Are You Listening? Poetry Slam and Social Commentary

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For National Poetry Month we were tempted to pay homage to classics like Poe, Whitman, Neruda, and all the other greats. But much of the buzz in the poetry world is not around words on a page, but rather the voice and performance of the poet. We’re talking about poetry slam, and it’s been growing in popularity thanks to the web and social media. You no longer have to head to a club to see a live performance – YouTube brings the hottest slam poets right to your screen. And if you’ve never heard of this art form, prepare to emote (hard). Continue Reading ›

Ode to Adolescence and Maybe John Green: #VeryRealisticYA Gets Real

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If there’s one thing we love here at eNotes it’s literature. We also love wit, and the latest trending hashtag combined both.

Last week #VeryRealisticYA began trending and the results were nothing short of hilarious and harshly truthful. The YA (young-adult) fiction genre is alluring and entertaining for many audiences, but can be melodramatic and oftentimes unrealistic. The hashtag participators sought to bring light and realism to the genre. There’s nothing quite as postmodern as the ironic, honest words of the Twitterverse.

Here are a few of our favorites: Continue Reading ›

9 EdTech Resources to Try Before Summer

Students and educators are constantly bombarded with apps and online resources claiming to improve the learning experience. To help you navigate through the mountain of options, here are some of the best EdTech trends that you can try before summer.

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1. MyStudyLife

This online planner was designed for students and educators to make their learning and teaching process a lot easier. This calendar application allows you to organize your study schedule, lectures, tasks and exams. By using this tool, you can stay ahead of lectures and assignments and become more productive. Continue Reading ›

Educator Professional Development: Issues and Opportunities

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Last month the first Global Teacher Prize—$1,000,000—was awarded by the Varkey Foundation to an educator in Maine, Nancie Atwell. Described as the “Nobel Prize in teaching,” the award received a lot of publicity, and Atwell made the news when she won it. During an interview with CNN, she said that the current emphasis on standards and standardized testing is “a movement that’s turned teachers into technicians, not reflective practitioners.” Considering that she has forty-plus years of teaching experience and has now been recognized essentially as the best teacher in the world, her assessment of the profession deserves attention. It also raises questions about current trends in professional development. Continue Reading ›

Teachers Who Tweet: 50 Educators You Should Follow

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It’s no surprise that Twitter, inarguably one of the most popular social platforms, has more than tweens and “hip brands” (like us, of course!) tweeting tidbits into the universe. Teachers, professors, and other types of educators use this platform to bring academia into the 21st Century, share ideas, and intellectually influence their followers.

We’ve put together a list of the top tweetin’ educators on the basis of high Klout scores, content, and engagement. Whether they are discussing revolutionary edtech techniques, intersectional feminism, or race relations… we think they are awesome and you should too!  Continue Reading ›