Teaching

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By Antero Garcia March 6, 2014 - 6:22am Comments
Last week saw the release of Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom, a free Connected Learning report I edited.
Connected Learning Report: Educators Exemplifying Theory-Building Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold December 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 learning communities emerge – but only the learners can make the real magic happen.
Hacking The Classroom
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By Howard Rheingold December 23, 2013 - 7:10pm Comments
Messing with Makey-Makey, tinkering with Arduino, building robots or creating wearable art are not primarily about teaching electronic skills, problem-solving, or technological literacy – although those can be benefits of the maker r
“Making is a stance toward learning”: Sylvia Libow Martinez  Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold October 28, 2013 - 10:35pm 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 using digital media in schools.
Freedom, Autonomy, and Digital Media at an Indiana High School Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold August 5, 2013 - 10:05am 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’ knowledge. For these students, the process of building and then navigating through models of physical churches, temples, and mosques gives them both a medium through which they can co-construct knowledge and a social environment that encourages collaborative learning.
Teaching and Learning with Minecraft, Part Two: Sara Kaviar Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia July 25, 2013 - 3:00pm 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?
How Computers Can Impede Spaces of Learning Blog Image
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By Monica Bulger July 15, 2013 - 6:10pm 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 troubles, while a little distance might provide perspective. So, why do we test? What do we hope the tests will achieve?
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By Howard Rheingold July 8, 2013 - 12:15pm 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 simulated blocks to teach comparative religion by enabling students to construct navigable models of famous houses of worship.
Teaching and Learning with Minecraft: Liam O’Donnell Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold May 20, 2013 - 4:15pm Comments
Blogging, commenting thoughtfully on others’ blogs, staying safe online, creating a positive digital footprint, using audio and video to connect with students in other parts of the world, creating and publishing video – at what grade level should students be introduced to these essential digital literacies? How about the second grade?
Learning Online in the Second Grade: Linda Yollis Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke May 10, 2013 - 4:00pm Comments
What do a New York public school, the Howard County Public School system in Maryland, and a small private K-8 school in California all have in common?
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By Whitney Burke April 26, 2013 - 3:50pm Comments
While young people are often adept at navigating networked spaces for social purposes in their everyday lives, it is less clear what role schools and teachers should play in that process. In what ways can educators support, mentor, and scaffold youth’s navigation of online spaces to foster rich learning experiences and ethical communication practices?
Teachers, Youth, and Social Media: Experiments Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke April 11, 2013 - 12:00pm Comments
Can technology really transform education in developing countries? That was the goal of Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child, but since its founding in 2005, the organization has been the subject of debate as many in the education sector have questioned its utopian vision and its ability to fulfill its promises. 
Children and Computers in Paraguay: Studying What Works and What Doesn't
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By Aleks Krotoski April 2, 2013 - 11:20am Comments
Professor T. Mills Kelly is a historian at George Mason University in Washington, D.C.
Interview: T. Mills Kelly on Media Literacy
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By Cathy Davidson March 1, 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 age.  That’s when we decided that this year the Digital Media and Learning Competition would be dedicated to an array of competitions on badging.  I remember when we started writing, blogging, talking, speaking, and in other ways trying to create a conversation around badges as an alternative mod
Why We Need Badges Now
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By Whitney Burke February 28, 2013 - 8:40am Comments
What does it mean to be a teacher in the 21st century? It’s a question educators like Antero Garcia have been looking to answer since the digital media and learning initiative launched in 2006. Prior to joining the English department at Colorado State University in Fort Collins as an assistant professor, Antero spent eight years teaching high school English and ESL in South Central Los Angeles.
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By Howard Rheingold November 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.
Assessment: Turning a Blunt Instrument Into a Powerful Learning Tool Blog Image
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By Antero Garcia November 13, 2012 - 2:00pm Comments
I want to talk about the nature of writing in today's age of participatory media. In particular, I want to talk about how writing within my classroom has helped foster community amongst the students. In fact, the subtitle of this post could be, "How Wearing a Tie to Class Spurred Community Building."
The Social Relevance of Public Writing
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By Doug Belshaw October 18, 2012 - 10:00am Comments
In my experience, there's broadly three ways to relate to any kind of educational technology: 1) Technological -- decide on the technology (for whatever reason) and that determines what you do pedagogically; 2) Pedagogical -- settle upon the pedagogy and then look for a technology that fits; 3) Ecological -- combine pedagogies and technologies to promote certain kinds of behaviours.
Some Thoughts on iPads and One-to-One Initiatives Blog Image
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By John Jones August 16, 2012 - 8:45am Comments
In my last few posts, I have argued that network writing—that is, writing that mimics the conventions of emerging, online genres—should occupy a larger place in writing instruction. However, it can be challenging to imagine how literacies that students have developed in writing, say, text messages, can be applied to writing traditional genres like the argumentative essay or the academic writing that are the centerpiece of most writing instruction.
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By Howard Rheingold July 26, 2012 - 11:20am 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 come and go, but the relationships endure.” I found Professor Couros the way many people did, by coming across the intriguing diagram of "The Networked Teacher” that many educators now use in their slide presentations.
Professor Alec Couros: "The Connected Teacher" Blog Image

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