Making Upstanders in Today’s World

August 27, 2015

Oppression happens. So, what can students do? How can young people become upstanders (people who stand up for social justice and equality) in their communities? In the fourth of a four-part Connected Learning TV and Facing History and Ourselves webinar series, activists and educators tackled those questions. The webinar speakers — Mary Hendra, who leads the Los Angeles program team for Facing History and Ourselves; Jon Lego, who teaches at Animo Jackie Robinson High School in Los Angeles; Emily Weisberg, a program associate for Facing History and Ourselves; Andrew Slack, co-founder of the Harry Potter Alliance; Milton Reynolds, a senior program

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Software and Digital Data in Education

August 24, 2015

For the last two years, a group of colleagues from across the universities of Stirling, Edinburgh and Bristol have been working with me on a seminar series exploring how code acts in education. As the project comes to an end, we have produced a…


Defining Digital Media Across Disciplines

August 20, 2015

After my last post on designing a course into digital media, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection and work trying to figure out…


The Value of Social Media and Counternarratives

August 17, 2015

As I write these words, St. Louis County has just declared a state of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of protests marking the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson.



Enhancing Connected, Distributed Learning

August 13, 2015

This is the last of the four-part series that draws from our experiences of completing a Mentored MOOC called “Managing the Arts” with the Goethe Institute at the…


Make 'Em All Geniuses: Redefining Schools, Possibilities, Equity

August 10, 2015

Not to brag or anything, but I figured out how to solve the academic achievement “problem” plaguing the U.S. today: just treat all of our children like geniuses.

Maybe I should elaborate: As part of my summer reading, I enjoyed Denise…


Rethinking the Educator’s Role Toward Distributed Teaching

August 6, 2015

Editor’s note: This blog is the third in a series of four on digital learning.

In our day-…



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Learning English Through Digital Media

August 3, 2015

Dr. Deborah Cohen, associate professor in the Global Education Innovation Center at Gyeongju University in  South Korea, uses three digital media-based practices to encourage her students:


The Holocaust and Human Behavior

July 31, 2015

How does studying the history of the Holocaust help students develop a voice today?

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Upstanders in Today’s Digital and Physical World

July 31, 2015

What does it mean to be civically engaged today?

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Race, Class, and Gender in To Kill a Mockingbird

July 31, 2015

How do we help students develop the language and skills to confront today’s issues?

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The Power of Decentralization in the MOOC

July 30, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four blogs on digital technology.

Nishant Shah’s Annotation: In the last…


Advancing New Forms of Scholarship in Writing

July 27, 2015

I continue to think a great deal about how new media has grown the possibilities of our collective academic work. As the director of a Masters in Writing Studies Program…


The Role of Technology in Digital Learning

July 23, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of four blogs on digital learning.

In their accidental and ironic hit Youtube song, “What does the Fox say?”, the Norwegian band Ylvis, who first produced it as an “anti-hit” production…


Book Lacks Digital Reading Details

July 20, 2015

The goal of “Words Onscreen,” Naomi S. Baron’s new book, is to account for the ways that “digital reading is reshaping our understanding of what it means to read” (…

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Experts Discuss Game-Based Learning

July 17, 2015

Creative game-based learning will be discussed by renowned experts and artists as part of Summer of Minecraft’s culminating event Aug. 4 at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. The celebration will showcase the work of counselors and campers who took part in Connected Camp’s summer MInecraft camp, and offer a glimpse


Seeking the Next Steve Jobs

July 16, 2015

Most practitioners and education researchers argue that digital divides are still the biggest obstacle to ensuring that diverse populations of youth have a shot at becoming the next Steve Jobs. Among these divides are gaps in students’…


Setting an Agile School Rhythm

July 13, 2015

When I moved out of the classroom a few years ago, one of the things I missed immediately was the imposed rhythm of the school year. There’s something inherently useful about knowing everyone’s on the same page. Staff and students alike…


A Call for Algorithmic Studies

July 9, 2015

Digital technology and its modes of production, representation, distribution, and circulation remodel the conditions of possibility: the definition of Being, the structuring of the Social, the instrumentalization of the Political, the …


Open Networked News Curriculum

July 6, 2015

Newsactivist was born when Gabriel Flacks, instructor and chair of the Humanities Program at…



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Eating Robots: Data Diets and Hungry Algorithms

July 2, 2015

What do robots eat? Contemporary digital data analytics systems feed on a diet of data produced through human activity. Through this feeding, robotic machines receive the informational nutrition required for their own development: to…


EdContexts – Educators Across Contexts

June 30, 2015

How can educators teach, collaborate, and learn thoughtfully and meaningfully across national, cultural, and other borders?

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