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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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Separate but Equal: Substitute Teaching Done Right

Every day, students across the country open the doors to their classrooms and see a stranger standing where their regular teacher should be. “Are you our...
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Collaboration file | Play in new window | Duration: 31:12A complete transcript of this episode is available. In November, Digital Writing Month returns to give participants...
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Effective Teaching Remix: Answering the Call for Digital Literacy

I am a big fan of those educators who have learned that you can use these tools, together with critical thinking, as a means of empowering...
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What We Can Learn from Homeschooling

Our homeschooling journey began nearly a decade ago, when our three year-old daughter started preschool. I was certain she would love school. She didn’t. We cycled...
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The Play’s The Thing: Lessons from Preschool Storytimes for College Classrooms

Though one might imagine that suggestions emerging from a preschool storytime may not seem to be a likely source of wisdom for an adult audience, I...
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Breaking Binary: Facebook and Teachable Moments

I was in my car, pulling into the driveway after picking up some takeout. The radio was tuned to NPR, but I wasn’t paying that close...
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How Shadowing my 2nd-grader Led to a New View of Tech in the Classroom

Last year, I experienced two months that were very challenging for me as a person and as an academic. One of my sons, who was seven,...
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The Higher Education and K-12 Conversation

When we think about K-12 and higher education, educators think of them as two separate entities. Within K-12, we divide it further; primary, junior, intermediate, and...
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MOOCifying K-12: Relationships, Collaboration, Risk-Taking

Just over a year ago, my “learning” exploded. I was developing a hybrid Canadian online delivery program for Chinese high school students. I was encouraged to...
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Learning from Early Childhood Education: Higher Ed and the Process of Becoming

On my luckier days, I am gifted a few invisible moments at pick-up time before my son or one of his preschool classmates calls my name....
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Of Gnomes and Lifelong Learning: a #digped Discussion

Of what use is education? Of what use are the educational institutions we’ve erected in the 20th and 21st centuries? On Friday, June 7 from 1:00...
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CFP: A Dialogue among K-12 and Post-secondary Pedagogies and Pedagogues

Don’t throw the past away. You might need it some rainy day. Dreams can come true again, When everything old is new again. —Peter Allen, “Everything...
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Building in the Humanities Isn’t New

“For children can accomplish the renewal of existence in a hundred unfailing ways.” — Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking My Library“ “Turn your data into a story, into...
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Why Online Programs Fail, and 5 Things We Can Do About It

This is the first of a four-part colloquy of articles. Each piece has been contributed by authors who have intimate experience with the struggles, failures, and successes...
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A User’s Guide to Forking Education

At exactly this moment, online education is poised (and threatening) to replicate the conditions, courses, structures, and hierarchical relations of brick-and-mortar industrial-era education. Cathy N. Davidson...
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Who Are We? Scholarly Identity Under Interrogation

On my first day as a student-teacher in a public high school (1999), my mentor teacher left me in the room at 8:20 a.m. to take...
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