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By Antero Garcia 02/13/2014 - 10:37am Comments
Late last year, my colleague Thomas Philip and I discussed why we were so troubled by the ways the Los Angeles Unified School District bumbled its way through adopting iPads for its students. And, as the second largest school district in the...
Meaningful Integration: Optimistic About iPads in Schools
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By Raquel Recuero 02/10/2014 - 1:14pm Comments
A new movement — the "rolezinhos" (meaning something like "hang out somewhere" or “little strolls”) — has taken hold in Brazil. Through social media, the rolezinhos started as a simple call for fun teen gatherings in malls, organized by...
young people dancing in Brazil
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By Monica Bulger 02/06/2014 - 9:51am Comments
For more than a decade now, I’ve internally cringed whenever someone talks about the promise of technology in education. Often, discussions of iPads, video games, laptops for all focus on the potential of access to the software, device, or app...
kids using classroom iPads
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By Doug Belshaw 02/03/2014 - 10:07am Comments
"Well, I guess in all honesty I would have to say that I never knew nor did I ever hear of anybody that money didn't change." (Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men) Last month, I was at Bett, the annual educational technology and training...
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By Howard Rheingold 01/30/2014 - 11:20am Comments
While so much attention is focused on improving teaching – the controversy over using text scores as “teacher accountability” measures, for example – isn’t it also important to think about how we improve our notions of improvement? We see no...
'Improving Improvement' in Education: Louis Gomez, Keynote Speaker for DML2014 Blog Image
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By Julian Sefton-Green 01/28/2014 - 7:45am Comments
In this post I want to compare two European research projects that investigated creative production by young people in informal, out-of-school and, to a great extent, self organised contexts. Around the world scholars are very interested in the...
How Might Creative Youth Cultures Understand ‘Creativity’? Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 01/23/2014 - 12:50pm Comments
When asked to explain his attitude toward arts education, British photographer Jonathan Worth describes what he is teaching as “storytelling” that should be an integral part of everyone’s “digital literacy and digital citizenship” rather than a...
Phonar: A Massive, Free, Open Photography Class Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 01/20/2014 - 10:20am Comments
Computer code, software and algorithms have sunk deep into the “technological unconscious” of our contemporary “lifeworld.” How might this affect academic research in the social sciences and the formation of the professional identities of...
The End of Theory in Digital Social Research? Blog Image
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By John Jones 01/13/2014 - 10:20am Comments
It is a common theme to complain about the way that writing (or reading or math) skills are declining as our society becomes increasingly digitized. In this post, I look at some examples of the way that digital technologies are making writing...
The 5 Most Interesting Writing Developments for 2014 Blog Image
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By Zeynep Tufekci 01/09/2014 - 11:20am Comments
From the “Indignados” in Spain, to “Occupy” in the United States, from Tahrir Square in Egypt to Syntagma Square in Greece, from Gezi Park in Turkey to #Euromaidan in Ukraine, the recent years have witnessed a proliferation of protests which,...
Capabilities of Movements and Affordances of Digital Media: Paradoxes of Empowerment Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 01/06/2014 - 7:55am Comments
In January 2012 the Mayor of New York tweeted, along with thousands of other people, that he planned to 'learn to code' during the course of that year. Whether or not he was successful in this venture, it's a good indication of how 'learn to...
Why 2014 is the Year of Web Literacy Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 12/30/2013 - 11:45am Comments
As soon as she joined one of my online courses and immediately embraced co-learning, I recognized Michelle Cordy as the kind of fearless learner who makes a great teacher. A teacher can do a great deal to facilitate the conditions from which...
Hacking The Classroom
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By Howard Rheingold 12/23/2013 - 7:10pm Comments
Messing with Makey-Makey, tinkering with Arduino, building robots or creating wearable art are not primarily about teaching electronic skills, problem-solving, or technological literacy – although those can be benefits of the maker revolution...
“Making is a stance toward learning”: Sylvia Libow Martinez  Blog Image
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In this post I want to think about our intimate relationship with various kinds of software as a way of understanding the development of skills and practices. I want to take the unusual approach of telling the story of a ‘creative life in...
Learning from a Life in Software Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 12/16/2013 - 4:20pm Comments
Earlier in the semester, I found myself lecturing to a class and having students in my Young Adult Literature course take notes about “Draco in Leather Pants.” Stay with me. Along with contemporary books like Gossip Girl and classics like The...
Fanfiction, Capitalism and Draco in Leather Pants Blog Image