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Most complete list of writing prompts ever: Including 21st writing practices

from: learning.blogs.nytimes By MICHAEL GONCHAR Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times. Now, five years later, we’ve collected 500 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and pulled them all together in one place. Consider it a companion to the list of 200 argumentative writing prompts weContinue Reading

Is it worth the time? Social media and building your writing ‘brand’

from: creativenonfiction.org “Platforms” Are Overrated Stephanie Bane Any author starting out today is likely to hear the same advice from agents, publishers, and even well-meaning writer friends. That advice? Build your “platform.” As a recent MFA graduate who’s wading into the world of publishing, I’ve been counseled to start a blog, scare up a coupleContinue Reading

Best new teaching find on the web: Pedagogy Unbound


Has the Internet killed thoughtful, prolonged engagement with a text—or are we nostalgic for a reading Eden that never existed?

Reading insecurity is the subjective experience of thinking that you’re not getting as much from reading as you used to. By Katy Waldman Slate is an online magazine, which means you are almost certainly reading this on a screen. It is more likely to be morning than evening. You are perhaps at work, chasing a piece ofContinue Reading

Why NYU social media prof banned laptops, tablets and phones from his classroom

By Clay Shirky I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate for Internet censor, but I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to refrain from using laptops, tablets and phones in class. I cameContinue Reading

A 21st-Century Attendance Policy Two faculty members offer different answers to the question of whether and how to take roll in college courses

source: chronicle.com  By Michelle LaFrance and Steven J. Corbett The Canadian poet Tom Wayman wrote a darkly humorous poem in response to a question we faculty members hear frequently from students who have missed class. In “Did I Miss Anything?” he conveys the mixed emotions that faculty members experience about student attendance. Most of us would likeContinue Reading

Right tools for the job: note-taking by hand or laptop?

  It may be, the researchers reported, “that longhand note takers engage in more processing than laptop note takers, thus selecting more important information to include in their notes, which enables them to study” more efficiently. Source: washingtonpost.com Are you one of those old-school types who insists that kids learn better when they leave the laptopsContinue Reading