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By John Jones 03/12/2012 - 1:10pm Comments
In the report "Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture" the authors argue that distributed cognition is a key skill that citizens must master to be active in participatory culture. Of course, most writing depends on some form of...
Distributed Writing: From Bad to Brilliant Blog Image
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By Jon Barilone 03/10/2012 - 7:45am Comments
In just its second year, attendance at South by Southwest’s educational branch more than doubled from the inaugural year. SXSWedu offered a broad range of participants and guest speakers, including public K-12 educators, school district...
SXSWedu, Highlights Blog Image
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By Mimi Ito 03/07/2012 - 3:20pm Comments
A few days back home after DML2012, I've been browsing through the blogosphere and tweet streams and reflecting on the various conversations I had at the event. One unfortunate side-effect of being part of the organizing is that I can't get to...
Reflections on DML2012 and Visions of Educational Change Blog Image
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By David Theo Goldberg 03/06/2012 - 8:50am Comments
There has been much ado the past week or so about whether badges can offer a viable means for assessing learning. It has been boisterous on both sides. Badge evangelists such as the Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure (with which those of us at...
Threading the Needle Between Skepticism and Evangelism Blog Image
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By Constance M. Yowell, Ph.D. 03/01/2012 - 6:30pm Comments
Focus on education has perhaps never been greater. As we seek to understand the impact of the internet and this age of connection, it has focused attention on a topic of extraordinary importance: the need to reimagine the experience of learning...
Connected Learning: Designed to Mine the New Social, Digital Domain Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 02/28/2012 - 7:30am Comments
Like many in the digital media and learning community, I am a fan of the free and open source computer programming language, Processing, which can be easily downloaded at  Processing is an incredibly accessible computer...
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By danah boyd and John Palfrey 02/24/2012 - 12:20pm Comments
On 22 September 2010, the wallet of Tyler Clementi - a gay freshman at Rutgers University - was found on the George Washington Bridge; his body was found in the Hudson River the following week.  His roommate, Dharun Ravi, was charged...
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By Cathy Davidson 02/21/2012 - 2:10pm Comments
I’m excited that next week the judges will be listening to the “pitches” and then determining the winners of the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition.  Immediately after, will be the opening of what promises to be the best Digital...
Can Badging Be the Zipcar of Testing and Assessment? Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 02/17/2012 - 8:35am Comments
If you read this blog, you have undoubtedly heard about the new interest in digital badging systems. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education have all covered the topic in recent weeks (and most more...
Digital Badges, Participatory Learning, Flipped Classrooms
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By Raquel Recuero 02/13/2012 - 9:00am Comments
Last year, Rio de Janeiro saw the birth of a new type of battle in the streets of the favelas: the "Small Step Battle.” In this battle, hundreds of kids and teenagers from the poor parts of Rio are fighting with a major weapon: dance steps....
Brazil: Kids Teaching Kids with Digital Media, Dance as Resistance Blog Image
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By John Jones 02/09/2012 - 9:50am Comments
One of the great promises of the internet is that it allows for writing to be distributed outside of the restrictions imposed by traditional publications. On the internet there is no scarcity of resources, no oversight by editors, and no need...
eBooks, Writing, and Ownership Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 02/07/2012 - 7:05am Comments
I knew Bryan Alexander was intense when I first spotted him in the audience at a talk I gave in the late 1990s. Just look at him. Old Testament prophet? Civil War general? Straight out of Middle Earth or Hogwarts? It's not just the beard and...
Bryan Alexander: Emerging Learning Technologies
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By Nishant Shah 02/03/2012 - 10:30am Comments
Last year was a turbulent year for freedom of speech and online expression in India. Early in 2011 we saw the introduction of an Intermediaries Liability amendment to the existing Information Technologies Law in the country, which allowed...
Digital Futures: Internet Freedom and Millennials Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 02/01/2012 - 4:25pm Comments
Last year I attended, on average, a conference or similar event every other week. As part of my role as Researcher/Analyst at JISC infoNet it’s an important part of what I do: finding out what’s going on in the UK education sector and...
Conferences as Catalysts for Educational Innovation and Change Blog Image
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By S. Craig Watkins 01/30/2012 - 7:00am Comments
The debates about schools and social media are a subject of great public and policy interests.  In reality, the debate has been shaped by one key fact: the almost universal decision by school administrators to block social media. ...
What Schools are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media Blog Image