Reading in 2016 – digital vs print, the ultimate smackdown! – Linking Learning Ok so maybe I got a little carried away with the title of this blog post. This morning I read a great article by Naomi Baron entitled Do students lose depth in digital reading?. I was alerted to it by a Twitter post by a valued member of my PLN, @Julia_Boulton, and it struck a chord with me. Coming from a librarian and teaching background, and currently studying my Education Doctorate, I have often dealt with both physical and virtual texts – and personally, I like both equally, albeit for different purposes. I also feel that having an affinity and fluency with both is essential for students in 2016- so like I said at the beginning, perhaps a smackdown is getting a bit over-excited – while in some circles it definitely does seem to be ‘a bitter contest or confrontation’, we don’t want to see ‘a decisive or humiliating defeat or setback’ – we want to see both sides of the story, and appreciate the fantastic time in which we live. Related
The Power of Audience I love YouTube. I bet you do too. I love being able to learn what I want to learn, when I want to learn and actually getting to see someone teaching the skill (instead of just having to read about it). So why are so many teachers (and parents) reluctant to let children spend time watching YouTube videos? For some reason we think watching is not the same as learning, and that kids are just zoning out watching endless hours of garbage. And I’m not saying that never happens, but I do think there’s lots of learning going on too. Google Marks D-Day's 70th Anniversary with Online Exhibit Google has released a new collection as part of its Cultural Institute to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The exhibit features a staggering 470 documents and images, including a copy of the prayer Franklin D. Roosevelt gave on D-Day, a top secret progress report from General Eisenhower to General Marshall, and captivating photos of the brave soldiers who fought in the seaborne invasion.
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Twitter Fiction Reveals The Power Of Very, Very Short Stories “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” So goes Ernest Hemingway’s famous six-word story, which, in spite of being perfectly compact, manages to paint a complete picture of thwarted desire and elicit strong feelings from the reader (unless said reader is heartless). It would’ve been the perfect candidate for this year’s #TwitterFiction Festival, where writers such as Margaret Atwood and Celeste Ng will practice crafting very brief tales online, beginning on May 11. The Real Me Who are you? How, when and where would I get to know who you are? Should I assume that it has to be “in person”? 40 maps that explain the internet The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no matter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet — where it came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.
How Walking Away Leads to Profit, Happiness and Success "And what happens if you just leave?" I remember my business coach asking one afternoon when I felt particularly overwhelmed. "Won't you be able to do your job better if you take some time to care for yourself?" I looked around me at the piles of work on my desk - the emails to be answered, proposals to be written, work to be reviewed and delivered to clients, and I felt tears of frustration threatening to spill over. "I don't think you understand," I told her. Twitter fiction: 21 authors try their hand at 140-character novels Geoff Dyer I know I said that if I lived to 100 I'd not regret what happened last night. But I woke up this morning and a century had passed. Sorry. 10 Social Media Skills for Every Modern Teacher [Infographic] Social media skills have an increasingly useful presence in modern classrooms. Teachers and students alike use them to connect and to expand learning. Social media doesn’t have to be a distraction. It can be a powerful learning tool if used properly.
Valley of Fire Wildland fire chief Darrell Willis tore along the highway and turned on his truck's headlights to cut the smoke. Ash and embers rained down around him. Over the past two days, a small mountain fire had come to life, a monstrous life. To Anyone Who Thinks They're Falling Behind In Life You don’t need more motivation. You don’t need to be inspired to action. You don’t need to read any more lists and posts about how you’re not doing enough. We act as if we can read enough articles and enough little Pinterest quotes and suddenly the little switch in our brain will put us into action. But, honestly, here’s the thing that nobody really talks about when it comes to success and motivation and willpower and goals and productivity and all those little buzzwords that have come into popularity: you are as you are until you’re not. You change when you want to change.
“Twitter, the most brilliant tough love editor you’ll ever have.” Reading and writing socially during the Twitter Fiction Festival The communication practice of tweeting has fostered numerous literary experiments, like Teju Cole’s series “Small fates” and Jennifer Egan’s novel “Black box”. In late 2012, these experiments culminated in an event that focused on such literary experiments: the first Twitter Fiction Festival. In this paper, we explore how people who participated in the festival use tweeting to embrace and enact writing and reading literature as a social experience. The study includes a participant-centered inquiry based on two one-hour Twitter discussions with 14 participants from the Twitter Fiction Festival as well as analyses of their online literary works and secondary sources related to the festival. We show that festival participants self-identify based on their creative and social practices as artists rather than with traditional labels such as writer or author and are therefore drawn to social media environments.