Education

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By Ethan Zuckerman 02/25/2013 - 8:00am Comments
In late January, Austin Oberbillig and Evan Ricks, students at Olympia High School in Olympia, Washington made a video called “Lunch Scholars." The video was meant to be a high school version of “Jaywalking," a sketch Jay Leno has done for...
 Is Civics In Crisis? Or Just Changing Its Shape? Blog Image
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By Ethan Zuckerman 03/28/2013 - 3:15pm Comments
Two weeks ago, I gave the opening keynote at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Chicago. The conference, which explores how digital media is and could be changing education and learning, focused on the theme of “Democratic...
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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 Antero Garcia 05/13/2013 - 9:05am Comments
With Iron Man 3 raking in millions and marking the official start of summer blockbusters, it is thrilling to recognize that moviegoers are largely staring at a screen enraptured with Hollywood’s most successful maker. As such, I have good news...
Avenging 'Making' For All: Challenging Iron Man Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia 12/05/2011 - 11:50am Comments
Maybe it's because progress reports at my high school were recently given to students, but lately I've been thinking about the role of failure in schools. The F-word, here and its corresponding letter grade support a high-stakes & high-...
Ways to Tell New Stories about Public Education 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 Cathy Davidson 02/21/2012 - 2:10pm Comments
I’m excited that next week the judges will be listening to the “pitches” and then determining the winners of the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition.  Immediately after, will be the opening of what promises to be the best Digital...
Can Badging Be the Zipcar of Testing and Assessment? Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 07/30/2012 - 12:55pm Comments
Here’s a thought experiment.  Let’s try to imagine a society (there were lots of them before modernity) where there is no interest in measuring educational success.  Let’s imagine a society where the only goal of teaching (it’s a high...
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By Doug Belshaw 09/26/2012 - 12:15pm Comments
Recently Michael Gove, the English Secretary of State for Education, announced the Government's plans to "restore rigour and confidence to our examination system with the introduction of English Baccalaureate Certificates in English, maths, the...
What Constitutes Rigour in Our 21st-Century Educational Systems? Blog Image
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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 Lyndsay Grant 10/25/2013 - 10:20am Comments
The seduction of ‘Big Data’ lies in its promise of greater knowledge. The large amounts of data created as a by-product of our digital interactions, and the increased computing capacity to analyse it offer the possibility of knowing more about...
Understanding Education through Big Data 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 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...
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By John Jones 11/05/2012 - 5:35am Comments
Recently I had the opportunity to go to the Internet Research 13.0 (IR13) conference hosted by the University of Salford. One popular theme of the conference was the increasingly important role that big data is playing in Internet research. As...
Contextualizing Big Data and Lessons for DML Blog Image
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By Lyndsay Grant 10/25/2013 - 10:20am Comments
The seduction of ‘Big Data’ lies in its promise of greater knowledge. The large amounts of data created as a by-product of our digital interactions, and the increased computing capacity to analyse it offer the possibility of knowing more about...
Understanding Education through Big Data Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 10/05/2011 - 4:25pm Comments
Note: We asked tech-savvy scholar Cathy Davidson to reflect on the realities of an author's tour in the digital age.  Her new book, "Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn"...
First Person: The Book Tour in the Age of the Internet Blog Image
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By danah boyd 04/08/2011 - 7:00am Comments
One of the hardest parts of doing fieldwork is hearing difficult, nuanced stories that break my heart.  The more complicated the story, the harder it is to tell, but I feel a responsibility to at least try.  Given how many educational...
How Can We Help Miguel? Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 09/20/2011 - 10:25am Comments
Antero Garcia, who teaches English at a high school in South Central Los Angeles, is a PhD candidate, focusing on critical literacies and civic identity through the use of mobile media and game play. He utilizes his classroom as a center of...
The Classroom as Hub of Technology-enabled Social Change Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero 10/10/2011 - 11:45am Comments
Freedom of speech and social mobilization is new for many countries in Latin America. Most have had closed governments and dictatorships for the last 30 years. However, because of the spread of social media, political action, protests and...
Learning, Freedom and the Web in Brazil Blog Image
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By Ethan Zuckerman 02/25/2013 - 8:00am Comments
In late January, Austin Oberbillig and Evan Ricks, students at Olympia High School in Olympia, Washington made a video called “Lunch Scholars." The video was meant to be a high school version of “Jaywalking," a sketch Jay Leno has done for...
 Is Civics In Crisis? Or Just Changing Its Shape? Blog Image