Shelly Blake-Plock
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Educational Technology: It's Gotta Be the Best of Both

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diann Caviness Mar 7, 2009. 3 Replies

The Times They Are A-Changin'

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Like many artists, avant-garde Baltimore musician and composer Shelly Blake-Plock has got a day job. Between the hours of 7:30AM and 3PM, the Red Room Collective member uses the name written on his birth certificate -- R. Richard Wojewodzki -- as he dons the attire of a fair-mannered Latin and Art History teacher at Bel Air's John Carroll School. He does, however, manage to pull a little of the avant-garde into the classroom -- for his classroom is entirely paperless.

Shelly Blake-Plock's Blog

From Shakespeare to 21st Century Geeks: TeachPaperless Guest Posts at

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 10:51am 0 Comments

Guest posts from's education blog: here's a week's worth of work covering everything from Romeo and Juliet to Geek Culture to Mobile Education to Digital Health.

Get Off Textbooks

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 7:26am 0 Comments

"By second quarter, I had scrapped the textbook and was teaching entirely using unabridged novels and plays. I didn't last long at the school, but at least in my time there my kids got a more authentic experience of literature..."

Read the whole post: Get Off Textbooks.

Top Ten Most Requested Posts on

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 6:37am 0 Comments

Here's a link to the Top Ten most requested articles on as well as the series on using Twitter in the Classroom.

340 posts in four-and-a-half months, and TeachPaperless is going strong. I'll be continuing to post daily throughout the summer, and remember that every Friday TP runs the Friday Chat -- a 45 minute live chat discussion of topics important to educators in… Continue

Participatory Media Rights in Education Now!

Posted on May 13, 2009 at 9:51am 0 Comments

Participatory Media Rights in Education Now!

I get sick to my stomach every time I hear of a school banning Twitter. I feel even worse for teachers and students who have never had the opportunity to use Twitter in the classroom.

I've spent the past week live blogging what I think are very successful uses of Twitter in class. I dare any administrator to visit my Twitter-enhanced Latin classes and then tell me social media has no place in a school building.

I wish… Continue

TP's Edcast Mix

Posted on April 13, 2009 at 9:59pm 0 Comments

I'm messing around with NPR's custom-podcast tool.

Just created a custom-cast that ostensibly will fill up with NPR stories about education and digital culture.

First story that popped up on my iTunes library was about colleges dropping textbooks in favor of e-books.

Here's the link to my mix:… Continue

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At 11:49pm on July 1, 2009, Cliff Baker said…
I thought you might enjoy this article on a school that got rid of math books and began developing a new curriculum.

BTW, I've enjoyed your NECC posts.

At 12:47pm on March 31, 2009, gwyneth jones said…
Hello neighbor! love your paperless position...sometimes i wanna just say "it's the future people, just deal with it"
At 7:22am on February 11, 2009, Patricia Donaghy said…
Hi Shelly, just came across your blog. The paperless classroom is indeed a great idea!! Once the technology is available in all classrooms, there seems no excuse really. You may be interested in adding your blog to the International Edubloggers Directory. It would be a great thought provoking addition.
At 4:32am on February 7, 2009, YvonneOsborn said…
Hello Shelly from Melbourne, Australia where it has been 115.5F today.Welcome to Classroom 2.0. I agree with your pholosophy regarding teaching paperless and enjoyed your blog.I will certainly be providing the link to to my colleagues. I am a Primary Visual Arts teacher so I need to use paper for Art work but I am hopless at using a photocopier as I wouldn't have produced a worksheet in the 22 years I have taught Art.What concerned me as I sorted out bags papers I had brought home from school at the end of 2008 was the sheer amount of paper that the Administration had wasted on us as teachers. I think it could all have been said on a blog or wikispace but I was left with 3 full garbage bags.
I look forward to reading more of your posts. Cheers, Yvonne.


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