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10 Innovative Digital Media & Learning Projects Win $1.7M


May 12, 2010

The results of the MacArthur Foundation’s 2010 Digital Media and Learning Competition are in, and the 10 winning projects can’t help but to inspire anyone even remotely interested in understanding…

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In Praise of Mo’ Better Grading

Cathy Davidson
May 9, 2010

Meanwhile, back at the pedagogical ranch…You may remember that back in November I reported on my experiment in grading, combining the long tradition of contract grading with what I call “…

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Game Changers Kids Competition 2010


May 5, 2010

Announcing the Digital Media and Learning Game Changers Kids Competition! Please share the news and the link to the competition web site, with any kids or colleagues who work with young people who…

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Librarian 2.0: Buffy J. Hamilton


May 2, 2010

Which of the following two assignments is more likely to engage high school students and inspire them to learn something?1.  Write a paper about contemporary US war veterans.2.  Create a…

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A Digital Native Reflects on the Concept

Aaron Knochel
Apr 28, 2010

There is an assumption that digital natives are naturally predisposed to understanding how to use computers and technology, just because we grew up with the Internet, texting, and emailing. I’m 21…

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Harassment by Q&A: Initial Thoughts on Formspring.me

danah boyd
Apr 25, 2010

Questions-and-answers have played a central role in digital bonding since the early days of Usenet.  Teenagers have consistently co-opted quizzes and surveys and personality tests to talk about…

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The iPad and Generativity

John Jones
Apr 18, 2010

Since the announcement of Apple’s iPad, reactions to the device have been extremely polarized. While some people have been highly critical of the device, others have reacted positively. Still others…

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Recommended Resources from Global Kids

Barry Joseph
Apr 13, 2010

Editor’s note: Global Kids each month points us to their current favorite resources. Please take a moment and share some of yours, too, in the comments section. Also, we always value knowing what the…

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The DML Field: Listening to Critical Voices

Liz Losh
Apr 11, 2010

Often the emphasis in Digital Media and Learning is on K-12 education, and so social computing practices in higher education frequently receive less attention from researchers.  A recently…

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“Scaling John Seely Brown” and the “End of Endism”

Cathy Davidson
Apr 4, 2010

I recently had occasion to talk on the phone with someone whose posts on education and social media I follow with interest on Twitter.  ToughLoveforX (his Twitter name) is a retired printer…

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Diana Rhoten: The Science of Reimagining Learning


Mar 28, 2010

“From the standpoint of the child, the great waste in the school comes from his inability to utilize the experiences he gets outside the school in any complete and free way within the school itself;…

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Facebook’s Games: Emerging Sociality

Raquel Recuero
Mar 21, 2010

Raquel Recuero is a professor of linguistics and communication in Brazil, and a researcher in social media and Internet culture in South America. The content of this post is based on her recent…

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ChatRoulette: Devil Incarnate or Accessible Public?

danah boyd
Mar 14, 2010

It’s easy to see new Internet phenomena and panic, especially when the technology in question opens up a portal to all of the weird parts of the Internet.  This is precisely what is happening…

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Spin: The Digital Media & Learning Conference 2010


Mar 10, 2010

Hidden in the tweetstream from the Digital Media and Learning Conference 2010 are hundreds of provocative insights, comments, and observations, and we couldn’t help but mine the archive for another…

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Reimagining Learning


Mar 7, 2010

Teaching and education in America has been a very hot subject in the news. In recent days, there have been lengthy pieces on “building a better teacher,”  the ripple effects of a Rhode Island…

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Apprenticeship 2.0 Could Fuel 21st Century Learning

John Jones
Mar 1, 2010

In a recent New Yorker piece on cookbooks, Adam Gopnik observes that “the space between learning the facts about how something is done and learning how to do it always turns out to be large, at…

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Dispatches: Digital Media & Learning Conference 2010


Feb 24, 2010

In the wake of the Digital Media and Learning Conference, we’re seeing many great conversations taking place and intriguing questions being asked. Here’s a second wave of tweets harvested from the…

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Remix: Digital Media and Learning Conference 2010


Feb 22, 2010

More than 400 researchers, scholars, educators, practitioners, and youth experts from the emerging digital media and learning field have just returned from our first Digital Media and Learning…

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Information & Convergence: Twitter’s Practices in Brazil

Raquel Recuero
Feb 17, 2010

Recent data from Hubspot showed that Twitter’s growth in Brazil is slowing down, but it is definitely in the mainstream population. Its role and its profile have grown, and more and more TV shows,…

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Unique Conference to Seed Collaboration, Discussion, Insights on Implications of Networked, Digital World

February 16, 2010

(IRVINE, CA) – Nearly 500 global researchers, scholars, and practitioners will gather for a first-of-its-kind conference at UC San Diego to debate and discuss a fast-growing list of issues about how digital media and the Internet are transforming  society – especially in education, politics, and youth culture. Experts from across

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Recommended reading, watching, listening

Barry Joseph
Feb 14, 2010

Global Kids’ New York City-based programs address the urgent need for young people to possess leadership skills and an understanding of complex global issues to succeed in the 21st century workplace…

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21st Century Assessment: A Critical Moment


Feb 10, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is a re-blog of a timely post by guest bloggers Daniel Hickey and Brian Nelson. You can find the post in its original form here. The authors argue that the opportunity to…

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A Thought Experiment: Why grade? Why test? What if?

Cathy Davidson
Feb 7, 2010

Let’s try a thought experiment.   Let’s assume we live in a culture where all forms of educational achievement tests have been banned and no one is allowed to assign a letter or numerical…

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Teaching, Texting, and Twittering with Obama

Liz Losh
Jan 31, 2010

With the first year of the Obama administration officially coming to a close, educators have been thinking about how the president’s online presence could be used for both civic education and media…