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By Mimi Ko Cruz 09/18/2014 - 8:00am Comments
Kim Jaxon is interested in having her students “do the thing,” which, she says, means that she’s less interested in preparing them for some later occupation or activity, and more excited about having them “participating right now in ideas that...
The Case for Open Courses in Higher Ed: Q&A with Kim Jaxon Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 09/15/2014 - 8:00am Comments
Gardner Campbell not only teaches the ideas of Doug Engelbart — the visionary who invented the mouse, hypertext and many more of the digital tools so many people use every day — he understands that Engelbart’s technological attempt to “augment...
Campbell Channels Engelbart, Augmenting Human Education Blog Image
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It's 6:30 Sunday morning and the loft-like space that houses the educational software company Difference Engine echoes the metronome like taps of a ping pong ball flying across the table. It’s not clear how much the Rovio team members (the trio...
Wolf Sharks, Energy Drinks and Learning Standards
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By Monica Bulger 09/08/2014 - 8:13am Comments
“They hear a program about sea creatures, another about the North Pole. Werner’s favourite is one about light: eclipses and sundials, auroras and wavelengths. When they find it, Werner feels as if he has been launched into a different...
What We Miss by Comparing MOOCs to Traditional Classrooms Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 09/04/2014 - 8:01am Comments
The past few weeks have yielded the sleepy grumbles of students, parents, and teachers alike as the school year begins anew. In preparing for my own school year, and the dozens of future teachers I’ll be learning with over the year, I was...
Looking to South Central L.A. for Back-to-School Inspiration Blog Image
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By Jade E. Davis 09/01/2014 - 8:00am Comments
Any learning is inherently risky. The second we enter spaces to learn stuff, we are acknowledging that there are things we don’t know and that we trust the environment, place and people we are learning with and from to help us fill in those...
Addressing Trust Challenges in Connected Learning Environments Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 08/28/2014 - 8:11am Comments
Learning is messy. It starts. It stops. It's prismatic and elusive. Learners make progress, regress and then make giant leaps forward in understanding and ability. Some concepts and skills come quickly and easily, while others ...
Scaffolding Web Literacy Through Learning Pathways  Blog Image
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By Nicole Mirra 08/25/2014 - 9:03am Comments
One of the best perks of supporting the Los Angeles Central Library is advanced notice of the readings and talks coming through town as part of their ALOUD program. A few months ago, when I noticed that danah boyd was going to be talking about...
Digital Tools Can’t Magically Create Connections Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 08/21/2014 - 8:12am Comments
By the end of 2014, more than 3 billion people will have access to the Internet, which means that they (we) have the power to ask any question at any time and get a multitude of answers within a second. The responsibility for distinguishing...
Teaching Critical Thinking in the Age of Digital Credulity Blog Image
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By Mia C. Zamora 08/18/2014 - 8:37am Comments
There has been a great deal of buzz lately about "making" and production-centered learning. As a professor of literature and writing, I have been enthusiastic about the role "making" might play in the classroom. (Even those classrooms or...
Paper Circuitry Illuminates ‘Writing as Making’ Blog Image
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By John Jones 08/14/2014 - 8:24am Comments
A few months ago, the Internet buzzed with the results of a study comparing students' note-taking on computers versus note-taking with paper and pen. In the article, authors Pam A. Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer shared the results of three...
Why Students Need Digital Literacy Instruction Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 08/11/2014 - 9:19am Comments
When I was in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the reunification of the two divided states, I was struck by how many shop windows advertised how-to guides with technical specifications for TV and radio enthusiasts, so...
'Breaking the Wall of Internet Censorship' Blog Image
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By Nishant Shah 08/07/2014 - 8:56am Comments
Random autobiographical story: When in school, as part of our elocution classes, we had a dragon for a teacher, who used to prowl around with a menacing looking wooden measuring scale, as we obediently enunciated our words and practiced tongue...
The Selfish Selfie and Simulation, Part 2 Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 08/04/2014 - 8:52am Comments
Recent news reports have begun to reveal how various analytics companies are now data mining millions of children. The learning analytics company Knewton, for example, claims that 4.1 million students are now using its proficiency-based...
Organizing Algorithms in Digitally-Mediated Education Blog Image
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By 07/31/2014 - 8:56am Comments
As libraries across the country reimagine themselves, patrons, particularly young ones, are finding them more relevant in today’s technological age. Examples of innovative projects, tapping into the power of the Internet, include the Chicago...
Connecting Youth Interests Via Libraries Blog Image