Gamechanger: Digital Media plus Student-centered, Immersive, Peer-led Learning

S. Craig Watkins
Jul 4, 2011

In the middle of one of the hottest and driest summers on record, twenty Austin, TX, area high school students showed up for school everyday for four weeks. While the four-week project took place…


Digital Learning and Participation among Youth: Critical Reflections on Future Research Priorities

June 30, 2011

Source: International Journal of Learning and Media, Spring–Summer 2010, Vol. 2, No. 2-3, Pages 1-13 Abstract: This article uses insights from media and communications research over recent decades to inform a critical analysis of the burgeoning multidisciplinary study of youthful digital engagement. The analysis first points to the systematic connections


Search Personalization and Digital Literacy

John Jones
Jun 29, 2011

The near total dominance of computer search over our information gathering has presented our culture with an interesting (and possibly unique) problem in the history of information management: what…


Four Questions about Civic Media

Ethan Zuckerman
Jun 26, 2011

The civic media field is often better defined by example than in abstractions. The field is so nascent and fluid that any comprehensive, conceptual definition will likely miss key aspects of the…


Digital Learning and the Arab Spring

Liz Losh
Jun 22, 2011

As revolution and revolt spreads across the Arab world, Americans often see social networking sites and online video as playing a starring role. Whether it is testimony about police brutality or…


A Teenager Taps Social Media to Help Change his Struggling Community

Raquel Recuero
Jun 19, 2011

“Intense shootings happening at this moment in the Complexo do Alemao!” tweeted teenager Rene Silva on Nov. 9, 2010.  Using his personal Twitter account (@Rene_Silva_RJ) and the Twitter account…


Redefining School, Success

monika hardy
Jun 12, 2011

We’re a district InnovationLab in Loveland, Colorado, where students have crafted, and just completed year one, of a four-year plan of disruption to redefine school. Based on findings that learning…


Rethinking the “New” in “New Media”

Antero Garcia
Jun 9, 2011

I’m not a label person. Really, I usually don’t care what we call something. However, sometimes the words we call the tools and practices of teachers get in the way of acceptance, adoption, and…


The Cosmopolitan Classroom

Ben Williamson
Jun 6, 2011

The globalization of digital media has put pressure on education systems worldwide to be reformed. The emphasis is on schooling that will promote the cosmopolitan identities of globalized digital…


Share, Grow, Do: The Potential of Digital Age Learning

Barry Joseph
Jun 3, 2011

The National Writing Project has launched a fantastic new web site, Digital Is, to build a community amongst educators exploring how the digital age is changing how we write, share, collaborate,…


Polylingual and polycultural learning ecologies: Mediating emergent academic literacies for dual language learners

May 31, 2011

Source: Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Volume 11, p.261, Abstract: In this article, we examine the affordances of polylingual and polycultural learning ecologies in expanding the linguistic repertoires of children, particularly young Dual Language Learners. In contrast to settings that promote the development of English and academic language at the


Mobile Phones, Digital Media, and America’s Learning Divide

S. Craig Watkins
May 29, 2011

During a recent research related visit to New York City I decided to take a stroll down 125th Street in Harlem.  Among the assortment of shops and vendors on the famous stretch that is home to…


How does Digital Media impact Youth Political and Civic Engagement?

May 25, 2011

There’s a lot of conversation about young people’s use of digital media and how it impacts their engagement — or lack of engagement — in civic affairs and politics, but not a great deal of…


P2PU: Learning for Everyone, by Everyone, about almost Anything

May 22, 2011

Meet Philipp Schmidt, co-founder and executive director of Peer to Peer University, an emerging, Web-based global learning community. At P2PU, study groups form and gather online to learn a…


Going Interactive in a Big Way: How Can We Transform the Lecture Class?

Cathy Davidson
May 15, 2011

This is the last in a three-part “end of term” series of blog posts on “Doing Better by Gen Y.”  In the first post, one of my students spoke about the paucity of opportunities to actually think…


How to Make a Million Dollars, One Facebook Class at a Time

John Jones
May 9, 2011

The fall of 2007 was, in many ways, a simpler time: the most popular social network in the United States was an Los Angeles-based outfit called Myspace; Apple had just released an all-in-one…


Hype, Reality, Insights on Cyberbullying, Videogaming, and Learning Institutions

Barry Joseph
May 4, 2011

At the top of the not-to-be-missed list is “Good and Bad Cyberbullying PSAs: How to Tell the Difference,” an exceptional blog post by childhood expert Rosalind Wiseman, who insightfully frames the…


Should We Design Social Justice into Learning?

Lyndsay Grant
May 1, 2011

The notion of design is central to the way we think about learning, and to how we think about digital media. Some would argue that learning is “designed in” to digital media such as good video games…


Pop-Up University

Apr 27, 2011

If Rheingold U, my current experiment in cultivating wholly online, multimedia, unaccredited, for-not-much-pay learning communities, originally germinated out of fun and impulse, the next stage was…


What Should Civic Learning Look Like in an Age of Social and Technological Change?

S. Craig Watkins
Apr 24, 2011

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and her iCivics team recently convened a thought provoking conference, Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age. In partnership with the Aspen…


What Are Digital Literacies? Let’s Ask the Students

Cathy Davidson
Apr 20, 2011

Two weeks ago I blogged on DML Central on “Doing Better by Generation Y” and the tendency for pundits to criticize Gen Y’s absorption with new media, critique how little they know, blame their lack…