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What does it mean to be a Connected Educator?

After last year's inaugural Connected Educator Month, participating teachers argued “every month should be connected educator month.” And here at NWP Digital Is, where we explore digital literacies and connected learning, we couldn't agree more. In this collection, explore ways to connect during Connected Educator Month and to stay connected throughout the year!

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From Professional Development to Professional Practice: The SEEDs of Connected Learning in a High Need Middle School

This collection of resources demonstrates the ways that middle school teachers at a high needs middle school in Eastern North Carolina are transforming their professional learning and teaching practices with Connected Learning frameworks.

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Interconnections: Understanding Systems through Digital Design

This collection highlights and supports the book series Interconnections: Understanding Systems through Digital Design. Each of the four books uses a design-based approach to learning and offers up a toolkit for supporting systems thinking in ways that are aligned to standards but also relevant to youth interests in digital culture.

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Connected Learning and the Invitational Summer Institute

What possibilities emerge for Writing Project sites when you take the traditional Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) and infuse that model with the principles of Connected Learning?  What role might the Make Learning Connected MOOC (#clmooc) play in the unfolding Summer Institute?  This collection offers a glimpse of the possibilities that might emerge when the work of the the ISI and the #clmooc converge.

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Making a MOOC: What we learned in #CLMOOC

CLMOOC is a collaborative, knowledge-building and sharing experience that is open to anyone who is interested in making, creativity, and learning. In it, we designed and engaged in "makes"—creative projects—that tap into our personal (and professional) interests.

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Youth Say, Youth Practice, Educators Offer, Literacies are ...

This collection pulls together the research by Josyln Young. Young "wanted to figure out more about what teaching, learning, and pedagogy look like beyond the classroom" and studied young producers at the Philadelphia Student Union and Chester Voices for Change and how they learn and master skills in media production.

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Assessing Multimedia Compositions

Assessment of multimedia composing is a very young discipline. Resources here capture how we might re-refashion our learning expectations and criteria for composing- in both traditional and multimedia settings.

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English Language Learners, Digital Tools, Authentic Audiences

These resources assume that curricula and teaching approaches for English language learners, as with all learners, should honor students’ own languages, cultures, and interests; engage them in meaningful projects for real audiences; and provide them with a range of tools, including digital tools, for inquiry and composing.

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Civic Deliberation and Social Action

Political blogs, special interest websites, TV talk shows, and talk radio—too many fuel a rhetoric of name-calling, half-truths, and us vs. them divisiveness. The teachers in this collection of curriculum units teach an alternative rhetoric of civic deliberation for thoughtful social action.

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Popular Culture 2.0

Popular culture has changed. No longer just television and movie franchises created by large Hollywood conglomerates, popular culture can be formed by the students in our classrooms. Our students are now both consumers and producers. Sure, they watch the latest blockbuster, but they also spend time making Youtube videos and mashups. This shift is an important one for educators to recognize when incorporating popular culture into their pedagogical practice.

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