Category: Today’s Question

  • A First eBook Publication

    Students in EDU5287: Emerging Technologies and Learning have worked tirelessly this semester to create an ebook! It has been a learning process for all of us — but the results are finally available to share. The book is a collection of chapters, each published by a student in the course. Topics are incredibly diverse, but…

  • Literacy Research Association Conference 2015

    This morning, I will be sharing part of my dissertation research at the Literacy Research Association conference in Carlsbad, California. The symposium is entitled: Students Constructing Meaning from Multiple Internet Texts: Processes, Pedagogies and Potential. I’m really happy to be presenting work alongside two other scholars whose work I admire, Michael Manderino and Michael DeSchryver.…

  • Combattre les trolls et la bête aux mille têtes: Words that shape thinking about digital literacies and learning

    I see the world around me with different eyes, and hear it with different ears. I’ve been away from home for a while. Now, I am back. And I notice things. About a month ago over coffee, I visited HabiloMédias.ca. I hadn’t ever read the French version of the site prior to that day and it…

  • SAMR for Ontario Teachers: Should it be the Preferred Model for Tech Integration?

    Lately, my colleague Leigh Graves Wolf and I have been thinking about the ways that the SAMR model, developed by Rueben Puentedura, has been used to frame technology integration practices for teachers in K-12 schools. As I prepared a lesson for my teacher education students on technology integration, I started reading more into the foundations…

  • From My Garden: A Systems Thinking Approach to Online Reading Instruction

    I’ve been an appreciative contributor to the Technology in Literacies Education Special Interest Group at the International Literacy Association for a couple of years now. Here’s a link to my latest post — a reflection on how we might approach online literacies instruction in ways that are inspired by systems thinking. I’ve included a few…

  • Infographic: How do Theoretical Frames in Literacies Fit Together?

    This week, I’m presenting at a two-day workshop for the Association of Independent School Librarians. The title of the PD session is “At the Center of IT All: Scaffolding Advanced Information Literacies for K-12 Students in School Libraries”. One of the questions that the AISL wanted to explore through this PD session is one that…

  • Are the crickets singing, Mama?

    Inspired by last night’s conversation with my 2 year old… In through her bedroom window, Ellyn heard the sound of crickets. She pushed back the sheets and peered into the warm summer night. “Are the crickets singing, Mama?” she whispered. “Yes,” said her mother.  “The crickets are singing.” “Are the crickets happy, Mama?” “Yes,” said…

  • Teachers Teaching Teachers Talk with James Paul Gee

    I had the opportunity this evening to be a part of a conversation with James Paul Gee about his most recent book, The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students Through Digital Learning. I asked him to expand on the idea of collaborative cognition — his notion of the big-M Mind and why it’s so critical for…

  • A real first…

    This email goes on the list of best emails ever. Here’s what it said: Good Evening! I attended your presentation at MRA, and was so excited to take your thinking back to the team in our district that is redefining our former Summer School program.  We would love to try out the pst2ic3 this summer…

  • Taking Delight in Graduate Students’ Successes

    As a graduate student, I have thought a good deal about the nature of student-professor dynamics, and about the investment one makes or feels in students when, like, you, they are already grown up. It’s easy to feel invested in children because, well, they’re children. But what is it that graduate student advisors and instructors…