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By Lyndsay Grant 03/18/2011 - 7:25am Comments
Times of crisis are times of change and provide an opportunity to imagine alternative educational futures. Following the UK’s winter of protests about cuts to education budgets and rising tuition fees, students and staff are raising questions...
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By Nishant Shah 02/03/2012 - 10:30am Comments
Last year was a turbulent year for freedom of speech and online expression in India. Early in 2011 we saw the introduction of an Intermediaries Liability amendment to the existing Information Technologies Law in the country, which allowed...
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By Lyndsay Grant 08/15/2011 - 3:30pm Comments
The stories we tell about ourselves are immensely powerful. In a digital age, how do we use social media to construct and tell these stories? How we explain who we are, where we have come from, and where we are going constitute important...
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By Ben Williamson 01/20/2014 - 10:20am Comments
Computer code, software and algorithms have sunk deep into the “technological unconscious” of our contemporary “lifeworld.” How might this affect academic research in the social sciences and the formation of the professional identities of...
The End of Theory in Digital Social Research? Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 04/12/2010 - 10:05am Comments
Often the emphasis in Digital Media and Learning is on K-12 education, and so social computing practices in higher education frequently receive less attention from researchers.  A recently released five-year Mellon Foundation study on "...
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By Barry Joseph 08/18/2011 - 2:55pm Comments
The latest fascinating report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, "Families Matter: Designing Media for a Digital Age," offers one of the first large-scale studies to explore ideas parents have about their young children’s use and access of media...
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By Whitney Burke 11/18/2011 - 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. This past August, he was among a cohort...
Connecting the K-12 Classroom to the 21st Century Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 02/17/2012 - 8:35am Comments
If you read this blog, you have undoubtedly heard about the new interest in digital badging systems. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education have all covered the topic in recent weeks (and most more...
Digital Badges, Participatory Learning, Flipped Classrooms
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By Barry Joseph 12/29/2011 - 9:45am Comments
Professor of urban planning, Amy Hillier, recently spoke at TEDxPhilly to talk about how data visualization technology can map a city’s emotions and memories. Geographic Information System (G.I.S.) technology has become more commonplace and...
Recommended Resources: Mobile Learning, Multitasking, Civic
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By John Jones 12/21/2009 - 3:05pm Comments
An interesting aspect of Twitter's recent surge in popularity has been how educators have embraced the technology, not just for networking and personal communication, but also in the classroom. Many teachers have found Twitter to be a helpful...
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By Liz Losh 12/01/2010 - 8:50am Comments
At November’s University of California Institute for Research in the Arts conference, the emphasis was on college courses that couldn’t be planned out according to set syllabi and fixed course objectives, because students were expected to be co...
Student-Created Curriculum: Demanding, Digital, Compelling Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 01/20/2014 - 10:20am Comments
Computer code, software and algorithms have sunk deep into the “technological unconscious” of our contemporary “lifeworld.” How might this affect academic research in the social sciences and the formation of the professional identities of...
The End of Theory in Digital Social Research? Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero 02/10/2014 - 1:14pm Comments
A new movement — the "rolezinhos" (meaning something like "hang out somewhere" or “little strolls”) — has taken hold in Brazil. Through social media, the rolezinhos started as a simple call for fun teen gatherings in malls, organized by...
young people dancing in Brazil
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By Nishant Shah 02/03/2012 - 10:30am Comments
Last year was a turbulent year for freedom of speech and online expression in India. Early in 2011 we saw the introduction of an Intermediaries Liability amendment to the existing Information Technologies Law in the country, which allowed...
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By Lyndsay Grant 01/10/2011 - 7:45am Comments
The stereotypical characterization of young people as politically apathetic, interested only in using digital media for socializing and gaming, has been punctured by recent events in the UK. University and high school students took to the...
UK Student Protests: Democratic Participation in the Digital Age Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero 06/20/2011 - 11:25am Comments
"Intense shootings happening at this moment in the Complexo do Alemao!" tweeted teenager Rene Silva on Nov. 9, 2010.  Using his personal Twitter account (@Rene_Silva_RJ) and the Twitter account of a newspaper he created, "Voz da Comunidade...
A Tech-Savvy Teen’s Interest in his Struggling Community is Helping
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By Liz Losh 06/23/2011 - 1:20pm Comments
As revolution and revolt spreads across the Arab world, Americans often see social networking sites and online video as playing a starring role. Whether it is testimony about police brutality or jubilation in the squares, examples of so-called...
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By Raquel Recuero 06/11/2012 - 2:15pm Comments
Several new projects are trying to use cyberspace as a platform to help citizens build an information network and share information about their cities. One effort that has achieved significant traction is PortoAlegre.cc, a platform for the...
Porto Alegre.cc: Giving A City Back to Its Citizens Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 10/21/2013 - 6:15pm Comments
On a recent visit to Sarai, a Delhi research think tank housed in the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, I met a number of female university students who described participating in the mass protests that occurred after a 23-year-old...
Human Rights and Social Media in India: Blank Noise Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero 01/11/2010 - 10:30am Comments
Translation of the Tweet: "People with more than one thousand followers: RT (Retweet) is a good way to contribute with #projetoenchentes (flood relief in Brazil)." Access to the Internet as well as social networking sites has been growing...
Online Social Networks and Social Mobilization in Latin America  Blog Image