Connected Learning

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By Howard Rheingold April 13, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
“I learned more on Twitter in six months than in two years of graduate school” is the epigraph of the first chapter of Tom Whitby’s book (co-authored with Steven W.
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By Nicole Mirra April 9, 2015 - 9:59am Comments
As part of the national celebration of Digital Learning Day last month, I had the opportunity to moderate an online debate between two teams of high school students from opposite ends of California about the merits and risks of social media as a communication tool. Considering that I helped coach a high school policy debate team in my former life, I was thrilled to participate in this lively dialogue.
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By Mimi Ko Cruz April 6, 2015 - 10:04pm Comments
Rafi Santo and Dixie Ching are figuring out how youth programs in New York can best support young people in learning whatever interests them.
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By Buffy J. Hamilton March 23, 2015 - 10:44am Comments
As we continue our efforts to think about writing literacies as a focal point of our inquiry work in a high school library, my colleague Jennifer Lund and I continue to see the power of an old school technology: pen and paper.
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By Liz Losh March 12, 2015 - 9:51am Comments
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series highlighting different programs that teach digital literacy outside of school.
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By Howard Rheingold March 2, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
KitHub, “creative electronics for young innovators,” is a kit-of-the-month club for young makers, their parents, and their families. It was designed to empower kids and parents who weren’t necessarily close to a physical makerspace, by two women — Tara Tiger Brown and Luz Rivas — who are passionately devoted to maker education, not by an edu-biz conglomerate or VC-founded startup.
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By Mimi Ko Cruz February 26, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
“Disability is central to the human experience,” writes Meryl Alper in the opening chapter of her book, “Digital Youth with Disabilities.” The report summarizes how children with disabilities use media for social and recreational purposes and identifies areas where more research on the topic is needed.  
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By Ben Williamson February 23, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
The rapid growth of learning to code clubs, makerspaces, hackerspaces and even makercities has been remarkable. It’s fairly logical, then, that the focus for various coders, makers and hackers has switched back around to focus on education and learning itself. We’ve learned to code, hack and make new stuff, why not code, hack and make a new kind of education? Neo-unschooling
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By Jade E. Davis February 19, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
The family computer recently stopped working. This wouldn’t be the end of the world normally, however, my oldest son’s second-grade classroom implemented a new homework policy. Instead of having homework on paper, all homework is done on the computer across three sites.
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By Howard Rheingold February 16, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
What if we trusted students as a default and dealt with transgressions when and if they come up? What if we gave them web-accessible devices without filters but taught them common sense and used transgressions as teachable moments? What if we even gave learners of every age a bit of agency in the shaping of their own curriculum — above and beyond recess and show-and-tell?
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By Nicole Mirra February 12, 2015 - 9:45am Comments
The title of the article from The Atlantic stopped me in my tracks as I was scrolling through my Twitter feed: “Why I am Not a Maker.” 
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By Nishant Shah February 9, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
The Reader in Paradise Lost DIgital Humanities 
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By Mia C. Zamora February 5, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
In my previous DML blog, “Striving for New Ways to Learn How to Learn,” I wrote about co-learning as the heart of the connected learning experience. We have heard quite a bit about the limits of the “sage on the stage” approach and the dawning of new affordances in teaching with the “guide on the side” model. It goes without saying that a changing relationship to authority and hierarchy in the classroom is no small feat.
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By Antero Garcia February 2, 2015 - 9:59am Comments
The screen in the room offered the expected prompt: “What is your definition of critical literacy?” The familiar scratching of pen to paper could be heard throughout the auditorium as ideas were being generated.
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By Doug Belshaw January 29, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
A few months ago, in a post entitled Scaffolding Web Literacy Through Learning Pathways, I differentiated between training pathways ("a series of steps that lead to the individual being able to reproduce knowledge or action") and learning pathways ("experiences lead[ing] to th
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By John Jones January 26, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
It’s starting to seem like there is a new ritual being performed at the beginning of each new semester: debating the use of technology in the classroom. In these debates, “technology” almost never means all human-made tools — I’ve yet to read an earnest blog post calling for a ban on pencils in the classroom — but rather portable electronics, most notably the laptop.
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By Liz Losh January 22, 2015 - 7:42am Comments
Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series highlighting different programs that teach digital literacy outside of school.
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By Howard Rheingold January 19, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
Although the preponderance of publicity about Massive Open Online Courses has focused on well-funded enterprises such as Coursera and Udacity, and superstars of what is mostly an online version of a lecture course, such as Sebastian Thrun, those of us who have been excited about the potential of MOOCs for a more student-centric, discursive, networked, peer-driven kind of course look to pioneers such as
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By Buffy J. Hamilton January 15, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
My fellow librarian Jennifer Lund and I had the opportunity recently to partner with IB Theory of Knowledge teachers Dan Byrne and Dr. James Glenn. Our instructional design challenge was to think about how we might help students process the first chapters of an advanced text, “The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently…and Why” by Dr.
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By Kylie Peppler January 8, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
It has become increasingly clear that youths' experiences in schools do not match the kinds of experiences they are likely to have once they have completed school. The push to support "21st century" skills stems from this mismatch, and many have advocated for ensuring that young people learn to think about the world not as a simple set of cause-and-effect experiences, but rather as a set of complex systems.
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