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By Mia C. Zamora 12/04/2014 - 8:00am Comments
Much hope, promise, and cash has been invested in technology for the classroom, yet this hype has often set the stage for nothing more than technologically-powered traditional content delivery paradigms masquerading as innovation. The course of...
Striving for New Ways to Learn How to Learn Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 12/01/2014 - 11:24am Comments
"Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future." — George Orwell Part of history is telling stories. It's about privileging some type of information over others, forming a narrative that helps...
A Brief History of the Web and its Future Potential Blog Image
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By Mimi Ko Cruz 11/27/2014 - 8:00am Comments
Kira J. Baker-Doyle, assistant professor of education at Arcadia University, and her colleagues designed Arcadia’s Connected Learning Certificate program so educators of all levels, from Kindergarten through graduate school, could build a...
Connected Learning Advocate Kira Baker-Doyle Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 11/24/2014 - 8:00am Comments
I’ve been writing for 45 years, and have always owned more physical notebooks than I need at any one time, and I’m an enthusiastic novice at electronics, so several of my antennae tingled vigorously when I first came across the term “circuit...
Circuit Stickers, Notebook Hacking and Learning as Debugging Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 11/20/2014 - 8:00am Comments
Oculus Rift made headlines this year with a development kit for its affordable virtual reality head-mounted display, which comes equipped with sophisticated software that prevents the “simulator sickness” that was so common on earlier...
IndieCade, Part 3: Learning from Virtual Reality Blog Image
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By Buffy J. Hamilton 11/17/2014 - 9:33am Comments
Earlier this year, I wrote about the possibilities for libraries that embrace writing as the literacy of the masses and how libraries might function as more powerful sponsors of literacy if they were to be more inclusive of writing literacies....
Writing in Libraries: Processes and Pathways to Inquiry, Learning Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 11/13/2014 - 8:00am Comments
The so-called “GamerGate” controversy about the independent games movement, which has finally reached the pages of the New York Times, has become the big story this fall. I have provided a wrap-up of some of the issues in a blog posting...
IndieCade, Part 2: Anxieties About GamerGate Blog Image
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By John Jones 11/10/2014 - 8:00am Comments
Nicholas Carr is well-known for his work critiquing emerging technologies, particularly his argument that “Google is making us stupid.” In his new book, “The Glass Cage: Automation and Us” (W. W. Norton & Company, 2014), he works in the...
The Technophobe’s Dilemma: Nicholas Carr’s ‘The Glass Cage’ Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 11/06/2014 - 8:00am Comments
When I was in middle school, there was a group of boys who played war games in the science teacher’s room. I was always envious of them, because it looked like fun, but it seemed to be an all-male enclave where I — as a girl — could never...
Report from IndieCade, Part 1: Dungeons & Dragons Turns 40 Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 11/03/2014 - 9:49am Comments
Two weekends ago, I had the opportunity to help co-“wrangle” a floor for the 2014 Mozilla Festival, better known as Mozfest. Emphasizing the space’s festival-like ethos (as opposed to typical conference drudgery), Mozfest spills into hallways,...
Embracing Possibility: Four Lessons from Mozfest 2014 Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 10/30/2014 - 8:00am Comments
What makes a city “smart?” And, in a “smart city,” what makes a “smart school?” Designers, researchers and commercial technology companies are increasingly concerned with the development of "smarter cities," "programmable cities"  and "...
Smart Schools in Sentient Cities Blog Image
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By Sheryl Grant 10/27/2014 - 8:00am Comments
I often hear people say, “It’s not about the badge. It’s about the learning.” Well, yes. It is always good to bring the focus back to what we value. But, what if it really is about the badge? What if, by insisting on the learning, we miss...
All About That Badge Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 10/23/2014 - 8:00am Comments
If you’re anything like hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people around the world, one of the first things you do in the morning is check your social media feeds. These are online spaces where we find out what’s happening in our...
Curate or Be Curated: Why Information Environment is Crucial to Democracy
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By Howard Rheingold 10/20/2014 - 8:00am Comments
Like others who have become important co-learners in my personal learning network, I met Dr. Maha Bali, associate professor of practice of the Center for Learning and Teaching at American University in Cairo, through a hashtag. I can’t remember...
Connecting Learners Through Hashtags, Focal Points Blog Image
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By Jade E. Davis 10/16/2014 - 7:10am Comments
I have a dear friend who entered graduate studies in my department a bit after I’d started. I will call him Sam. Sam was different. He was one of the few other people who was not white in my program. He was not American. He was not straight....
Rethinking the Web as Picture Book and Soundscape Blog Image