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Global Kids: Recommended Reading…Viewing…Listening

Barry Joseph
Jan 4, 2010

Global Kids’ New York City-based programs address the urgent need for young people to possess leadership skills and an understanding of complex global issues to succeed in the 21st century workplace…

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The Social Media Classroom


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Dec 28, 2009

The Social Media Classroom, a browser-based, free and open source environment for teaching and learning, grew directly out of the first minutes I stepped into a physical classroom and began to…

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Classroom Authority and Twitter

John Jones
Dec 20, 2009

An interesting aspect of Twitter’s recent surge in popularity has been how educators have embraced the technology, not just for networking and personal communication, but also in the classroom. Many…

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Digital Media and Learning Conference 2010

Henry Jenkins
Dec 16, 2009

Earlier this year, we issued a call for proposals for panels and presentations for the first Digital Media and Learning Conference, an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized…

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$2 Million Competition Opens For Ideas to Transform Learning

December 16, 2009

Durham, NC and Irvine, CA – Dec.16, 2009.   The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, Duke University and the virtual network HASTAC, today launched the third annual open-call competition that will provide $2 million in awards to innovators shaping the field

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President Obama Launches “Educate to Innovate” Campaign for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (Stem) Education

December 16, 2009

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 23, 2009President Obama Launches “Educate to Innovate” Campaign for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (Stem) EducationNationwide effort includes over $260 million in public-private investments to move American students to the top of the packin science and

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Social Games and Facebook in Brazil and Latin America

Raquel Recuero
Dec 13, 2009

A recent post from Inside Facebook has shown that Facebook is growing fast in Latin America, and a large part of this growth is happening in Brazil (33 percent each month, according to the same set…

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Reinterpreting the Digital Divide

Aaron Knochel
Dec 9, 2009

digital divide: the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all. The digital divide is understood to be the gap…

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On Gaming, Politics, and Reform

Liz Losh
Dec 7, 2009

As the new year rolls around, like many political science professors, Kareem Crayton is thinking about the possible repercussions of next year’s 2010 census and what he calls the “opening skirmishes…

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Meet Meredith Stewart: Teacher…Innovator…Collaborator


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Dec 3, 2009

This is how personal learning networks work. When I first started using Second Life for education, I was helped by a teacher there, Kevin Jarrett, who I started following on the del.icio.us social…

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Sociality Is Learning

danah boyd
Nov 29, 2009

As adults, we take social skills for granted… until we encounter someone who lacks them.  Helping children develop social skills is viewed as a reasonable educational endeavor in elementary…

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When Is an Art Museum a Workshop? A Field Report from Korea

Cathy Davidson
Nov 24, 2009

Earlier this month, I participated in the Digital Natives Workshop hosted by KAIST, the MIT of Korea, and attended by researchers from the U.S. and across the Pacific Rim. My talk on adolescence and…

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$2 Million Competition Seeks Ideas to Transform Learning


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Nov 22, 2009

Today, in conjunction with an announcement by President Obama calling for new efforts to reimagine and improve education in science and math, we are announcing a $2 million open competition supported…

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Getting into College? There’s a Game for That.


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Nov 19, 2009

While One Laptop per Child and other programs to address the digital divide are important, I have come to believe it is counterproductive to couple discussions of the transformative potential of…

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Empowering Youth-directed Learning in a Digital Age

Barry Joseph
Nov 16, 2009

Tashawna is a high school senior in Brooklyn, NY. In the morning she leaves home for school listening to MP3s, texting her friends about meeting up after school at Global Kids, where she participates…

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Social Media in South America: Orkut & Brazil

Raquel Recuero
Nov 12, 2009

To start my participation here in DMLcentral, I want to write about social media outside the U.S., specifically in South America. Let’s take the case of Orkut in Brazil, an interesting and relatively…

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Digital Media and Democracy: Early Returns

Liz Losh
Nov 9, 2009

The relationship between digital media and democracy is complicated, because it is difficult for researchers to draw causal connections between adopting new social computing technologies and…

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Esther Wojcicki’s H.S. Journalism Learning Community


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Nov 4, 2009

I learned about Esther Wojcicki’s high school journalism program and learning community from my personal learning network – the people I sought out on Twitter because they seemed to know something…

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Crowdsourcing Authority in the Classroom

Cathy Davidson
Nov 2, 2009

“A wacko holding forth on a soapbox.  If Ms. Davidson just wants to yammer and lead discussions, she should resign her position and head for a park or subway platform, and pass a hat for…

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Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out Kids Living and Learning with New Media

October 31, 2009

Conventional wisdom about young people’s use of digital technology often equates generational identity with technology identity: today’s teens seem constantly plugged in to video games, social networks sites, and text messaging. Yet there is little actual research that investigates the intricate dynamics of youth’s social and recreational use of digital

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The Future of Thinking

October 31, 2009

Over the past two decades, the way we learn has changed dramatically. We have new sources of information and new ways to exchange and to interact with information. But our schools and the way we teach have remained largely the same for years, even centuries. What happens to traditional educational

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Forum Convened by The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Common Sense Media, MacArthur Foundation and Google to Explore the Future of Digital Technology in Education

October 26, 2009

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: October 27, 2009 – National leaders in education, science, technology and philanthropy will assemble today for the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age Forum to develop recommendations for using digital media for education reform. The forum will also feature an exhibition of some of the newest innovations

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New Center at UC Irvine to Seed Research and Collaboration on Digital Media and Learning

October 26, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2009) — Digital media and the Internet are transforming how young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. A newly-created Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the University of California-Irvine will provide an international center to nurture exploration of and build evidence

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The Rhetoric of MySpace vs. Facebook

danah boyd
Oct 25, 2009

From Eszter Hargittai’s scholarship to more recent work by marketing analytics firms, we know that race and socio-economic status shape MySpace and Facebook usage. Yet, it is the rhetoric used…