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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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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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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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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…

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New Media Literacy: Critique vs Re-design

Lyndsay Grant
Nov 17, 2010

A central concern of media education has been to empower young people with the ability to question, analyze, critique and deconstruct messages they encounter in media. But in a global remix culture,…

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“Bullying” Has Little Resonance with Teenagers

danah boyd
Nov 14, 2010

Ever had one of dem days you wish woulda stayed home / Run into a group of niggas who getting they hate on / You walk by they get wrong you reply then shit get blown / Way outta proportion way past…

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How Learning Spaces Reflect Our View of Children

Ben Williamson
Nov 10, 2010

Many school buildings are in a terrible state. Even in seemingly advanced western nations many old schools resemble architectural catastrophes that, along with post-war urban tower blocks and the…

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Community and Writing in an Age of New Collectives

John Jones
Nov 7, 2010

In Larry Sanger’s history of the development of Wikipedia in Open Sources 2.0, the Wikipedia co-founder writes: For months I denied that Wikipedia was a community, claiming that it was, instead, only…

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No Selling the Genie Lamp: a game literacy practice in The Sims

October 31, 2010

Source: E-Learning and Digital Media Issue: Volume 7 Number 1 2010, pages 67-78 Abstract: Drawing on the New Literacy Studies, the authors argue that game literacy takes multiple forms and is embedded in different practices associated with particular games and gaming communities. They examine one specific game literacy practice that

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Literacies, Semantic Web and Recommended Resources

Barry Joseph
Oct 31, 2010

Editor’s note: Global Kids does a stellar job each month pointing us to excellent resources.  The 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition (report) The 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition, part of…