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By Ben Williamson 04/12/2012 - 5:30am Comments
What do research methods do? Research methods are routinely understood as objective techniques for getting to know the world. Yet they may be more influential and socially significant than this, particularly as more digital methods are being...
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By Cathy Davidson 04/09/2012 - 10:50am Comments
Below you will find a collaboratively written document produced in Bangkok, Thailand, at the March 28-31 teacher’s meeting of EARCOS, the East Asia Regional Council of Schools.  EARCOS is an organization of 130 primary and secondary...
A Collaborative Guide to Best Digital Learning PracticesBlog Image
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By Barry Joseph 04/05/2012 - 2:10pm Comments
In a new report from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, "Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality," the authors set out to “map and explore what we know about the ways in which young...
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By Cathy Davidson 04/02/2012 - 8:25am Comments
When I think about the “ethics and responsibilities of the 21st century classroom,” I think not only about our ethical responsibilities toward students but about our ethical responsibilities toward teachers.  I am very concerned that the...
The Ethics and Responsibilities of the 21st Century Classroom
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By Doug Belshaw 03/30/2012 - 7:30am Comments
I first read about the idea of Open Badges back in the middle of last year. It excited me. One thing I’ve always been interested in is how to shift the power dynamic within classrooms towards learners in a positive way. Changing (or at least...
Gaining Some Perspective on Badges for Lifelong Learning Blog Image
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By Jon Barilone 03/29/2012 - 8:00am Comments
Earlier today, connectedlearning.tv hosted a live webinar with librarian Buffy Hamilton, aka “The Unquiet Librarian,” on the topic: How do libraries cultivate participatory literacy to disrupt what Paulo Freire calls the "banking" system of...
Webinar: How Can We Disrupt the “Banking” System of Education? Blog Image
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By Lyndsay Grant 03/26/2012 - 3:25pm Comments
Working in the field of digital media and learning, where the important role of new technologies in learning seems self-evident, the slow pace of change in mainstream education can feel frustrating. Responding to this challenge, we give a lot...
The Role of Tech vs The Purpose of Education Blog Image
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By monika hardy 03/22/2012 - 5:25pm Comments
I loved Kevin Kelly’s book, and especially loved the message I heard from it. What I heard was that tech wants us to become more humane, not less. What I heard, was that tech wants us to get to know ourselves, each other, and the world around...
What Tech Wants: A People Agenda Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 03/20/2012 - 9:00am Comments
I recently returned from the engaging and rewarding DML2012 both exhausted and invigorated. As I debrief the many ideas and challenges to existing learning practices that were shared and explored at this year's DML conference, I am struck by...
What's Next for DML? Blog Image
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By danah boyd 03/19/2012 - 9:10am Comments
On Friday, Dharun Ravi -- the Rutgers student whose roommate Tyler Clementi killed himself in a case narrated through the lens of cyberbullying -- was found guilty of privacy invasion, tampering with evidence, and bias intimidation (a hate...
Reflecting on Dharun Ravi's Conviction Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 03/16/2012 - 4:20pm Comments
In an impassioned call to action, Diana Rhoten kicked off the 2012 Digital Media and Learning conference by suggesting that education will never see its long-overdue renaissance without "audacious goals." Senior vice president for strategy in...
The Future of Learning and Teaching: It's Time for 'Audacious Goals' Blog Image
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By Aleks Krotoski 03/14/2012 - 10:20am Comments
In her new book, Consent of the Networked, Rebecca Mackinnon offers a reality check: "We have a problem,” she writes. “We understand how power works in the physical world, but we do not yet have a clear understanding of how power works in the...
Reflexivity: Why We Must Shape, and Not Be Shaped By, Technology Blog Image
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By John Jones 03/12/2012 - 1:10pm Comments
In the report "Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture" the authors argue that distributed cognition is a key skill that citizens must master to be active in participatory culture. Of course, most writing depends on some form of...
Distributed Writing: From Bad to Brilliant Blog Image
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By Jon Barilone 03/10/2012 - 7:45am Comments
In just its second year, attendance at South by Southwest’s educational branch more than doubled from the inaugural year. SXSWedu offered a broad range of participants and guest speakers, including public K-12 educators, school district...
SXSWedu, Highlights Blog Image
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By Mimi Ito 03/07/2012 - 3:20pm Comments
A few days back home after DML2012, I've been browsing through the blogosphere and tweet streams and reflecting on the various conversations I had at the event. One unfortunate side-effect of being part of the organizing is that I can't get to...
Reflections on DML2012 and Visions of Educational Change Blog Image