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ISTE13, or What Happens When Common Core Standards meets Digital Citizenship?

The 13th Annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE13) Conference, which met in San Antonio, Texas, last week had some staggering statistics: 20,000 registered attendees, 500 companies in the exhibition hall, hundreds of sessions, thousands of interactions and conversations. So I’m going to have to be selective and just mention a few sessions that seemed especially pertinent for Common Core teachers.Read More »
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Interview with Amy and Leon Kass

What is the American Calendar project? Why this project? Why should teachers teach about American civic holidays?The American Calendar project is a series of nine e-anthologies—one for each national holiday—whose stories, speeches, songs, poems, letters, and essays help us think about the meaning of each holiday.Read More »
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On Discovering Pearl S. Buck

Immigrants at Ellis Island
We are a people still young and we know that we have not yet come to the fullest of our powers.—Pearl S. Buck, Nobel Prize Banquet Speech, 1939.Read More »
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The Declaration of Independence as a foundational document

"The Declaration Committee," 1876 lithograph print
One of the more thought provoking of the CCSS ELA standards, and yet the one that may give ELA teachers some anxiety is:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.9: Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.Read More »
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