heasulli's daily diigo bookmarks 09/27/2008

  • The Peer to Peer Directory contains the names and contact information for New Jersey teachers who are interested in doing collaborative projects through videoconferencing. This edition will include desktop videoconferencing so if you have a webcam and would like to participate, be sure to sign up. If you are not presently listed in the directory, click here ( http://cmsce.rutgers.edu/resources/vc/vc-peertopeer.php) to send the information for inclusion in this updated catalog.

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    • Start your 2008-2009 classroom digital scrapbook *RIGHT NOW* on Voicethread.com!
    • Let’s face it, the school year is a BLUR of lessons, projects, activities, assemblies, inspirational moments, heads-down hard work, triumphs and celebrations. Why not capture it all for posterity by creating a class Voicethread that you AND YOUR STUDENTS add to all year long?
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    • “Story” is not just about storytelling but about listening to stories and being a part of stories. We were all born storytellers (and “storylisteners”). As kids we looked forward to “show and tell” and we gathered with our friends at recess and at lunchtime and told stories about real things and real events that mattered, at least they mattered to us. But somewhere along the line, “Story” became synonymous with “fiction” or even “lie.” “Oh, he’s just telling you a big fat story,” they’d say. So “Story” and storytelling have been marginalized in business and academia as something serious people do not engage in. But gathering from what college students tell me, the best and most effective professors, for example, are the ones who tell true stories. My students tell me that the best professors (from their point of view) don’t just go through the material in a book but put their own personality, character, and experience into the material in the form of a narrative which is illuminating, engaging, and memorable. My hardest course in graduate school was an advanced research methods class. Sounds dry — and the textbook was dry — yet the professor told stories, gave example after example, and engaged the class in conversations which covered a great amount of important material.

      In the end, we can all benefit from increasing our appreciation for Story and becoming both better listeners and storytellers. Story can be used for good: for teaching, for sharing, for illuminating, and of course, for honest persuasion.

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  1. Maria Nina Scarpa said:

    Congratulations to Heather, our new guide to the new world of Web 2.0, and author of NJEA’s new blog on integrating technology in the classroom.

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