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By Howard Rheingold 02/16/2015 - 8:00am Comments
What if we trusted students as a default and dealt with transgressions when and if they come up? What if we gave them web-accessible devices without filters but taught them common sense and used transgressions as teachable moments? What if we...
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By Nicole Mirra 02/12/2015 - 9:45am Comments
The title of the article from The Atlantic stopped me in my tracks as I was scrolling through my Twitter feed: “Why I am Not a Maker.”  I was perplexed. Why would someone not want to engage in the fun, creativity, and imagination of the...
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By Nishant Shah 02/09/2015 - 8:00am Comments
The Reader in Paradise Lost DIgital Humanities  When Stanley Fish wrote his magnificent treatise on the role of the reader in John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost, he was making an argument that the real fallen angel, lost in sin, in...
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By Mia C. Zamora 02/05/2015 - 8:00am Comments
In my previous DML blog, “Striving for New Ways to Learn How to Learn,” I wrote about co-learning as the heart of the connected learning experience. We have heard quite a bit about the limits of the “sage on the stage” approach and the dawning...
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By Antero Garcia 02/02/2015 - 9:59am Comments
The screen in the room offered the expected prompt: “What is your definition of critical literacy?” The familiar scratching of pen to paper could be heard throughout the auditorium as ideas were being generated. There is a strange dissonance to...
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By Doug Belshaw 01/29/2015 - 8:00am Comments
A few months ago, in a post entitled Scaffolding Web Literacy Through Learning Pathways, I differentiated between training pathways ("a series of steps that lead to the individual being able to reproduce knowledge or action") and...
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By John Jones 01/26/2015 - 8:00am Comments
It’s starting to seem like there is a new ritual being performed at the beginning of each new semester: debating the use of technology in the classroom. In these debates, “technology” almost never means all human-made tools — I’ve yet to read...
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By Liz Losh 01/22/2015 - 7:42am Comments
Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series highlighting different programs that teach digital literacy outside of school. Under the auspices of the Mayor’s Office of New York City, Global Partners Junior is an “online...
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By Howard Rheingold 01/19/2015 - 8:00am Comments
Although the preponderance of publicity about Massive Open Online Courses has focused on well-funded enterprises such as Coursera and Udacity, and superstars of what is mostly an online version of a lecture course, such as Sebastian Thrun,...
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By Buffy J. Hamilton 01/15/2015 - 8:00am Comments
My fellow librarian Jennifer Lund and I had the opportunity recently to partner with IB Theory of Knowledge teachers Dan Byrne and Dr. James Glenn. Our instructional design challenge was to think about how we might help students process the...
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By David Theo Goldberg 01/12/2015 - 6:00am Comments
Editor's note: The following post is a summary of a provocation delivered at the Umeå University HUMlab's "Genres of Knowledge Production" conference on Dec. 10, 2014. (Watch video, starting at 14:18) 1. Platforms That from which we act and...
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By Kylie Peppler 01/08/2015 - 8:00am Comments
It has become increasingly clear that youths' experiences in schools do not match the kinds of experiences they are likely to have once they have completed school. The push to support "21st century" skills stems from this mismatch, and many...
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By Liz Losh 01/05/2015 - 8:00am Comments
The fact that a cellular telephone can transmit the value of a particular currency from one party to another may be increasingly obvious, given the rise of specialized digital money services in the United States, such as Square or Apple...
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By S. Craig Watkins 01/01/2015 - 8:00am Comments
The United States Census Bureau has been tracking computer use since 1984 and the use of the Internet since 1997. Not surprisingly, much has changed over that span of time. Even though use of computers and the Internet has spread, gaps still...
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By Barry Joseph 12/29/2014 - 8:00am Comments
For my final post of the year, I thought I would turn the mic around and ask YOU, the ever faithful DML Central reader, what you think about the year in digital media and learning. To get your thoughts flowing, I asked my fellow DML Central...
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