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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
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By Philipp Schmidt 10/13/2014 - 7:04am Comments
I remember vividly when I received my first account on a UNIX computer that was connected to the Internet. In the early 90s, the Internet in Germany was still in its infancy and only academic institutions and large corporations had reliable...
From Courses to Communities Blog Image
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By Nicole Mirra 10/09/2014 - 6:36am Comments
At the recent Tech for Schools Summit hosted by EdSurge at the USC Rossier School of Education, organizers promised that the event was designed “for educators by educators” and that attendees would “gain exposure to cutting edge tech tools.” I...
Potential Pitfalls of Digital Reading Platforms
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By Nishant Shah 10/06/2014 - 8:00am Comments
This is the third and last of a three-blog series exploring the selfie as a digital object and the ways in which it posits challenges for us to understand and analyse it as embedded in everyday cultural practices and analysis. While I still...
The Disappearing Selfie, Part 3 Blog Image
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By Mia C. Zamora 10/02/2014 - 8:00am Comments
I am currently teaching “Writing Electronic Literature” and I admit it is one of my favorite classes to teach these days. There are many reasons for this. Perhaps the first is that I have discovered a new found passion for works of literature...
Reflections on Reading, Learning via Electronic Literature Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 09/29/2014 - 8:00am Comments
Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. I recently had the opportunity to bring him to my office in the American Museum of Natural History, tour the dino halls, and explore how...
Defining Digital Media, Museum-based Learning Connection Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 09/25/2014 - 7:43am Comments
Youth media production is often seen as an admirable way to help underserved K-12 students find voices in their communities. With the advent of more accessible multimedia technologies and the means for sharing production practices on social...
Recasting the Bullying Narrative Blog Image
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By S. Craig Watkins 09/22/2014 - 8:26am Comments
The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. began dominating the national headlines instantly. One of the biggest factors, as Newsweek's Elijah Wolfson points out, was the use of social media by the residents of...
Addressing Race, Inequality Issues Through Social Media Power Blog Image