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By Zeynep Tufekci 01/09/2014 - 11:20am Comments
From the “Indignados” in Spain, to “Occupy” in the United States, from Tahrir Square in Egypt to Syntagma Square in Greece, from Gezi Park in Turkey to #Euromaidan in Ukraine, the recent years have witnessed a proliferation of protests which,...
Capabilities of Movements and Affordances of Digital Media: Paradoxes of Empowerment Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 01/06/2014 - 7:55am Comments
In January 2012 the Mayor of New York tweeted, along with thousands of other people, that he planned to 'learn to code' during the course of that year. Whether or not he was successful in this venture, it's a good indication of how 'learn to...
Why 2014 is the Year of Web Literacy Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 12/30/2013 - 11:45am Comments
As soon as she joined one of my online courses and immediately embraced co-learning, I recognized Michelle Cordy as the kind of fearless learner who makes a great teacher. A teacher can do a great deal to facilitate the conditions from which...
Hacking The Classroom
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By Howard Rheingold 12/23/2013 - 7:10pm Comments
Messing with Makey-Makey, tinkering with Arduino, building robots or creating wearable art are not primarily about teaching electronic skills, problem-solving, or technological literacy – although those can be benefits of the maker revolution...
“Making is a stance toward learning”: Sylvia Libow Martinez  Blog Image
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In this post I want to think about our intimate relationship with various kinds of software as a way of understanding the development of skills and practices. I want to take the unusual approach of telling the story of a ‘creative life in...
Learning from a Life in Software Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 12/16/2013 - 4:20pm Comments
Earlier in the semester, I found myself lecturing to a class and having students in my Young Adult Literature course take notes about “Draco in Leather Pants.” Stay with me. Along with contemporary books like Gossip Girl and classics like The...
Fanfiction, Capitalism and Draco in Leather Pants Blog Image
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By Buffy Hamilton 12/13/2013 - 6:25am Comments
In my last two posts, I have reflected on a rationale for looking at the work of libraries through Deborah Brandt’s concept of sponsors of literacy as well as the philosophical and practical imperatives for libraries to examine the forces and...
Peeling Back the Layers of ‘Sponsors of Literacy and Learning’
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By Ethan Zuckerman 12/10/2013 - 10:05am Comments
The Oxford Internet Institute was kind enough to invite me to give the inaugural lecture in their Bellwether Series. The OII’s director, Professor Helen Margetts, introduced the series explaining that she hoped talks would anticipate what is to...
New Media, New Civics?
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By Liz Losh 12/05/2013 - 12:40pm Comments
“But I just want to remind everybody, we did not wage this long and contentious battle just around a website.” – Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act,” Oct. 21, 2013 The disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov gives an...
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By S. Craig Watkins 12/02/2013 - 10:10am Comments
This year my research team has been pouring over qualitative data that we collected over a year-and-half period from Freeway High School (previously referred to as Texas City High School in earlier posts), the site of our fieldwork in the study...
Rethinking the ‘Race Between Education and Technology’ Thesis Blog Image
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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