Posts by Susan Davis

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Blogging Basics: This Is How We Roll

I can think of no better way to teach writing skills in an authentic context. Blogging makes writing matter for today’s learners; and, besides, it’s fun.

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Infographics as Assessments for Nonfiction Reading

This past weekend, my step-daughter Emily, who works in the field of non-profit fundraising, asked me out of the blue, "Do you you ever teach your students about infographics?" I beamed with pride as I showed off my students' hard work.

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Overcoming the English Teacher Tech Blues

I have never minded the messiness of learning that sometimes comes with using technology. I have never believed in a right answer to interpreting a poem or a right way to write an essay, so I’ve never really been frightened by the vastness of interpretation that populates the Internet. Instead, I’m excited by the expanding universe of literature, reading, writing, and language.

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Christmas Carol: Blended Learning Opportunities

This year, Susan Lucille Davis shook things up a bit and explored Dickens’s story by blending a number of venues, both online and face-to-face, that we use to learn today: performance, reading and discussion, interactive games, research, and experience.

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Teaching Civilized Discourse: 4 Essential Lessons for Online Discussion

To teachers of writing, publication often means posting on a bulletin board something written in the student’s best handwriting. But let’s face it, publication nowadays means posting anything online for others to consume, and that includes emails, discussion boards, and status updates. More than ever, our sentences matter.

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Writing with Images: A Primer

I want my students to think about how image works with text, how it adds to the design of the page, how it enhances what they wish to say, and how it provokes additional discussion. In the end, the powerful impact of a well-chosen image will elevate their writing; a poorly chosen image, at best, will distract from what is said.

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Towards a New Definition of Teaching

Teaching in the “content” areas is not somehow exempt from the digital universe. Computer class is not the only place for learning and reinforcing skills related to Internet use, applications, or digital citizenship. Like reading and writing, technology skills are required for learning across the curriculum.


In Search of Sticky Notes for Digital Readers

This sticking point remains: What do we do about the students who are eager to use their Kindles, Nooks, and iPads for their independent reading? What are they supposed to do with their pads of florescent Post-its, attach them to the screen?