Summing Up: Blog Year One


A Brief History of My Blog
(Open Court Reading Strategy: Summarizing)


This blog started last year as another way of communicating with visitors of my site, Open Court

Open Court, for the uninitiated, is the required reading series in Los Angeles Unified and many other large districts across the country. Some people love it, some people hate it. My site started four years ago as a way for my first grade colleagues and I to share resources with each other from any internet connected computer. It has grown to include all grade levels and thousands of resources contributed by teachers across the country.

Hello Lifelong Learners

While the Open Court site gets thousands of visits daily I started feeling limited by what I could write about on the “Open Court Resources Blog”. In changing the blog’s name to Creating Lifelong Learners in October, I began to feel freer to write about integrating technology, educational practice in general, and I’ve been able to get a little more personal.

I hope I’m still relevant to Open Court teachers but of interest to others as well.


Hello to Hollywood

Last month I relaunched my site, Video in the, and that site needed a blog. Rather than split my audience and my own energy between two blogs I hope you don’t mind that the video in the classroom blog has moved in here.

If you only want to read the video related posts you can choose the “video in the classroom” category on the right. However, in the real world very few of us are able to teach only video and so I focus on integrating video production into the curriculum. How to teach reading and writing and video production at the same time.

So What’s This Blog About?

Literacy. All types.

Traditional, digital, media, film.

As my concept of twenty-first century literacy grows and changes, so too does this blog.

I hope you’ll continue reading or start reading (maybe even bring a friend) and come along with me on this journey.

Thanks for reading.

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6 Responses to “Summing Up: Blog Year One”

  1. Bonnie K Says:

    I like it all Matt. Happy One Year B Day!

  2. Mathew Says:

    Thanks for reading, Bonnie.

  3. Nick Pernisco Says:

    You provide a great service to the educational community. Thanks for all of the hard work!

  4. Jo Says:

    I really enjoyed “Tales from the Yard.” I’m getting goods ideas for when I start teaching in my own classroom. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Jo Says:

    I really enjoyed “Tales from the Yard.” I’m getting good ideas for when I start teaching in my own classroom. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Creating Lifelong Learners » Blog Archive » Who Am I And What’s This Blog About Anyway? Says:

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