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By John Jones 07/12/2012 - 11:10am Comments
In his essay, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," Nicholas Carr relates an exchange between Nietzsche and one of his friends, in which the friend remarked that the philosopher's writing style had changed after he began to use a typewriter. As Carr...
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By Howard Rheingold 07/09/2012 - 5:20pm Comments
At a time when so many teachers and administrators fear and forbid student access to the internet from school, a high school teacher on the California coast is encouraging students by the hundreds to blog, Skype, gamify, and mindmap...
Hacking the Curriculum 101 Blog Image
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By Nishant Shah 07/05/2012 - 2:10pm Comments
In my last post, I talked about techno-euphoria as a condition that seems to mark much of our discourse around digital technologies and the promise of the future. The euphoria, as I had suggested, manifests itself either as a utopian view of...
Revisiting Techno-euphoria Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 07/03/2012 - 6:10am Comments
For people on the academic calendar, resolutions tend to be undertaken in the summer months rather than at the start of the new year in January.  This summer I am picking up a pencil and rethinking my relationship to visual...
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By Howard Rheingold 06/28/2012 - 9:15am Comments
By encouraging administrators to become learner-leaders, to use social media to connect with each other, share best practices and experiment, Canadian school principal George Couros is leading by example, exhortation, and instigation the people...
George Couros: Connected Principals Should Be Learner Leaders Blog Image
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By John Jones 06/25/2012 - 8:05am Comments
In my last post I wrote about what Derek Mueller calls the "digital underlife," the writing practices of students that fall below the radar of classroom practice, but which are crucial ways in which these students practice literacy. In...
The Challenge of Teaching Networked Writing Blog Image
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By 06/21/2012 - 1:50pm Comments
In recent months, there has been an intense media and policy vortex surrounding the questions of when and how children – especially those under 13 – should gain access to popular online sites like Facebook. The outcome of these cultural and...
Should We Fear Children Accessing Facebook? Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 06/19/2012 - 8:40am Comments
I’ve come to realize over the last couple of years just how important the Open Web is for online innovation. It’s a standards-based platform that allows anyone to use relatively low-cost technologies to connect things and people together in new...
On the Importance of Webmaking Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 06/14/2012 - 5:00am Comments
In March of this year, as I taught my winter lecture class that focuses on Public Rhetoric and Practical Communication Online, I began to receive urgent e-mails from students about a viral video produced by a group called Invisible Children,...
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By Raquel Recuero 06/11/2012 - 2:15pm Comments
Several new projects are trying to use cyberspace as a platform to help citizens build an information network and share information about their cities. One effort that has achieved significant traction is PortoAlegre.cc, a platform for the...
Porto Alegre.cc: Giving A City Back to Its Citizens Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 06/07/2012 - 9:08am Comments
Fast Company magazine recently featured this article, from design studio Frog’s Fabio Sergio, on how mobile devices will provide learning opportunities for people across age and income spectrums. It offers a nice overview, from a design...
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By monika hardy 06/04/2012 - 6:15am Comments
The basics as defined by school is a very limited and restrictive set of skills. The word basic is often referred to as essential. Essential translates to absolutely necessary or extremely important. This mindset calls our publicly prescribed...
Learning, By Youth, For Youth: Notice. Dream. Connect. Do. Be. Blog Image
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By Michael Lachney 05/31/2012 - 12:35pm Comments
As part of the Digital Youth Network’s (DYN) 2011-2012 professional development, we have set out to explore how critical media literacy can help Chicago middle school students become responsible and savvy digital producers. Through hours of...
Critical Media Literacy: Close Viewings as Production and Critique  Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 05/28/2012 - 8:05am Comments
Ethnic Studies professor Wayne Yang takes a distinctive approach to new media literacies to get UC San Diego students to host their own Comic-Con comic book convention with original graphic novel projects.   Although print artifacts are...
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By Raquel Recuero 05/25/2012 - 4:45pm Comments
Today Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vetoed several parts of a controversial forest bill that had been approved by Brazil’s Congress and promoted by powerful agricultural interests. Until today, it was unclear how President Rousseff would...
Social Media: The #VetaDilma Movement and the Brazil's Forests Blog Image