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By Ben Williamson 05/26/2014 - 8:00am Comments
The concept of the ‘quantified self’ has become the focus of global interest. Less acknowledged is the emergence of a range of technological devices and apps designed specifically for children to track, monitor and analyze data about their...
Calculating the Child Through Technologies of the ‘Quantified Self’ Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 05/22/2014 - 7:49am Comments
During the past week, I have been busy. I know this because my phone tells me so. Each night, before I go to bed, I check my schedule for the next day — seeing where I need to be, what time, any student meetings I’ve scheduled, and any...
The Algorithms of Busyness Blog Image
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By S. Craig Watkins 05/19/2014 - 8:58am Comments
For nearly four decades, economists have been discussing what is generally referred to as skill-biased technical change. That is, the degree to which technological transformations — computerization and automation — privileges high-skill workers...
P-Tech Schools: The Remaking of Career, Technical Education Blog Image
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By Elisabeth (Lissa) Soep 05/15/2014 - 10:13am Comments
If you caught Joe Kahne’s recent post, you’ll know something about a concept that’s also central to my latest mini-book. As a member of the MacArthur Foundation-backed research network Joe chairs, I’m also exploring the notion of “participatory...
Digital Civics: ‘Using Any Media Necessary’ Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 05/12/2014 - 8:10am Comments
Student empowerment is the strongest connective theme through the 55 posts and interviews I’ve conducted for this blog.  The educators I’ve interviewed all have one characteristic in common: they all enable students to take more control...
Co-inventing the Curriculum Blog Image
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By Mimi Ko Cruz 05/08/2014 - 8:19am Comments
A single question — “How are young people changing socially in terms of how they learn and how they civically engage because of digital media?” — launched the John D. and Catherine T.  MacArthur Foundation’s digital media and learning...
The 4-1-1 on Connected Learning Blog Image
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By John Jones 05/05/2014 - 8:14am Comments
A new report from the Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington’s Information School argues that, in the context of learning, using computers and other communication technologies for play is equally as important...
Productivity and Play in Digital Media and Learning Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 05/01/2014 - 8:38am Comments
In my previous post, “My Beef With Badges,” I called on the emerging badging community to stop conflating our aspirations with our achievements, and to start sharing a more accurate picture of the challenges we all face. I also tried to make...
Badges For Learning Series, Part 2: Getting The Full Picture Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 04/28/2014 - 8:44am Comments
Selfies have been in the news a lot lately, particularly after the Oxford English Dictionary declared “selfie” to be the word of the year for 2013.  During the last month I have been quoted in The Washington Post, USA Today, and Politico....
Selfies, Snapchat and Distance Learning Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 04/24/2014 - 8:36am Comments
I want to talk about the need for modularity in schools but first, I feel like I need to explain why this is such an important issue. It’s like this: the conversations I’ve had lately have been painting a frustrating picture of schools and the...
Modularity, the 20 Percent and Desks with Wheels Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 04/21/2014 - 8:00am Comments
“Instructional technologist” is an inadequate description for what Alan Levine has done at Maricopa Community Colleges, the New Media Consortium and the University of Mary Washington, often from his connected cabin in the Arizona highlands....
Conversation with Alan Levine, Pedagogical Technologist  Blog Image
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By Nishant Shah 04/17/2014 - 7:55am Comments
When I start thinking about DML (digital media and learning) and other such “networks” that I am plugged into, I often get a little confused about what to call them. Are we an ensemble of actors? A cluster of friends? A conference of scholars?...
Networks: What You Don’t See is What You (for)Get Blog Image
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By Joseph Kahne 04/14/2014 - 9:07am Comments
Social network sites, websites and text increasingly serve as a conduit for political information and a major public arena where citizens express and exchange their political ideas, raise funds and mobilize others to vote, protest and work on...
New Media’s Role in Participatory Politics Blog Image
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By Julian Sefton-Green 04/10/2014 - 8:47am Comments
I am carrying out a piece of work, exploring how young people imagine, develop interests in, and work toward becoming employed in a range of digital creative industries. I am interviewing a number of young people who are studying game design or...
Making Sense of Games and Gaming Cultures Blog Image
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By Sangita Shresthova 04/07/2014 - 8:30am Comments
“The irony is the more personal your story is, the more universal it is. And, the more you keep that nuance that makes your story personal, the more it will spread,” Nirvan Mullick, the founder of Imagination Foundation noted during a webinar...
Engaging Youth: 7 Epic Tips Blog Image