Watching #UIWP13 tech growth: Some suggestions for TC’s next steps… @CommonSense

This has been my first year as a Teacher Consultant (TC) for the University of Illinois Writing Project (UIWP), where I have been tasked with coordinating and supporting our digital literacy projects.  Each year of the UIWP’s Summer Institute (SI) brings a new collection of digital media that UIWP SI participants/”fellows” produce themselves.  Through a series of Read More …

Looking forward to ICE: Some knows about evaluating technology use for learning

Later this week, I will be attending a session at the ICE Conference entitled “Effective Evaluation of Technology Use in the Classroom”.  This is a topic that has been in the back of my head for a while, because I have yet to see good instruments developed around the NETS-T Standards that can help my growth as a Read More …

#NTAC12 Ingite talks hit YouTube this morning… which means my presentation is up, too!

This morning, New Tech Network published the final versions of the 2012 New Tech Annual Conference Ignite talks. Wow, what a roller-coaster of a summer it has been.  It’s hard to think this was just a couple weeks ago!  That whole experience brought back a lot of the feelings that I remember when I was Read More …

T-minus 3, 2, 1… We have NTAC Ignit-ion! @newtechnetwork #ntac12

So, this is what the big moment looks like. After weeks of writing and rewrites…Memorizing and practicing and rewriting… I am finally sitting in the front row of the ball room at the 2013 NewTech Annual Conference (#NTAC12), ready to take the stage with my heart pounding and my brain running at lightspeed. For this Read More …

reflection on my demo of “Avoiding FRACK-ing by Building Better Rubrics” #uiwp2012

This post is in response to my presentation / teaching demonstration, “Avoiding FRACK-ing by Building Better Writing Rubrics” (slides here), for the 2012 University of Illinois Writing Project Summer Institute.  After presenting, other UIWP fellows also sent me feedback. I ran out of time, but, I feel, such is the case for presentations that rely so much Read More …

demo warm-down response “Avoiding FRACK-ing by Building Better Writing Rubrics” #uiwp

This is a down-down post to collect responses from the fellows attending my teaching demonstration during the 2012 University of Illinois Writing Project (#uiwp2012).  The comments and replies represent the opinions of the authors and may not represent the owner of this site. After our collaborative activity, please take some time to reflect on one Read More …

joy to the written word on the first day of #uiwp2012

This morning marks the first day of my experience in the University of Illinois Writing Project and probably of a new vision for writing instruction in my career.  We opened with an activity where we drew out a visualization of a recent writing process that we experienced on a sheet of transparency “paper”.  My collage more Read More …