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Pearson and Data: It’s a One-Way Street

Call me curious. On January 17, I took the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) subject area test in English. My department has asked me and my colleagues to examine the teacher certification tests in Michigan, and while my colleagues took the much more challenging Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) that all would-be teachers must pass, […]

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Google Classroom: Bare-Bones Course Management System

My opposition to Blackboard has been pretty well established over the years that I’ve kept this blog. I have advocated for free and open course management tools such as WordPress, Wikispaces, Ning (when it was good), Mightybell, Weebly, and other sites and services. These past two week, however, I have been taking my first Blackboard […]

Cloud Computing, News

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How to Create and Share an Interactive PDF

For now, at least, PDF is still the king of digital document formats. Even with its limitations (such as fixed screen width), it can be read in the widest range of platforms–it will work in your your browser, your media tablet, and your ereader. Adding interactive or multimedia content to a PDF, however, is still […]

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Graphic Novels, Comics, and the Comics Brain Trust

Every teacher knows that summer is for reading: that’s when we get to catch out breath and finally get to the pile of books on the nightstand. My pile, these days, consists almost entirely of comics and graphic novels. I’ve been participating in a GVSU brain trust / nerd club that whose purpose is to […]

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Make Cool Infographics with Piktochart

Design matters–more than ever–to adolescents. I have been an advocate for teachers knowing more about visual/graphic design, chiefly so they can develop more interesting, attractive, and professional looking documents. While I have no native talent for design, I know a good one when I see it, and I know a few good shortcuts and tools. […]

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What Video Game I’m Currently Playing, and Why

So after about four years and twenty-odd games with the Wii, I finally decided to purchase a more grown-up gaming system. No, I didn’t splurge on the PS4 or the Xbox One; I bought a second-hand Xbox 360 from a pawn shop. My main goal was to get a system that would output in high […]

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Reading and Writing Digital Comics: Process and Pedagogy

Over the past two years, I have taught both graduate and undergraduate courses on comics. Many of the comics read by my students were digital, available through Google Play, Amazon, Comixology, or digital comic archives. And while some comic authors such as Craig Thompson resist digitizing their work, I believe that the comics medium is […]

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Early Career English Teachers in Action–We Have a Cover

At the risk of more shameless self-promotion, I am happy to announce that my newest book (co-authored with Linsday Ellis) now has a cover. It’s due out in August 2014. In others news, I’ve spent a few hours revamping this site once again. Don’t ask me what the fingerprint image in the masthead actually means–I […]

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Three Easy Ways of Texting your Students: Remind101, GroupMe, and Viber

I’ve sent enough unanswered emails to know that people under 21 just don’t check their email accounts. Or maybe they look at them once per week. What do they check? Their phones. So some teachers have taken to texting students what otherwise might be emailed: reminders, assignments, and the like. I would recommend the following […]

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Books, Graphic Novels, and the Like

Far too long since I have posted here, but I do have good news to share. First, I am pleased to report that our collection of teacher narratives, Early Career English Teachers in Action is nearly finished. Lindsay Ellis and I are finishing up the manuscript, which we’ll submit soon. Then, it will be published […]

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