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By Howard Rheingold 01/19/2015 - 8:00am Comments
Although the preponderance of publicity about Massive Open Online Courses has focused on well-funded enterprises such as Coursera and Udacity, and superstars of what is mostly an online version of a lecture course, such as Sebastian Thrun,...
Skeptic Professor Becomes Connected Learning Practitioner Blog Image
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By Buffy J. Hamilton 01/15/2015 - 8:00am Comments
My fellow librarian Jennifer Lund and I had the opportunity recently to partner with IB Theory of Knowledge teachers Dan Byrne and Dr. James Glenn. Our instructional design challenge was to think about how we might help students process the...
Learning with Twitter Chats and Socratic Seminars in Virtual Spaces Blog Image
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By David Theo Goldberg 01/12/2015 - 6:00am Comments
Editor's note: The following post is a summary of a provocation delivered at the Umeå University HUMlab's "Genres of Knowledge Production" conference on Dec. 10, 2014. (Watch video, starting at 14:18) 1. Platforms That from which we act and...
The World is Not Flat, Stable Blog Image
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By Kylie Peppler 01/08/2015 - 8:00am Comments
It has become increasingly clear that youths' experiences in schools do not match the kinds of experiences they are likely to have once they have completed school. The push to support "21st century" skills stems from this mismatch, and many...
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By Liz Losh 01/05/2015 - 8:00am Comments
The fact that a cellular telephone can transmit the value of a particular currency from one party to another may be increasingly obvious, given the rise of specialized digital money services in the United States, such as Square or Apple...
Mobile Money, Financial Literacy and Learning Through Digital Media Blog Image
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By S. Craig Watkins 01/01/2015 - 8:00am Comments
The United States Census Bureau has been tracking computer use since 1984 and the use of the Internet since 1997. Not surprisingly, much has changed over that span of time. Even though use of computers and the Internet has spread, gaps still...
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By Barry Joseph 12/29/2014 - 8:00am Comments
For my final post of the year, I thought I would turn the mic around and ask YOU, the ever faithful DML Central reader, what you think about the year in digital media and learning. To get your thoughts flowing, I asked my fellow DML Central...
2014: A Digital Media and Learning Look Back, Forward Blog Image
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By Jade E. Davis 12/25/2014 - 8:00am Comments
I want to talk about the one thing that I think is the biggest risk in connected learning: Not Trying. The biggest barrier to meaningful experimentation that I’ve encountered is the fear of an experiment not working or achieving the desired...
Try It: Let Go of Fear Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 12/22/2014 - 8:00am Comments
The same evening as the non-indictment announcement in the Michael Brown case was announced, I received an email notification from about a teacher-driven conversation called “How do I talk to my students about Ferguson?” More than...
Genius: Web Annotation, Digital Literacies
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By Nicole Mirra 12/18/2014 - 8:00am Comments
As St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch stepped to the microphone on the evening of Nov. 24 to announce the grand jury’s decision about the fate of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson...
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By Howard Rheingold 12/15/2014 - 9:48am Comments
Some enthusiasts of digital media in learning and inclusion of making/tinkering as a learning activity — including myself — believe that talking about tinkering while doing it, in person and online, can enhance social contexts for peer learning...
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By Constance M. Yowell, Ph.D. 12/10/2014 - 8:16am Comments
It was more than 10 years ago that I first met Brother Mike, before the launch of our Digital Media and Learning initiative and before the birth of the Digital Youth Network program. The work was in its infancy. We were just developing the...
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By Ben Williamson 12/08/2014 - 2:40pm Comments
The human brain has become a major topic in education. The field of educational neuroscience, or neuroeducation, is flourishing. At the same time, a number of initiatives based in computer science departments and major technology companies are...
Computing Brains
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By Mia C. Zamora 12/04/2014 - 8:00am Comments
Much hope, promise, and cash has been invested in technology for the classroom, yet this hype has often set the stage for nothing more than technologically-powered traditional content delivery paradigms masquerading as innovation. The course of...
Striving for New Ways to Learn How to Learn Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 12/01/2014 - 11:24am Comments
"Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future." — George Orwell Part of history is telling stories. It's about privileging some type of information over others, forming a narrative that helps...
A Brief History of the Web and its Future Potential Blog Image