TOWARD A DEFINITION OF 21st-CENTURY
LITERACIES was adopted by the NCTE Executive Committee this month. Groups are always developing new literacies. I’ve
seen lists of information literacy, media literacy and others, and I’ve seen multiple lists about “21st century
skills” that we need to teach students. (A search will get you plenty - you might start with 21stcenturyskills.org.)
I suppose what actually attracted me to this
was that I joined NCTE as secondary schol teacher back in…
Finding the “Ultimate Blogs”: An interview with Sarah Boxer that was posted by Kelly Heyboer on the Jersey Blogs site. Sarah Boxer has put together an anthology of the best blog writing that just came out last week. She admits the term ultimate …
Friday, a federal jury in Texas ruled in favor of Blackboard Inc., the leading provider in the U.S. of course/learning
management software, in its patent-infringement lawsuit against Desire2Learn Inc.
It’s a case that educational institutions have been interested in both as customers of Blackboard or as
customers of competing products or even as users of an open source LMS, such as Moodle, because many fear that a win by
Blackboard could stifle further innovation by other learning…
I use an open source blog software for
this blog, and the “commercial-but-free” Blogger software for a poetry blog. I also have created blogs on other sites - mostly just to
experiment with the software - as with nes I have on Eduspaces, VOX, Xanga, and even MySpace. One site that I probably should have investigated earlier is Edublogs.
Edublogs was started in 2005 in Australia as a blogging platform and community for educators. It has grown to
I went to hear Sharon Olds give a
poetry reading at Seton Hall
University. I have heard her read a number of times. The first time was about 20 years ago and she seemed pretty
radical at that time. But the mostly student audience didn’t see her that way at all. Olds commented that they were
“very polite” as they sat impassively with almost no applause. I’m sure many of them were there because they
were required to attend by a professor. There were those scribbling notes…
Word comes to me from one of the librarians here at the
college of yet another budget crunch. Though it directly affects those of us in NJ, it will probably resonate with
educators in other places too.
Due to a New Jersey state budget cut of $1 million, the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative is threatened. NJKI provides New
Jersey’s entrepreneurs, small business owners, researchers and students access to millions of top science and
technology journal articles and key business…
I stole the title of this post from a Sunday
Star-Ledger article I read this past weekend. (You can’t copyright a title, so go ahead and write your own
The Great Gatsby.) The article appeared at first just to be about the artist J. Seward Johnson. I have been to
his Grounds For Sculpture park in New
Jersey several times and really enjoy it. Now, some of his sculptures of celebrities may be grounds for a lawsuit, and
that is really the topic of the article.
It’s odd for me to review a film here, but this is an odd film.It’s a documentary called Helvetica by Gary Hustwit. It’s a film about a typeface. Yes, a typeface.
If it seems strange to recommend such a film, imagine what it took to get the money to make the film.
Helvetica, the typeface, was created by Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffmann in the late 1957 in Switzerland. They originally called it Neue Haas Grotesk, but later changed to Helvetica from Helvetia, the Latin name…
A friend of mine who knows I’m a sucker for time travel and for public art thought I would enjoy this little guerrilla art that plays with time. I did. Frozen in Time in Grand Central Station, New York City
I’m on the panel in April titled “Writing Ethics and Technology.” It’s part of the NJWA Conference. The New Jersey Writing Alliance
examines pedagogical and
institutional innovations in teaching reading and writing both in high schools and at the two and four-year
This panel will address issues around the success and failure in using technology to prevent and detect
plagiarism. It seems that the objective is to address specifically some of the software like Turnitin.com and…
I stumbled upon a book while I was looking for some “flash fiction” - those short, short stories. It’s called Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure by Larry Smith.
There are a thousand of these little literary glimpses of humanity. The “assignment” is to capture one life in 6 words.
Some of you have probably seen the Ernest Hemingway example that may have inspired the book:
We missed posting on our two year anniversary on February 2. Tim & I
were attending French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni's wedding that day at the Élysée Palace. Wow, we've never seen so much
It’s strange to think that when I posted that first time
as a test of this new blogging software package that 456 entries later we’d still be at it - or that over 14,500
people would have clicked on that first post that simply explained the origin…
I’m no longer involved with iTunes U as I was when we built our site (very successfully, I might add) at NJIT. I’ve written here a number of times about podcasting and I think it’s an
important learning tool and a significant marketing tool too for a school to use.
I’d love to see my new home at
Passaic County Community College get into that area, but
it’s not part of my current job. If your school is considering trying to enter iTunes U, I can suggest the seminars
being offered by…
The photo here isn’t new. It illustrated a number of news articles back in 2001 about these unusual square
watermelons. It’s not genetic engineering. They were inserting developing melons into glass cases.
Is it all for style, or is it at all practical? As with many
other practices in Japan, lack of space is a real issue that needs to be addressed. A fat, round watermelon can take up
a lot of room in a refrigerator, and round melons roll around on the refrigerator shelves. It’s easier to…
There are two education network resources from
Microsoft that I discovered and wanted to pass on to our readers. But, in looking at them this week, I was suddenly
overcome with ennui.
social educational networks do I need? Maybe it was the end-of-the-week blues, but it seems like there are already too
many networks and certainly no lack of resources and tools online. Maybe telling you, dear reader, about two more will
elicit the same reaction.
CAPTCHA from the Serendipity35 comments area
You probably have come across a CAPTCHA online lately.
It’s a challenge-response test that is used by many sites to try to insure that the person posting a message or
registering is a human and not some spambot. We use a simple one on this blog when you post a comment, and it works
pretty well at preventing bots, but allows annoying humans to post garbage that we still have to clean out.
There are so many things I want to blog about and so few hours to do
it. Luckily, there are plenty of others mining these fields, so sometimes it’s a bit easier to put a few ideas together
here. (Though I still seem to spend an hour doing copy, paste, format, links and images.)
Sharing Notes about Collective Intelligence, which is
one of the topics addressed in the 2008 Horizon Report that I wrote about yesterday, get a good treatment in this post by
Henry Jenkins. “The…
Two reports, one video, one in print that I looked at in January that are worth some time and consideration. One
looks at where our students (and therefore their teachers and schools) are online, while the other suggests what
technologies may be emerging this year.
January 22, FRONTLINE on PBS ran a program called Growing Up Online which they advertised as taking
viewers “inside the very public private worlds that kids are creating online, raising important questions about
Google Labs is always experimenting with new
features and tools. Most of us won’t ever get to visit inside the Googleplex in California, but you can
play with some of the things in their labs.
There is an interesting experimental area where
you can actually join an experiment and you’ll see that feature whenever you do a Google search. You can only join one
experiment at a time but you can give Google your feedback. Maybe it’s something you can with your students. You…