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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...
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By Julian Sefton-Green 09/23/2013 - 12:05pm Comments
In some ways, this question is of course impossible. Given the difficulty of defining creativity in the first place with scholarship, trying to focus on the distinctions between what is new, what is expressive, what is individual and what is...
Is There Such a Thing as Digital Creativity? Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 09/19/2013 - 4:15pm Comments
Classes recently began in the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is the second largest school district in the country, a place where the best practices of digital media and learning face the difficulties of effecting change at a truly...
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By Doug Belshaw 09/16/2013 - 4:35pm Comments
At the beginning of 2013 the Mozilla Foundation announced its intention to work with the community to create a new learning standard for Web Literacy. I'm delighted to say that we're well on course to release v1.0 of that standard at the ...
The Ontology of the Web
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By Liz Losh 09/13/2013 - 8:40am Comments
The horrific Delhi gang rape case in which a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was murdered as a result of a grotesque sexual assault brought tens of thousands of protesters into the streets of the city to express outrage about the prevalence...
Using Social Media for Women’s Rights: Breakthrough Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 09/09/2013 - 6:55am Comments
Far more important to me than all the venture-capitalized consortia of elite university MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) and the hundreds of thousands of students flocking to them is a course taught by an adjunct professor at University of...
Digital Storytelling 106: Open, Participatory, Student-centric, Social
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By Raquel Recuero 09/06/2013 - 3:50pm Comments
Brazil has several marginalized groups that often don't have a voice in government decision-making and are invisible to the majority of the country’s population. One such group, the country’s indigenous tribes, must constantly fight for their...
Social Media and Brazil's Indigenous Tribes Blog Image
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By Julian Sefton-Green 09/03/2013 - 8:00am Comments
I was recently at the biannual conference for the Australian teachers of media (ATOM) in Brisbane, Queensland. The teachers, university lecturers, educators and media producers who were at the event were all excited because the new arrangements...
Creativity, Criticality and Curriculum Reform Down Under Blog Image
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By John Jones 08/29/2013 - 12:30pm Comments
Across the US, schools are back in session. My university started back last week, and, as I usually do, I spent the first day of class discussing the syllabus, explaining to students my expectations for them and the course. When I do this, I...
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By Buffy Hamilton 08/26/2013 - 2:50pm Comments
As someone who inhabits multiple learning worlds in libraries and public schools, concepts of literacy–traditional and emerging–are central to my work as I think about pedagogies that inform literacy practices in these spaces.  Educational...
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