Connected Learning

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By David Theo Goldberg 01/21/2013 - 6:30pm Comments
MOOCs, it seems, are driving us to distraction. The objects of so much current investment, fiscal and psychological, if MOOCs (massive open online courses) haven’t reached you yet, they are just a click away, coming to a screen near you soon....
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By Cathy Davidson 12/20/2010 - 8:50am Comments
I’m not teaching a class this term.  I’m doing something lots harder.  I am making a collaborative, peer-led experience available to students.  There are six of them: three graduate students, two undergraduate students, and one...
Peer Learning Isn’t Easy (But Some Days It’s Amazing) Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 01/31/2011 - 8:55am Comments
There are as many reasons to teach as there are reasons to learn.  One reason item-response testing (the twentieth-century’s dominant method of testing) is so deficient is that it tends to reduce what we teach to content (especially in the...
Why Teach? Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 01/25/2012 - 9:35am Comments
When Frederick J. Kelly invented the Kansas Silent Reading Test, now known as the “multiple-choice test” or the “bubble test,” he was looking for an efficient way to pass students through the U.S. public education system during the teacher...
Why We Need a 4th R:  Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, algoRithms  Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 11/26/2012 - 7:40am Comments
It’s ironic that assessment in schools is most often “something adults do to students,” as Rick Stiggins puts it, because all humans are highly evolved for learning, and self-assessment is a powerful tool all learners use. Whether you are...
Assessment: Turning a Blunt Instrument Into a Powerful Learning Tool 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 Cathy Davidson 04/21/2011 - 12:35pm Comments
Two weeks ago I blogged on DML Central on “Doing Better by Generation Y” and the tendency for pundits to criticize Gen Y’s absorption with new media, critique how little they know, blame their lack of attention, and castigate their inability to...
What Are Digital Literacies?  Let’s Ask the Students Blog Image
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By John Jones 11/08/2010 - 8:30am Comments
In Larry Sanger's history of the development of Wikipedia in Open Sources 2.0, the Wikipedia co-founder writes: For months I denied that Wikipedia was a community, claiming that it was, instead, only an encyclopedia project, and that there...
Community and Writing in the Age of New Collectives Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 12/20/2010 - 8:50am Comments
I’m not teaching a class this term.  I’m doing something lots harder.  I am making a collaborative, peer-led experience available to students.  There are six of them: three graduate students, two undergraduate students, and one...
Peer Learning Isn’t Easy (But Some Days It’s Amazing) Blog Image
Cathy Davidson  Profile Picture
By Cathy Davidson 01/31/2011 - 8:55am Comments
There are as many reasons to teach as there are reasons to learn.  One reason item-response testing (the twentieth-century’s dominant method of testing) is so deficient is that it tends to reduce what we teach to content (especially in the...
Why Teach? Blog Image
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By Mimi Ito 03/07/2012 - 3:20pm Comments
A few days back home after DML2012, I've been browsing through the blogosphere and tweet streams and reflecting on the various conversations I had at the event. One unfortunate side-effect of being part of the organizing is that I can't get to...
Reflections on DML2012 and Visions of Educational Change Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 01/28/2013 - 7:15am Comments
I have a confession to make. It’s a shameful, dark secret that I fear may be common to many adults around the world. And, when I was teaching, it was certainly one that I saw shared by many students I came into contact with. It’s something you...
Some Thoughts on Interest-based Pathways to Learning	 Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 05/01/2014 - 8:38am Comments
In my previous post, “My Beef With Badges,” I called on the emerging badging community to stop conflating our aspirations with our achievements, and to start sharing a more accurate picture of the challenges we all face. I also tried to make...
Badges For Learning Series, Part 2: Getting The Full Picture Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 06/26/2014 - 10:16am Comments
Contemporary educational systems, spaces and practices are increasingly represented through digitally-mediated visualizations. Is the increased visibility made possible by visualization practices and technologies also influencing and shaping...
New Centers of Data Visualization in Education Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero 02/10/2014 - 1:14pm Comments
A new movement — the "rolezinhos" (meaning something like "hang out somewhere" or “little strolls”) — has taken hold in Brazil. Through social media, the rolezinhos started as a simple call for fun teen gatherings in malls, organized by...
young people dancing in Brazil
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By Sangita Shresthova 04/07/2014 - 8:30am Comments
“The irony is the more personal your story is, the more universal it is. And, the more you keep that nuance that makes your story personal, the more it will spread,” Nirvan Mullick, the founder of Imagination Foundation noted during a webinar...
Engaging Youth: 7 Epic Tips Blog Image
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By Elisabeth (Lissa) Soep 05/15/2014 - 10:13am Comments
If you caught Joe Kahne’s recent post, you’ll know something about a concept that’s also central to my latest mini-book. As a member of the MacArthur Foundation-backed research network Joe chairs, I’m also exploring the notion of “participatory...
Digital Civics: ‘Using Any Media Necessary’ Blog Image
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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 S. Craig Watkins 11/15/2011 - 11:40am Comments
For more than nine weeks now I have been working with a high school in the Central Texas area, getting to know students, teachers, and administrators.  Along with a fantastic team of graduate students, we are spending time with an after...
‘Connected Learning’ in Edge Communities Blog Image
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By S. Craig Watkins 05/01/2012 - 11:40am Comments
One thing is clear in our work at Texas City High School (TCHS) this year: students like to create their own media.  Students at TCHS create their own YouTube channels, compose original music, comics, games, Tumblr pages, art work, and...
Why Critical Design Literacy is Needed Now More Than Ever Blog Image