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The #SelfieUnselfie Project

September 10, 2018

Selfies have become the cultural artifacts of our time, a digital mosaic of the diversity of our online lives. And while some say selfies are a mark of a deeply narcissistic culture, others say selfies are a new version of the old idea of the self-portrait. Some understand the selfie as an important means of… Read more »

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Educators Exemplifying Connected Learning

September 3, 2018

When I first started teaching college students, the term “social media” had not been invented, and for the most part, teaching and learning were proceeding the way they had been practiced for thousands of years. But I knew that digital media and networks were creating exciting opportunities for teachers and learners: from search engines to… Read more »

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Teacher Educators Living the Connected Learning Life

August 27, 2018

It was perhaps inevitable. A bunch of die-hard Connected Learning scholars, all working in our own institutions, separated by space, time, and borders. Studying about how people learn through connecting, yet totally isolated ourselves. Like shards of a magnet, we found each other, all reaching out for community, comradery, and connection. And finally, after years… Read more »

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The Marginal Syllabus: Supporting Educators’ Connected Learning

August 20, 2018

Earlier this month, Marginal Syllabus leaders participated in the 2018 Connected Learning Summit (CLS) at MIT’s Media Lab. The Marginal Syllabus started in August of the 2016 and, following two years of iterative fine-tuning and public programming, CLS was a great opportunity for our team to share recent research, discuss design principles – like partnerships… Read more »

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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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