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By S. Craig Watkins 03/16/2015 - 8:55am Comments
Tens of thousands from across the U.S. and around the world will settle in Austin this week to join in the big festival known as South by Southwest (SXSW). For two weeks, it's a chance to see what is happening in the worlds of...
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By Liz Losh 03/12/2015 - 8:00am Comments
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series highlighting different programs that teach digital literacy outside of school. Doctoral candidate Eunsong Kim has become an expert on Twitter ethics involving communities of color...
Teaching Urban Digital Literacy Outside Schools, Part 2 Blog Image
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By John Jones 03/09/2015 - 7:17am Comments
Today’s impending release of the Apple Watch, Apple’s highly-anticipated entry into wearable computing, has prompted a new round of discussion about the company’s design prowess. While the computer-maker’s design chops are universally...
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By Barry Joseph 03/05/2015 - 10:46am Comments
Wired’s recent cover article, “Microsoft in the Age of Satya Nadella,” is a fascinating piece about how the software giant is aiming to reposition itself to remain dominant in the next operating system revolution. They missed the boat when the...
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By Howard Rheingold 03/02/2015 - 7:35am Comments
KitHub, “creative electronics for young innovators,” is a kit-of-the-month club for young makers, their parents, and their families. It was designed to empower kids and parents who weren’t necessarily close to a physical makerspace, by two...
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By Mimi Ko Cruz 02/26/2015 - 8:00am Comments
“Disability is central to the human experience,” writes Meryl Alper in the opening chapter of her book, “Digital Youth with Disabilities.” The report summarizes how children with disabilities use media for social and recreational purposes and...
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By Ben Williamson 02/23/2015 - 8:00am Comments
The rapid growth of learning to code clubs, makerspaces, hackerspaces and even makercities has been remarkable. It’s fairly logical, then, that the focus for various coders, makers and hackers has switched back around to focus on education and...
Hackerspaces and Homeschooling: Making ‘Startup Schools’ Blog Image
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By Jade E. Davis 02/19/2015 - 8:00am Comments
The family computer recently stopped working. This wouldn’t be the end of the world normally, however, my oldest son’s second-grade classroom implemented a new homework policy. Instead of having homework on paper, all homework is done on the...
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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...
The Reader in Paradise Lost, Digital Humanities Blog Image
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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...
Defining a Participatory Critical Literacy Blog Image
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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...
Learning Pathways: Descriptive or Prescriptive? Blog Image
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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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