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By S. Craig Watkins 08/02/2012 - 3:05pm Comments
This summer I attended summer school…well kind of.  For three weeks in June I worked with a great team to implement a digital media and design project with high school students.  We followed that project with a two-week game design...
Exploring the Power & Potential of ‘Connected Learning’, Part One Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 07/30/2012 - 12:55pm Comments
Here’s a thought experiment.  Let’s try to imagine a society (there were lots of them before modernity) where there is no interest in measuring educational success.  Let’s imagine a society where the only goal of teaching (it’s a high...
Standardizing Human Ability Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 07/26/2012 - 10:20am Comments
One powerful benefit of networked learning is that when you find something interesting, it often leads to someone interesting – and that someone often leads to entire networks of interesting people. Or, as Dr. Alec Couros puts it, “the tools...
Professor Alec Couros: "The Connected Teacher" Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 07/23/2012 - 9:00am Comments
I’ve recently started in a new role for the Mozilla Foundation. At least half of my job there is to come up with a framework, a White Paper, around the concept of ‘web literacies’. It’s got me thinking about both parts of that term -- both the...
Web Literacies: What is the 'Web' Anyway? Blog Image
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By monika hardy 07/20/2012 - 9:30am Comments
We have massive research and many evidences available...[ie: Diane Ravitch is declaring a bunch of them here, we’ve gathered particular ones here]…that what we’re doing in the name of public education is not serving us well. Perhaps we declare...
Declaration of Interdependence Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 07/16/2012 - 3:50pm Comments
What is "pedagogy" and what does it do? In the digital age, the future of education is being redefined in relation to new technologies and digital media, and we are having to rethink what we understand by pedagogy and its possible effects on...
Programmable Pedagogy: Reconfiguring the Future of Learning Blog Image
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By John Jones 07/12/2012 - 11:10am Comments
In his essay, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," Nicholas Carr relates an exchange between Nietzsche and one of his friends, in which the friend remarked that the philosopher's writing style had changed after he began to use a typewriter. As Carr...
Writing Without Networks  Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 07/09/2012 - 5:20pm Comments
At a time when so many teachers and administrators fear and forbid student access to the internet from school, a high school teacher on the California coast is encouraging students by the hundreds to blog, Skype, gamify, and mindmap...
Hacking the Curriculum 101 Blog Image
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By Nishant Shah 07/05/2012 - 2:10pm Comments
In my last post, I talked about techno-euphoria as a condition that seems to mark much of our discourse around digital technologies and the promise of the future. The euphoria, as I had suggested, manifests itself either as a utopian view of...
Revisiting Techno-euphoria Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 07/03/2012 - 6:10am Comments
For people on the academic calendar, resolutions tend to be undertaken in the summer months rather than at the start of the new year in January.  This summer I am picking up a pencil and rethinking my relationship to visual...
Back to the Drawing Board Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 06/28/2012 - 9:15am Comments
By encouraging administrators to become learner-leaders, to use social media to connect with each other, share best practices and experiment, Canadian school principal George Couros is leading by example, exhortation, and instigation the people...
George Couros: Connected Principals Should Be Learner Leaders Blog Image
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By John Jones 06/25/2012 - 8:05am Comments
In my last post I wrote about what Derek Mueller calls the "digital underlife," the writing practices of students that fall below the radar of classroom practice, but which are crucial ways in which these students practice literacy. In...
The Challenge of Teaching Networked Writing Blog Image
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By 06/21/2012 - 1:50pm Comments
In recent months, there has been an intense media and policy vortex surrounding the questions of when and how children – especially those under 13 – should gain access to popular online sites like Facebook. The outcome of these cultural and...
Should We Fear Children Accessing Facebook? Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 06/19/2012 - 8:40am Comments
I’ve come to realize over the last couple of years just how important the Open Web is for online innovation. It’s a standards-based platform that allows anyone to use relatively low-cost technologies to connect things and people together in new...
On the Importance of Webmaking Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 06/14/2012 - 5:00am Comments
In March of this year, as I taught my winter lecture class that focuses on Public Rhetoric and Practical Communication Online, I began to receive urgent e-mails from students about a viral video produced by a group called Invisible Children,...
Learning from Kony 2012 Blog Image