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Getting Serious About Reimagining Learning in the Digital Age

Antero Garcia
Apr 17, 2011

I want to have a conversation about what it’s going to take to turn schools around and why digital media — as it’s currently being used — isn’t yet helping. I’m going to start with a not-so-subtle…

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When Robots Write

John Jones
Apr 13, 2011

Robots are always in the news, it seems. Whether they are serving as caregivers for the elderly or helping solve the Japanese nuclear crisis, robots are becoming an increasingly important part of…

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“We are Meant to Pulse”

Barry Joseph
Apr 11, 2011

Topping the new recommended resources list from Global Kids is “Gaming to Re-engage Boys in Learning,” a provocative video looking at the discrepancies in performance and achievement between boys…

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How Can We Help Miguel?

danah boyd
Apr 7, 2011

One of the hardest parts of doing fieldwork is hearing difficult, nuanced stories that break my heart.  The more complicated the story, the harder it is to tell, but I feel a responsibility to…

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Doing Better By Generation Y

Cathy Davidson
Apr 3, 2011

When Lauren Sanders concentrates on her childhood memories, she can recall “the fuzzy sounds of dial-up Internet and the generic female voice cheerfully state, ‘You’ve Got Mail.’” Born in 1990,…

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School, Work and Play: Decoding Digital Age Shifts

Ben Williamson
Mar 31, 2011

Learning with digital media is often articulated through an affective vocabulary of play, informality, enjoyment, and creativity, as opposed to the formality, standards and routines of conventional…

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The Test of Time in School-based Mentoring: The Role of Relationship Duration and Re-Matching on Academic Outcomes

March 31, 2011

Source: American Journal of Community Psychology (2012) 49:43–54 Abstract: The influence of match length and re-matchingon the effectiveness of school-based mentoring was studied in the context of a national, randomized study of 1,139youth in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. The sample included youth in grades four through nine from diverseracial

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Einstein, YouTube, and New Media Literacies in the Connected Age


Mar 27, 2011

When I started using digital media in my classroom, I began my search for mentors by inspecting Will Richardson’s social bookmarking networks on Diigo, then followed on Twitter some of the people…

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Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age

March 26, 2011

Washington, DC, March 22, 2011 –– The Aspen Institute, in partnership with iCivics, the MacArthur Foundation, and Georgetown Law will host a major conference on civics education and engagement, “Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age.” Retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and US Secretary of Education Arne

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Cyberbullying: An International Perspective

Raquel Recuero
Mar 23, 2011

A viral video of an Australian boy retaliating against a bully at school has sharply ratcheted up offline and online discussions of cyberbullying. On websites in numerous countries, young and old…

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Happiness, Learning, and Technology: Why “Affective” Schools are the New “Effective” Schools

Ben Williamson
Mar 21, 2011

What are the connections between emotional education and digital media and learning? Faced with a global economic recession, civic unrest, and major environmental catastrophe, governments around the…

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Hacking Higher Education

Lyndsay Grant
Mar 17, 2011

Times of crisis are times of change and provide an opportunity to imagine alternative educational futures. Following the UK’s winter of protests about cuts to education budgets and rising tuition…

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Humans, Technology and the Digital Future

Barry Joseph
Mar 14, 2011

At the top of the must-read list this month is “How the Internet Gets Inside Us,” an article by New Yorker writer Adam Gopnick who offers an insightful overview of the range of opinions found in…

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Is the Virtual World Good for the ‘Real’ One?

Joseph Kahne
Mar 9, 2011

In a cartoon depicting the evolution of Good Samaritanism in the digital age, a man walks by a homeless person lying on the street and does nothing. In the next frame, he is at his computer — “What’…

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Revolutionary New Technology + Old Teaching Methods = ?

John Jones
Mar 6, 2011

In a recent post on her blog, Duke’s Cathy Davidson responds to a New York Times article on the increasing popularity of iPads in schools, arguing that iPads, or any technology, aren’t a panacea for…

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Designing Learning From “End to End”

Cathy Davidson
Mar 3, 2011

When Tim Berners-Lee and a handful of colleagues began developing the World Wide Web, they did so without a blueprint but with something better:  a principle.  What if all the world’s…

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“It’s Just a Game”— Ethical Reasoning within Virtual Worlds

February 28, 2011

Abstract: “How do Boston-area youth (15–25) reason about ethical dilemmas occurring within virtual worlds such as ‘World of Warcraft’?”; and “Which considerations seem to shape their ethical responses?” In semi-structured interviews 27 young people were presented with an ethical dilemma: subjects were asked to imagine that they had been playing an

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Digital Media and Technology in Afterschool Programs, Libraries, and Museums

February 28, 2011

Digital media and technology have become culturally and economically powerful parts of contemporary middle-class American childhoods. Immersed in various forms of digital media as well as mobile and Web-based technologies, young people today appear to develop knowledge and skills through participation in media. This MacArthur Report examines the ways in

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Identity, Avatars, Virtual Life – and Advancing Social Equity in the ‘Real’ World

Liz Losh
Feb 28, 2011

This semester, MIT professor Fox Harrell is teaching an ambitious new course on “Identity Representation” that includes studying identities adopted in computer games and social network sites. …

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Understanding the Rise of Social Networking in Brazil

Raquel Recuero
Feb 23, 2011

Orkut was the first major social networking service to arrive in Brazil and it has just passed the seven-year mark. Although several other social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are…

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Does the Internet make for more engaged citizens? For many youth, the answer is yes, according to a new study by civic learning scholars.

February 23, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. –Youth who pursue their interests on the Internet are more likely to be engaged in civic and political issues, according to a new study of student Internet usage by a group of civic learning scholars. Youth who use the Internet are also more likely to be exposed to diverse