who want to see the teaching of writing improved have surrounded me.  Each day in the Writing Project, we have immersed ourselves in writing, reading and conversations that have Read More …

reflection-starters as my first year in New Tech closes

This week, our New Tech school development coach (@edutwitt) sent out some reflection-starters to our staff.  I thought I’d jot some things out, since many of them relate back to topics I’ve been writing on this year. 1. I was most proud this year when…my students took charge and moderated an interview with author producer Alex Read More …

debrief: Project Citizen & infographics

As my classroom moves into a new project, there are quite a number of proud moments that are worth sharing.  First, I’ve got to give credit to the kids who put together some great research binders.  Many were really engaged during my workshops on how to make relevant graphs in Word, and it certainly showed Read More …

@DNTHS students’ reflections on presenting at #ICE12

This morning, I published a YouTube video on some of my students’ experiences presenting at the 2012 Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) Conference.  While not the first time presenting myself at a conference, this certainly was the first time I was working a state-wide event… and really any professional event with students.  Sure, I’ve been an Read More …