Collaborative Novel Writing Presentations for MPTC

This is the presentation that I gave today for the MPTC Div II and III.  Collaborative ideas for all three sessions are in this post as well, so find your sessions ideas and get writing, due date is Friday March 14th.  If you have questions or concerns, please email me!

Class Novel for Division II & III

From the High School session this morning:

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From the Division III session this afternoon:

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From the Division II session this afternoon:

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Writing a Collaborative Class Novel GETCA

Here are the story details we came up with from the “Writing a Collaborative Class Novel” session today.  Remember, I will create our final compilation if we can get at least 5 stories together and submitted.

 

Our Talisman

Rook from a chess set

-metaphorical barrier or something that frees you
-made of wood
-chipped corner
-purple
-once owned by a great man
-under the chip, other colours of paint
Characters
Rottweiler 
-nervous
-talks, has a history with
-found the piece in the park
-missing a piece of his ear
Benedict
A great man
-has a stutter
-world champion chess player
-leads a solitary life, antisocial
Mildred
80 year old Ex-con
Tattoo that says ‘checkmate’ with a yellow king and a purple rook
Evelyn
7 year old girl who likes to paint
Rex King
Jazz musician
One legged
Dying of cirrhosis of the the liver
Settings and overall story lines are up to you, we discussed some initial plot lines in the session.  The only requirements for your story is that it involve the Talisman and at least one of our characters. Due date is Friday March 7th.
Happy Writing!

Time for a reboot…

Power Button {Teaching and Learning, Education, Restart, Ed Tech}

I’m making some changes around here…

When I started my first blog (mrkeenan.com) about five years ago now, I started it with the intention of documenting the changes I was making to my classroom and practice.  It was a fun site, supported by my burgeoning interest in Twitter as a professional learning tool.  I posted app reviews and developed friendships with some wonderful developers who were looking to support teachers like me in the classroom by providing great software for the then new ‘iOS’ platform on iPods and then iPads.

Then things got busy.

I transitioned into completing a Masters program, started ghost writing, had another addition to the family, and while the blog continued to roll, it wasn’t the same thing to me anymore.  I wasn’t enjoying writing and posting on it as much. My blog received some great praise about how professional it was, and I now had some university professors using my content in their courses, but every post was a challenge and huge time commitment to get posted.  It’s great to put out fantastic resources and useful information, but I missed the connection I had with my readership and those who are trying to do great things for their students.  So, I started posting less and focusing on redesigning my personal life and fostering what had gotten me so passionate about education to start with.  That’s where I am now.  In a new school with new challenges, implementing and supporting technology from a humanist perspective.

So, here’s the reboot.

I’ve decided to move the blog, simplify it, and post on what I am passionate about, not always on professional learning, not always on apps, not always even on education.  I hope you enjoy the change; and if you’ve been with me from the beginning, I hope you read this post with a smile on your face as we get started having fun again!