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Are Apps Becoming the New Worksheet?

My daughter loves school. She used to line up her stuffed animals in rows and “teach” them for hours on end. When she got a special...
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When We are Writers

There’s a thing I want to say. I heard it coming up when I was sitting in Starbucks yesterday. Watching the sun and the people in...
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Essential Silence

http://hybridpedagogy.org/podcast-player/7983/essential-silence.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 10:55I attended a funeral last month. I wanted to speak, but I couldn’t — not for the...
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Between Words and Pictures Emerges the Shape of Ideas

I want to share a quick few reflections on the particular way in which I see comics as a powerful way to express and organize our...
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Traces

The fact remains that to write is to trace, and to trace is within the reach of any hand — Fernand Deligny, The Arachnean and Other...
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Dance : Work : Learn : Teach : Write

Prelude In a former life I was a dancer. A former life, or a previous era: BGS (Before Grad School). This is how I used to...
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Author, Audience, and Parts of Speech

For much of October I have been mentally wringing my hands over exactly how I want to contribute to Digital Writing Month, especially as a featured...
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Your Voice in Mine

How can I hear my own voice unless it bounces off of yours? I have had that single line in my mind for years. It isn’t...
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On the Horrors and Pleasures of Counting Words

Good writing is not reducible to numbers; the word count for the expression of an idea can’t always (or even usually) be determined in advance. Ideas...
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Blogging is a Choral Act

I was going to start by saying that digital writing was, for me, a Pandora’s Box. But that would not be fair, or true. The jar...
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Creative Beasts with Crayons

Digital writing is emergent writing. It mutinies at the imposition of form, the edicts of the grammars of old. It rails to change the rules. It...
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“College Readiness” versus “Ready for College”

We have lots of definitions of “college readiness”; here are the ACT’s definitions as well as the Common Core’s in Language Arts (as for math, it’s...
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Giving Voice to Written Words

http://hybridpedagogy.org/podcast-player/8019/giving-voice-written-words.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 7:04Writers should talk more. We write to make ourselves heard. We use writing to tell a story,...
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Making and Breaking Domain of One’s Own: Rethinking the Web in Higher Ed

http://hybridpedagogy.org/podcast-player/7938/making-breaking-rethinking-web-higher-ed.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 27:39On Friday, 12 August 2016, Martha Burtis gave one of two closing keynotes at the Digital Pedagogy Lab...
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Not Enough Voices

http://hybridpedagogy.org/podcast-player/7920/not-enough-voices.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 21:39On Friday, 12 August 2016, Sean Michael Morris gave one of two closing keynotes at the Digital...
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Winona Ryder and the Internet of Things

“In the living room the voice-clock sang, Tick-tock, seven o’clock, time to get up, time to get up, seven o’clock!” ~ Ray Bradbury, “There Will Come...
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Why Start With Pedagogy? 4 Good Reasons, 4 Good Solutions

This post originally appeared on HASTAC on June 18, 2015. I’m often asked why I start with pedagogy, given the larger institutional reforms and social ambitions...
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Is It Time to Give Up on Computers in Schools?

On June 29, 2015 at the ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, Audrey Watters spoke on a panel called “Is it Time to Give Up on Computers in...
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Homework is a Social Justice Issue

This article was originally published in Educating Modern Learners. When a teacher assigns homework, she makes some big assumptions about students’ home lives. Do they have the...
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Learning is Not a Mechanism

This article was originally published on Educating Modern Learners on January 26, 2015. “The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility.” ~ bell hooks,...
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Convivial Tools in an Age of Surveillance

On December 1, 2014, Audrey Watters published a collection of her lectures under the title Monsters of Education Technology. The following is the final chapter from...
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Digital Writing, Paywalls, and Worth

This piece was contributed as part of Hybrid Pedagogy‘s Digital Writing Month. I’m tired. Scratch that: I’m exhausted. I’ve been writing for my life, like my life depended...
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Maggie’s Digital Content Farm

This piece was contributed as part of Hybrid Pedagogy‘s Digital Writing Month. Over the course of the last 6 months or so, I’ve felt a real...
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On, On, On

The following post was originally published by Kate Bowles on her blog, Music for Deckchairs. It’s an important piece about the nature of academic work and...
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The Pedagogies of Reading and Not Reading

“There is more than one way not to read, the most radical of which is not to open a book at all.” ~ Pierre Bayard, How...
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