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Veiled Censorship: Social Media and Education in Brazil

Raquel Recuero
Jul 18, 2010

Internet access in Brazil has been growing. Data from IBOPE/Net Ratings from December 2009 showed that Brazil had 67.5 million Internet users, with 1.2 million new users just since September 2009….

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Recommended Reading, Viewing, Clicking

Barry Joseph
Jul 14, 2010

Editor’s note: Global Kids does a great job searching, sorting, and filtering the 24/7 flow of resources in the digital media and learning field.  We’ve asked them to sift through their current…

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Probing What’s Next in Learning and Technology, Pt 2

John Jones
Jul 11, 2010

Children in Nigeria use laptops from the One Laptop Per Child movement. In the second part of my interview with Keene Haywood, Director of Research at the New Media Consortium, publisher of the…

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Searching for What’s Next in Learning and Digital Media

John Jones
Jul 5, 2010

A young girl in rural South America uses a laptop from the One Laptop Per Child movement.  The New Media Consortium (NMC) is publisher of the annual Horizon Report, which “seeks to identify and…

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Peer Participation and Software

June 30, 2010

Firefox, a free Web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation, is used by an estimated 270 million people worldwide. To maintain and improve the Firefox browser, Mozilla depends not only on its team of professional programmers and managers but also on a network of volunteer technologists and enthusiasts—free/libre and open

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It’s the Learning, Not the Technology – Jessica K. Parker


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Jun 29, 2010

Without a doubt, your 15-year-old daughter can text one-handed while holding her phone under her desk. Your 11-year-old brother leads his own World of Warcraft guild. Your fellow college students are…

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Lessons From Sweden

Cathy Davidson
Jun 23, 2010

This month I had the pleasure to spend time in Sweden, hosted by Patrik Svensson, Director of the HUMlab at Umea University in northern Sweden, and then with Göran Blomqvist, CEO of Riksbankens…

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Crowdsourcing Scholarship

Liz Losh
Jun 20, 2010

A few weeks ago, just before the 2010 THATCAMP, a well-known technology and humanities “unconference,” got underway at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, the center’s…

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Rethinking the Human Subjects Process

Alexander Halavais
Jun 13, 2010

Get a group of social scientists together to talk about prospective research and it won’t take long before the conversation turns to the question of human subjects board approval. Most researchers…

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How COPPA Fails Parents, Educators, Youth

danah boyd
Jun 9, 2010

Ever wonder why youth have to be over 13 to create an account on Facebook or Gmail or Skype? It has nothing to do with safety.  In 1998, the U.S. Congress enacted the Children’s Online Privacy…

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A professor with unconventional methods, message

Liz Losh
Jun 7, 2010

Digital media and learning initiatives often talk in utopian terms about a “future without books,” but don’t say that to New School faculty member Trebor Scholz.  Scholz, who teaches in the…

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Privacy and social media sites: a growing, global concern

Raquel Recuero
Jun 3, 2010

Raquel Recuero, a Brazilian professor, is an Internet culture researcher in South America. Wherever social networking sites have reached the mainstream, privacy seems to have become a more common…

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Working Towards a Deeper Understanding of Digital Safety for Children and Young People in Developing Nations

May 31, 2010

Abstract: This exploratory study is a first output of an ongoing collaboration between the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and UNICEF. It is intended as a contribution towards building a deeper understanding of children’s safety in a digital context in developing nations. More specifically, the objectives

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It’s an amazing time to be a learner – Will Richardson


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May 31, 2010

Your personal learning network is not just a network of people you learn from. A “pln,” as enthusiasts call them, is a network of people who are learning together. I was given this essential lore -…

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Reanimating education: ideas, questions, inspirations

Aaron Knochel
May 27, 2010

Editor’s note: We asked student blogger Chris Sinclair to examine all the discourse, content, and conversation in and around the recent TEDxNYED event on education reform, curate it, and comment on…

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Emergent Networks: Fotologs as Performances of the Self

Raquel Recuero
May 23, 2010

Raquel Recuero, a Brazilian professor, is an Internet culture researcher in South America. Fotolog, a photo-sharing site, grew quickly in South America, becoming one of the most popular social…

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Recommended reads, links from Global Kids

Barry Joseph
May 19, 2010

Editor’s note: Global Kids regularly points us to their current favorite resources. Please tell us what you’re reading or watching and why others should as well! At the top of our list is the best-…

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Wikimedia and the Future of Public Media

Mimi Ito
May 16, 2010

As of this week, I am officially part of Wikimedia’s advisory board. I’m super excited to be part of the Wikimedia team and community, and am feeling rosy about the promise of all I will learn and…

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10 Innovative Digital Media & Learning Projects Win $1.7M


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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


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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


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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…