Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Literacy & Learning in the 21st Century

Watch David Warlick's keynote address, "Literacy and Learning in the 21st Century," recorded at a technology literacy institute in Westport, Connecticut in August 2008.

Warlick inspires, cajoles, and covers new ground as he describes the potential of new technologies for teachers and students: The video is approximately 1.5 hours long.

(The video may take a minute to start after the page loads and you may have to upload a new version of Adobe).

Sunday, November 16, 2008

National Writing Project: Letters to the President

What a timely idea for real-world teen writing. The National Writing Project has partnered with Google in creating the "Writing Our Future: Letters to the Next President" project. You can visit their interactive map to see if anyone has participated from your area, as well as read the letters, see what issues are mentioned most by students, and hear more about the activity:

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ralph Fletcher Podcast: Literacy and Boys

Ralph Fletcher, author of Writer's Workshop, arugues that boys need more choice if we want to engage them as writers. He begins by acknowledging the world boys inhabit. In this podcast, he shares surprising answers he received from boys he interviewed and offers suggestions on how to make Writer's Workshop more equitable for them. It is well worth a listen:

Monday, November 3, 2008

Holiday: Myth or Truth?

ReadWriteThink from the International Reading Association has a terrific assortment of Thanksgiving activities and web resources in their "Myth or Truth" collection. Scroll down the page for many weblinks to other literature-rich Thanksgiving sites: