Guest Post: Threaded Adventures

Kevin Hodgson. Kevin teaches sixth grade in Southampton, Massachusetts at the William E. Norris Elementary School, where his students use technology for publishing and creation throughout the year. He is also the technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project and a co-editor of the book collection Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change and Assessment in the 21st Century Classroom that examines the role of technology in the writing classroom in the age of standardized testing and assessment. In his spare time, Kevin also dabbles in the world of classroom-based humor through his Boolean Squared webcomic.

I truly believe that we learn most deeply by doing. If you want to learn how to swim or ride a bike, then you need to get into the pool or hop onto the bicycle and get started. When I thinking about how to write this guest blog post for Ruth and Stacey on the topic of guiding students to create “Make Your Own Adventure” stories with technology, it dawned on me that a traditional blog post just would not be good enough. No, I realized, I would have to create my post with choices for the reader. My blog post about “Make Your Own Adventure” stories would have to be a “Make Your Own Adventure” story (or is it, “Make Your Own Learning”?). Luckily for me, Ruth and Stacey are always game for oddball suggestions. We collectively mulled over how such a post would look at a blog. In the end, I decided that it made more sense to create a website for my post and so, I cordially invite you to join me on a little reading adventure in which I put much of the control into your hands, dear reader, as you navigate through some ideas around introducing multi-stranded writing in the classroom.
Please start the adventure by heading to the Threaded Adventures that I have set up for us. And please, don’t get lost.