Social Equity

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By Mimi Ko Cruz February 26, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
“Disability is central to the human experience,” writes Meryl Alper in the opening chapter of her book, “Digital Youth with Disabilities.” The report summarizes how children with disabilities use media for social and recreational purposes and identifies areas where more research on the topic is needed.  
Advancing Access for Digital Youth with Disabilities Blog Image
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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 Nishant Shah November 22, 2013 - 9:00am Comments
I have spent the last month being unpopular. I have been in conversation with many ‘Open Everything’ activists and practitioners. At each instance, we got stuck because I insisted that we begin by defining what ‘Open’ means in the easy abuse that it is subject to. It has been a difficult, if slightly tedious exercise, because not only was there a lack of consensus around what constitutes openness, but also a collective confusion about what we mean when we attribute openness to an object, a process or to people.
How Can We Make Open Education Truly Open? Blog Image
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By danah boyd March 4, 2013 - 6:50am Comments
Sitting with a group of graduating high school seniors last summer, the conversation turned to college roommates.  Although headed off to different schools, they had a similar experience of learning their roommate assignment and immediately turning to Facebook to investigate that person.  Some had already begun developing deep, mediated friendships while others had already asked for roommate transfers.
Is Facebook Destroying the American College Experience? Blog Image
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By Lyndsay Grant December 3, 2012 - 6:30am Comments
Digital maps allow us to map our journeys across times and places, linking virtual information to physical locations. What do digital maps teach us about how to see the world and our place in it and what kinds of navigations do they make possible? What opportunities do digital maps offer for mapping our learning journeys across school, home and other spaces and times? What do digital maps teach us about the world?
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By June 21, 2012 - 2:50pm Comments
In recent months, there has been an intense media and policy vortex surrounding the questions of when and how children – especially those under 13 – should gain access to popular online sites like Facebook.
Should We Fear Children Accessing Facebook? Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke May 4, 2012 - 1:45pm Comments
Christo Sims is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley's School of Information and a graduate researcher for the Connected Learning Research Network’s Leveling Up project. The project team is investigating the learning dynamics of interest-driven online groups that support academically relevant knowledge-seeking and expertise development.
Exploration: Digital Media and Social Inequality
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By monika hardy March 22, 2012 - 6:25pm Comments
I loved Kevin Kelly’s book, and especially loved the message I heard from it. What I heard was that tech wants us to become more humane, not less. What I heard, was that tech wants us to get to know ourselves, each other, and the world around us, even better than we ever imagined, for good.
What Tech Wants: A People Agenda Blog Image
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By Nishant Shah February 3, 2012 - 10:30am Comments
Last year was a turbulent year for freedom of speech and online expression in India.
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By S. Craig Watkins January 30, 2012 - 7:00am Comments
The debates about schools and social media are a subject of great public and policy interests.  In reality, the debate has been shaped by one key fact: the almost universal decision by school administrators to block social media.  Because social media is such a big part of many students social lives, cultural identities, and informal learning networks schools actually find themselves grappling with social media everyday but often from a defensive posture—reacting to student disputes that play out over social media or policing rather tha
What Schools are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media 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 Whitney Burke December 16, 2011 - 11:00am Comments
Sean McCarthy is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas, Austin, in the Digital Literacies and Literatures concentration. His dissertation explores the intersection between community literacy and digital literacy and community engagement theory and practice.
Rhetoric, Digital Literacy & Community Engagement: Reviving the Stories of Ameri
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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 Barry Joseph November 21, 2011 - 3:35pm Comments
Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World is nearly 500 pages of workshops and lessons plans dedicated to teaching youth ethics for a digital age.  Produced through a unique collaboration of Harvard’s GoodPlay Project and Project New Media Literacies, it is all free online, as one giant download or as separate files.
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By Whitney Burke November 18, 2011 - 7:35am Comments
Justin Reich is a fifth year doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying the ways in which social media support the development of 21st century skills when used in K-12 settings.
Connecting the K-12 Classroom to the 21st Century Blog Image
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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
‘Connected Learning’ in Edge Communities Blog Image
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By Liz Losh November 7, 2011 - 12:25pm Comments
Teaching historical empathy through gaming is an important area in digital media and learning, but collaborations between university professors and game designers aren’t always easy.  Nonetheless, UC San Diego Theater and Dance Professor Emily Roxworthy, who leads a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project about Japanese American  internment camps in the American South during World War II that also used resources from the San
Role-Playing Racial History through Computer Games Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke November 4, 2011 - 2:43pm Comments
The growing use of digital media for social change is nourishing a dialogue about its impact on young people’s involvement in civic and political affairs.
Media, Youth Activism & Participatory Politics: Case Studies in a Digital Age
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By Nishant Shah October 24, 2011 - 10:35am Comments
This is the first post of a research inquiry that questions the ways in which we have understood the Youth-Technology-Change relationship in the contemporary digital world, especially through the identity of ‘Digital Native’. Drawing from three years of research and current engagements in the field, the post begins a critique of how we need to look at the outliers, the people on the fringes in order to unravel the otherwise celebratory nature of discourse about how the digital is changing the world.
In Search of the Other: Decoding Digital Natives Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia October 3, 2011 - 12:40pm Comments
I'm usually pretty optimistic about the possibilities available to innovative teachers and students. Lately, however, I've been worried about the wholesale apathy and universal shoulder-shrug that's been the response to "What do we do about public education?" At the school I teach at in Los Angeles, in particular, things have been pretty bleak. Let’s put some pieces together regarding this topic by looking at a few news articles.
Learning to Cheat as a Digital Literacy