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By Julian Sefton-Green 06/06/2013 - 9:55am Comments
At this moment in time, on both sides of the Atlantic, digital making and the maker movement is enjoying its time in the sun. A combination of policy concerns, technological developments, learning theories, social opportunities and articulate...
Making and Education Reform: Learning to Ride the Wave Blog Image
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By Zeynep Tufekci 06/03/2013 - 11:46am Comments
Protesters from one of the world’s richest countries, one of the world’s oldest autocracies, and one of the world’s rising developing countries walk into ... a public space, use Twitter extensively, and capture global attention to their...
Networked Politics from Tahrir to Taksim
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By S. Craig Watkins 05/30/2013 - 10:00am Comments
When President Barack Obama decided to kick off his “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tours” in Austin it highlighted once again the city’s reputation as a growth sector in the nation’s creative and high tech economy. Over the last few years...
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By John Jones 05/28/2013 - 6:05am Comments
Over the past few months, there has been a growing backlash against MOOCs. If you aren't familiar with the term, massive open online courses — college courses that (for now) are free and will enroll anyone, generally without any restrictions on...
Are MOOCs An Extension of Academic Publishing into Teaching? Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 05/24/2013 - 2:35pm Comments
Which comes first, coordination or collaboration? It’s a classic chicken or egg debate that surfaces among network organizers and one that Peter Wardrip, a Ph.D. student in the Learning Sciences and Policy program at the University of...
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By danah boyd 05/22/2013 - 4:20pm Comments
Yesterday, Pew Internet and American Life Project (in collaboration with Berkman) unveiled a brilliant report about “Teens, Social Media, and Privacy.” As a researcher who’s been in the trenches on these topics for a long time now,...
Thoughts on Pew’s Latest Report: Notable Findings on Race and Privacy Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 05/20/2013 - 3:15pm Comments
Blogging, commenting thoughtfully on others’ blogs, staying safe online, creating a positive digital footprint, using audio and video to connect with students in other parts of the world, creating and publishing video – at what grade level...
Learning Online in the Second Grade: Linda Yollis Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 05/17/2013 - 6:55am Comments
Taking advantage of the online world's ability to help youth develop knowledge, expertise, skills and important new literacies involves risks, but how much? Some researchers and authors such as Lenore Skenazy, Sonia Livingstone, and Lynn...
A Student-driven, Afterschool Technology Club
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By Antero Garcia 05/13/2013 - 9:05am Comments
With Iron Man 3 raking in millions and marking the official start of summer blockbusters, it is thrilling to recognize that moviegoers are largely staring at a screen enraptured with Hollywood’s most successful maker. As such, I have good news...
Avenging 'Making' For All: Challenging Iron Man Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 05/10/2013 - 3:00pm Comments
What do a New York public school, the Howard County Public School system in Maryland, and a small private K-8 school in California all have in common? Each is re-conceptualizing the standard school curriculum by using design thinking, a...
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By Liz Losh 05/06/2013 - 11:35am Comments
Wikipedia is often not thought of as a platform for pedagogy, since so many teachers explicitly tell their students to steer clear of the site as a source of information.  However, as a site for learner-driven inquiry and informal...
How to Use Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool: Adrianne Wadewitz Blog Image
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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...
Citizen Monitoring of Infrastructure Blog Image
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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