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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Youth Voices Introduction - Conversation is Central - 60 minutes

4:10 - 4:25 One thing you did this week that makes you feel good about yourself as an educator.

4:25 - 4:30 Youth Voices is a platform designed by teachers for students and a community of teachers that grows out of National Writing Project and New York City Writing Project networks. It's an openly networked site for youth peer engagement, designed around online conversations the topics of interest to the youth involved. Young people start with their own questions and move through inquiry into academic research.

4:30 - 4:40 10 Self / 10 World Questions (Key Words) http://youthvoices.net/questions (show exmaples and video briefly)

4:40 - 4:55 Write comments using Guides - http://youthvoices.net/generalresponse | http://youthvoices.net/agreedisagree | http://youthvoices.net/node/36036 (Show this one to show how there might be progress, even/especially in commenting)

4:55 - 5:00 What was it like for you as a writer to use these Guides? (Theory and practice behind these guides: They Say/I Say: The Moves Behind Academic Writing, Gerald Graff and Carol Birkenstein)

5:00 - 5:10 What did you find? (Focused on the content of the posts that they commented on, with some reading.) And more questions about Youth Voices

Social Reading and Annotating about Connected Learning/Asynchronous Learning - 60 minutes

5:10 - 5:25 Read and annotate "Connected Learning Principles" or "Affinity for Asynchronous Learning" See http://youthvoices.net/connectedlearning

5:25 - 5:30 What was this like for you as a reader? What’s similar and different from reading on paper?

5:30 - 5:40 Read and annotate the other piece of writing.

5:40 - 6:00 Write and post your thoughts on asynchronous, connected learning and Youth Voices. Begin to comment on each others posts.

6:00 - 6:05 Read one sentence.

6:05 - 6:10 Welcome to the Youth Voices community of teachers and students. What's next for you and for Epic High School South?