How to Teach Self-Directed Digital Media

June 29, 2015

The digital world has many moving parts, and bringing it into the classroom can seem overwhelming, both for the instructor, and the student. Once it gets broken  down to the pieces that are relevant to the learning outcomes, however, it…


How a Digital Pen is Turning a Museum into a Library

June 25, 2015

Right now, in New York City, a digital pen is turning a museum into a library — a 21st century library, that is. And, its potential impact across civic and cultural spaces offers considerable lessons for those interested in…

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What’s ‘Value Added’ About Tech Tools in the Classroom?

June 22, 2015

I always cringe when educational pundits talk about evaluating teachers according to “value-added” assessment models, as if the value that teachers offer their students could be easily quantified or evaluated according to any standardized metric…


View From a Startup: Cities of Learning in Washington, D.C.

June 22, 2015

What lessons have been learned from starting up a Cities of Learning site in Washington, D.C.?

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Designed Equity: Reflection on Youth-focused Game jam in South Central LA

June 18, 2015

In his concluding remarks during his DML 2015…


Replay: Do-It-Yourself Badges – Sept. 24, 2013

June 17, 2015

At 4:00pm PT (7:00pm ET), feel free to start playing the video below and chatting via #connectedlearning on Twitter.



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Reformatting Traditional Literature

June 15, 2015

Young faculty who came of age at the same time that social media emerged are beginning to experiment with new containers for old curricular vintages such as English composition….


Speculative Design for Emergent Learning: Taking Risks

June 11, 2015

As I look in the rear view mirror at this past semester, I marvel at the grand experiment of my #WritingRace class at Kean University that I…


DML History and Future: Share Your Story

June 8, 2015

What is DML (digital media and learning)?

Where does it come from and what might its future look like? And, what has it meant for those involved?

Every movement has stories to tell. Every field has one…

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Innovators Inspiring Young People Share Success Stories at DML Conference

June 5, 2015

A trio of community innovators and activists — Fabian Debora, Leshell Hatley and David Sengeh —  who inspire young people to improve their communities will share their success stories as the featured plenary speakers during the third day, June 13, of the 3-day Digital Media and Learning Conference. WHO: Debora, an artist

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Making Education as Machine-readable as Digital Data

June 4, 2015

Data have long been used to manage education. Data appear to make the messy complexity of schools and schooling more easy to understand, and help policymakers in their decision making. Now, with the rise of “big data” and associated data…


Turning Pittsburgh into a Campus for Learning

June 2, 2015

What does it take to connect learning across Pittsburgh?

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Summer of Minecraft and the Magic of Peer Mentorship

June 1, 2015

One summer day when he was 12 years old, my son declared with delight that his application to join a prominent Minecraft server had been accepted. He had discovered this server through the “…


Learning Pathways: Creating Opportunities for Deeper Student Engagement In and Out of School

May 28, 2015

How can educators use pathways (such as those offered by DCoL) to deepen learning within different disciplines?

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Making This Summer Significant for Youths

May 28, 2015

What are some ways to engage young people in summer programs to give them an authentic learning experience?

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Extending Badges

May 28, 2015

At the beginning of this month, the Badge Alliance published version 1.1 of the Open Badges specification. This is a…