Secondary Worlds

Teaching, Technology, and English Education


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Update: Bent Not Broken, Version 1.1, Now Available Free

iPAD, Multimedia, News

Bent Not Broken

Bent Not Broken Now Available at App Store

I am very pleased to announce that my interactive ebook, Bent Not Broken, is now available for the iPad (1st or 2nd generation) at the App Store. This interactive story follows the life of a family trying to survive a brutal war in West Africa. The war took place in in Liberia and Sierra Leone […]

iPAD, News


Mightybell Looks Promising for Educators

Mightybell is a new social space created by Ning co-found Gina Bianchini. In my ongoing search to find a suitable replacement for the now-costly Ning, I have found few spaces that really appeal to me. Mightybell may just be one. Think of Mightybell as a combination of Pinterest and Ning (or any other social network). […]

News, Web 2.0

And the Winners are: Adobe InDesign CS6 and iPad 2

To update the post below, I’ve decided on both ebook hardware, software, and format. This was no easy task–there are dozens of hardware options out there, nearly as many software programs, and at least a handful of possible publishing locales, each with its own proprietary format. For converting my print manuscript to a digital format, […]

Multimedia, News

Still Waiting for the Killer E-Book Publisher

Since the fall of 2012, I have been working on a book about a family of refugees from Sierra Leone. The book is finished and has been shipped off to at least eight or nine publishers now. No one, to date, has been interested in publishing it, though I am keeping up the effort. With […]


QR Code for Feed

On the Other Hand . . . Man, QR Codes are Cool

So yesterday I complained a little (or a lot) about what I perceived as a thoughtless rush toward technology. Today, I’m lacing up the shoes and sprinting toward QR codes, which believe it or not, I just found out about at NCTE. Basically, a QR code is a slightly different kind of barcode that is […]

Smart Phone

What I learned at NCTE 2012

I have an hour or two to wait for my departure flight, and since the Las Vegas airport as free wifi and accessible outlets, I’ll spend a minute or two reflecting on NCTE 2012. I attended mostly technology sessions–okay, I attended only technology sessions. But I had to prioritize: most of my time was spent […]


Reflections on Seven Years of Videotape

About seven years ago, I started videotaping my teacher assistants in their field placements. The idea was pretty simple: let novice teachers watch themselves and learn. Carrying out the idea was not as easy, however. Initially, I purchased 2 tape-driven camcorders (Mini DV), a PC with a big harddrive, and some video editing software. I […]


Why the Walking Dead is Really a Video Game, and What Video Games can Learn from It

The Walking Dead, just entering its third season on AMC, is my favorite thing on television right now. I am not a zombie or horror fan, but I do love the way WD engages contemporary issues in an entirely original way. Its central question, it seems to me, is a philosophical one: how do we […]


Students Won’t Stop Texting in Class? Use Poll Everywhere to Put Those Thumbs to Work

While most schools still ban smartphones from classrooms, creative sites such as Poll Everywhere are providing smart, effective ways to use texting in class. Poll Everywhere, a free service, lets you design an open-ended or a multiple choice quiz and publish it to the web. That’s no big deal–survey sites have been around forever. What’s […]

Cloud Computing, Smart Phone

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