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By Whitney Burke 02/28/2013 - 8:40am Comments
What does it mean to be a teacher in the 21st century? It’s a question educators like Antero Garcia have been looking to answer since the digital media and learning initiative launched in 2006. Prior to joining the English department at...
Public School Classrooms: Incubators for Social Learning  Blog Image
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By Ethan Zuckerman 02/25/2013 - 8:00am Comments
In late January, Austin Oberbillig and Evan Ricks, students at Olympia High School in Olympia, Washington made a video called “Lunch Scholars." The video was meant to be a high school version of “Jaywalking," a sketch Jay Leno has done for...
 Is Civics In Crisis? Or Just Changing Its Shape? Blog Image
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By S. Craig Watkins 02/20/2013 - 6:00pm Comments
President Barack Obama recently ended his post-State of the Union tour in his adopted hometown of Chicago. Roughly two weeks earlier a group of young Chicago residents started an online petition at urging the president to visit and...
DML Conference 2013: Democratic Futures Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 02/18/2013 - 8:15am Comments
Mozilla is working to create a new open learning standard for Web Literacy. In this post I want to consider why we need a 'standard' and who might be interested in helping define one. I've written much more about this on my blog and you can...
Why We Need a Learning Standard for Web Literacy Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero 02/14/2013 - 5:50pm Comments
On the early morning of Jan. 27, one of the most striking tragedies in Brazil's history took place. A fire started and spread in a popular nightclub in Santa Maria, killing more than 230 people and wounding another 116. The fire began when...
Social Networks Support Grieving, Healing in Aftermath of Brazilian Tragedy
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By S. Craig Watkins 02/11/2013 - 5:30pm Comments
One of the more interesting assertions of connected learning is the need to create new approaches to education that recognize the vitality of learning and the fact that it happens in many different ways.  There is widespread agreement...
Connected Learning: Unlocking the Potential of Every Child Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 02/08/2013 - 10:20am Comments
Colombian artist Isabel Restrepo has tackled a variety of projects to promote digital literacy, raise awareness to change public health and safety behavior, and foster civic participation in a number of different youth engagement efforts....
Augmenting Reality: Addressing Trauma with Digital Media Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 02/04/2013 - 1:00pm Comments
Computer code is rapidly becoming a mature part of contemporary collective life. Commonly understood as the instructions that act on software and computing machines, code itself is now however becoming a significant focus for social scientific...
Code Acts: How Computer Code Configures Learning Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 01/29/2013 - 7:05pm Comments
Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ) will deliver the keynote at this year's Digital Media & Learning Conference, "Democratic Futures," March 14-16 in Chicago, and we asked Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold) to vlog with Zuckerman, director of the Center...
DML Conference 2013: Democratic Futures (Ethan Zuckerman, Keynote)  Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 01/28/2013 - 7:15am Comments
I have a confession to make. It’s a shameful, dark secret that I fear may be common to many adults around the world. And, when I was teaching, it was certainly one that I saw shared by many students I came into contact with. It’s something you...
Some Thoughts on Interest-based Pathways to Learning	 Blog Image
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By Nishant Shah 01/24/2013 - 9:35am Comments
I encountered the Aaron Swartz memorial the other day that helps ‘liberate’ a randomly selected article from JSTOR, as an act of civil disobedience, to commemorate both the legacy that Swartz leaves behind, but also the high-profile witch-hunt...
Remembering Aaron Swartz, Taking Up the Fight Blog Image
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By David Theo Goldberg 01/21/2013 - 6:30pm Comments
MOOCs, it seems, are driving us to distraction. The objects of so much current investment, fiscal and psychological, if MOOCs (massive open online courses) haven’t reached you yet, they are just a click away, coming to a screen near you soon....
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By John Jones 01/18/2013 - 7:30am Comments
In my last post, I argued that an alternative to the Web 2.0 vision of the Internet—one where individuals "create value" for the corporations that run online networks—are the decentralized networks of the Occupy movement. Perhaps the clearest...
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By Mimi Ito 01/15/2013 - 7:00am Comments
It has been almost a year since the release of the connected learning principles in March 2012 on For the Connected Learning Research Network, this has been a year of digging into our research agenda for connected learning...
Connected Learning: A New Synthesis Report  Blog Image
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By Jeff Brazil 01/11/2013 - 7:35am Comments
Does the information age free us to pursue learning centered on individuals and not institutions? Does each of us have a part to play in the possibility of education? Can a broader definition and responsibility for education bring us all closer...
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