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Navigating the Amazon Seller Landscape in the UAE: A Gateway to E-Commerce Success

In recent years, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has emerged as a vibrant hub for e-commerce, with Amazon playing a pivotal role in shaping the online retail landscape. For entrepreneurs and businesses looking to tap into this lucrative market, establishing an amazon seller account in uae can be a game-changer. In this article, we’ll explore the key steps and considerations for setting […]

September 4, 2020 December 1, 2023 youth voices
Letter to Colleagues

Dear <Name and Title of your Host Teacher/Co-Teacher/Teacher Friend/Principal/>: <Recently/This summer/Last month/This weekend/Over the break…>, I participated in a profession learning experience with <Name the sponsoring organization or program: e.g. LUTE-STEM/Noyce-STEM/Scratch in Practice/Facing History/The Danielson Group/The New York City Writing Project/Stem4All…> at <Name the institution the organization or program is associated with: e.g. Lehman College/MIT…>. I learned a lot about <Make […]

July 23, 2022 July 24, 2023
Interaction in teaching and learning

The first question is WHO in interacting? And quickly following this is WHEN the interaction happens. I could be the teacher with other teachers when planning a project. There might also be interaction with published materials, like the cards. Moving forward, then there is interaction when the teacher introduces the project, the approach, the how-tos and the resources to the […]

May 20, 2023 May 20, 2023
Adding AI Mojo to Youth Voices

After the release of ChatGPT in November 2022, I, along with a group of National Writing Project ( teachers whose students use Youth Voices (, wondered how the young people we work with might use this new Emergent-AI Literacy to achieve their goals. On Youth Voices, students publish and discuss multimodal responses to literature, conduct multi-week inquiries on self-chosen questions, […]

May 5, 2023 May 8, 2023
Tracking the Themes / Seguimiento de los Temas

<Begin with a freewrite about the book: What have you been thinking about your book since you read last?> <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective>. <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on page <___>.  “<Copy a couple of lines or a paragraph from the book.>” The book is […]

November 19, 2021 March 14, 2023
My Profile Pictures
I chose this image as my avatar because _______________, and I want people online to see me as… I also feel that/like___________________________, so I wanted my profile picture to look….
March 2, 2023 March 2, 2023
How does Moffett think about abstraction?

It all begins in the writer and things become more and more abstract by time and space, I think. I added that “I think” because it sounded like a thesis statement, and my thinking here is more speculative. I remember noticing the verbal changes in the different levels of abstraction: What IS happening. What DID happen. What DOES happen. What […]

February 25, 2023 February 25, 2023
AI Does Lenses

Materials needed: 30 index cards with 10 different stickers or colors, 10 sets of 3 matching cards; each card will have an Appleman lens on one side an a new one on the back (see 4.1) each participant on their own computer, logged in to Agenda (10 min) Whole group introduction to my approach to AI, Sam Reed’s use […]

February 16, 2023 February 19, 2023
A short spec for the design of a set of AI features on NowComment

Is generative AI the future of online discussion and commenting? Let’s explore! What if we could make it easy for NowComment users to bring the power of generative AI into their discussions of online documents? Imagine NowComment users deploying AI bots to generate comments and replies. A user might invite a psychology bot or an existential bot or a climate […]

February 9, 2023 February 10, 2023
Creating an AI prompt for counter-arguments that are helpful, honest, and harmless

This is a conversation from our Teachers Teaching Teachers (TTT) meetup on February 8, 2023. Below is my reflections on work Chris Sloan and I did in the TTT meeting a week before. When Chris Sloan, an English and Media teacher who has taught for almost 40 years at Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City came to our […]

February 2, 2023 February 9, 2023
A Hypertext Simulation of a Peer Review

Treat this like a script for a play. Dramatize the AI results you find when you open the tabs on this page. We copied these from the OpenAI Playground’s results that we generated with four different prompts. Choose roles: Red, Blue, Orange, and Green, and decide who will read the student’s Text and the “Dear Reader” Letter in the center, […]

January 22, 2023 January 22, 2023
What do you know about James Moffett and what do you want to know? What do you hope to get out of this reading group?

Moffett is, and has always been, my touchstone for designing curriculum and projects and for assessing how I am doing with students. His Universe of Discourse is so important to my thoughts about writing, and as we have moved more toward digital multimodal composing, this spectrum remains central. Ths quote captures so much of what I aim to do with […]

January 21, 2023 January 21, 2023
Why am I here and what do I hope to accomplish?

What’s the name of this deep dive again? It has the word still in it. So it’s referring to a legacy of digital work. Digital is another keyword that drew me here. I like Kristen and Troy more than anything! So those are some of the reasons. Seriously, I trust where they may take us and build community between us […]

January 20, 2023 January 20, 2023
My Journal for Today

It was sad and exciting at the same time to see children posing outside of my building this morning on their first day of school. I remember those photos with my children. They were important moments of saying goodbye — but not goodbye, really, more it was a kind of taking a deep breath and saying “Go for it.” It […]

September 29, 2020 January 10, 2023 journal
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December 22, 2022 December 22, 2022
Asking ChatGPT for help in commenting on a post

Open sidebar New Chat Anything else? One possible additional comment you could make is to express your appreciation for the writer’s coverage of this topic. You could say something like “Thank you for writing about this interesting topic. It’s always fascinating to learn about different living situations and how they can vary from place to place. I appreciate your thorough […]

December 18, 2022 December 18, 2022
Chris Sloan and Paul Allison Invite ChatGPT to Co-Plan an Essay Assignment about Autism for 9th Graders

Chris and Paul asked ChatGPT: What are the most important things to know about autism? ChatGPT answered: Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how a person perceives the world and interacts with others. Some of the most important things to know about autism include the following: Autism is a spectrum disorder, which means that it affects individuals […]

December 15, 2022 December 15, 2022
Literary Analysis of Themes

Open sidebar How do I get started? Is there a template? To get started on a literary essay about the main themes of a novel, begin by reading the novel carefully and taking note of any themes that emerge. Then, brainstorm a thesis statement that summarizes the main themes of the novel and how the author conveys those themes. Once […]

December 14, 2022 December 14, 2022
Commenting Structures from ChatGPT

Open sidebar Great, but I also want to quote from the post I am commenting on Sure, you can easily incorporate a quote from the blog post into your comment. Here is an example of how you might do this: Thank you for your post on the importance of self-care. I particularly enjoyed the quote you included from Thich Nhat […]

December 14, 2022 December 14, 2022
AI in Education

Open sidebar   What’s the best way to teach with AI? The best way to teach with AI is to use it as a tool to support and enhance traditional teaching methods, rather than as a replacement for the teacher. AI can be used to personalize learning for each student, providing customized lesson plans and tailored feedback that can help […]

December 11, 2022 December 13, 2022
Horse and Bear

In the 80’s, after reading Ponsot and Deen’s Beat Not The Poor Desk (1982), I started using one of their suggested argument “Structures: The Fable” (Chapter 2). The Horse and Bear fable is rich with possibilities, and this is one approach that I wrote up and posted as a guide on Youth Voices some time ago: Horse and Bear Fable […]

December 11, 2022 December 12, 2022
The Hate U Give

Open sidebar Begin with a freewrite about your book. Write non-stop about your book. What have you been thinking about your book since you read last? I’m sorry, but I am not a book. I am a large language model trained by OpenAI and I do not have the ability to read books or have thoughts about them. I am […]

December 10, 2022 December 10, 2022
Teaching Literature ChatGPT

Open sidebar   How can we teach literature in the secondary classroom within liberatory pedagogy that centers students’ own questions and connected learning with multimodal publishing? Teaching literature in the secondary classroom using liberatory pedagogy can be a powerful way to engage students and help them develop a deeper understanding of the texts they are studying. This approach centers on […]

December 9, 2022 December 9, 2022
Multicultural Education ChatGPT

  Dialogue between two teachers who disagree about the value of Multicultural Education. Teacher 1: I think that multicultural education is incredibly important in today’s society. It helps students to develop a better understanding and appreciation for different cultures and backgrounds. Teacher 2: I disagree. I think that focusing on multicultural education takes away from the traditional subjects that students […]

December 8, 2022 December 8, 2022
Multicultural Education Stable Diffusion at Hugging Face
Concept Art about Multicultural Education by Faith Ringgold quilt Concept Art about Multicultural Education by Hilma af Klint Multicultural Education by Kara Walker Multicultural Education by Keith Haring - 1 of 2 Multicultural Education by Keith Haring 2 of 2
December 8, 2022 December 8, 2022
Balancing Inquiry and Literature in the High School English Classroom

Why do we teach literature? Why do we read books with high school students? What is the place in our work with youth to explore issues that are important to them and their community? I guess I want to find enough time in the curriculum for both inquiry and research and thoughtful exploration of multicultural literature. And then there’s media […]

December 8, 2022 December 8, 2022
Questioning and Speculating

<Begin with a freewrite about your book. Write non-stop about your book. What have you been thinking about your book since you read last?> The first section of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective> because <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is in paragraph <___>.  “<Copy a couple of lines […]

May 5, 2022 December 7, 2022
High School – College transition and writing instruction

Open sidebar Are there successful models for teaching writing in high school for teachers to follow? 2 / 2 Yes, there are several successful models for teaching writing in high school that teachers can follow. One common approach is the “writing workshop” model, in which students are given time to brainstorm, draft, and revise their writing in a supportive and […]

December 6, 2022 December 6, 2022
Día de Muertos – Remembering a Family Member

Someone in my family who passed away was my <uncle, grandma, mom, dad, brother, sister, cousin…> who died <when did this person pass?>. He was a <3-5 descriptive adjectives> person who will be missed by <specifically who in this person’s family, friends, and/or strangers from the community>. <S/he/they> was a person who was always <describe something this person was always […]

October 31, 2022 November 8, 2022
Quoting a speech, conversation, trip, assembly, guest speaker, panel discussion, video, event…

<Describe where the speech, panel discussion, presentation, video, or assembly took place.> <Explain who was in the audience and what the event was about. Why did they come? Or why did you go there?> <Then, describe who the speaker(s) were, in general.> <End this paragraph by introducing one of the speaker’s specific quotations> “<Put quote here>.” Hearing this quote just made me realize […]

November 7, 2022 November 7, 2022
Mophead Hydrangea
September 22, 2022 September 22, 2022

The exception to this breakneck pace occurred at story time. Any story Carol read had a calming effect. However, when she began The Little House in the Big Woods, the group was transfixed. When she finished the book, they begged for more stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Carol told them more about the author and said that in each book […]

September 14, 2022 September 14, 2022
What’s new at Youth Voices?

1. Logging in at Youth Voices takes you to the wall on your profile! Now when you log in at Youth Voices, instead of opening the home page, you will be on your profile page where you can: scroll on a wall with a stream of your recent activity on the site (and in NowComment) and you can reconnect leave […]

September 10, 2022 September 11, 2022
Paul’s Writer’s Notebook

The idea is simply to write for ten minutes (later on, perhaps fifteen or twenty). Don’t stop for anything. Go quickly without rushing. Never stop to look back, to cross something out, to wonder how to spell something, to wonder what word or thought to use, or to think about what you are doing. If you can’t think of a […]

September 9, 2022 September 10, 2022
What’s more important talent or hard work?

People who have talent without hard work are just more tragic in their failure. Maybe it’s not fair for me to think of my youngest son in this light, but when he reads a difficult novel and has brilliant insights, makes a painting, composes a poem, and write a piece of music, or when he sings in a choir and […]

December 2, 2020 September 9, 2022 journal
One thing I did in the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself. What this shows.

So yesterday I concentrated on creating a system on Youth Voices that would allow teachers and students to recognize each other for the skills they are showing in their work. Now anybody can go and create a “skill” for others. This reaches back to our early work with P2PU badges and brings the knowledge we’ve gained with issuing hundreds of […]

October 23, 2020 September 9, 2022 journal
What Do You Think Are the Secrets to Happiness? In a popular course at Yale University, students learn that the keys to happiness are sleep, gratitude and helping other people. Do you agree?

Sleep is important, yes, but I think it tends to go in circles: When I’m unhappy, I tend to sleep less and when I sleep less, I’m more unhappy. So it’s important to break this chain one way or the other. OH, and this leads me to MY basic, my lived, my real philosophy about happiness is that there is […]

May 5, 2021 September 9, 2022 journal
Setting up a Group in NowComment

Over the past few days, I’ve been working on NowComment to organize materials around AAPI — Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It has been exciting to share my tech tips with a growing community of teachers to show them how to get a document up on NowComment “properly.” And to reach out to people to see what they can […]

May 6, 2021 September 9, 2022 journal
One thing i did over the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself

Well I pulled together Brendaly’s portfolio I presented it at a conference workshop on Saturday. I’m pretty excited about the possibilities for this work, but there’s a gap between what we can do on Youth Voices and what teachers and what teachers and students want to, can, or are aware that they can do. It’s this gap that keeps me […]

May 10, 2021 September 9, 2022 journal
How Do You Connect to Your Heritage? Do you feel connected to your family and cultural roots? Or do you feel distant or cut off from them?

I feel like my heritage has been shifting ever since I left high school and the small town in Western Pennsylvania where I grew up. If I use my mother as an example of my family and my cultural roots, I would say that I feel more and more distant from her ideologies, biases, paranoia, and prejudice. When I think […]

May 19, 2021 September 9, 2022 journal
Something I did today that makes me feel good about myself

Let’s see — I’m happy that Marina and I worked hard to pivot from our original plans and over one weekend to build an entire playlist and room on Kumospace. These playlists usually take about a week to create, and both of us stood up (if I can use that phrase) at different times to get it done. I finished […]

July 26, 2021 September 9, 2022 journal
Finding The Habits of Mind Around Every Corner on Youth Voices

On the Youth Voices platform, we have been building tools, collecting resources, designing activities, and organizing examples to help students “become more thoughtful, responsive, and innovative” using The Habits of Mind. And now we are proposing an action research project to support 10-15 teachers to explore their questions while they bring Youth Voices and The Habits of Mind into their […]

August 11, 2022 September 9, 2022
Learning to dialogue with AI

I remember one evening in 1990 when I successfully downloaded an entire issue of Crisis Magazine from the Twenties to a 3.5 inch floppy disk. It took some time for the original images, poetry, stories, and essays to come to me over a network of university computers that was part of the Internet. This was before the World Wide Web […]

September 5, 2022 September 9, 2022
Youth Voices Turns Twenty: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

What has changed in the two decades since we launched Youth Voices might be described as a digital transformation of tools into platforms. In a recent book, two researchers point to this kind of change as one to welcome in order to grow The Digital Mindset we need to thrive today. “The rapid scaling of computational power means that digital technologies have […]

July 21, 2022 August 5, 2022
Paul’s 10 Self / 10 World
July 13, 2022 July 13, 2022
This is one way to combine text and audio. View on Vocaroo >>
July 11, 2022 July 11, 2022
Testing Vocoroo
July 11, 2022 July 11, 2022
Character Archetypes

 <Protagonist’s Name> is a dynamic character. <His/Her/Their> archetype changes over the course of the <story/book/play>. At the beginning of the <book/play>, <she/he/they> <is/are> the archetypal <pick from this list>. This can be seen on page <#>, where the author writes: <Copy a sentence, paragraph, or chunk of text from your book or play.> But by page <#>, <Name of Protagonist> has begun to transform into the archetypal <pick […]

June 20, 2022 June 20, 2022
Tracking Point-of-View

<Begin with a freewrite about your book. Write non-stop about your book. What have you been thinking about your book since you read last?> The <first… second… third… final… chapters/pages/sections> of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective> because <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on page <___>.  “<Copy a couple of lines […]

June 19, 2022 June 19, 2022
Facts, Emotions, Images
Get a PDF Facts Emotions Images
June 3, 2022 June 16, 2022
Plot Analysis

Recently, I read  <Title of Book or Play>, by <Name of Author>.  I <relished/detested/appreciated… think of an adjective that fits your feelings> this <book/play>. <Say why you feel this way in two or three sentences.>. The protagonist is <Protagonist’s Name>. <His/Her/Their> story is set in <tell the historical time period and geographic region>, specifically <list the precise local locations>. The significance of the <geographical location> setting is that <tell why it matters that the story happens […]

May 23, 2022 May 23, 2022
Character Traits and Relationships

<Name of Main Character>, the protagonist in <Title of Book, Play, or Story>, has a few traits that influence <her/his/their> relationships with others. One, <she/he/they> <is/are> <choose one trait from list>. Two, <she/he/they> <is/are> <choose another trait from list>.  Three, <she/he/they> is <choose a third trait from list>. These traits influence <her/his/their> relationships with others. We can see it in this passage from the <book/play/story>: “<Insert quotation marks and copy a […]

May 23, 2022 May 23, 2022
Could victims stories help to return power to the people in Buffalo?

Last night on TTT, Christina Cantrill, Joel Malley, and I started to talk about how each of us avoids a lot of the media  about the shooter and the tragedy that happened in Buffalo this weekend. And I wondered if youth protect themselves the same way, and how they might resist or resent our attempts to make space for conversations […]

May 19, 2022 May 19, 2022
Upward Bound at Delaware Tech 05.17.2020 Workshop 2

One thing you did today that makes you feel good about yourself as an educator Questions, concerns, stress-points with integrating Youth Voices, NowComment, and Kumospace this summer Becoming students for 30 minutes. Let’s walk through the three activity rooms of Profile Set-up Why?  The set of activities in the Profile Set-up (which could be done in the first three days) […]

May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022
World Connections

<Begin with a freewrite about your book. Write non-stop about your book. What have you been thinking about your book since you read last?> The <first… second… third… final… chapters/pages/sections/paragraphs> of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective showing emotion> because <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on page <___>.  “<Copy a couple […]

May 4, 2022 May 4, 2022
Chat on TTT 04.27.2022

Sam Reed U School · Nearby · 9:32 PM Fortran, Cobol, LOL…. Chris Sloan · Nearby · 9:33 PM Fortran, Cobol… Ah, the memories Sam Reed U School · Nearby · 9:34 PM I love this… paul_w_hankins It’s Sunday: I’ll create TWO morning pages. In this one, I come back to the idea that if we want our students to be a part of process, we, the teachers, cannot be apart from […]

April 28, 2022 April 28, 2022
Tracking the Plot / Guía de comentario literario: El seguimiento de la trama

<Begin with a freewrite about your book. Write non-stop about your book. What have you been thinking about your book since you read last?> The <first… second… third… final… chapters/pages/sections> of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective> because <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on page <___>.  “<Copy a couple of lines […]

April 5, 2022 April 5, 2022
Tracking Characters

<Begin with a freewrite about your book or play. Write non-stop about your book or play. What have you been thinking about your book or play since you read last?> The <first… second… third… final… chapters/pages/sections> of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective> because <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on […]

March 23, 2022 March 23, 2022
Agree/Disagree Response

Dear <First Name of Poster>: I am <adjective showing emotion> <by, about, with> your <poem/post/image/letter…>, “<Exact Title>,” because… <add 2 or 3 sentences> One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “<Quote from the message.>” I think this is <adjective> because… <add 1 or 2 sentences> Another sentence that I <past tense verb> was: “<Copy a sentence or line from the post.>” This stood out for me because… […]

June 4, 2021 March 11, 2022
LUTE-STEM TGIF Meeting January 28, 2022

January 28, 2022, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Paul and Marina will be joined by Maritza Merino and Laura Duran who will share examples of how they made use of the tech tools that they learned about this summer.  6:00 – 6:15 Meet and Greet with Habits of Mind – Let’s each talk about one thing we did this week that makes us feel […]

January 28, 2022 January 28, 2022
Uploading Multiple Images or a Slideshow

Download You have a group of image files on your computer with .jpeg or .png extensions. Each file is one of the slides from your slideshow.   Insert You have a Google Document with the images from your slideshow inserted and sorted in the order of your presentation.   Export You have a Microsoft Word file .docx downloaded on your […]

December 27, 2021 December 27, 2021
Engage in Multimodal, Intertextual, Social Commenting on a Multimodal, Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Document from the New Library for Writeout that You Can Help Us Build on NowComment
September 28, 2021 September 28, 2021
Working the Walls on Youth Voices

1.  Make status updates three times a day on your own wall and on group walls where you are a member. Add images, GIFs, videos, audio, and short messages like on Snapchat, Discord, Instagram or Twitter. Each comment or reply on NowComment   2. Invite others to become friends and accept friendship requests on Youth Voices: Your teacher Others you […]

September 12, 2021 September 13, 2021
Questions, Concerns, Ideas, Proposals, Thoughts… about Activity Posts or Status Updates
What are you wondering about Activity Posts or Status Updates?
August 22, 2021 August 22, 2021 Digital Discourse
Speculating on an Inquiry

<Pose a question.>? People usually say that <Finish this phrase with the standard answer(s) that most people give for your question.>, but <Speculate (consider or think curiously about; suppose, propose, or wonder) about how this standard answer might not be correct, complete, clear, or helpful.>? Does this mean that <State something else that seems to be true — and in opposition to the […]

July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021
Project: About Me (Scratch – Mouse Create)

Project: About Me 0 – Missing or unidentifiable 1 – Does not meet standard 2 – Meets Standard 3 – Exceeds Standard 1. About Me planning document The planning document accurately lays out the look and functionailty of the final Scratch Program. All fields in the document have been answered with accuracy and includes a sketch of the final program. […]

July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021
First Scratch project
This was the first project I made after some time away from Scratch.
July 21, 2021 July 21, 2021 Scratch
Does this work?
July 20, 2021 July 20, 2021
test fixrunner
July 9, 2021 July 9, 2021
Three Paragraphs About Me

My name is Alexandria,I am 16 years old,born on April 18,2001.I was born here in Aurora,Co.It’s important to know that i’m just now starting to drink coffee(iced) and its helps me wake up,now i see why people drink it.I am in love with PNB Rock(a singer/rapper).Something big that happened to me was leaving my mom in Texas to come back […]

July 9, 2021 July 9, 2021
How to set up a Web Story as a Digital Portfolio

On the Youth Voices home screen, hover over the section Member’s Wall. When the drop-down menu pops up, Click on “Create or Edit a Web Story.” A new tab will open. Search through the Web-Stories until you find “Navarro – Portfolio.” Hover over the title, “Navarro – Portfolio.” Three Vertical Dots will appear. Click on the three vertical dots. When […]

July 7, 2021 July 7, 2021
Class Study or Inquiry

Recently in <Subject area> we’ve been studying <topic/question/issue>. At first, I thought <What were your first thoughts on this topic/question/issue? Look back at your first pieces of writing/annotations/questions.>. When I <saw/read/played/heard…> <a specific resource> I started to think <How did your thinking shift or change?>. I know that many people feel that <What do some people say about this topic/issue/question?>. After doing this study, <What do you think about […]

June 26, 2021 June 26, 2021
Quoting a Source in a Comment

Dear <First Name of Poster>: I am <adjective showing emotion> <by, about, with> your <poem/post/image/letter…>, “<Exact Title>,” because… <add 2 or 3 sentences> One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “<Quote from message.>” I think this is <adjective> because… <add 1 or 2 sentences> I’m learning more about <a keyword to describe what both the poster and you are studying> right now, and in particular what I’m wondering about […]

June 24, 2021 June 24, 2021
Copy of General Discussion Response

Dear <First Name of Poster>: I am <adjective showing emotion> <by, about, with> your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…>, “<Exact Title>,” because… <add 2 or 3 sentences> One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “<Quote from the message.>” I think this is <adjective> because… <add 1 or 2 sentences> Another sentence that I <past tense verb> was: “<Quote from message>.” This […]

June 22, 2021 June 22, 2021
General Discussion Response

Dear <First Name of Poster>: I am <adjective showing emotion> <by, about, with> your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…>, “<Exact Title>,” because… <add 2 or 3 sentences> One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “<Quote from the message.>” I think this is <adjective> because… <add 1 or 2 sentences> Another sentence that I <past tense verb> was: “<Quote from message>.” This […]

June 22, 2021 June 22, 2021
Outline for Multimodal Playlists

Week One Set up your profile – commenting (merge with description of a child) Bio – recording (merged with below HOM 3) 3 true paragraphs Portfolio – Web stories, pick thee Habits of Mind to introduce themselves. Show Your Skillz I wonder if we can imagine each activity being equal to a 60-90 minute work session, one each day of […]

June 11, 2021 June 12, 2021 Multimodal Playlists
Testing the access module
Members should not be able to edit this because I have set the access to be private
June 9, 2021 June 9, 2021
Copy of Drawing error

As an artiste, there are some stuffs that makes me feels cringe or even angry. For example when I don’t see or get a specific result on a drawing or when the final result is not over my expectations, if it’s not the best that I can do I can feel really disgusted and even destroy the drawing because I […]

June 4, 2021 June 4, 2021
What Role Have Mentors Played in Your Life? What makes for good mentors? Do we need them now more than ever?

I just listened to a podcast of Latinos who are involved in the current NASA mission to Mars, Perseverance. What wonderful examples their stories are! But do they talk about specific mentors? Not so much, more about T.V. shows and open houses at NASA and seeing men walk on the moon AND unwavering support from family members. That has me thinking. […]

May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021 journal
One thing i did over the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself
Well, I sat under a tree outside of my apartment with neighbors and talked about the coming mayoral elections... and I'll write about why I like Maya Wiely for number one.
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021
What happens when an artist, writer or celebrity behaves in a way you don’t like? Should you separate the person’s behavior from his/her achievements?

Oh, I don’t know. Scott Stringer is a politician, not an artist or writer, but a celebrity of sorts, and his bid to become the next mayor of New York City is now in doubt because he has been accused by a woman of inappropriate groping. Her claims haven’t been corroborated yet, but I don’t know if that lack of […]

May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021
Should People Be Required to Show Proof of Vaccination?

I’m not sure, but maybe. I mean why not? Pre-K-College students have to show proof of a sorts of vaccinations before they are allowed to come — or continue in school — so why not a COVID shot too? I’m wondering if any of this is necessary.  Oh just get vaccinated. We need to lead with positive examples, not get […]

May 4, 2021 May 4, 2021
What are some answers to the frequent gun violence we have experienced in this country?

This is such a big question. How can I answer it if the President of the United States and the Congress can’t answer it. One thing I heard recently is that so far this year more illegal guns have been take off the streets of New York City than ever before in a similar time period. And yet, the number […]

April 19, 2021 April 19, 2021
Testing Docs
This seems to be working. More tests.
April 14, 2021 April 14, 2021
One thing I did that makes me feel good about myself … one habit this shows.

One of the things I did this weekend was to think and write (or at least begin to write) about the different discourse options that are available on Youth Voices. I found passages in James Moffett’s important book, Teaching the Universe of Discourse. Maybe I should collect those here. Here’s something I wrote recently: In Coming on Center (1981), James Moffett calls […]

April 12, 2021 April 12, 2021
Bio on you working portfolio

Paragraph 1: Who are you? What’s important to know about you? What ethnic and cultural heritages are in your family? Where were you born, and what neighborhoods have you lived in? What schools have you been to? When did something important happen to you, a turning point? Paragraph 2: What do you like to do IN school, including extra-curricular activities? What are […]

April 10, 2021 April 10, 2021
Something I did in the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself… what this shows about me.

Last night just before I took my evening shower and went to bed I sat down and created an “activity” within a playlist on Youth Voices. Here it is This wasn’t that hard to do because I spent the last several days making another activity, and on Youth Voices you can just copy a published page and use that […]

April 7, 2021 April 7, 2021
Have you ever “snitched,” or told on someone else for breaking a rule? How did you weigh your relationship to that person, the trustworthiness of the authority and the legitimacy of the rule?

I don’t know. When you are snitching you are going to an authority to inform on your peer. In my life as a teacher, my peer relationships have always been more important to me than the ones I’ve had with the powers that be. So I think my answer has to be “No, I’ve never snitched.” Really, though? I mean […]

April 6, 2021 April 6, 2021
What teachers at P.U.L.S.E. are expected to show about their classrooms
provide engaging opportunities promote teamwork use engaging materials give students time to reflect especially in virtual environments and remote settings
March 26, 2021 March 26, 2021
I managed a new kind of TTT meeting.

How new is it really? I still do all of the inviting and some of the introductions, and I’m often the one stopping a presentation or asking for more. But it might become more and more an act of facilitating as we go. I like that three specific things bubbled to the surface. I think the tricider worked. Should I […]

March 25, 2021 March 25, 2021
After a year of living with new routines and habits, are there aspects of going back to pre-pandemic school, work and social life that concern you?

Again — and maybe this is my way — I want to change the question. Can we make it something like what can we keep from our new habits? How do we resist a return to normal with things that were not so good? How do we get people to not think of working on computers as a pandemic, remote […]

March 24, 2021 March 24, 2021
Should the Department of Education keep remote classes as an option for those who want it in the future? Why or why not?

What is a remote class? Here’s how I want the question to be asked: Should the DOE support teachers to make their teaching and students learning experiences flow as seamlessly as possible between face-to-face meetings and online synchronous and asynchronous learning? To this (rather tortured) question I would scream from the rooftops, YES! And yes, there are plenty of less […]

March 23, 2021 March 23, 2021
Kinds of Digital Discourse, Kumospace, Brendaly as an example, guides attached to posts… etc.

What’s been on my mind and what have I been doing that makes me feel good about myself has to do with feeling good about putting Brendaly into the middle of an online workshop with teachers (on May 1, Digital Discourse teachers — but could be others before and after that) that induces teachers to these newly described, not definite […]

March 22, 2021 March 22, 2021
Next steps for Teachers Teaching Teachers
Now I have set up a tricider for people to propose sessions for TTT. Take a look at Take a look!
March 19, 2021 March 19, 2021
Multimodal Literacy: NYCWP’s LRNG/NowComment Workshop for LUTE-STEM Residents

Teacher-Consultants in the New York City Writing Project jumped at an opportunity to create a summer workshop for the first cohort of LUTE-STEM residents at Lehman College in 2020. We knew how to introduce these young teachers to the theory and practice that has been central to our work with students and teachers in public New York City schools for […]

March 18, 2021 March 18, 2021
One thing I did in the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself.

Oh let me see — in my journal here, I’ve been writing about the transition that Teachers Teaching Teachers is going through, because of COVID and remote learning, because of Kumospace, because it is time to shed an old skin… because I want to hand some of the responsibility and joy of doing this work off to younger teachers. So […]

March 18, 2021 March 18, 2021
Do we need the arts (music, acting, dance, drawing/painting/design) in our lives? Why or why not?

I feel like we are never without the arts — somehow. The question is whether the arts are used as an escape or pure entertainment — which, of course, there is nothing wrong with — but I want to reverse the question to say how can the arts be used to make our lives better? Does that make sense? How […]

March 16, 2021 March 16, 2021
One thing I did that makes me feel good about myself

One thing I did this weekend that makes me feel good about myself is that I got 86 students up on Youth Voices, students from Bronx International High School. About 20 of these new students were actually put on the site in January 2018, and I can barely remember when we did this. I think it was part of a […]

March 15, 2021 March 15, 2021
Is it important for people with different opinions to be able to talk to each other? Why or why not?

In the background as I write my 90-year-old mother is playing hymns on the piano, which is better than her sitting in her room watching FOX. Do I even try to talk with her? Well, we have a book of Broadway tunes at the piano too, and she is currently picking her way through “Oh what a beautiful morning…” and […]

March 11, 2021 March 11, 2021
Do big companies have a responsibility to contribute positively to society?

How do I write about this without being hypocritical? I depend on big companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook (Instagram), Spectrum (cable and Internet), Twitter, WordPress (where I’m writing right now) all of the time. And I THINK these companies “contribute positively” to my life and to society. Do I think we as a people have a right and a responsibility […]

March 10, 2021 March 10, 2021
One thing I did over the weekend that makes me feel good about myself.

Well I finished part four of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and by “finished” I mean that I read chapters 21-32, I got these chapters recorded, then I carefully checked through the digital copy we have to find transmission errors when it went from a PDF to an HTML text and onto NowComment. So… the fourth of five parts […]

March 8, 2021 March 8, 2021
What problems in your community do you think the local government (mayor, congressperson) should try to solve?

That’s an interesting question. One of the things I need to figure out is how change happens in the different neighborhoods in the Bronx. Brian Lehrer is doing a series each week on West Farms 10460 and I’m learning from this how difficult it is to change a neighborhood like this. Okay… so I want to get this series […]

March 3, 2021 March 3, 2021
is it harder to grow up today than it was in the past? Why or why no

Oh, I don’t know. I mean, it has to be really hard now if you are a young person growing up with the uncertainty, sadness, and just trauma of this pandemic then I don’t think there’s any question that you have to have some sort of grit, some fortitude, some ability to grapple — or as I’ve learned from a […]

March 2, 2021 March 2, 2021
One thing I did that makes me feel good about myself

Okay, so I started working on a curriculum that is Bronx-centered and focused on the current primary season. I was going to write about upcoming elections, but we are in the middle of it already! What I think I’m figuring out is how to build a new project out of existing playlists — thinking about how to make them more […]

March 1, 2021 March 1, 2021
What is a story in the news that has caught your attention recently?

Let’s see… I’m interested in all of the go back to school news/controversy because I think different groups — parents, teachers, policymakers — talk around each other and rarely are youth considered. And it is such a different question at the different ages. Within that whole thing, I can’t believe that the Biden administration is saying that NY tests have […]

February 24, 2021 February 24, 2021
What have you been taught about slavery up until now?

There are a few recent bubbles of thought bouncing around in my head. I was just listening to a history professor — the president of Rutgers College — talking about how you can’t understand American history without understanding that America was built on the institution of slavery. Yesterday, a student who is reading Stamped asked if the is slavery anymore. […]

February 23, 2021 February 23, 2021
One thing I did over the break hat makes me feel good about myself

Let’s see, I solved a problem, but this doesn’t really seem worth writing about. But maybe. On Youth Voices, we have these “Habits of Mind” awards we can give to students, and when Chris Sloan gave one 10 days ago, I said that it was like putting a star at the top of a student’s paper — except it was […]

February 22, 2021 February 22, 2021
Defining the Need for Skills Acknowledgements

Why do we need skills, an assessment tool, on Youth Voices? Fair question, especially since simplicity is the key to success for online learning systems. But also, asking youth to pay attention to recommending each other for skills and also creating them for us to use all takes time away from other reading and writing and learning they might be […]

November 1, 2020 February 5, 2021
Why is it sometimes difficult to talk about race?

That’s a great question. Even the first thing that came into my head seems like it’s wrong to say, and I want to edit the thought or correct it before I say it. So this is a good example. What I want to say is that race is used too often in ways that are unhelpful to understanding the problem. […]

February 3, 2021 February 5, 2021
Managing posts on Youth Voices

It’s not such a noticeable thing I do, but I went through about 20 posts on Youth Voices yesterday, editing and making sure that each post is a good as it can be — and that it is in a category that fits the UN Sustainable Goals, and there is. tag to the school page, and a proper image, and […]

February 2, 2021 February 2, 2021
Habits Labels and Links

User input lable: Choose a user whose work, in your opinion, demonstrates this habit. Nomination button text: Click here to add this habit to the profile of a user who has work that shows this ability, power, practice, or disposition. Notes input label: Describe and paste links to this user’s work that shows this habit in action. (The box expands.) […]

January 5, 2021 January 5, 2021
Why and How to Make Youth Voices Your Locus of Assessment

In the early 90s my colleagues at University Heights High School and I collaborated with David Niguidula, David Allen, and others from the Coalition of Essential Schools on a digital portfolio and assessment process. Our goal was to work with each of our students to produce a collection of digital artifacts to represent their habits of heart, mind, and work […]

December 23, 2020 December 24, 2020
Should we care about events in other parts of the world why or why not?

What about the vaccine for the Coronavirus and who gets it first? I’ve been frustrated with an almost total focus in the United States on who gets it here first. And I’ve never been sure about what happens in other countries. Are rich, western (and Russia and China… ) going to get the vaccine first? When we think about distributing […]

December 22, 2020 December 22, 2020
What is a hero?

I resist the whole idea that someone can be a hero, although I’ve spent some time reading about Naomi Osaka who probably is a hero of mine right now. See this. Part of what I like about her is her ability to be great at what she does (play tennis) and pay attention to what is going on in the […]

December 21, 2020 December 21, 2020
Something I did in the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself… what this shows about me.

I enjoyed getting together with other teachers from all over the country to just check-in, see how each of us was feeling… but also get a sense of what is next in our work together on NowComment and Youth Voices. At least I kept listening for what questions were coming up about our work with students. One thing I noticed […]

December 17, 2020 December 17, 2020
Do suffering and struggle make us stronger and lead to success? Why or why not?

Struggle and suffering seem like two different things here, so let me take them apart. Suffering is what happens to you and sometimes there are terrible things that happen that don’t make us stronger at all. I think we accept this on a physical level. When we contract a disease that slows us down we don’t imagine that we are […]

December 15, 2020 December 15, 2020
One thing I did that makes me feel good about myself

Let’s see. Yoga… TTT … Ah, maybe that. I’ve been trying to create a set of curriculum materials that include both “How to” do the technology instructions and instructions for how to write a poem AND a template that would — for some — pull it all together. And I’ve been trying some of this out. Last night a teacher […]

December 10, 2020 December 10, 2020
Something I did in the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself… what this shows about me.

The first thing that comes to mind is running. Yesterday I started running a third time each day. What happens is that I try to increase the distance I run 10% every week, and I’m up to ten miles a day. If you do the math you can see that if I go out twice a day, I’m running for […]

December 9, 2020 December 9, 2020
Does everything happen for a reason?

Probably not, but I think life is easier to take if you look for reasons in everything that happens. So I would never take a tragedy — like my son’s dog getting sick and having is front, right leg amputated — but I do this rationalization in my head about how we will still love the puppy and maybe even […]

December 8, 2020 December 8, 2020
How much control do you think you have over how your life turns out? Why? Write your response in a Youth Voices Journal Doc

Control? Ah, I was walking in the park on Saturday. It was a very windy day and we were walking just above the Hudson River with gusts pulling us all around. Then I saw a dad with his daughter just about to fly a kite, and I remember thinking that this was an apt symbol of how little control we […]

December 7, 2020 December 7, 2020
One thing I did that makes me feel good about myself

It seems like a small thing but I started setting everybody up to have their comments from NowComment appear on their activity streams on Youth Voices. This is such a small thing when the student or teacher sees it, but it wasn’t small at all to get web engineers and designers to work together to have the comments on NowComment […]

November 25, 2020 November 25, 2020
Does trauma bring strength?

I’ll write about the younger generation and what I might learn from them, what I might misunderstand about young people today. I think there is something about resilience in the younger generation, a strength that comes from having survived so many traumas. I don’t want to be overly romantic about this, but maybe there is something there worth learning about. […]

November 23, 2020 November 23, 2020
Something I’m afraid of and why I’m afraid of it.

The “it” here has me a bit stumped… or at least has slowed my start. Let me see, I’m afraid of getting hurt, disease, dying, people who I love getting hurt, getting a disease, or dying. So that’s pretty big, a pretty big set of fears. And during Covid, well I guess it’s obvious. So yeah. isn’t it obvious why […]

November 18, 2020 November 18, 2020
The best compliment you have ever received and how this makes me feel?

The first thing that came to mind is what people sometimes say about me that I like. It’s mainly that I ground my work with digital discourse in the theory and practice of composition. Ah… yes, I remember an exact moment when — oh, what was her name? I’ll look it up — but she was in a presentation that […]

November 17, 2020 November 17, 2020
About Me? How to ask youth to represent themselves.

One thing I did this weekend was I made a widget box work on everybody’s profile. That might not seem that important, but here’s how it might be. If you go to my profile, you will see two Web Stories in the biography section of my About You widget. This is what I would like students to do to. So […]

November 16, 2020 November 16, 2020
Something significant in the past 24 hours

I finished a Web Story about annotations yesterday. This is important because of the medium and my learning in that medium and because the content is important. I wonder if I can embed it here. Oh let me just link to it under an image. That might be enough of a challenge. Let’s see, here’s a link: Print this […]

November 12, 2020 November 12, 2020
Testing Docs
I'm just checking to see about authorship and how Docs show up on the Activity stream.
November 11, 2020 November 11, 2020
Two things my family has taught me

Two things?! Okay, let’s see. I feel like my sons — both in their late 20’s — are teaching me about dogs. Pets are something that my wife and I never brought into our family, except if you count the few months with a gerbil before lost her. I don’t know what this is teaching me, but it is something […]

November 4, 2020 November 4, 2020
Over the past 24 hours…

I’m wondering how to consult with a student about her writing. We edit and suggest in the margins on Google Docs or on NowComment, but how do we have those moments where we ask a student to say more to explain what you mean by that or tell me a story about that. Then turn and say, okay now put […]

November 3, 2020 November 3, 2020
One thing I did this weekend…

Oh, not much, but let me think… One thing I did was I ran in the rain on Friday and on Sunday, a bit more than five miles each day, so yeah, that’s something. And I finished a revised, better (audio included) NowComment version of If Beale Street Could Talk… and what else. Oh, actually the thing I’m doing that […]

November 2, 2020 November 2, 2020
Turning Standards into Conversations

Youth Voices Skills A skill is a special post on Youth Voices. Any member can create a skills post to identify a valued habit of heart, mind, and/or work that there is evidence for in another member’s activity stream on Youth Voices or elsewhere online. Once a skill is posted to the skills page, both teachers and students on Youth […]

October 24, 2020 October 25, 2020
Docs or Discussion Posts

A teacher just sent me an email:  I’m trying to have my students post as a discussion, as we’ve done in the past. Many are posting as docs. What’s the difference between the two? I see comments for both. I am not seeing the difference right now and I’m trying to learn so I can explain it. Here’s my answer […]

October 20, 2020 October 20, 2020
RSS Feeds are fun!

Something I’ve been doing is trying to figure out how to use RSS feeds to bring NowComment comments into the Youth Voices Activity stream. I know that sounds technical I end up now know what people are talking about, but there is a nice community of technical engineers who are willing to help as long as they get paid. Actually, […]

October 16, 2020 October 16, 2020

One thing I did is improve the messaging system on Youth Voices, but I’m not sure if it is working. Still, it would be good if we could have this backchannel for talking to each other. Oh, it’s not really a backchannel, but it is a way to talk to individuals or groups of individuals. So yeah, let’s work on […]

October 15, 2020 October 15, 2020
Video as a flattening out of the learning space

I’m liking this idea that video conferences flatten the learning space. I’m not sure why this appeals to me, but I am itching to describe how to build online experiences for youth that are not so teacher- and content-centered. I’m also not sure that I’m right, so I’m hanging back a bit but I do wonder how to bring the […]

October 5, 2020 October 5, 2020
Hang Out, Mess Around, Geek Out

Hang Out on Your Profile Add a new profile picture and cover image. Create frequent updates with writing, images, audio, video, or links. Friend other youth from around the country, and comment on their updates. Gather your thoughts privately or with others in a Doc, using  YV Docs as a writer’s notebook. Build your profile by adding widgets in your […]

October 1, 2020 October 1, 2020
What’s a Youth Voices profile?

Here’s a list of metaphors we thought of to describe a Youth Voices profile. It can be your personal online… …locker (where you can put video, audio, images and text that are important to you) …homeroom (where you stay connected with your Youth Voices connections) …home base (where you come back to re-focus) …home page (all of the work you’ve […]

September 15, 2020 September 16, 2020
The Universe of Digital Discourse on Youth Voices

Writing Tool Where and how to use it Publishing Options What this might be used for What’s New? By clicking the first link on the drop-down under the user’s home page link on the main menu, the user is presented with a box where there is unlimited space to write and add media. The most recent updates appear publicly under […]

September 7, 2020 September 8, 2020
Youth Voices: Building a Writing Community

We are asking you to consider bringing your students to Youth Voices to grow our network of teachers and schools and to enrich the conversations on the site. Now more than ever, youth need to be connected with each other, and Youth Voices has tried-and-true resources and new features that promise to expand the universe of digital discourse available on […]

September 5, 2020 September 6, 2020

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