Technology

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By S. Craig Watkins May 25, 2015 - 8:43am Comments
As educators, policy makers and community activists look to build more equitable futures, a considerable amount of attention remains focused on families, especially parents. Families represent an important node in the learning ecologies of children and teens. When parents are able to connect their children to resources, material and immaterial, they provide substantive support in the pursuit of academic (i.e., higher grades) and non-academic (i.e., character building) outcomes.
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By Liz Losh May 4, 2015 - 5:22am Comments
World making or world building as a pedagogical activity emphasizes authoring entire environments and systems collaboratively rather than merely having students compose one discrete text at a time in isolation.
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By Ben Williamson April 30, 2015 - 8:47am Comments
In the UK, the last year or so has seen a massive proliferation of interest in digital education right across the spectrum of the public, private and civil society sectors. Digital education has now become the focus for a cross-sector “network” of interests and concerns, and, as a result, is now becoming “governmentalized” as a seriously political business.
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By Howard Rheingold April 13, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
“I learned more on Twitter in six months than in two years of graduate school” is the epigraph of the first chapter of Tom Whitby’s book (co-authored with Steven W.
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By Ben Williamson April 2, 2015 - 10:52am Comments
Much of the discussion around ‘learning to code’ is couched in futuristic terms. By learning to code, we are told, young people will be equipped to become the innovators, tech entrepreneurs and civic leaders of the future. Yet, much less is said about the history underpinning learning to code, and how such an appreciation of its past might enrich our understanding of its future. Future Codes
By Christina Evans March 26, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
I grew up in Oakland when the Black Panthers were setting up free lunches and breakfasts for me and my classmates in Oakland public schools and carrying guns to defend themselves and their community from the Oakland police. I grew up not trusting the police. It wasn’t an active distrust, but a vague terror that the police might at any moment stop me, arrest me, beat me for no reason at all. I still carry that quiet terror with me 40 years later.
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By Buffy J. Hamilton March 23, 2015 - 10:44am Comments
As we continue our efforts to think about writing literacies as a focal point of our inquiry work in a high school library, my colleague Jennifer Lund and I continue to see the power of an old school technology: pen and paper.
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By S. Craig Watkins March 16, 2015 - 10:55am Comments
Tens of thousands from across the U.S. and around the world will settle in Austin this week to join in the big festival known as South by Southwest (SXSW). For two weeks, it's a chance to see what is happening in the worlds of interactive, film, and music.
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By Liz Losh March 12, 2015 - 9:51am Comments
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series highlighting different programs that teach digital literacy outside of school.
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By John Jones March 9, 2015 - 9:06am Comments
Today’s impending release of the Apple Watch, Apple’s highly-anticipated entry into wearable computing, has prompted a new round of discussion about the company’s design prowess.
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By Howard Rheingold March 2, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
KitHub, “creative electronics for young innovators,” is a kit-of-the-month club for young makers, their parents, and their families. It was designed to empower kids and parents who weren’t necessarily close to a physical makerspace, by two women — Tara Tiger Brown and Luz Rivas — who are passionately devoted to maker education, not by an edu-biz conglomerate or VC-founded startup.
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By John Jones January 26, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
It’s starting to seem like there is a new ritual being performed at the beginning of each new semester: debating the use of technology in the classroom. In these debates, “technology” almost never means all human-made tools — I’ve yet to read an earnest blog post calling for a ban on pencils in the classroom — but rather portable electronics, most notably the laptop.
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By Liz Losh January 22, 2015 - 7:42am Comments
Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series highlighting different programs that teach digital literacy outside of school.
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By S. Craig Watkins January 1, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
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By Barry Joseph December 29, 2014 - 8:00am Comments
For my final post of the year, I thought I would turn the mic around and ask YOU, the ever faithful DML Central reader, what you think about the year in digital media and learning. To get your thoughts flowing, I asked my fellow DML Central columnists to weigh in with their own year-end observations. Please take a moment to review their reflections, then add your own.
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By Jade E. Davis December 25, 2014 - 8:00am Comments
I want to talk about the one thing that I think is the biggest risk in connected learning: Not Trying. The biggest barrier to meaningful experimentation that I’ve encountered is the fear of an experiment not working or achieving the desired results. In other words, people are afraid of failure. When we take things like negativity bias into account, that makes sense.
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By Antero Garcia December 22, 2014 - 8:00am Comments
The same evening as the non-indictment announcement in the Michael Brown case was announced, I received an email notification from Genius.com about a teacher-driven conversation called “How do I talk to my students about Ferguson?” More than two dozen responses flooded into the forum discussion including video links, news articles, and canonical literature that could guide classroom discussions.
Genius: Web Annotation, Digital Literacies
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By Ben Williamson December 8, 2014 - 2:40pm Comments
The human brain has become a major topic in education. The field of educational neuroscience, or neuroeducation, is flourishing. At the same time, a number of initiatives based in computer science departments and major technology companies are also taking the brain seriously. Computer scientists talk of developing new brain-inspired cognitive learning systems, or of developing new theoretical and computational understandings of the brain in order to then build new and more effective forms of machine intelligence.
Computing Brains
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By Howard Rheingold November 24, 2014 - 8:00am Comments
I’ve been writing for 45 years, and have always owned more physical notebooks than I need at any one time, and I’m an enthusiastic novice at electronics, so several of my antennae tingled vigorously when I first came across the term “circuit stickers” — peel-and-stick circuitry and components that are flat enough to make paper pages blink and boop.
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By Liz Losh November 20, 2014 - 8:00am Comments
Oculus Rift made headlines this year with a development kit for its affordable virtual reality head-mounted display, which comes equipped with sophisticated software that prevents the “simulator sickness” that was so common on earlier models.
IndieCade, Part 3: Learning from Virtual Reality Blog Image

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