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How Important Is Digital Literacy?

August 13, 2018

How important is digital literacy in the classroom? When you consider that every student today must learn to be responsible for how they use technology to interact with the world around them, the answer is clear. It’s crucial. Digital Citizenship Literacy skills have always been important. Written letters transitioned to telephone skills and then internet… Read more »

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Using Humor to Connect and Teach

August 6, 2018

“You can’t shape the world if no one is engaging with you. And humor is very effective in opening a channel of potential connection.” This was just one of many takeaways from the keynote Q&A between writer, comedian, and commentator, Baratunde Thurston, and the Director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito, at the inaugural… Read more »

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Testing MIT

August 1, 2018

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How to Be a Learning Instigator

July 30, 2018

When educator Michelle King teaches middle school students about America’s founding document, she kicks off the lesson by asking how people today break up with each other. A simple electronic text or sending a proxy to deliver the news are suggested by the eighth-grade students. Ah, but the ultimate example of severing a relationship comes from U.S. history by way of the Declaration of Independence, King points out. Look at the preamble, that part is like the “hey, baby, it’s not working out any more,” she says. Then, through interrogation of the document, the students “talk

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CLS2018 – Ignite Talks Round 2

July 25, 2018

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CLS2018 – Ignite Talks Round 1

July 25, 2018

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Matching Students, Educators for Learning Connections Through linkr

July 23, 2018

For educators ready to connect their students to peers and other educators to collaborate on learning myriad subjects all over the world, doing so digitally is just what linkr Education offers. Gabriel Flacks, linkr’s co-founder and chief pedagogical officer, says the recently launched online platform aims to “to connect teachers and students and help them create a better world.” Say a professor at a university in the United States wanted his or her students to connect with students across the globe as part of a lesson on cross cultural communication skills, for example. Flacks points out

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Connecting Rural Educators: Professional Development Goes Digital

July 16, 2018

Many educators in our DML network will be familiar with The National Writing Project (NWP), a 45-year-old professional development network, whose focus is on improving the teaching of writing across all grade levels. With close to 200 writing project sites spread throughout the U.S., the NWP network is within reach of thousands and thousand of teachers. But even with the reach and impact the network has on teachers and students, the NWP still seeks to improve access to their professional development communities. One of the challenges, particularly in rural areas, has been the difficulty for teachers

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Textransformations: Interactive Art Practice as Connected Learning

July 9, 2018

We find ourselves in a cultural moment that is particularly fraught with the impulse for instant gratification as online social networks have us “plugged in” and busy narrating our lives online. So many have become wholly accustomed to certain forms of digital interactivity by seeking approval and amplification in online forums. Jaron Lanier has effectively dubbed certain social media platforms as “behavior modification empires.”  The hazards are now plain to see. Open communication platforms profit from the data generated from our human interaction, making us take pause. Free and open interactivity exacts a certain cost.  

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The Emergence of the ESU Digital Warriors

July 2, 2018

In the early weeks of the fall semester of 2017, we developed a series of events that provided students opportunities to create Esports activities that led to a universitywide showcase competition. We will be presenting these findings at the inaugural Connected Learning Summit, Aug. 2, 2018 at the MIT Media Lab. In April, students from across East Stroudsburg University (ESU) came together to hold a successful League of Legend event in the Digital Media Technologies department. This was the culmination of a year of hard work and exploratory active learning. How did we get there? Our

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New Conference Promotes Progressive, Inclusive Learning

June 28, 2018

Connected Learning Summit Takes Place Aug. 1-3 at MIT June 28, 2018 Progressive and inclusive learning will be the main topic at the inaugural Connected Learning Summit, set to take place Aug. 1-3 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, 75 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Mass. The summit will feature

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CLS Keynote Speaker to Deliver Talk on Importance of Connected Learning

June 25, 2018

As a kid in the early 1980s, Baratunde Thurston took part in myriad enrichment activities — from sports and community gardening to boy scouts, cultural spectating and political activism. His mother encouraged him to pursue his interests through after-school and weekend programs, and with mentors and peers. “My mother was always pushing for me to have experiences,” said Thurston, a humorist, social activist and author. “She was trying to enrich me and give me a bunch of perspectives to help me figure out what I care about, what I would enjoy or love so I could

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Scientists Seek Genetic Data to Personalize Education

June 18, 2018

Researchers have begun to propose using genetic data from students to personalize education. Bringing genetics into education is highly controversial. It raises significant concerns about biological discrimination and rekindles long debates about eugenics and the genetic inheritance of intelligence. Current proposals to personalize learning by enabling “educational organisations to create tailor-made curriculum programmes based on a pupil’s DNA profile” demand very close and critical attention. The potential of “the new geneism” to reproduce “dangerous ideas about the genetic heritability of intelligence” has already raised concerns. Scientists may be seeking new technologies to personalize teaching and learning

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Connected Learning and 21st Century English Teacher Education

June 11, 2018

Much of the current rhetoric about technology and education relates to devices and software programs — what types schools should purchase, how much money districts should spend on them, how they should be integrated into classroom learning, and what return on investment they should produce. The implicit message communicated by this rhetoric is that technology transforms education through the medium of specific tools — that these tools are what structure and produce powerful teaching and learning. Give teachers and students laptops and Google Classroom accounts and magic will ensue. Over the past several years, a group

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How Minecraft Update Aquatic Can Turn Kids on to Conservation for World Oceans Day

June 8, 2018

June 8, 2018 In an effort to raise awareness of marine conservation, the Ocean Institute and Connected Camps are inviting young people to take part in a Minecraft social media activation on World Oceans Day today. A video, featuring Minecraft’s new Aquatic Update and fun facts curated by the Ocean

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Raising Conservation Awareness through Minecraft Aquatic Game for World Oceans Day

June 4, 2018

In an effort to raise awareness of marine conservation, the Ocean Institute, Connected Camps and the Connected Learning Alliance are inviting young people to take part in a Minecraft social media activation on World Oceans Day June 8. A video, featuring Minecraft’s new Aquatic Update and fun facts curated by the Ocean Institute, will debut on Connected Camps’ social media channels — YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Kids will be encouraged to watch and share the video using the hashtag, #WorldOceansDay, in their own social media posts throughout the day. And, to top off the collaboration, the

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