Motion Poems -- Moving Poems. Moving.

From DSC:
Another nice example of a cross-disciplinary assignment!


Digital Publishing: Interlinking publishing’s future with jobs, books, social media, and English majors [11-2-11 presentation] — published with permission from Steven Chevalia [Steven is a senior at Calvin College and recently did an internship at Zondervan]

Agenda/topics covered:

  • What is Digital Media?
  • Legal Jargon (Sneak Peek)
  • e-Readers
  • Tablets vs. e-Readers
  • e-Reading Software
  • Books or Apps?
  • Publishing [publishers / self-publishing]

Addendums later on 11/9/11:

The Book Drum World Map

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Amazon.com -- Connecting readers and writers

From Daniel Christian: Fasten your seatbelts! An accelerated ride through some ed-tech landscapes.

From DSC:
Immediately below is a presentation that I did for the Title II Conference at Calvin College back on August 11, 2011
It is aimed at K-12 audiences.


Daniel S. Christian presentation -- Fasten your seatbelts! An accelerated ride through some ed-tech landscapes (for a K-12 audience)


From DSC:
Immediately below is a presentation that I did today for the Calvin College Fall 2011 Conference.
It is aimed at higher education audiences.


 Daniel S. Christian presentation -- Fasten your seatbelts! An accelerated ride through some ed-tech landscapes (for a higher ed audience)


Note from DSC:

There is a great deal of overlap here, as many of the same technologies are (or will be) hitting the K-12 and higher ed spaces at the same time. However, there are some differences in the two presentations and what I stressed depended upon my audience.

Pending time, I may put some audio to accompany these presentations so that folks can hear a bit more about what I was trying to relay within these two presentations.

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5 brainstorming strategies for writers— from DailyWritingTips.com by Mark Nichol

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Wikipedia to launch article-quality ranking system — from digitaltrends.com by Andrew Couts




Teaching students to be multimedia storytellers — from Spotlight on Digital Media & Learning

From DSC:
With a special congrats out to Laura Fleming on her curation efforts:

We wanted to point Spotlight readers to a new, powerful collection on the National Writing Project’s Digital Is website. Reading and Writing Transmedia is curated by Laura Fleming, a library media specialist in River Edge, N.J., who blogs regularly about the connection between transmedia and education.

From DSC:
Growing up with the music I did, I really liked this! It’s fun — and for some students, highly engaging! Thanks to Lee Wilson for posting it on his blog.



Also see:

flocabulary.com -- hip hop in the classroom

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The definition of metacognitive skills in education — ehow.com by Gilbert Manda


Controlling your thinking processes and becoming more aware of your learning is called metacognition. Metacognitive skills make you aware of your own knowledge, the ability to understand, control and manipulate your own cognitive process. In short, you learn to learn. It is important to know the process of learning and understanding your own approach to it.

From DSC:
I wish that scholars would write their articles/research findings up in two formats:

1) One format being targeted to other scholars/researchers
2) The second format being targeted to those folks outside academia who might benefit from it

This article is not from a scholarly journal, but it references some scholarly sources such as those from Purdue University and  Midwestern State University; however, it is much more readable and useful to me — and probably to many others. It is written in language that more people can understand and work with. Academia needs to start being more relevant like this — speaking to audiences outside ourselves; especially when we are asking them to pay many of the bills.

How can we help students develop better metacognitive skills? What strategies can we offer while they are studying a particular lesson?

20 great opening lines to inspire the start of your story — from DailyWritingTips.com by Mark Nichol

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There’s an app for that class at Va. universities — from timesdispatch.com by Karin Kapsidelis


VCU and other universities are exploring the uses of
smartphones and mobile applications in and outside classrooms.


With the help of his smartphone, D. Kirk Richardson taught a class last summer on Edgar Allan Poe’s last hours in Richmond. The walking tour took on a different dimension for his Virginia Commonwealth University students when he augmented his lesson with vintage images from the poet’s day. On his iPhone, they could see Poe haunts that no longer exist and even a menu from a restaurant where he dined during his last 30 hours here in 1849. For Richardson, who teaches focused inquiry classes at VCU’s University College, it was a way of adding context to Poe’s life and “moving history out of books.” He has since adapted that mobile lesson plan to a mytourguide.com application and is showing his students this semester how to use the app to create their own walking tours. Later this month, the class will set out to digitally explore the Civil War prison camp on Belle Isle, famous hotels and the last days of Jefferson Davis.



Originally saw this at
Ray Schroeder’s Online Learning Update blog


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Bootstrapped Publishing – DIY FTW — from thinktiv.com


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