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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...
Great Resources (August Edition): Youth Culture Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 11/26/2012 - 7:40am Comments
It’s ironic that assessment in schools is most often “something adults do to students,” as Rick Stiggins puts it, because all humans are highly evolved for learning, and self-assessment is a powerful tool all learners use. Whether you are...
Assessment: Turning a Blunt Instrument Into a Powerful Learning Tool Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 03/01/2013 - 10:45am Comments
It was something over a year ago when we first began talking about badges as a powerful new tool for identifying and validating the rich array of people’s skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies that happens everywhere and at every...
Why We Need Badges Now
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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...
The Trouble with Testing Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 03/01/2013 - 10:45am Comments
It was something over a year ago when we first began talking about badges as a powerful new tool for identifying and validating the rich array of people’s skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies that happens everywhere and at every...
Why We Need Badges Now
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By Antero Garcia 07/25/2013 - 2:00pm Comments
As a technophile, I’ll be the first to admit it: sometimes computers get in the way of learning. Hopefully that can be something we all agree on, right? I’ve mentioned before that one of the main composition courses I taught last year was held...
How Computers Can Impede Spaces of Learning Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson 04/02/2012 - 8:25am 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...
The Ethics and Responsibilities of the 21st Century Classroom
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By Cathy Davidson 04/09/2012 - 10:50am 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...
A Collaborative Guide to Best Digital Learning PracticesBlog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 04/20/2012 - 6:35am Comments
As digital media and networks make possible more networked and collaborative pedagogies, who teaches the teachers how to take advantage of the opportunities (and avoid the pitfalls) that new technologies afford? I have recounted previously on...
Teachers Teaching Teachers: Interview with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
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By Howard Rheingold 06/28/2012 - 9:15am Comments
By encouraging administrators to become learner-leaders, to use social media to connect with each other, share best practices and experiment, Canadian school principal George Couros is leading by example, exhortation, and instigation the people...
George Couros: Connected Principals Should Be Learner Leaders Blog Image
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By monika hardy 07/20/2012 - 9:30am Comments
We have massive research and many evidences available...[ie: Diane Ravitch is declaring a bunch of them here, we’ve gathered particular ones here]…that what we’re doing in the name of public education is not serving us well. Perhaps we declare...
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By Howard Rheingold 07/26/2012 - 10:20am Comments
One powerful benefit of networked learning is that when you find something interesting, it often leads to someone interesting – and that someone often leads to entire networks of interesting people. Or, as Dr. Alec Couros puts it, “the tools...
Professor Alec Couros: "The Connected Teacher" Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 11/26/2012 - 7:40am Comments
It’s ironic that assessment in schools is most often “something adults do to students,” as Rick Stiggins puts it, because all humans are highly evolved for learning, and self-assessment is a powerful tool all learners use. Whether you are...
Assessment: Turning a Blunt Instrument Into a Powerful Learning Tool Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 07/08/2013 - 11:15am Comments
Playing with blocks certainly predates constructionist theories of learning by playing with “tangible manipulatives,” but the culturally universal practice is probably as old as human social learning. What is new is the ability to use...
Teaching and Learning with Minecraft: Liam O’Donnell Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 08/05/2013 - 9:05am Comments
When Sara Kaviar’s students study comparative religions, they don’t just read and view videos. They visit houses of worship, then recreate them in the Minecraft online sandbox and design games in their virtual world that test each others’...
Teaching and Learning with Minecraft, Part Two: Sara Kaviar Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 10/28/2013 - 9:35pm Comments
“Freedom and autonomy are the key words for this class,” says Don Wettrick, describing the “Innovations” course he teaches at Franklin Community High School in Franklin, Indiana. I believe these words also convey the most important reason for...
Freedom, Autonomy, and Digital Media at an Indiana High School Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 12/30/2013 - 11:45am Comments
As soon as she joined one of my online courses and immediately embraced co-learning, I recognized Michelle Cordy as the kind of fearless learner who makes a great teacher. A teacher can do a great deal to facilitate the conditions from which...
Hacking The Classroom
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By Antero Garcia 03/06/2014 - 6:22am Comments
Last week saw the release of Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom, a free Connected Learning report I edited. I’m hoping you’ll spend some time reading it — it features a plethora of powerful contributions by members of the National...
Connected Learning Report: Educators Exemplifying Theory-Building Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 07/08/2013 - 11:15am Comments
Playing with blocks certainly predates constructionist theories of learning by playing with “tangible manipulatives,” but the culturally universal practice is probably as old as human social learning. What is new is the ability to use...
Teaching and Learning with Minecraft: Liam O’Donnell Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 08/05/2013 - 9:05am Comments
When Sara Kaviar’s students study comparative religions, they don’t just read and view videos. They visit houses of worship, then recreate them in the Minecraft online sandbox and design games in their virtual world that test each others’...
Teaching and Learning with Minecraft, Part Two: Sara Kaviar Blog Image