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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
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By Howard Rheingold 10/07/2013 - 3:40pm Comments
Ask any teacher why they teach, and for all their other reasons, I bet they agree that teaching matters. Doing something that matters is being someone that matters. How could young learners today learn that they can teach and contribute to...
When Students Say They Want to Change the World, Listen
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By Zeynep Tufekci 10/03/2013 - 8:55am Comments
The Gezi protests took everyone, including the protesters themselves, by surprise. "This wasn’t what I had planned to do in June at all," said a man in his early 30s to me as we sat in the small grassy area in front of his tent where he had...
Pepper Spray and Penguins
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By Howard Rheingold 09/30/2013 - 4:10pm Comments
A powerful recipe for engaged learning: Show students how to command actions in the physical world – make lights blink, sounds sound, motors move, robots roam, sensors sense. Combine this concrete act of control over physical objects activity...
Arduino and Learning: H.S. Teacher Ariel Simons Blog Image
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By Luka Carfagna 09/27/2013 - 9:15am Comments
Editor's note: This is a timely curation and storification of the opening session of Reclaim Open Learning by guest blogger Luka Carfagna that we wanted to share (Image credit: Andrew Forgrave, Flickr) [<a href="//
'Reclaim Open Learning' Symposium Keynote
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By John Jones 09/27/2013 - 6:10am Comments
In a recent blog post for the Society for U.S. Intellectual History, Ben Alpers argues that iBooks Author is not very well suited for humanities learning. I have written before about problems with iBooks Author's Terms of Service, but Alpers...
Digital Humanists Should Be Copyright Activists Blog Image