Education

Learning, Freedom, Youth, and the Web: Brazil

Monday, October 10, 2011 Comment girl holding up camera phone in crowd taking a photo

Freedom of speech and social mobilization is new for many countries in Latin America. Most have had closed governments and dictatorships for the last 30 years. However, because of the spread of social media, political action, protests and activism have flourished. In Chile, for example, students have been leading protests demanding educational reform. Reports say more than 400,000 people have gathered in several of these marches. The protests, which have been drawing students to Plaza Italia in Santiago, have been organized with Twitter (for example, the umbrella march, when students protested under the rain and cold), Facebook


First Person: The Book Tour in the Age of the Internet

Wednesday, October 05, 2011 Comment woman reading a book waiting for a subway

Note: We asked tech-savvy scholar Cathy Davidson to reflect on the realities of an author’s tour in the digital age.  Her new book, “Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn” explores whether our brains are cut out for the age of ubiquitous connection.  I’m just back from Washington, DC, where I gave talks at the Howard Hughes Janelia Research Center and at the NEH Start-Up Grant Conference.  I signed books supplied by Politics and Prose Independent Bookstore, as organized by Perry Pidgeon Hooks, and


Seeing the Classroom as a Hub of Technology-enabled Social Change

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Comment students sitting together in classroom working as a learning hub

Antero Garcia, who teaches English at a high school in South Central Los Angeles, is a PhD candidate, focusing on critical literacies and civic identity through the use of mobile media and game play. He utilizes his classroom as a center of youth participatory action research. His students assess and address real-life needs in their South Central community. Garcia is on the conference committee for the 2012 Digital Media & Learning Conference in San Francisco, Calif: “Beyond Educational Technology: Learning Innovations in a Connected World.” Garcia is heading up one of four important sub-themes in the


Mitch Resnick: The Role of Making, Tinkering, Remixing in Next-Generation Learning

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Comment lifelong kindergarten sign hanging from ceiling quote by Michel Resnick

Mitch Resnick is on the conference committee for the 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference, “Beyond Educational Technology: Learning Innovations in a Connected World.” As Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, he develops new technologies and activities to engage people (especially children) in creative learning experiences. His Lifelong Kindergarten research group developed ideas and technologies underlying the LEGO Mindstorms and WeDo robotics kits, used by millions of young people around the world. His group also developed the Scratch programming language and online community, enabling young people to create and share interactive stories, games,


Digital Media & Learning Conference 2012: Learning Innovations in a Connected World

Thursday, September 08, 2011 Comment DML Central logo

The 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference, it’s being announced today, will explore the richer, deeper learning enabled by the emergence of Web-enabled, mobile-based platforms that promote new models of peer-to-peer learning, anywhere/anytime learning, blended learning and game-based learning, both in school and out of school. The conference, to be held in San Francisco Mar. 1-3, 2012, will feature four core threads – democratizing learning innovation, innovations for public education, re-imagining media for learning, and making/tinkering/remixing – and steer headlong into pressing debates around the role of technology and the future of education and learning, including: 


‘How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn’

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 Comment women siting on outdoor steps working on her computer

Duke University’s Cathy Davidson has staked out a reputation as a creative intellectual force committed to transforming the industrial model of education for the digital age. In 2010, President Obama nominated her to a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities, a position confirmed by the Senate in July. She is co-director of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) and co-director of the nationwide Digital Media and Learning Competition. She has been one of our featured bloggers at DMLcentral from the start, and her posts consistently provoke and inspire. Now, she has


Changing the Game

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 Comment man taking photo of himself through computer screen

Across the U.S., students are returning to their schools and college campuses. It also appears to be the beginning of a mini-revolution in the way digital media and learning are seen to affect the underlying structure of our educational system. It seems that everyday we are presented with news and commentary pointing to the ways the educational system is not preparing students to meet the challenges of the future. Here at DMLcentral, Monika Hardy has described the importance of changing our ways of thinking and working together while Ben Williamson has written about the challenges of


“Digital Is” Website Accelerates Teacher-to-Teacher Learning and Collaboration

Monday, August 22, 2011 Comment Digital Is graphic of words describing meaning

Over the course of four days earlier this summer at a lush retreat in Seattle, I had the opportunity to write and engage with some of the most exciting teachers I’ve been able to interact with in my career. Aside from the fact that I spent most of the day typing up notes on my iPad, the lush environment was a perfect retreat for allowing me to reflect thoughtfully on what practices had contributed most to my students’ writing practices over the past year. And the best thing about this opportunity to write while being surrounded


Wanted (And Needed): ‘Radical’ Collaborations

Monday, August 01, 2011 Comment painting with words 20 Learn

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. This insight from Anne Frank is evidenced today all across the world in education and many other domains. People are doing amazing things. Start ups, reforms, revolutions. It’s good news. It’s happening everywhere. And it all fits together, whether we see the connections today or not. Pointillism. Perpetual beta. If you’re not feeling it, if you’re wondering if you’re a part of education’s big picture…we’re thinking, more than anything, you need to know that you are – assuming you


Digital Media, Learning, and the Future

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Comment The future of learning agents infographic colorful explaining needs for change

New research findings from a global study of education systems suggest that the promise of a hi-tech, high-skills, high-wage future for kids is a fantasy. Does digital media and learning offer a better future? It’s always important to remember that the future has a history. Back in 1939 the satirical book The Saber-Tooth Curriculum showed how seemingly radical educational innovations can quickly lose their intended utility and become conservative even while they are justified on the basis of their supposed cultural value. The book explains how the “paleolithic curriculum” of practical skills of “fish-grabbing-with-the-hands,” “horse-clubbing,” and