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By Ben Williamson 03/22/2011 - 7:47am Comments
What are the connections between emotional education and digital media and learning? Faced with a global economic recession, civic unrest, and major environmental catastrophe, governments around the world are now obsessed with cheering us all...
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By Lyndsay Grant 03/18/2011 - 7:25am Comments
Times of crisis are times of change and provide an opportunity to imagine alternative educational futures. Following the UK’s winter of protests about cuts to education budgets and rising tuition fees, students and staff are raising questions...
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By Barry Joseph 03/15/2011 - 2:00pm Comments
At the top of the must-read list this month is "How the Internet Gets Inside Us," an article by New Yorker writer Adam Gopnick who offers an insightful overview of the range of opinions found in recent books regarding the shifting relationship...
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By Joseph Kahne 03/10/2011 - 9:00am Comments
In a cartoon depicting the evolution of Good Samaritanism in the digital age, a man walks by a homeless person lying on the street and does nothing. In the next frame, he is at his computer -- "What's this?!! Sally needs a bag of fertilizer for...
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By John Jones 03/07/2011 - 9:00am Comments
In a recent post on her blog, Duke's Cathy Davidson responds to a New York Times article on the increasing popularity of iPads in schools, arguing that iPads, or any technology, aren't a panacea for education.  To support her point,...
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By Cathy Davidson 03/04/2011 - 6:45am Comments
When Tim Berners-Lee and a handful of colleagues began developing the World Wide Web, they did so without a blueprint but with something better:  a principle.  What if all the world’s knowledge could easily be transferred between us...
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By Liz Losh 03/01/2011 - 4:35pm Comments
This semester, MIT professor Fox Harrell is teaching an ambitious new course on “Identity Representation” that includes studying identities adopted in computer games and social network sites.  In the course description posted online,...
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By Raquel Recuero 02/24/2011 - 1:35pm Comments
Orkut was the first major social networking service to arrive in Brazil and it has just passed the seven-year mark. Although several other social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are growing in popularity, Orkut maintains a strong...
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By Howard Rheingold 02/21/2011 - 11:05am Comments
Rheingold U, my current experiment in cultivating wholly online, multimedia, unaccredited, for-not-much-pay learning communities, grew out of a desire to follow the fun and act on impulse. When I impulsively tweeted  a couple of weeks ago...
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By Liz Losh 02/17/2011 - 8:25am Comments
A recent report on educational achievement among young black males describes a “national catastrophe” in primary, secondary, and higher education that is reinforced by policy failures and funding shortfalls. “A Call for Change: The Social and...
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By Ben Williamson 02/14/2011 - 10:15am Comments
Modern cinema can teach us how youth and media are widely understood in our cultures. Cinema, like works of literature and visual art, can represent and diagnose our widespread fears and fantasies about young people and about how we, as...
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By John Jones 02/10/2011 - 1:00pm Comments
One of the challenges facing the digital media and learning community—in fact, all educators—is the rapid pace of technological development that makes necessary the constant evaluation and investigation of new information and communication...
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By Ben Williamson 02/07/2011 - 9:20am Comments
Developing a school curriculum is a complex act of creative design. Add networked participatory media to the mix and curriculum design gets even more complicated. So, from the perspective of digital media and learning research, what kind of...
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By Barry Joseph 02/03/2011 - 8:15am Comments
Global Kids points us to important new resources in the digital media and learning field each month. "It's how you play the game" (article): Followers of games and education are familiar with the opening last year in New York City of Quest to...
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By Cathy Davidson 01/31/2011 - 8:55am Comments
There are as many reasons to teach as there are reasons to learn.  One reason item-response testing (the twentieth-century’s dominant method of testing) is so deficient is that it tends to reduce what we teach to content (especially in the...
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