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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,...
Learning from Kony 2012 Blog Image
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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, a platform for the...
Porto 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...
Going Low-Tech  Blog Image
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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
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By Whitney Burke 05/24/2012 - 10:10am Comments
Tanner Higgin is a PhD candidate in English at the University of California, Riverside studying race, gender, and power in digital media cultures. He's also researching and developing play and project-based curriculum at the nonprofit...
Beyond the Console: Gaming, Learning & Literacy  Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 05/21/2012 - 12:00pm Comments
I don’t have the metrics, but I’ll stake my professional reputation on the following  statement:  In the last one or two years, there has been a seachange in how even the most traditional academic, nonprofit, or corporation values,...
How and Why to Make Your Digital Publications Matter Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 05/17/2012 - 6:42am Comments
Common Sense Media, known as the go-to resource for solid reviews of movies, books, and television, just released a new ratings initiative to evaluate the learning potential of websites, video games, and mobile apps. You can learn more about it...
Worthy Reads: On What Kids Can Learn, Minecraft, Generation Y  Blog Image
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By John Jones 05/14/2012 - 6:05am Comments
In a 1987 paper, Robert Brooke argued that instructors needed to pay attention to the ways that students didn't pay attention, like passing notes in class or whispering conversations. Building on the work of Erving Goffman, Brooke argued that...
Digital Underlife and the Writing Classroom Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 05/11/2012 - 11:30am Comments
As Assistant Professor of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design, Laura Forlano’s interests converge at the intersection of technology, cities, and culture. Prior to her professorship in design, Forlano was a...
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