September 2011

learning from thor and lego space marauders

September 30, 2011
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What do you do when your kid saves his money to buy a month-long subscription to the Lego Universe online game, and wants to talk of nothing else? You go with it. You look through some almanacs together (another recent obsession) and talk about graphs and charts and brainstorm how Lego Universe might lend itself […]

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how to encourage writing with the media kids love

September 20, 2011
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Mr. T conducts research for a Lego-themed writing project. (Really!) * * * “90% of teens enjoy the writing they do outside of school, a figure that is consistent between boys and girls as well as older and younger teens.” Writing, Technology and Teens, Pew Internet & American Life Project Ninety percent. That’s a pretty […]

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the writing kids do on their own is real writing

September 7, 2011

“Today, students are doing an immense amount of writing—they’re blogging; they’re text messaging; they’re e-mailing; they’re updating their status messages, profile information, and live feeds on social networking and other sites; and others are “tweeting”… Perhaps most interesting in the midst of all this writing students are doing is that they don’t often call it ‘writing’. […]

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