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By Barry Joseph 03/13/2014 - 8:00am Comments
Don't get me wrong. I love badges, digital badges for learning. And I don't mean just for some hoped-for potential to transform the learning landscape. I mean I love them for what I’ve seen them actually achieve: new literacies amongst youth to...
My Beef With Badges Blog Image
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By Philipp Schmidt 03/10/2014 - 8:25am Comments
I often get asked questions like these: Does peer learning really work? Don’t we need experts to learn from? Can the (proverbially) blind really lead the blind? Those are good questions and I will get back to them in a second. Then, there is...
The Great Peer Learning Pyramid Scheme Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 03/06/2014 - 6:22am Comments
Last week saw the release of Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom, a free Connected Learning report I edited. I’m hoping you’ll spend some time reading it — it features a plethora of powerful contributions by members of the National...
Connected Learning Report: Educators Exemplifying Theory-Building Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 03/03/2014 - 10:02am Comments
“It’s not just about studying and learning,” says Pitzer College student Susanna Ferrell. “It’s also about activism,” adds fellow student Jade Ulrich, both of whom were beta testers for a Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) about “...
DOCC Drives Feminist Activism Blog Image
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By John Jones 02/27/2014 - 11:06am Comments
In a recent post, I critiqued the claims in Ferris Jabr's Scientific American article, "Why the Brain Prefers Paper" that addressed the differences in comprehension between reading from paper and reading from screens.  Where Jabr argues...
woman reading
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By Nishant Shah 02/24/2014 - 9:55am Comments
Taking Care of Things: Reclaiming What is Lost in Our Defence of Humanities[1] If this were a book, this section would be the preface. If it were an academic paper, a footnote. If an art piece, a curator’s note. But, in this mixed multi-...
digital humanities words
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By Antero Garcia 02/20/2014 - 1:40pm Comments
Two weeks ago, the Internet squabbled in the hoopla that resulted from author J.K. Rowling’s admission that she thought her titular character Harry Potter should have ended up with know-it-all sidekick, Hermione. Fans took sides and...
Harry Potter celebration
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By Barry Joseph 02/17/2014 - 12:07pm Comments
As part of my efforts to explore the intersection of digital media and museum-based learning, here is list of items I’ve recently tweeted. I start with the most general and drill down to my specific area of work — informal science learning at...
natural museum
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By Antero Garcia 02/13/2014 - 10:37am Comments
Late last year, my colleague Thomas Philip and I discussed why we were so troubled by the ways the Los Angeles Unified School District bumbled its way through adopting iPads for its students. And, as the second largest school district in the...
Meaningful Integration: Optimistic About iPads in Schools
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By Raquel Recuero 02/10/2014 - 1:14pm Comments
A new movement — the "rolezinhos" (meaning something like "hang out somewhere" or “little strolls”) — has taken hold in Brazil. Through social media, the rolezinhos started as a simple call for fun teen gatherings in malls, organized by...
young people dancing in Brazil
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By Monica Bulger 02/06/2014 - 9:51am Comments
For more than a decade now, I’ve internally cringed whenever someone talks about the promise of technology in education. Often, discussions of iPads, video games, laptops for all focus on the potential of access to the software, device, or app...
kids using classroom iPads
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By Doug Belshaw 02/03/2014 - 10:07am Comments
"Well, I guess in all honesty I would have to say that I never knew nor did I ever hear of anybody that money didn't change." (Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men) Last month, I was at Bett, the annual educational technology and training...
photo of two people using a multi-touch screen
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By Howard Rheingold 01/30/2014 - 11:20am Comments
While so much attention is focused on improving teaching – the controversy over using text scores as “teacher accountability” measures, for example – isn’t it also important to think about how we improve our notions of improvement? We see no...
'Improving Improvement' in Education: Louis Gomez, Keynote Speaker for DML2014 Blog Image
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By Julian Sefton-Green 01/28/2014 - 7:45am Comments
In this post I want to compare two European research projects that investigated creative production by young people in informal, out-of-school and, to a great extent, self organised contexts. Around the world scholars are very interested in the...
How Might Creative Youth Cultures Understand ‘Creativity’? Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 01/23/2014 - 12:50pm Comments
When asked to explain his attitude toward arts education, British photographer Jonathan Worth describes what he is teaching as “storytelling” that should be an integral part of everyone’s “digital literacy and digital citizenship” rather than a...
Phonar: A Massive, Free, Open Photography Class Blog Image