Digital Media & Learning

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By Sangita Shresthova June 8, 2015 - 12:00am Comments
What is DML (digital media and learning)? Where does it come from and what might its future look like? And, what has it meant for those involved?
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By Julian Sefton-Green January 28, 2014 - 7:45am Comments
In this post I want to compare two European research projects that investigated creative production by young people in informal, out-of-school and, to a great extent, self organised contexts. Around the world scholars are very interested in the development of any kind of learning community and especially those seemingly stimulated by or reliant on forms of digital technology. It is the key premise for DML.
How Might Creative Youth Cultures Understand ‘Creativity’? Blog Image
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By John Jones January 13, 2014 - 10:20am Comments
It is a common theme to complain about the way that writing (or reading or math) skills are declining as our society becomes increasingly digitized. In this post, I look at some examples of the way that digital technologies are making writing more interesting by exploring stories or trends from the past year that have impacted writing and the teaching of writing. Not all of these examples suggest that writing is getting better (or that it is getting worse).
The 5 Most Interesting Writing Developments for 2014 Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw January 6, 2014 - 7:55am Comments
In January 2012 the Mayor of New York tweeted, along with thousands of other people, that he planned to 'learn to code' during the course of that year. Whether or not he was successful in this venture, it's a good indication of how 'learn to code' has captured the zeitgeist and become a movement.
Why 2014 is the Year of Web Literacy Blog Image
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By Julian Sefton-Green and Gary Stewart December 19, 2013 - 7:35pm Comments
In this post I want to think about our intimate relationship with various kinds of software as a way of understanding the development of skills and practices. I want to take the unusual approach of telling the story of a ‘creative life in software’ – building on Brigid Barron’s development of ‘techno-biographies’ as a way of gaining insight into learning over time and across contexts.
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By Antero Garcia December 16, 2013 - 4:20pm Comments
Earlier in the semester, I found myself lecturing to a class and having students in my Young Adult Literature course take notes about “Draco in Leather Pants.” Stay with me. Along with contemporary books like Gossip Girl and classics like The Outsiders and Go Ask Alice, my undergraduates at Colorado State University and I looked at how online environments in the past decade have transformed the world of teen literature.
Fanfiction, Capitalism and Draco in Leather Pants Blog Image
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By Buffy J. Hamilton December 13, 2013 - 6:25am Comments
In my last two posts, I have reflected on a rationale for looking at the work of libraries through Deborah Brandt’s concept of sponsors of literacy as well as the philosophical and practical imperatives for libraries to examine the forces and ideologies that shape their work.  
Peeling Back the Layers of ‘Sponsors of Literacy and Learning’
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By Liz Losh December 5, 2013 - 12:40pm Comments
“But I just want to remind everybody, we did not wage this long and contentious battle just around a website.” – Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act,” Oct. 21, 2013
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By S. Craig Watkins December 2, 2013 - 10:10am Comments
This year my research team has been pouring over qualitative data that we collected over a year-and-half period from Freeway High School (previously referred to as Texas City High School in earlier posts), the site of our fieldwork in the study of ‘connected learning.’  Several themes related to young people’s adoption of digital media, the role of technology in schools, soc
Rethinking the ‘Race Between Education and Technology’ Thesis Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw November 28, 2013 - 11:40pm Comments
Proclamations like 'kids need to learn to code!' may be accurate but, without some context and conceptual unpacking, they can be rather unhelpful. Thankfully, fellow DMLcentral contributor Ben Williamson has done a great job of problematising the current preoccupation with coding by asking questions like: "What assumptions, practices and kinds of thinking are privileged by learning to code? Who gains from that?
This is Why Kids Need to Learn to Code Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson November 25, 2013 - 4:20pm Comments
Here’s the punchline: The humanities in the U.S.
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By Ben Williamson November 14, 2013 - 5:05pm Comments
The idea that young people should learn to code has become a global educational aspiration in the last few years. What kinds of questions should digital media and learning researchers ask about these developments? I want to suggest three approaches: first, to take a historical look at learning to code; second, to consider it in political and economic context; and third, to understand its cultural dimensions.
Programming Power? Does Learning to Code Empower Kids? Blog Image
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By Julian Sefton-Green November 11, 2013 - 5:25pm Comments
I have recently contributed to a new issue of the Bank Street occasional papers. The issue is called “The Other 17 Hours: Valuing Out of School Time” and explores recent attention to the meaning and nature of learning during the time not spent at school.
What Counts As Learning? Blog Image
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By John Jones November 5, 2013 - 5:05pm Comments
Although electronic texts have been with us for many decades, in the past few years electronic reading has become increasingly popular. The ready availability of mobile, connected devices like smartphones and tablets, along with dedicated ereaders like the Kindle and Nook, have moved electronic reading out from behind a desk into the environment.
How Does Electronic Reading Affect Comprehension? Blog Image
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By Liz Losh October 31, 2013 - 7:55pm Comments
In the past DMLcentral has covered efforts to recruit more women to edit Wikipedia and to produce more women’s studies content.  As a blogger, I have presented this story as a relatively uncontroversial initiative to improve the accuracy and coverage of the sprawling online encyclopedia (See my interview with Wikipedia’s Adrianne Wadewitz here).  Working with the Proje
Expanding Women’s Participation for Wikipedia in India
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By Howard Rheingold October 28, 2013 - 10:35pm Comments
“Freedom and autonomy are the key words for this class,” says Don Wettrick, describing the “Innovations” course he teaches at Franklin Community High School in Franklin, Indiana. I believe these words also convey the most important reason for using digital media in schools.
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By Barry Joseph October 17, 2013 - 7:20pm Comments
I have a question for you. What do you think is going on in the photos I'm including in this post? They were taken last month at World Maker Faire NYC. And it fascinates me (Full disclosure: I worked the booth in the photo so I know the answer).
Makers and DML - Separated At Birth? Blog Image
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By Thomas M. Philip and Antero Garcia October 10, 2013 - 3:00pm Comments
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 new concerns about a plan to distribute the devices to all students in the district.
iFiasco in LA's Schools
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By Howard Rheingold October 7, 2013 - 4:40pm 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 others’ learning? How could they learn that what they are doing – and they, themselves – matter? Angela Maiers has been igniting a movement around what she and others are calling Genius Hour.
When Students Say They Want to Change the World, Listen
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By Julian Sefton-Green September 23, 2013 - 1:05pm 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 social, trying to work out what difference the digital makes may seem like splitting angels on a pinhead.
Is There Such a Thing as Digital Creativity? Blog Image