I taught high school English from 1990-2011. Somewhere in those years computers happened to me, so it is not so hard to imagine that computers would happen to my teaching. What happened to me as a result of their convergence continues to astound me.
Please visit me at Ms Hogue’s Online English Resources
- 21 years as a high school English teacher; 11 years teaching CyberEnglish, a nationally recognized Web-based English class.
- BA in English for Secondary Education from Lakeland College; MA in Education from Lakeland College; MS in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University
- Technology trainer for Cardinal Stritch University (2001-03); for SITA (Summer Instructional Technology Academy) for Eastern Wisconsin Instructional Technology Consortium (EWITC), August 5, 2008; and ongoing for the School District of Sheboygan Falls, providing one-to-one and large group technology training.
- Sheboygan Falls School District’s teacher of the year, 2000; Recipient of five staff development awards from Sheboygan Falls School District; Chosen as “Most Influential Teacher” by nine top-ten students.
- Avid user and early adopter of technology tools for teaching and learning.
My Ed Tech Philosophy
Time Magazine chose “You” as its Person of the Year in 2006, and by “You” they meant anyone who uses Web 2.0 tools to engage in “community and collaboration on a scale never seen before.” Web 2.0, they said, “is a massive social experiment” and it is “about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.”
When I first began putting content on the Web in 1999 for my poetry class (syllabus, semester calendar, links to helpful sites, etc.) I was, though I didn’t realize it, part of the revolution that would become Web 2.0. My tool was a simple Website that most of my students had access to. We used that site to stay informed. But it was a one-way mode of communication. Web 2.0 is transactional communication that allows for multiple voices and back and forth communication. Used for teaching and learning, it can help us create community. I have long believed in Web communities, even in primitive forms like Moos and Listservs.
Contemporary people carry their media worlds with them much like Pigpen’s cloud of dirt. It could be insulating, but it doesn’t have to be. While some would say you can’t really get to know people online, I know otherwise. Twitter, Facebook, Diigo, Wikis, Blogs, and more, allow all of us, teachers, students, parents, and administrators, to share our learning with each other. When we make teaching and learning transparent, we demystify it. We make it democratic. We make it shared.
Learning like this goes beyond the school walls, beyond the school day’s clock hours, and most of all, beyond bricks and mortar, which stand as a symbol of the past. Schools of the future are engaging places where students teach teachers as much as teachers teach students. We learn, we work, we grow together.
- Hogue, Dawn. “Taking the Leap across the Digital Chasm.” The Council Chronicle: The National Council of Teachers of English Sept. 2010: 28-29.
- Hogue, Dawn. AP English Language and Composition Crash Course. Piscataway, N.J.: Research & Education Association, 2011. Print.
- Hogue, Dawn. AP English Literature and Composition Crash Course. Piscataway, N.J.: Research & Education Association, 2010. Print.
- Freedom of Speech and Automatic Language: Examining the Pledge of Allegiance.” Read, Write, Think. NCTE. September, 2004.
- Hogue, Dawn, Ted Nellen, Nancy Patterson and Pat Schulze. “CyberEnglish.” English Journal. November 2004.
- Hogue, Dawn and Pat Schulze. “Online Collaboration: Mooing our way to success.” Assembly on Computers in English online journal.
- Hogue, Dawn. “Internetworking: Professional Development through Online Connections.” English Journal. November 2003: 36+.
On the radio:
- Education Week: I am featured in Katie Ash’s article Language Arts Educators Balance Text-Only Tactics With Multimedia Skills
- NEA Today: I am featured in Tim Walker’s article Turning the Page: Students live in a Digital World. Are schools ready to join them?
- Widening The Audience: Students Reading and Writing Online by Lorna Collier (first published in NCTE’s Council Chronicle, November 2008).
- NCTE: More Thoughts on 21st Century Literacies (November 2008)
Blog Mentions: (not necessarily interviews. . .)