Avatars (and Identities) on the Classroom Windows

We’ve moved into a curriculum unit called Digital Life, in which we examine technology and digital media, and privacy and data, with sixth graders, and we begin this work by talking about avatars and identity. Our discussion leads us to two main points about avatars: they are designed to be a privacy buffer between the […]

We’re In This Room Together

At our recent Western Massachusetts Writing Project conference, the keynote speaker was educator Kelly Norris, whose new book — Too White — explores her identity and her story through the lens of race, bias, empathy and social justice. Here, she reads some of her recently published book: Interestingly, during the Q&A period, Kelly responded to […]

At WMWP: Instruments in a Common Band

The small group planning the two main conferences for our Western Massachusetts Writing Project this year have decided to have an overarching theme of the entire year. Which I think is a fantastic idea — the theme is the thread to connect our work. Even better is the theme they chose: Instruments in a Common […]

Equity Unbound: Collection o’ Comics

I’m making some assorted comics for Unbound Equity project. These  are sort of hit or miss, to be honest. I’m hoping making comics will help me think about issues of equity and access in different ways, and add a little variety to the conversation stream. The following comic is the best of the bunch from […]

Equity Unbound Webcomic: Amplification Effect

I am doing some personal exploration for the Equity Unbound course/class/discussions, with the intent of making regular webcomics (I hope) to think through some of the prompts and points about, as the site says: … questions of equity issues such as equity in web representation, digital colonialism, safety and security risks on the web, and how […]

Equity Unbound Webcomic: Splintered Digital Identities

I am dipping into Equity Unbound, a new online course/collaboration with Mia Zamora, Maha Bali and Catherine Cronin. They will be working with university students as well as opening things up to other spaces where folks, like you and me, can jump in. (The Twitter tag is here: #unboundeq)  I am always interested in seeing […]

At Middleweb: The Last Working Draft Column

I’ve loved writing for Middleweb, a site dedicated to teaching the middle grades. After five years, I have decided to pull the plug on my monthly column (which began as a bimonthly column) called Working Draft. It’s been fun to write, and inspiring to think about topics, and reflective practice from teaching perspectives, and I […]

Trading Privacy for Profit When You’re the Product

Processing 06 flickr photo by crstnksslr shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Funny. This post is NOT about Facebook. But it could have been … We had a disagreement brewing in the kitchen the other day. My wife and I, and our three boys (the oldest, in college, and the youngest, in middle school). […]

View from the Seats: Watching Ready Player One

Ready Player One could have been worse. A lot worse. It also could have been better. A lot better. Split the difference? It was an entertaining movie with, as my older son noted afterwards, “more holes in the plot than you could poke a stick through.” My younger son, who has read the book by […]