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By Whitney Burke 05/03/2013 - 9:30am Comments
We live in a world today where broadband access is becoming increasingly necessary for attaining jobs, expanding innovation and remaining globally competitive. Even in an iconic city like Philadelphia many residents are struggling to gain basic...
Philadelphia: A Case Study on the Impact of Technology Access
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By Ethan Zuckerman 04/29/2013 - 4:20pm Comments
I was recently in Senegal at a board meeting for Open Society Foundation, meeting organizations the foundation supports around the continent. Two projects in particular stuck in my mind. One is Y’en a Marre (“Fed Up”), a Senegalese activist...
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By Whitney Burke 04/26/2013 - 2:50pm Comments
While young people are often adept at navigating networked spaces for social purposes in their everyday lives, it is less clear what role schools and teachers should play in that process. In what ways can educators support, mentor, and scaffold...
Teachers, Youth, and Social Media: Experiments Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 04/22/2013 - 2:35pm Comments
Humans are by far the most skilled social learners of this planet’s millions of species. We’re biologically equipped to pay attention to and learn from each other, and we’ve devised cultural tools such as speech and writing to augment our...
In Pursuit of In(ter)dependent Learning: Kio Stark Blog Image
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By monika hardy 04/18/2013 - 12:05pm Comments
On a recent college visit, I was pleased to find a great model for an entire ecosystem of mentorship. Colorado Christian University (CCU) students/faculty had been touting their solid community, and for all I can tell, it appears legit by...
An Ecosystem for Mentorship: A New Vision for College Communities Blog Image
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By John Jones 04/16/2013 - 6:40am Comments
Media and literary theorists have argued for some time that reading is an inherently interactive process. To give only one example, the history of reading is mostly a history of bodily performance: reading to an audience or group, or reading...
Writing for Interaction, Part 2 Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 04/11/2013 - 11:00am Comments
Can technology really transform education in developing countries? That was the goal of Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child, but since its founding in 2005, the organization has been the subject of debate as many in the education sector...
Children and Computers in Paraguay: Studying What Works and What Doesn't
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By Doug Belshaw 04/08/2013 - 1:10pm Comments
At Mozilla we don't like silos. We believe in innovating upon open standards and in ensuring that the Web remains an open platform. That's why our Firefox web browser exists. It's why we're working on Firefox OS. And it's why we'...
Why Organizations Should Align with Mozilla's Web Literacy Standard Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 04/05/2013 - 10:05am Comments
“We're living in a 21st century knowledge economy, but our schools, our homes, and our culture are still based around 20th century expectations,” said then-Senator Barack Obama in a 2005 speech to the American Library Association. In the past...
Globalization, Education Reform, and the Knowledge Economy Blog Image
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By Aleks Krotoski 04/02/2013 - 10:20am Comments
Professor T. Mills Kelly is a historian at George Mason University in Washington, D.C. In 2012, he and students of his course, 'Lying About the Past', became headline news after it was uncovered that they had created “false facts” about...
Interview: T. Mills Kelly on Media Literacy
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By Ethan Zuckerman 03/28/2013 - 3:15pm Comments
Two weeks ago, I gave the opening keynote at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Chicago. The conference, which explores how digital media is and could be changing education and learning, focused on the theme of “Democratic...
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By Howard Rheingold 03/25/2013 - 11:25am Comments
Zeynep Tufekci, a sociologist who uses, as well as studies, social media, offers a refreshingly rigorous and empirically-scaffolded perspective amid the frenzy of armchair social science regarding the impact of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube,...
Zeynep Tufekci: Technosociologist Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 03/21/2013 - 5:20pm Comments
A few months ago, I interviewed a former high school teacher and asked him what his hope was for the digital media and learning community in 2013. His answer: to push for a stronger focus on schools. “Students are in schools from 8:00 am to 3:...
The Right to Thrive: Connected Learning at the Digital Edge Blog Image
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By John Jones 03/18/2013 - 9:00am Comments
We are all quite familiar with interactive writing. Business writing is a nearly constant stream of emails and memos that reply to and reference other texts. Teachers and students engage in a dialectic of writing, response, and revision, using...
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By Cathy Davidson 03/14/2013 - 5:10am Comments
Ann Pendleton-Jullian, the architect and educational redesigner, notes that:  “Design has the capacity to shape contexts as frames for things to happen.”  My excitement at being part of the connected learning movement and the Digital...
Re-Designing Learning For Democracy Blog Image