Remove the red ink with Google Docs

April 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

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There are some who argue that feedback penned in red ink on student work are discouraging to students. I’ve seen some teachers instead markup their students’ writing in green, purple, and other, less intimidating, colors.

The commenting feature of Google Docs, however, goes a step further: it allows the instructor (or another student) to comment on the writing, and then provides a space for the writer to REPLY to the comment. Try that with red ink! I can just imagine the incredulity of my 6th grade English teacher if I had handed back my own paper with my responses to her markups.

Not only that, but those interactions—both the comments and replies—can happen in real-time.

Summer learning Opportunities

July 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Before the school year ended, I sent out tweets to my followers and emails to educators with whom I work with a link to this Google doc [ http://ounce.it/moKF7V ] containing information about summer learning opportunities in Academic Tech. There are a couple events coming up that I am specifically looking forward to:


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EduBloggerCon Logo

This coming Monday, July 25th, is EduBloggerCon “East.” It’s a FREE, all day event during the much larger, week-long BLC11 (Building Learning Communities 2011). I have never been to an EduBloggerCon, but I have been to other similar conferences. What makes it special is that it is structured as an “unconference” (more formally known as “open space technology” [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Space_Technology ] ) where topics are determined and facilitated by the participants within each session. You’ll notice that sessions 1 and 2 are open on the schedule to accommodate this flexibility. EduBloggerCon “East” is in the Boston Park Plaza hotel, so it is easy accessible by T.


I am very excited and I will be attending. I hope you will too!
For more information about EduBloggerCon “East” you can read more here: http://www.edubloggercon.com/ebcEast2011



    BLC11 (Building Learning Communities 2011)

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Building Learning Communities Logo

BLC11 lasts the entire week next week. I will be attending, and would be happy to see any of you there. BLC is a more traditional conference, and covers many topics including subject-specific topics, workshops related to educational reform/evolution, and also EdTech. You can see exactly what workshops/topics are offered and learn more about the conference here: http://blcconference.com/


BLC is not free (probably around $700 at the door?) but if it lives up to my expectations it will be well worth the price of admission!


    EdCampCT: Aug 18th in Simsbury, CT (Free!)

 

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EdCamp Logo

If you go to ANY single learning event this summer, I highly recommend an EdCamp. EdCampCT, specifically, is eagerly anticipated by educators around the North East, including myself. I will be attending, and also facilitating one session on “EdCamp Book Club” ( see my blog post here: http://ounce.it/j9zj8d or participate on Twitter #ecbc1 where we are discussing Brain Rules by John Medina) and probably co-facilitating a session on “BYOD/BYOT” (bring your own device/tech) with Michelle Luhtala ( @mluhtala [ http://bibliotech.me/ ]) and Meg Wilson ( @ipodsibilities [ http://www.ipodsibilities.com ]).


EdCamps are also based on the “open space technology” style of “unconference,” where the topics are determined and facilitated by the participants within each session.



Can’t make it to EdCampCT on Aug 18th? EdCampKeene is in Keene, NH on the 17th, and a founder of EdCamp, Dan Callahan, is hosting EdCampBHS (Burlington High School) Tuesdays throughout the summer: July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23.


Let me know in the comments or via Twitter ( @MyTakeOnIt ) if you plan to attend any of these events. I will be at EduBloggerCon “East,” BLC11, and EdCampCT come rain or shine. If you want company at one of the EdCampBHS events, let me know and I will join you if I can.



Jeremy

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