On social media: Bridges bring the heroes in while fences make more villains

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

Social media has done me well as a professional. Social media, however, has now been conclusively tied to petty violence and gang activity in Chicago and other major cities across the United States. Does that mean, though, that what we thought of as a limitless bridge is now collapsing and giving way to fences? Read More …

First, the thanks; then I’ll carve the meat

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

This is your old, old grandpa.  I’ve got a copy of all of your previous emails… related to the documentary.  I’m very proud of you…undertaking something like this…getting the idea for something like this at your school.  I wish you a lot of luck with that.  I’m very happy for you… And I hope it Read More …

DvNT sophomores’ first steps to student empowerment: bringing The Interrupters to town

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

This was no regular meeting with the principal.  I had a yellow legal pad and was trying to keep up with the sparks of fresh ideas or next steps.  Proposals, artifacts and research passed across the big desk.  Impacts on the community were discussed.  Monetary costs were considered.  At first, the legal pad might suggest Read More …

night of juxtapositions during the first #PBLChat

A couple months ago, I was really looking forward to the Midwest Meeting of the Minds where I would get to meet other teachers in my region to see what they were up to and how they were dealing with some of their classroom struggles.  I got a lot of valuable advice (even some that Read More …

Ning in education: presenting as a first-generation digital native

Last week, I presented a session on Nings in education at the DeICE Engage mini conference.  I made the same presentation twice (check out the materials under the Extras menu above).  Fortunately (since it was my first time presenting at a professional development conference) I did not feel intimidated by the number of attendees.  (Maybe Read More …

facelift: new media and changing purposes

Now that Speech season is over (well, sorta until we go to Nationals…) and major gradschool projects are out of the way, I’ve had some time to nurture my online presence(s).  I have made a lot of new connections to trailblazers in education and educational technology through Twitter; my PLN has truly witnessed growth that Read More …

Twitter: social media/marketing in overdrive

CDWG | Win a Wireless Lab – Rules. Discovery Learning has made for an interesting laptops for classroom promotion.  After you enter/register for the sweepstakes, you can “re-enter” every time your re-post to Twitter (see below).  The promotion via Twitter is no surprise.  In fact, during the course of the week, I overhead someone say Read More …