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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
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By Nicole Mirra 07/21/2014 - 10:05am Comments
I consider myself pretty invested in the Connected Learning community. I had the privilege of co-chairing the "Civic Education and Youth Serving Organizations" strand of the Digital Media and Learning conference in 2013, I contributed to an...
Possibilities, Challenges of Making Learning More Connected Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 07/17/2014 - 8:08am Comments
I’m always interested in technology critics who are accomplished users of the tools they criticize. Elizabeth Losh, director of Academic Programs, Sixth College at UC San Diego, teaches digital rhetoric, digital journalism, and software studies...
Addressing "The War on Learning" Blog Image
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By Jade E. Davis 07/14/2014 - 7:11am Comments
I recently realized that it was time to move. My oldest son is 7 and he’d learned that “everything was on the Internet’ from a schoolmate, and wanted to see if our “house” was. We lived in a medium size apartment complex where the apartments...
Trust, Privacy and Everyday Life Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 07/10/2014 - 9:21am Comments
I hung out with popular children's and young adult authors like Mo Willems and Lemony Snicket and Markus Zusak last week. Okay, maybe “hung out” is too strong a description. I mainly walked in the same general vicinity as these noteworthy...
Fear and Learning in Las Vegas Blog Image
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By S. Craig Watkins 07/07/2014 - 8:18am Comments
A few months ago, I met the city of Austin’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and we soon discovered that we had several mutual interests, especially related to young people, technology, and a rapidly evolving economy. Intrigued by our...
Rapid Tech Change Requires Rebranding to Recruit Talent Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 07/03/2014 - 8:28am Comments
Do you think you can pass the supreme BadgeGeek test? If so, good luck. Your challenge: make it through this interview. To appease my inner BadgeGeek, I reached out to Erin Knight, executive director of the Badge Alliance. To conclude my four-...
Badges Series, Part 4: The Emergence of the BadgeAlliance Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 06/30/2014 - 9:22am Comments
I’ve written before about civic education initiatives intended to help model systems of political deliberation in the United States, but with my first trip to Latin America in April for the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and...
Do-It-Yourself Democracy Blog Image