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By Howard Rheingold 08/08/2013 - 2:40pm Comments
When I was ten years old, one television program was magical to me: Meet Mr. Wizard. Mr. Wizard was a friendly, knowledgeable old guy (he was probably in his 40s) who explained scientific phenomena to his young friends through various...
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By Howard Rheingold 08/05/2013 - 9:05am Comments
When Sara Kaviar’s students study comparative religions, they don’t just read and view videos. They visit houses of worship, then recreate them in the Minecraft online sandbox and design games in their virtual world that test each others’...
Teaching and Learning with Minecraft, Part Two: Sara Kaviar Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 08/02/2013 - 8:12am Comments
How we think about digital media is paralleled by how we think about learner identities. What kinds of learning identities are being promoted for an anticipated future in an increasingly softwarised society? About ten years ago, the designers...
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By Zeynep Tufekci 07/30/2013 - 9:35am Comments
As a scholar of privacy and surveillance as well as political activism in repressive societies where government surveillance has consequences much worse than embarrassment and political derailment, my take away lesson from ex-congressman and...
Digital Activism, Government Surveillance and Anthony Weiner Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 07/25/2013 - 2:00pm Comments
As a technophile, I’ll be the first to admit it: sometimes computers get in the way of learning. Hopefully that can be something we all agree on, right? I’ve mentioned before that one of the main composition courses I taught last year was held...
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By Julian Sefton-Green 07/22/2013 - 10:45am Comments
On the basis of the truism about life/success/genius being 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration it is strange that so many initiatives in education – particularly those aimed at engaging youth who may be disenchanted with mainstream schooling or...
Four Challenges to Sustain Engagement in Learning
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By John Jones 07/18/2013 - 9:15am Comments
In a recent piece at Locus, Cory Doctorow argues: Computers are the children of the human race’s mind, and as they become intimately involved in new aspects of our lives, we keep stumbling into semantic minefields, where commonly understood...
Teaching Digital Culture
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By Monica Bulger 07/15/2013 - 5:10pm Comments
It’s obviously summer because my news alerts are no longer steadily reporting concerns about education, our children’s future, the problems with teachers, etc. Perhaps now, then, is the perfect time to address the issue of testing and its...
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By Barry Joseph 07/11/2013 - 9:30am Comments
Museums, like many public sites of informal learning, are struggling to understand the roles digital media can play within their walls. In short, are they an obstacle to engagement or a new path to knowledge? I recently saw both ideas reflected...
Both Sides of the Screen: Museums Seeking Balance in a Digital Age Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 07/08/2013 - 11:15am Comments
Playing with blocks certainly predates constructionist theories of learning by playing with “tangible manipulatives,” but the culturally universal practice is probably as old as human social learning. What is new is the ability to use...
Teaching and Learning with Minecraft: Liam O’Donnell Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 07/05/2013 - 9:45am Comments
Mark your calendars for Aug. 1! We are looking for proposals that rethink open learning in new ways. The participation of elite research universities in initiatives offering Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has generated considerable...
'Reclaim Open Learning' Innovation Contest Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 07/01/2013 - 1:10pm Comments
Digital media are increasingly shaping how we produce, transmit and receive knowledge, but do we often pause to think about the techniques which now mediate how we think and know about education and learning? In the field of digital media and...
Edu.txt: Mediating Education Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero 06/28/2013 - 12:05pm Comments
What started earlier this month as a protest against the cost of public transportation has spread like wildfire across Brazil. One estimate said protests have taken place in 430 cities. The range of issues has grown too, including education...
Social Media, Citizen Media, Online Tools
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By Nishant Shah 06/24/2013 - 4:35pm Comments
Openness has become the buzzword for everything in India right now. From the new kids on the block riding the wave of Digital Humanities investing in infrastructure of open knowledge initiatives to the rhetoric of people-centered open...
Big Data, People's Lives, and the Importance of Openness Blog Image
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By Zeynep Tufekci 06/20/2013 - 11:00am Comments
Last Saturday, one day after I left Istanbul following an intense week of interviews with more than 100 Gezi Park protest participants, Turkish police forcefully cleared out the park, which had been occupied by protesters for the last three...
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