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…


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…


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…


“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…


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…


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,…


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…


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


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


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…


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…


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…


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…


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’…


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…


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…


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. …