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D.I.Y.U.: An Experiment


Feb 20, 2011

Rheingold U, my current experiment in cultivating wholly online, multimedia, unaccredited, for-not-much-pay learning communities, grew out of a desire to follow the fun and act on impulse. When I…

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Learning in the Digital Age: Designing Future of Learning Conference Draws 500 Thought Leaders, Innovators, Designers, Educators, Activists to Long Beach, CA

February 18, 2011

(IRVINE, CA) – How technology, the Internet, and digital media are affecting youth and education will be the topic of an international conference at the Hilton Long Beach Conference and Meeting Center in Long Beach, Calif., Mar. 3-5. Many of the questions to be tackled at the conference, featuring scholars,

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Young Black Males, Learning, and Video Games

Liz Losh
Feb 16, 2011

A recent report on educational achievement among young black males describes a “national catastrophe” in primary, secondary, and higher education that is reinforced by policy failures and funding…

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On Parenting, Media, Education and Phobias

Ben Williamson
Feb 13, 2011

Modern cinema can teach us how youth and media are widely understood in our cultures. Cinema, like works of literature and visual art, can represent and diagnose our widespread fears and fantasies…

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Wikipedia: Information Source and Knowledge Community

John Jones
Feb 9, 2011

One of the challenges facing the digital media and learning community—in fact, all educators—is the rapid pace of technological development that makes necessary the constant evaluation and…

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Wikirriculum: Curriculum in the Digital Age

Ben Williamson
Feb 6, 2011

Developing a school curriculum is a complex act of creative design. Add networked participatory media to the mix and curriculum design gets even more complicated. So, from the perspective of digital…

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Digital Divides, Blog Bans, Games That Cause Change

Barry Joseph
Feb 2, 2011

Global Kids points us to important new resources in the digital media and learning field each month. “It’s how you play the game” (article): Followers of games and education are familiar with the…

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The Civic and Political Significance of Online Participatory Cultures among Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

January 31, 2011

Most existing scholarship that measures the impact of the Internet on civic or political engagement focuses on political uses of new media. Drawing on two large panel studies, we find that youth engagement in nonpolitical online participatory cultures may serve as a gateway to participation in important aspects of civic

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Why Teach?

Cathy Davidson
Jan 30, 2011

There are as many reasons to teach as there are reasons to learn.  One reason item-response testing (the twentieth-century’s dominant method of testing) is so deficient is that it tends to…

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Connected They Write: The Lure of Writing on the Web

Raquel Recuero
Jan 23, 2011

The massive adoption of digital media in the everyday life of teens has reshaped social and educational practices in Latin America. A digital divide persists but youth are increasingly more connected…

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Teaching Digital Literacy

John Jones
Jan 16, 2011

In literate societies, the idea of teaching someone how to read but not how to write is practically inconceivable. The dual connection between reading and writing is built into the very notion of…

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Social Learning, Literacies and Recommended Resources

Barry Joseph
Jan 12, 2011

Paleontologist from American Museum of Natural History shows I Dig Brazil kids images of ancient animals. Editor’s note: Global Kids does a great job each month pointing us to excellent new resources…

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UK Student Protests: Democratic Participation, Digital Age

Lyndsay Grant
Jan 9, 2011

The stereotypical characterization of young people as politically apathetic, interested only in using digital media for socializing and gaming, has been punctured by recent events in the UK….

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Mozilla Drumbeat: Open Web Meets Open Learning


Jan 5, 2011

What if the same energy, ideals, organizational effectiveness, global army of volunteers and code wizardry that created the Firefox web browser could be applied to learning and education? Don’t…

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“Check-in” Learning and Social Learning Networks

Akili Lee
Jan 2, 2011

At the core of all of our work at the Digital Youth Network, whether it is understanding the affordances of social learning networks or creating new learner-centered models, is the idea that learners…

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Free, Social, and Inclusive: Appropriation and Resistance of New Media Technologies in Brazil

December 31, 2010

Abstract:This article analyzes how new media are being appropriated within the Brazilian society. Exploring a range of new media practices—from the use of social network sites, microblogging, gaming, music, video production, and digital photography to youth media programs, LAN houses, and online communities—this article examines changes in the production, consumption,

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Quest to Learn

December 31, 2010

Quest to Learn, an innovative school for grades 6 to 12 in New York City, grew out of the idea that gaming and game design offer a promising new paradigm for curriculum and learning. The designers of Quest to Learn developed an approach to learning that draws from what games

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Disrupting Class: A New Age for Learning


Dec 29, 2010

Book review: one in an occasional series on works that aspire to reimagine learning in the information age. Let’s start with the shocking news that Disrupting Class authors Clayton Christensen,…

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Top 5 Blog Posts on Digital Media and Learning for 2010


Dec 26, 2010

The DML Central blog is just over a year old, and the close of 2010 marks our first full year of publishing thought leadership from our featured bloggers and highlighting best practices in the…

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Peer Learning Isn’t Easy (But Some Days It’s Amazing)

Cathy Davidson
Dec 19, 2010

I’m not teaching a class this term.  I’m doing something lots harder.  I am making a collaborative, peer-led experience available to students.  There are six of them: three graduate…

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The Joy of Writing – With Ancient Tools or New

John Jones
Dec 12, 2010

The Telegraph recently published an article announcing that, in the age of Facebook and Twitter, “ancient communication technologies” like handwriting “are current like never before.” The title…

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Digital Self-Harm and Other Acts of Self-Harassment

danah boyd
Dec 6, 2010

Sometimes, things aren’t what they appear to be.  And, in those cases, jumping to the wrong conclusion can be a disservice to everyone.  After I first wrote about Formspring seven months…

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Student-led Curriculum: Demanding, Digital, Compelling

Liz Losh
Nov 30, 2010

At November’s University of California Institute for Research in the Arts conference, the emphasis was on college courses that couldn’t be planned out according to set syllabi and fixed course…

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Why Is Everyone Worried About Attention Now?

Cathy Davidson
Nov 22, 2010

If you read the newspapers of the early twentieth century, you realize that everyone was fretting then about the “horseless carriage.”  They were positive that the new technology of an…