Can middle school students really be curators?

In our faculty work group last week, we discussed the difference between class blogs and student blogs. Ultimately, we all chose the student blogs because they gave the students control over the site, knowing that class blogs probably would not pass the student sniff test of “adult control”. We also saw the incredible potential for students to learn about themselves

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Why blog?

And why ask middle school students to blog? The common rationales are that students who blog are more engaged because they are in touch with their audience (communication is interactive, after all) and that students who blog are building a core competency of online, digital communication, which has perhaps some different demands than traditional expository writing. Going further, though, these rationales are

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The Case for 21st Century Assessments

The changing nature of what will be expected of our students in the work force in their life times calls for a re-examining of the ‘exit outcomes’ for education. These target skills have been described in various lists, such as: Creative thinking, Decision making, Problem solving, Learning how to learn, Collaboration, and Self-management; OR Self-directed learners, Collaborative workers, Complex thinkers, Quality producers, and Community contributors

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Workshop Agenda

Workshop Agenda – June 14 and 15 Thursday morning we will spend our time on: Thinking and Writing – Why are we here? When, and why, do we ask our students to write? Orientation – Where are we going? What are we talking about? What does this look like in reality? Hands-on Technology Time – get to know WordPress and

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