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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 Lyndsay Grant October 25, 2013 - 11:20am 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 ourselves and the world around us. It promises to make the world less mysterious and more predictable.
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By Ben Williamson August 2, 2013 - 9:12am Comments
How we think about digital media is paralleled by how we think about learner identities. What kinds of learning identities are being promoted for an anticipated future in an increasingly softwarised society?
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By Zeynep Tufekci July 30, 2013 - 10:35am Comments
As a scholar of privacy and surveillance as well as political activism in repressive societies where government surveillance has consequences much worse than embarrassment and political derailment, my take away lesson from ex-congressman and current NYC mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner’s second-time around exposure for online dalliances is this: there is no easy technical workaround out-of the current crisis of digital surveillance.
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By Whitney Burke May 17, 2013 - 7:55am Comments
Taking advantage of the online world's ability to help youth develop knowledge, expertise, skills and important new literacies involves risks, but how much?
A Student-driven, Afterschool Technology Club
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By Whitney Burke March 8, 2013 - 10:35am Comments
Last fall, a New York man rented out his apartment bedroom through Airbnb, a popular website for short-term stays. Unbeknownst to him, he was breaking the law. When he returned to his apartment days later, he was facing more than $40,000 in fines.
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By Lyndsay Grant December 31, 2012 - 3:10pm Comments
Digital media allow us to produce, collect, organise and interpret more data about our lives than ever before. Our every digital interaction contributes to vast databases of information that index our behaviour from online movie choices to mapping networks of connections across Twitter. In an age of uncertainty, big data sets promise to provide an objective lens through which to understand the world, and both individuals and institutions like schools are turning to data to drive analysis and action.
Datafication: How the Lens of Data Changes How We See Ourselves Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson October 15, 2012 - 10:55am Comments
How should we understand the part played by code in digital media and learning? We are accustomed to arguments that digital media are affecting our existing practices of reading, looking, seeing and hearing, yet relatively little is said of how the underlying code and algorithmic architectures of software actually exert those effects. The work done by code and algorithmic architectures in remediating learning through digital technologies, however, should be treated extremely seriously.
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By danah boyd September 18, 2012 - 2:35pm Comments
Parenting is hard. Many parents find parenting in an era of social media to be confusing, in part because they must advise their children to make sense of spaces that they don't understand themselves. It's easy to be afraid of what's new, but by focusing on technology, parents often lose track of the underlying social issues that their children are trying to navigate.
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By Doug Belshaw August 20, 2012 - 12:55pm Comments
I’m currently iterating some work around Web Literacies for the Mozilla Foundation (you can see the latest version of my thinking here). Perhaps the biggest consideration when dealing with so-called ‘New’ Literacies is distinguishing them from one another.
Digital Literacies and Web Literacies: What's the Difference? Blog Image
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By Nishant Shah July 5, 2012 - 3:10pm Comments
In my last post, I talked about techno-euphoria as a condition that seems to mark much of our discourse around digital technologies and the promise of the future. The euphoria, as I had suggested, manifests itself either as a utopian view of how digital technologies are going to change the future that we inhabit, or woes of despair about how the overdetermination of the digital is killing the very fibre of our social fabric.
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By danah boyd March 19, 2012 - 10:10am Comments
On Friday, Dharun Ravi -- the Rutgers student whose roommate Tyler Clementi killed himself in a case narrated through the lens of cyberbullying -- was found guilty of privacy invasion, tampering with evidence, and bias intimidation (a hate crime).  When John Palfrey and I wrote about this case three weeks ago, I was really hopeful that the court proceedings would give clarity and relieve my uncertainty.
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By Aleks Krotoski March 14, 2012 - 11:20am Comments
In her new book, Consent of the Networked, Rebecca Mackinnon offers a reality check: "We have a problem,” she writes.
Reflexivity: Why We Must Shape, and Not Be Shaped By, Technology Blog Image
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By Aleks Krotoski January 10, 2012 - 8:25am Comments
In the summer of 2011, London erupted in flames. Now, it's not the first time the city has burned; it's had a rich history of conflagration within its walls and revolt in its urban sprawl. But this time it was different: the source of the unrest echoed the sounds of virtual revolutions around the globe -- inequality, incomprehension, inefficacy -- yet like the people on the streets of Tehran and Cairo, the Londoners who chose to riot also chose to leave an incredibly rich trail of information in their wakes.
Internet Research & Ethics: The Case of the London Riots Analysis Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke December 23, 2011 - 5:35pm Comments
Mark Chen is a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Washington in the LIFE Center and Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (UWISME).
Digital Gaming as a Vehicle for Deep Meaning-Making, Situated Learning
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By danah boyd December 12, 2011 - 8:30am Comments
Over the last couple of years, I've laid awake at night asking myself uncomfortable questions about bullying and teen suicide. I don't have answers to most of the questions that I have, but I'm choosing to voice my questions, fears, and doubts because I'm not confident that our war on bullying is taking us down the right path. I'm worried about the unintended consequences of our public discourse and I'm worried about the implications that our decisions have on youth, particularly in this high-stakes arena.
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By Whitney Burke December 9, 2011 - 10:25am Comments
Katie Davis is a Project Manager at Harvard Project Zero, where she works with Dr. Howard Gardner in examining the role that digital media technologies play in the lives of adolescents. Her work expands on her doctoral research, which focused on the psychosocial development of adolescents.
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By Whitney Burke December 2, 2011 - 6:40am Comments
Betsy DiSalvo is a Human Centered Computing PhD candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Interactive Computing looking at the ways in which culture impacts technology, and how we can leverage cultural practices into designing constructive learning interventions.
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By S. Craig Watkins November 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 school digital media club that offers students a range of opportunities to hang out, mess around and geek out.  I have also been working directly with two video game development classes on a project we thi
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By John Jones November 11, 2011 - 9:25am Comments
For years, a common method for teaching writing in elementary and secondary school was the five paragraph essay. Lately this style of essay has fallen out of favor, for a variety of reasons. However, one of the most compelling reasons to avoid teaching the five paragraph essay is that it is a form of writing that isn't really found out in the wild.
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