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By Antero Garcia 05/13/2013 - 9:05am Comments
With Iron Man 3 raking in millions and marking the official start of summer blockbusters, it is thrilling to recognize that moviegoers are largely staring at a screen enraptured with Hollywood’s most successful maker. As such, I have good news...
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By John Jones 09/08/2010 - 11:40am Comments
Students spend a lot of time writing. Most everyone vividly remembers writing essays for school, and, for many, those memories are not necessarily pleasant. Talk of writing in the classroom often dredges up images of empty pages yawning to be...
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By Ethan Zuckerman 12/21/2011 - 10:40am Comments
Media activists Marisa Jahn and Julian Rubinstein recently joined us at the Center for Civic Media for our weekly Civic Media Lunch series. Marisa is the new director of the People’s Production House, a New York based project that works with...
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By Whitney Burke 12/16/2011 - 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...
Rhetoric, Digital Literacy & Community Engagement: Reviving the Stories of Ameri
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By Ethan Zuckerman 12/21/2011 - 10:40am Comments
Media activists Marisa Jahn and Julian Rubinstein recently joined us at the Center for Civic Media for our weekly Civic Media Lunch series. Marisa is the new director of the People’s Production House, a New York based project that works with...
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By Liz Losh 02/28/2012 - 7:30am Comments
Like many in the digital media and learning community, I am a fan of the free and open source computer programming language, Processing, which can be easily downloaded at Processing.org.  Processing is an incredibly accessible computer...
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By Antero Garcia 12/16/2013 - 4:20pm Comments
Earlier in the semester, I found myself lecturing to a class and having students in my Young Adult Literature course take notes about “Draco in Leather Pants.” Stay with me. Along with contemporary books like Gossip Girl and classics like The...
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By John Jones 09/30/2010 - 8:50am Comments
In the Phaedrus, Plato famously objected to writing, noting that it would cause a number of ills: it would lead to the decay of memory, it would deceive people into thinking that they possessed knowledge merely because they had read about it,...
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By John Jones 12/13/2010 - 7:45am Comments
The Telegraph recently published an article announcing that, in the age of Facebook and Twitter, "ancient communication technologies" like handwriting "are current like never before." The title of the article -- "How Twitter made...
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By John Jones 10/13/2011 - 7:45am Comments
The following is a shortened version of a talk I gave at the "Engaging the Public" symposium held at Washington & Jefferson College on Oct. 1. According to Cathy Davidson's Now You See It, 65 percent of students entering school today will...
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By John Jones 01/17/2012 - 8:10am Comments
Not long ago, I was on an airplane waiting for takeoff. Due to the completely reasonable FAA restrictions on using electronic devices, I was reading the print version of a magazine while we waited to taxi to the runway. I soon found I was...
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By John Jones 02/09/2012 - 9:50am Comments
One of the great promises of the internet is that it allows for writing to be distributed outside of the restrictions imposed by traditional publications. On the internet there is no scarcity of resources, no oversight by editors, and no need...
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By John Jones 05/14/2012 - 6:05am Comments
In a 1987 paper, Robert Brooke argued that instructors needed to pay attention to the ways that students didn't pay attention, like passing notes in class or whispering conversations. Building on the work of Erving Goffman, Brooke argued that...
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By John Jones 06/25/2012 - 8:05am Comments
In my last post I wrote about what Derek Mueller calls the "digital underlife," the writing practices of students that fall below the radar of classroom practice, but which are crucial ways in which these students practice literacy. In...
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By John Jones 07/12/2012 - 11:10am Comments
In his essay, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," Nicholas Carr relates an exchange between Nietzsche and one of his friends, in which the friend remarked that the philosopher's writing style had changed after he began to use a typewriter. As Carr...
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By John Jones 06/25/2012 - 8:05am Comments
In my last post I wrote about what Derek Mueller calls the "digital underlife," the writing practices of students that fall below the radar of classroom practice, but which are crucial ways in which these students practice literacy. In...
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By John Jones 07/12/2012 - 11:10am Comments
In his essay, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," Nicholas Carr relates an exchange between Nietzsche and one of his friends, in which the friend remarked that the philosopher's writing style had changed after he began to use a typewriter. As Carr...
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By John Jones 08/16/2012 - 7:45am 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...
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By Whitney Burke 04/26/2013 - 2:50pm 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...
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By Howard Rheingold 05/20/2013 - 3:15pm 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...
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