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Chris selected as K12OnlineConference keynote speaker Each year the K12OnlineConference provides tremendous professional development for free, and entirely online. This year, they have selected me as one of their keynote speakers. I am thrilled to have been chosen and look forward to participating in the conversation. Read the full post announcing all the keynote speakers here.

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Two quick links on Cognitive Load Theory I've been fielding lots of questions lately about Cognitive Load Theory. Here are two quick links that may be useful. First is an article talking about the practical implications of CLT on the design of learning. The second are some "recent" (as of 2003) developments regarding CLT. Happy reading! Update: I clarified the second...

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Practical advice on kids and Android app development After hearing about my students' success developing an Android app, I've gotten several emails asking for more details as to how I practically worked with my kids. Here are some pointers that I offered to the first person that emailed me, perhaps they are of some use to you. Please note that your mileage may vary. It's ok to not be...

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Publishing an App Inventor app to the Android Market As I mentioned earlier, my students and I published an Android app to the Android Market. See those links for more information on the background. This post is decidedly technical. First, once we finished the coding process, we packaged the app for to download to the computer. This is an option in App Inventor. This downloaded an .apk file....

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Designing and publishing an Android app with kids This post is designed to provide some context around how/why we decided to build this app. The more technical details of the code and how we published it will come in a future post. My students and I recently completed and published an Android app, and here's how we did it. First, the genesis for this goes back to a question I asked...

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Poetry for graduate school

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Disclaimer: I do not claim to be able to write well, let alone in poetic form. But nonetheless, I had to craft a poem for a graduate class I am taking. The course is called Teaching Reading in the Content area and is designed to teach us how to support efforts to increase literacy in whatever content area we teach.

For an assignment, we had to select a poetic form and craft a poem summarizing three chapters of our textbook.

Here is my discussion board posting, reposted in its entirety for your “enjoyment”.


Ok so I have to admit this was easily the hardest assignment yet. Having to narrow down three chapters to such a small space was disheartening! There was so much information presented, but I wanted to be creative. After all, brevity is the soul of wit, right? I feel witless as opposed to witty after writing this, since it took *forever*. I erased, I changed, I summarized, etc.

I selected the poetic style of Lanternes. It is in the quintain family. Here are other examples to familiarize you with the genre.

The poem is supposed to form the shape of a Japanese lantern, and each line should stand on its own. A few more examples here.

So here is mine…

to read
use a guide?
time – the essence

I hope it’s acceptable.


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