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By Cathy Davidson 05/16/2011 - 3:40am Comments
This is the last in a three-part “end of term” series of blog posts on “Doing Better by Gen Y.”  In the first post, one of my students spoke about the paucity of opportunities to actually think critically about the role of digital media in...
How Can We Transform the Lecture Class? Blog Image
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By John Jones 05/10/2011 - 7:40am Comments
The fall of 2007 was, in many ways, a simpler time: the most popular social network in the United States was an Los Angeles-based outfit called Myspace; Apple had just released an all-in-one touchscreen iPod, phone, and wireless computing...
How to Make a Million Dollars, One Facebook Class at a Time Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 05/05/2011 - 12:05pm Comments
At the top of the not-to-be-missed list is "Good and Bad Cyberbullying PSAs: How to Tell the Difference," an exceptional blog post by childhood expert Rosalind Wiseman, who insightfully frames the cyberbullying issue. As more and more...
Hype, Reality, Insights
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By Lyndsay Grant 05/02/2011 - 10:20am Comments
The notion of design is central to the way we think about learning, and to how we think about digital media. Some would argue that learning is "designed in" to digital media such as good video games. But what can this concept tell us about “...
Should We Design Social Justice into Learning?
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By Howard Rheingold 04/28/2011 - 3:00pm Comments
If Rheingold U, my current experiment in cultivating wholly online, multimedia, unaccredited, for-not-much-pay learning communities, originally germinated out of fun and impulse, the next stage was more scary-serious. As soon as I took people's...
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By S. Craig Watkins 04/25/2011 - 3:10pm Comments
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and her iCivics team recently convened a thought provoking conference, Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age. In partnership with the Aspen Institute, Georgetown Law, and the MacArthur...
What Should Civic Learning Look Like in an Age of Technological Change?
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By Cathy Davidson 04/21/2011 - 12:35pm Comments
Two weeks ago I blogged on DML Central on “Doing Better by Generation Y” and the tendency for pundits to criticize Gen Y’s absorption with new media, critique how little they know, blame their lack of attention, and castigate their inability to...
What Are Digital Literacies?  Let’s Ask the Students Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 04/18/2011 - 12:15pm Comments
I want to have a conversation about what it’s going to take to turn schools around and why digital media -- as it’s currently being used -- isn’t yet helping. I’m going to start with a not-so-subtle secret: if we want to be innovative and if we...
Getting Serious About Reimagining Learning in the Digital Age
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By John Jones 04/14/2011 - 7:10am Comments
Robots are always in the news, it seems. Whether they are serving as caregivers for the elderly or helping solve the Japanese nuclear crisis, robots are becoming an increasingly important part of contemporary life. Even though we all don't yet...
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By Barry Joseph 04/12/2011 - 7:40am Comments
Topping the new recommended resources list from Global Kids is "Gaming to Re-engage Boys in Learning," a provocative video looking at the discrepancies in performance and achievement between boys and girls aged 3 to 13 and discussion of why...
We are meant to pulse
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By danah boyd 04/08/2011 - 7:00am Comments
One of the hardest parts of doing fieldwork is hearing difficult, nuanced stories that break my heart.  The more complicated the story, the harder it is to tell, but I feel a responsibility to at least try.  Given how many educational...
How Can We Help Miguel? Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 04/04/2011 - 11:00am Comments
When Lauren Sanders concentrates on her childhood memories, she can recall “the fuzzy sounds of dial-up Internet and the generic female voice cheerfully state, ‘You’ve Got Mail.’” Born in 1990, Lauren is an official member of “Generation Y,”...
Doing Better By Generation Y
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By Ben Williamson 04/01/2011 - 3:00pm Comments
Learning with digital media is often articulated through an affective vocabulary of play, informality, enjoyment, and creativity, as opposed to the formality, standards and routines of conventional schooling. This difference in the language of...
School, Work and Play: Decoding Digital Age Shifts Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 03/28/2011 - 5:00pm Comments
When I started using digital media in my classroom, I began my search for mentors by inspecting Will Richardson's social bookmarking networks on Diigo, then followed on Twitter some of the people Will paid attention, which led to Web 2.0...
Einstein, YouTube, and New Media Literacies in the Connected Age Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero 03/24/2011 - 11:55am Comments
A viral video of an Australian boy retaliating against a bully at school has sharply ratcheted up offline and online discussions of cyberbullying. On websites in numerous countries, young and old alike have recounted their own bullying problems...
Cyberbullying: An International Perspective Blog Image