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By Philipp Schmidt 06/19/2014 - 7:12am Comments
A lot of the work we have been doing as part of the connected learning community has focused on children and young people. We design digital tools that create new ways for young people to learn. We create environments in which learning starts...
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By Nishant Shah 06/16/2014 - 9:31am Comments
The inherent tension in the world of the social web is between hiding and revealing. In the post-Snowden era that we live in, there is a collective public anxiety about how much of our selves is known by government databases, social network...
The Selfie and the Self: Part 1 – Hiding and Revealing Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 06/12/2014 - 8:25am Comments
Around this time last year, thanks to the whistleblower Edward Snowden, U.S. citizens found out just how little online privacy they have. For those outside the U.S., the revelations were potentially even worse news as they weren't granted the...
Reclaiming the Web for the Next Generation Blog Image
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By John Jones 06/09/2014 - 8:12am Comments
“Our current education system is ill-prepared to educate the next generation of creative leaders. Developing every individual’s creative potential will be one of the crucial value-creating factors for leading economies in the Imagination Age.”...
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By Barry Joseph 06/05/2014 - 8:18am Comments
In my first two posts in this series (“My Beef With Badges” and “Getting the Full Picture”), I called on the emerging badging community to stop conflating our aspirations with our achievements and then modeled one way to share a more accurate...
A Case Against Standardized Badges Blog Image
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By Julian Sefton-Green 06/02/2014 - 8:47am Comments
The idea of “connected learning” encompasses a way of theorising and describing the kinds of learning that take place against the grain, as it were, in places where we might not usually expect to find it, in communities where traditionally it...
Explaining the Research of Connected Learning Blog Image
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By Nicole Mirra 05/29/2014 - 8:30am Comments
Why is it that when young people use technology on adult terms, they are praised as 21st century learners, but when they use technology on their OWN terms, they are castigated as deviant rule-breakers? I’ve been pondering this question lately...
Innovators, Not Hackers: Stop Portraying Youth as Digital Deviants Blog Image
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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
Elisabeth (Lissa) Soep Profile Picture
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