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The cards are stacked in favor for the first Global Writing Project Summer Institute Project DIRECT Martha and Harold on the Global Writing Project Essential Elements of the Digital Classroom
The cards are stacked in favor for the first Global Writing Project Summer Institute It’s a picture perfect setting for the first day of class.  The grass is green the sky is blue, the weather is perfect and the floating stack of playing cards make great seats.  No I’m not imaging things, it’s true. The Global Writing Project (GWP) Summer Institute really has floating cards as seats.  How is [...]
Project DIRECT The Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon has recently launched a professional development project, called Project DIRECT. The purpose of this project is to use the immersive quality in Second Life and provide a space for 20 teachers from rural schools to meet, learn and integrate technology into their practices The goal of [...]
Martha and Harold on the Global Writing Project Did you hear? The Oregon Writing Project is going Global! It’s true, they are taking the best of their Summer Institute and integrating it into a 3D immersive environment.
Essential Elements of the Digital Classroom This is the story of a group of teachers who embrace an educational philosophy and pedagogy of technology that is digital, seamless, collegial, connected and self-organized to address the issues of teaching and learning digital literacies for today. To view this wonderful multimedia presentation, please visit the Essential Elements of the Digital Classroom site. This [...]

STELLAR Board Meeting, December 10

The STELLAR board held its monthly meeting at the Center for Advanced Technology in Education on Thursday, December 10. STELLAR Principal Investigator Dr. Lynne Anderson-Inman and Project Facilitator Peggy Marconi welcomed new team members and updated the board on recent progress and accomplishments.

Since the successful 2015 Kickoff on October 23, STELLAR participants have met biweekly in Second Life for further training. Additionally, teachers have begun meeting for reading groups to discuss Visual Thinking Strategies, by Philip Yenawine, an integral text for the project. Plans for training the project mentors include Second Life sessions with a VTS representative.

Peggy and Lynne also reported about the project’s dissemination and community outreach efforts, including a presentation at the National Writing Project Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. The meeting concluded with a discussion of exciting new opportunities for STELLAR participants and the broader community.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will be housing one of Shakespeare’s original Folios from January 6-February 6, 2016. The exhibition will offer a teacher professional development workshop on Wednesday, January 13. While the workshop is open to any Oregon middle or high school teacher, space is limited and registration is required. For more information, visit


Peggy’s Pen

Have you ever thought that if only two of you existed, you might be able to get the work on hand done?A virtual campus could make that possible. These are exciting times for the Oregon Writing Project. We are busy sharing face-to-face with teachers who drop by our office and with teachers who attend workshops here on campus. We are also busy meeting with our rural colleagues on a virtual campus for the same purpose. Be sure to check out OWP's Youtube Channel to learn about OWP's innovative virtual learning project. Both my real self and my virtual self welcome you to our web site and encourage you to participate in the activities of the Oregon Writing Project here at the University of Oregon. Drop by for a cup of coffee anytime—real or virtual.

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