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Call for Papers: Digital Media & Learning Conference 2011

Katie Salen
Sep 12, 2010

Professor Katie Salen is Chair of the Digital Media & Learning Conference 2011. Her work at the innovative Quest to Learn school in New York City has been featured most recently in The New York…

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Digital Media and the Changing Nature of Authorship

John Jones
Sep 7, 2010

Students spend a lot of time writing. Most everyone vividly remembers writing essays for school, and, for many, those memories are not necessarily pleasant. Talk of writing in the classroom often…

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Recommended Reading, Viewing, Clicking 

Barry Joseph
Aug 31, 2010

Editor’s note: Global Kids does a great job mining the 24/7 flow of resources coming out of the digital media and learning field. They share some of their favorites each month. Please tell us what…

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Teens, Social Media, and Celebrity: Anatomy of an Incident

Raquel Recuero
Aug 26, 2010

Recently, two Brazilian teenagers practicing sexting on Twitcam, became international news. More than 25,000 Twitter users watched the live transmission of the couple’s intimate moments. Copies of…

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Social Steganography: Learning to Hide in Plain Sight

danah boyd
Aug 22, 2010

Carmen and her mother are close.  As far as Carmen’s concerned, she has nothing to hide from her mother so she’s happy to have her mom as her ‘friend’ on Facebook.  Of course, Carmen’s mom…

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If technology is making us stupid, it’s not technology’s fault

David Theo Goldberg
Aug 15, 2010

There has been growing concern that computers have failed to live up to the promise of improving learning for school kids.  The New York Times, The Washington Post, and PBS have all done stories…

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Students: Panic Over Online Privacy, Identity is Overblown

Aaron Knochel
Aug 3, 2010

Blogger Chris Sinclair attends the University of California, Irvine, and brings a youth perspective to DMLcentral. Going on the Internet and reading blogs these days I feel like all I see are…

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Kids and Credibility

July 31, 2010

How well do children navigate the ocean of information that is available online? The enormous variety of Web-based resources represents both opportunities and challenges for Internet-savvy kids, offering extraordinary potential for learning and social connection but little guidance on assessing the reliability of online information. This book reports on the

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Education: Time to experiment, learn, share, mobilize

Cathy Davidson
Jul 25, 2010

At HASTAC, we’ve been very excited this month to be one of the “community partners” for the upcoming Mozilla Drumbeat Festival: Learning, Freedom and the Open Web taking place in Barcelona, Nov…

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Veiled Censorship: Social Media and Education in Brazil

Raquel Recuero
Jul 18, 2010

Internet access in Brazil has been growing. Data from IBOPE/Net Ratings from December 2009 showed that Brazil had 67.5 million Internet users, with 1.2 million new users just since September 2009….

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Recommended Reading, Viewing, Clicking

Barry Joseph
Jul 14, 2010

Editor’s note: Global Kids does a great job searching, sorting, and filtering the 24/7 flow of resources in the digital media and learning field.  We’ve asked them to sift through their current…

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Probing What’s Next in Learning and Technology, Pt 2

John Jones
Jul 11, 2010

Children in Nigeria use laptops from the One Laptop Per Child movement. In the second part of my interview with Keene Haywood, Director of Research at the New Media Consortium, publisher of the…

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Searching for What’s Next in Learning and Digital Media

John Jones
Jul 5, 2010

A young girl in rural South America uses a laptop from the One Laptop Per Child movement.  The New Media Consortium (NMC) is publisher of the annual Horizon Report, which “seeks to identify and…

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Peer Participation and Software

June 30, 2010

Firefox, a free Web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation, is used by an estimated 270 million people worldwide. To maintain and improve the Firefox browser, Mozilla depends not only on its team of professional programmers and managers but also on a network of volunteer technologists and enthusiasts—free/libre and open

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It’s the Learning, Not the Technology – Jessica K. Parker


Jun 29, 2010

Without a doubt, your 15-year-old daughter can text one-handed while holding her phone under her desk. Your 11-year-old brother leads his own World of Warcraft guild. Your fellow college students are…

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Lessons From Sweden

Cathy Davidson
Jun 23, 2010

This month I had the pleasure to spend time in Sweden, hosted by Patrik Svensson, Director of the HUMlab at Umea University in northern Sweden, and then with Göran Blomqvist, CEO of Riksbankens…

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Crowdsourcing Scholarship

Liz Losh
Jun 20, 2010

A few weeks ago, just before the 2010 THATCAMP, a well-known technology and humanities “unconference,” got underway at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, the center’s…

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Rethinking the Human Subjects Process

Alexander Halavais
Jun 13, 2010

Get a group of social scientists together to talk about prospective research and it won’t take long before the conversation turns to the question of human subjects board approval. Most researchers…