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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...
Writing for Interaction Blog Image
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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
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By 03/11/2013 - 11:00am Comments
The rhetoric around libraries today is largely filled with enthusiasm in the digital media and learning world. And it probably should be: YOUmedia, makerspaces, and expanding digital opportunities for young people to learn and to grow are...
Are We in Danger of Losing Sight of Urban Libraries? Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 03/08/2013 - 10:35am Comments
Last fall, a New York man rented out his apartment bedroom through Airbnb, a popular website for short-term stays. Unbeknownst to him, he was breaking the law. When he returned to his apartment days later, he was facing more than $40,000 in...
Navigating Privacy and User Rights Issues in an “I Agree” Era  Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 03/06/2013 - 6:05pm Comments
The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project published a recent report after surveying the role of the internet and social media within arts organizations that have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts....
The Latest in Digital Media, Learning and Museums Blog Image
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By danah boyd 03/04/2013 - 6:50am Comments
Sitting with a group of graduating high school seniors last summer, the conversation turned to college roommates.  Although headed off to different schools, they had a similar experience of learning their roommate assignment and...
Is Facebook Destroying the American College Experience? Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 03/01/2013 - 10:45am Comments
It was something over a year ago when we first began talking about badges as a powerful new tool for identifying and validating the rich array of people’s skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies that happens everywhere and at every...
Why We Need Badges Now
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By Whitney Burke 02/28/2013 - 8:40am Comments
What does it mean to be a teacher in the 21st century? It’s a question educators like Antero Garcia have been looking to answer since the digital media and learning initiative launched in 2006. Prior to joining the English department at...
Public School Classrooms: Incubators for Social Learning  Blog Image
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By Ethan Zuckerman 02/25/2013 - 8:00am Comments
In late January, Austin Oberbillig and Evan Ricks, students at Olympia High School in Olympia, Washington made a video called “Lunch Scholars." The video was meant to be a high school version of “Jaywalking," a sketch Jay Leno has done for...
 Is Civics In Crisis? Or Just Changing Its Shape? Blog Image
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By S. Craig Watkins 02/20/2013 - 6:00pm Comments
President Barack Obama recently ended his post-State of the Union tour in his adopted hometown of Chicago. Roughly two weeks earlier a group of young Chicago residents started an online petition at urging the president to visit and...
DML Conference 2013: Democratic Futures Blog Image