Tchers’ Voice: #WhyIWrite

Posted & in Teaching Channel.

Sean McComb, an English teacher at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore, MD, shares a personal look behind his writing and teaching practice. This piece was featured on the Teaching Channel’s blog, Tchers’ Voice, and was his response to the upcoming National Day on Writing prompt, “#whyiwrite.” On October 20, everyone is invited to celebrate writing, community, and voice through the hashtag #whyiwrite. Sean is a 2014 National Teacher of the Year and a Teaching Channel Laureate.

Shark Tank Goes to School

Posted & in Educator Innovator Blog.

Inspired by the TV show, this Shark Tank was developed by National Writing Project educators as a format for teachers to tap into students’ feedback on curriculum-in-process. When it comes to the effort it takes to writing and to write well, students are investors.

Maker Party 2015 is Right Around the Corner: July 15 – July 31!

Posted & in Mozilla Webmaker.

The biggest party of the year is right around the corner! In 2014, Maker Party brought together almost 130,000 people who hosted more than 2,500 hands-on, community-run events across 86 countries. And they built some 44,000 projects — fun, funky, and useful apps, web pages, and games that made the Web a more exciting place. […]

Register Now for Edcamp USDOE

Posted & in EdCamp Foundation.

by Kristen Swanson, Edcamp Founder The Edcamp Foundation team is excited to be partnering with the United States Department of Education for Edcamp USDOE on June 6, 2014. This collaboration was borne out of discussion at the Educon conference in Philadelphia this year related to professional development for teachers, microcredentials, and lifelong learning. The purpose of Edcamp USDOE is […]

Parents Look to Teachers for Help Using Educational Media at Home

Posted & in Educator Innovator Blog.

A majority of parents say that educational media has helped their child learn a lot about one or more subjects. And parents count nearly half of their kids’ screen time as educational. That’s according to a new survey-based report by Sesame Workshop’s Joan Ganz Cooney Center, which documents parents’ perspectives on their children’s informal use […]

Freedom, Autonomy, and Digital Media at an Indiana High School

Posted & in DML, Educator Innovator Blog.

Cross-posted from DML Central, with permission. By Howard Rheingold “Freedom and autonomy are the key words for this class,” says Don Wettrick, describing the “Innovations” course he teaches at Franklin Community High School in Franklin, Indiana. I believe these words also convey the most important reason for using digital media in schools. While the availability […]