On MOOCs and Learning

ETMOOC is the second MOOC I’ve joined in as many weeks (MIT’s Learning Creative Learning being the first). I like that they use small pieces, loosely joined, like blogs, Google+, and Twitter. Sometimes the stream on information can seem overwhelming. One look at a Community in Google+ or Twitter Hashtag has sent my mind reeling. I am hoping I can maintain focus and be able to pull out meaningful ideas. I am also curious about how effectively I can use a MOOC. I guess I’ll be looking at Dave Cormier’s video for advice:

A Rubric for “Writing On Demand” in Every Content Area

“We have a nation of basic writers,”¬†Angela Peery and Lisa Cebelak concluded from seeing years of flat scores on the NAEP assessment for writing. Their ASCD Annual Conference presentation (The “Core” Gets Us Back to Our Roots: Academic Writing) gave attendees hope, however, that Common Core State Standards will catalyze instruction that reverses this trend. For starters, the new standards provide clarity on the type of writing that students most need to learn, to be successful in college and career: argument. In fact, argumentative writing is the first writing standard, and that’s a big shift away from the narrative and...