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My Kid is Creating YouTube Videos?

Jonathan Rochelle, project manager of Google Apps for Education and co-founder of Google Docs and Sheets, considers the role of YouTube in his son’s life. Within the past year, my 13-year-old son, Jeremy, started showing a deep interest in making videos. He was mostly inspired by other young talents he saw on YouTube and by…

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Teaching Writing, Tablet Style: Revisited

Computers, tablets and other mobile devices dominate our lives, and as schools adopt 1:1 initiatives, parents and teachers alike must navigate the technologies that support student writers. In a post from 2013, Troy Hicks shares some apps for teaching writing, tablet style. When it comes to helping our students to write, to put words into sentences…

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Color Outside the Lines

by Sheila Cooperman Writing, for me, used to be like the old-fashioned rules of coloring: “Stay inside the lines.” It was next to impossible. I tried, failed, and swore to do better next time. But next time rarely came, because I knew that to express myself effectively, to make the most of what I needed…

Writing Assessment: A Creative Approach

By Jeremy Hyler In April, I wrote a post about standardized testing. In that post I mentioned how students’ confidence could rise if they were given the opportunity to do more authentic assessments where they could be creative. Unfortunately, standardized testing does not allow for this.  Students can’t demonstrate their knowledge through any other mode…

Authentic Writing Across the Curriculum

By Brad Currie Black River Middle School in Chester, New Jersey, takes great pride in the wide range of innovative learning experiences that students are exposed to on a daily basis. Focusing on digital literacy and building digital capacity are important aspects that we incorporate on a daily basis. Teachers and students take challenging risks…

Teaching Writing, Tablet Style

By Troy Hicks While I am very much an advocate for digital writing that incorporates multimedia content such as audio, video, and images, I also understand and appreciate the idea that writing involves — and should always involve at some level — the use of words. Very rarely, if ever, does a young writer need all…