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Genius: Web Annotation, Digital Literacies and Educational Possibilities

Genius: Web Annotation, Digital Literacies

The same evening as the non-indictment announcement in the Michael Brown case was announced, I received an email notification from Genius.com about a teacher-driven conversation called “How do I talk to my students about Ferguson?” More than two dozen responses flooded into the forum discussion including video links, news articles, and canonical literature that could guide classroom discussions.… more

Embracing Possibility: Lessons from Mozfest 2014

Embracing Possibility: Four Lessons from Mozfest 2014 Blog Image

Two weekends ago, I had the opportunity to help co-“wrangle” a floor for the 2014 Mozilla Festival, better known as Mozfest. Emphasizing the space’s festival-like ethos (as opposed to typical conference drudgery), Mozfest spills into hallways, walls, and, of course, the web with its bend toward productivity. Described as a “a hands-on festival dedicated to forging the future of this open, global web,” Mozfest brings together a global audience to spend a weekend making stuff.… more

Looking to South Central L.A. for Back-to-School Inspiration

Looking to South Central L.A. for Back-to-School Inspiration Blog Image

The past few weeks have yielded the sleepy grumbles of students, parents, and teachers alike as the school year begins anew.

In preparing for my own school year, and the dozens of future teachers I’ll be learning with over the year, I was struck by the kinds of innovations that my colleagues are engaged in all across the country.

While a question the DML community must revisit throughout the year, I am starting my year off by asking myself: What are the key principles for integrating digital media, connected learning, and fun within a school year?… more