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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
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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 ...
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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