Almost Ready to Publish…

This weekend I have been holed up at the Purple Sage Ranch outside of San Antonio with a brilliant group of 20 other educators from throughout the United States for the National Writing Project Digital Literacies Resource Development Retreat. Along with building new friendships, learning from some uber-innovative folks I have also been creating a […]

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Fostering Voice & Choice

Last weekend I had the opportunity to read for the Scholastic Writing Awards.  Each year students throughout the United States submit original pieces of literary work for this nationwide competition and the foremost pieces are annually published in the Best of Teen Writing.  The writing can fit a variety of genres including short stories, novels, […]

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It All Began with TI Basic & Printshop

This weekend I am attending the National Writing Project’s Digital Literacies writing retreat in San Antonio, Texas (actually we’re in Bandera – look for it on a map).  One of our goals is to produce content for the Digital Is website, a resource definitely worth checking out for anyone who is interested in technology and […]

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Book of the Week – Because Digital Writing Matters

This week’s Book of the Week is one that brings together many of my passions – technology, literacy, and student voice.  Because Digital Writing Matters, published by the National Writing Project expands an earlier conversation started in Because Writing Matters, to include importance of digital writing.  Through my work with the National Writing Project I […]

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Joe’s Resolutions for 2011

Ugh…its the last afternoon of Christmas Vacation! How did two weeks scream by so quickly? I’ve done my best ignoring work email, the fact my clothes need to be ironed for the week, and the idea that the alarm clock will rip through the blissful silence a full two hours before I have even contemplated […]

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The Books of 2010 – A Literary Look Back

This morning I finished the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire.  As I logged this book into Goodreads, I started to look over the books I have read this year and wondered, “how many books have I read?”  I guessed around 30.  Last Christmas I received a Kindle and I know the […]

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Track Santa Tonight – 2010!

According to Google Analytics, one of the most popular posts on JoeWoodOnline, especially this time of year, is one from almost three years ago tomorrow.  Track Santa Tonight detailed back in 2007 how your family could track Santa’s arrival using Google Earth and NORAD. “Santa Tracker is up and running now that Santa is out […]

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“The Writing Project Saves Good Teachers…”

Last week I wrote about a book I discovered at the National Writing Project annual meeting, The Book Whisperer.  The author, Donalyn Miller, was inspirational both in her writing and her speech. Yesterday, I discovered a video of her remarks and I thought a few of you might like to check it out. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jblOtvdAG-Y] While […]

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