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By Ben Williamson 11/19/2012 - 7:40am Comments
The language of learning today is full of references to “softness” and “openness.” Software, soft skills, soft performance, and the softening up of school knowledge go hand-in-hand with open source, open access and open educational resources in...
Learning and the Emerging Science of Behavior Change
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By Jeff Brazil 11/16/2012 - 9:15am Comments
We commissioned filmmaker Nic Askew to make a series of six films that captures the spirit of connected learning, a new approach to learning that is anchored in research, robust theories of learning, and the best of traditional standards, but...
Connected Learning: The Power of Curiosity
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By Antero Garcia 11/13/2012 - 2:00pm Comments
I want to talk about the nature of writing in today's age of participatory media. In particular, I want to talk about how writing within my classroom has helped foster community amongst the students. In fact, the subtitle of this post could be...
The Social Relevance of Public Writing
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By Liz Losh 11/08/2012 - 8:10am Comments
Before the presidential election took place this week, many teachers used attention to the political drama unfolding across the nation as a way to draw students into classroom discussions and assignments.  Lesson plans that focus on...
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By John Jones 11/05/2012 - 5:35am Comments
Recently I had the opportunity to go to the Internet Research 13.0 (IR13) conference hosted by the University of Salford. One popular theme of the conference was the increasingly important role that big data is playing in Internet research. As...
Contextualizing Big Data and Lessons for DML Blog Image
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By Jeff Brazil 11/02/2012 - 6:15am Comments
We commissioned filmmaker Nic Askew to make a series of short films about connected learning, a new approach to learning he called "courageous" and "transformational." This film introduces the story of connected learning, the outcome of a six-...
Connected Learning: The Experience of Education Reimagined Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 10/29/2012 - 9:45am Comments
I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t aware of Professor Elizabeth Lawley. Ten years ago, there weren’t many tenure-track academics who were also active bloggers, avid gamers, and social media researchers. Now Professor of Interactive Games and...
Elizabeth Lawley: “Just Press Play” — Adding a Game Layer to the Undergraduate
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By monika hardy 10/25/2012 - 1:20pm Comments
Imagine we redefine public education so that Dewey’s democratic society is co-created ongoingly, bettering each moment we practice it. The purpose of public education is a democratic society -- John Dewey Imagine public education becomes the...
Five Elements to Help Redefine Public Ed Blog Image
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By Nishant Shah 10/22/2012 - 1:20pm Comments
Recently, in Bangalore, a cluster of academics, researchers, artists, and practitioners, were supported by Brown University, to assemble in a Thinkathon (a thinking marathon, if you will) and explore how our new habits of everyday life need to...
Habits of Living: Being Human in a Networked Society Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 10/18/2012 - 9:00am Comments
In my experience, there's broadly three ways to relate to any kind of educational technology: 1) Technological -- decide on the technology (for whatever reason) and that determines what you do pedagogically; 2) Pedagogical -- settle upon the...
Some Thoughts on iPads and One-to-One Initiatives Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 10/15/2012 - 9:55am Comments
How should we understand the part played by code in digital media and learning? We are accustomed to arguments that digital media are affecting our existing practices of reading, looking, seeing and hearing, yet relatively little is said of how...
Coded Curriculum: The New Architectures of Learning Blog Image
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By S. Craig Watkins 10/11/2012 - 10:15am Comments
One of the more compelling aspects of connected learning is the opportunity for students to create personalized learning pathways that establish important links across the different nodes in their learning ecology. I had a chance to witness the...
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By Raquel Recuero 10/08/2012 - 11:30am Comments
Last April, 9-year-old Martha Payne created a blog to discuss the quality of the food served in her school called "Never Seconds." In the blog, she discussed the quality (and quantity) of food available in her school using terms such as "food-o...
Facebook, Public Education and Equity: A 13-year-old Fights for a "Better School" Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 10/04/2012 - 9:40am Comments
At my elementary school in Phoenix, Arizona, problem students like me were often sent to the art teacher’s room. Unfortunately for me, my objection to sitting in a little desk, arranged in rows with other little desks, then moving in single-...
Passion, Projects & Play: Restoring Creativity in the Classroom  Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 10/01/2012 - 10:15am Comments
Lately, I've been thinking about what digital media can do to improve what we know about learning. And you know what I've decided? I think it is time that learning needs to be kickstarted (kickstarter.com) and I think we need Reddit (reddit.com...
Why We Need a Reddit and Kickstarter for Educational Research Blog Image