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By Doug Belshaw 11/28/2013 - 11:40pm Comments
Proclamations like 'kids need to learn to code!' may be accurate but, without some context and conceptual unpacking, they can be rather unhelpful. Thankfully, fellow DMLcentral contributor Ben Williamson has done a great job of...
This is Why Kids Need to Learn to Code Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 11/25/2013 - 4:20pm Comments
Here’s the punchline: The humanities in the U.S. are in crisis for the same reason that STEM is in crisis – not because of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).  And vice versa.  The crisis comes from declining or at...
Why We Must Recreate Higher Education Blog Image
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By Nishant Shah 11/22/2013 - 9:00am Comments
I have spent the last month being unpopular. I have been in conversation with many ‘Open Everything’ activists and practitioners. At each instance, we got stuck because I insisted that we begin by defining what ‘Open’ means in the easy abuse...
How Can We Make Open Education Truly Open? Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 11/18/2013 - 5:00pm Comments
The initiative to Reclaim Open Learning launched a competition that was covered here at DMLcentral to recognize projects that were transforming higher education with innovative uses of technology and learner-centered programs.  As Anya...
Beyond the MOOC: Jaaga, A Creative Community Space Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 11/14/2013 - 5:05pm Comments
The idea that young people should learn to code has become a global educational aspiration in the last few years. What kinds of questions should digital media and learning researchers ask about these developments? I want to suggest three...
Programming Power? Does Learning to Code Empower Kids? Blog Image
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By Julian Sefton-Green 11/11/2013 - 5:25pm Comments
I have recently contributed to a new issue of the Bank Street occasional papers. The issue is called “The Other 17 Hours: Valuing Out of School Time” and explores recent attention to the meaning and nature of learning during the time not spent...
What Counts As Learning? Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 11/07/2013 - 12:30pm Comments
I can’t play video games. I forget this simple fact every couple of years and a dark cloud swoops over Casa Garcia and I am enveloped in the feverish button mashing of some complex simulation for a hazy month or two. I have the kind of...
Pollution Challenge! and Civic Learning with Video Games Blog Image
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By John Jones 11/05/2013 - 5:05pm Comments
Although electronic texts have been with us for many decades, in the past few years electronic reading has become increasingly popular. The ready availability of mobile, connected devices like smartphones and tablets, along with dedicated...
How Does Electronic Reading Affect Comprehension? Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 10/31/2013 - 6:55pm Comments
In the past DMLcentral has covered efforts to recruit more women to edit Wikipedia and to produce more women’s studies content.  As a blogger, I have presented this story as a relatively uncontroversial initiative to improve the accuracy...
Expanding Women’s Participation for Wikipedia in India
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By Howard Rheingold 10/28/2013 - 9:35pm Comments
“Freedom and autonomy are the key words for this class,” says Don Wettrick, describing the “Innovations” course he teaches at Franklin Community High School in Franklin, Indiana. I believe these words also convey the most important reason for...
Freedom, Autonomy, and Digital Media at an Indiana High School Blog Image
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By Lyndsay Grant 10/25/2013 - 10:20am Comments
The seduction of ‘Big Data’ lies in its promise of greater knowledge. The large amounts of data created as a by-product of our digital interactions, and the increased computing capacity to analyse it offer the possibility of knowing more about...
Understanding Education through Big Data Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 10/21/2013 - 6:15pm Comments
On a recent visit to Sarai, a Delhi research think tank housed in the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, I met a number of female university students who described participating in the mass protests that occurred after a 23-year-old...
Human Rights and Social Media in India: Blank Noise Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 10/17/2013 - 6:20pm Comments
I have a question for you. What do you think is going on in the photos I'm including in this post? They were taken last month at World Maker Faire NYC. And it fascinates me (Full disclosure: I worked the booth in the photo so I know the answer...
Makers and DML - Separated At Birth? Blog Image
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By Buffy Hamilton 10/14/2013 - 5:00pm Comments
In my last post “Literacies and Fallacies,” I introduced Deborah Brandt’s conceptual approach of sponsors of literacy that connects individual literacy development to the economic development of literacy.  I also shared a rationale for why...
Libraries as ‘Sponsors of Literacies’: Diving Deep
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The opening sentence to a recent Los Angeles Times article says it all: It took exactly one week for nearly 300 students at Roosevelt High School to hack through security so they could surf the Web on their new school-issued iPads, raising...
iFiasco in LA's Schools