Participatory Learning

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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.
Defining a Participatory Critical Literacy Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson April 9, 2012 - 11:50am Comments
Below you will find a collaboratively written document produced in Bangkok, Thailand, at the March 28-31 teacher’s meeting of EARCOS, the East Asia Regional Council of Schools.  EARCOS is an organization of 130 primary and secondary schools that primarily use English as the language of instruction.  These include AP and IB schools and a number of other private schools.  We produced the document below on a public Google doc at a workshop, which I structure
A Collaborative Guide to Best Digital Learning PracticesBlog Image
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By Cathy Davidson April 2, 2012 - 9:25am Comments
When I think about the “ethics and responsibilities of the 21st century classroom,” I think not only about our ethical responsibilities toward students but about our ethical responsibilities toward teachers.  I am very concerned that the drop-out rate of K-12 teachers is even higher than the drop-out rate of K-12 students in the U.S. and in many other countries around the world.  As I’ve gone around the U.S.
The Ethics and Responsibilities of the 21st Century Classroom
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By Howard Rheingold October 6, 2011 - 2:40pm Comments
Mark Surman is in the business of connecting things: people, ideas, everything. A community technology activist for almost 20 years, Mark is currently the executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, with a focus on inventing new ways to promote openness and opportunity on the Internet. He is on the conference committee for the 2012 Digital Media & Learning Conference in San Francisco, Calif., Mar.
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By Howard Rheingold September 29, 2011 - 1:50pm Comments
Tracy Fullerton is an experimental game designer and associate professor in the Interactive Media Division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she directs the Game Innovation Lab. Her design research center has produced several influential independent games, including Cloud, flOw, Darfur is Dying, The Misadventures of P.B.
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By Barry Joseph September 1, 2011 - 9:55am Comments
If you haven’t yet heard about Minecraft, then get ready. We can’t go to an education conference without hearing talk about it. The widely popular sandbox game has sold more than 3 million units, though it’s still in beta. Each player gets their own world to “mine” for resources and then “craft” those resources to build whatever they imagine.
Worthy Reads (Sept)
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By Doug Belshaw August 29, 2011 - 7:35am Comments
Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, hit the headlines recently with an attack on the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) curriculum in UK schools. It “focuses on teaching how to use software,” he said to the audience gathered for the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, “but gives no insight into how it's made.” According to Schmidt that equates to “just throwing away your great computing heritage.”
What Google, Open Source, Digital Literacies have in Common
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By Elisabeth Jacknis August 12, 2011 - 9:50am Comments
Take 40 precocious fifth graders, a box full of iPhones, and a group of game designers and educators, stir, and release onto the busy streets of New York City. What may sound like chaos is actually Mobile Quest, a mobile game design camp in its third year.
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By monika hardy August 1, 2011 - 1:15pm Comments
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. This insight from Anne Frank is evidenced today all across the world in education and many other domains. People are doing amazing things. Start ups, reforms, revolutions. It's good news. It’s happening everywhere.
Wanted: Radical Collaborations to Re-enchant Education Blog Image
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By Liz Losh July 28, 2011 - 4:20pm Comments
Although “digital literacy” is often a phrase associated with programs that have utopian pedagogical visions, it also can become a term attached to rigid curricular requirements, standardized testing, and models of education that stigmatize some students as remedial when it comes to their basic programming skills or their abilities to use software productively.  Furthermore, the term “digital literacy” can generate conflicts among educators because many different disciplines may claim sole responsibility for providing any needed instruc
Digital Fluency: Empowering All Students Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold July 22, 2011 - 3:45pm Comments
This is a golden age for motivated self-learners, given the availability of open educational resources - from MIT's OpenCourseWare, Wikipedia, Wikiversity, and YouTube EDU to the Khan Academy and Apple's iTunes U, together with every possible
Case Study: Co-Learning in Global Online Courses Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia June 10, 2011 - 11:50am Comments
I’m not a label person. Really, I usually don’t care what we call something. However, sometimes the words we call the tools and practices of teachers get in the way of acceptance, adoption, and policy.
Can We Get Rid of the “New” in New Media? Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph June 4, 2011 - 10:40am Comments
The National Writing Project has launched a fantastic new web site, Digital Is, to build a community amongst educators exploring how the digital age is changing how we write, share, collaborate, publish and participate in the digital age. More importantly, what does this mean for the teaching of writing? The site offers resources, news and discussions. It is fairly new, so check it out and consider being part of building this community.
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