Author Archives: Donna Criswell

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National Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is National Epilepsy Awareness month. Having a daughter with this disorder, it is something that has transformed not only her life but the lives of every person in her life.  A previous den post by Jannita Demian (thanks Jannita!) spoke of how this disorder affected her family’s life as well.  This is a far

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Catching Up or Leading the Way?

I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Yong Zhao speak two summers ago at the MA New Literacies Symposium and again at the MassCUE Conference on October 27th.  I think you will be encouraged by this Asian educator’s perspective on the American education system, especially during this data driven environment.  His views on what we’re

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With a Little Help From My Friends

I can grow with a little help from my friends… As educators, we need to continue our journey on the road to discovery and be life-long learners.  It is always appreciated when a friend passes along an opportunity to collaborate and learn with others in the field of education.  I have recently received two such

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Grading the Digital School

As we begin yet another new school year, I think we all look for inspiration, motivation, and new challenges to keep our passion for educating at it’s peak.. I received a link to an article in the September 3, 2011 Sunday New York Post, written by Matt Richtel, titled “Grading the Digital School, In Classroom

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Using Pictures to Ignite Learning

posted by Christine Cote…   I attended a training session on the use of PQARs and am excited to try this practice in a classroom. What is a PQAR? PQAR stands for Picture Question Answer Response. Imagine showing an image to your class of Neil Armstrong and asking them what they can tell you about

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Edutopia

“Edutopia is a Web site published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas and venture capitalist Steve Arnold, the Foundation celebrates and encourages innovation in K-12 schools. Edutopia’s editorial agenda is based on documenting, disseminating and advocating solutions related to six core learning strategies. Project-based Learning Integrated Studies

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Keep Connected

The principal at Burlington High School in Burlington, MA is providing a great way to stay connected over the summer. Following the model of the “unconference” used at Edcamp, BHS will be hosting mini-Edcamps Tuesday mornings this summer.  It is a great opportunity to make new connections and share ideas.  The following was posted on

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Fake “Facebook” Fundamentals!

Social media .. think about connecting with today’s students by using a medium they are well familiar with – social networks.  But rather than using an actual social media environment that may not be a) appropriate in your school, or b) something you want to take on, think about creating a fake “Facebook” page as

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Kudos!

A hearty congratulations to two of our very own DEN STAR/LC members who achieved recognition last evening at the annual DENny Awards webinar! Robin Talkowski was recognized (again!) for her creative, informative and thought provoking personal blog, as well as her oversight of the Massachusetts DEN Blog in her capacity as Blog Chairperson!  Way to

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