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How COPPA Fails Parents, Educators, Youth

danah boyd
Jun 9, 2010

Ever wonder why youth have to be over 13 to create an account on Facebook or Gmail or Skype? It has nothing to do with safety.  In 1998, the U.S. Congress enacted the Children’s Online Privacy…

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A professor with unconventional methods, message

Liz Losh
Jun 7, 2010

Digital media and learning initiatives often talk in utopian terms about a “future without books,” but don’t say that to New School faculty member Trebor Scholz.  Scholz, who teaches in the…

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Privacy and social media sites: a growing, global concern

Raquel Recuero
Jun 3, 2010

Raquel Recuero, a Brazilian professor, is an Internet culture researcher in South America. Wherever social networking sites have reached the mainstream, privacy seems to have become a more common…

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It’s an amazing time to be a learner – Will Richardson


May 31, 2010

Your personal learning network is not just a network of people you learn from. A “pln,” as enthusiasts call them, is a network of people who are learning together. I was given this essential lore -…

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Working Towards a Deeper Understanding of Digital Safety for Children and Young People in Developing Nations

May 31, 2010

Abstract: This exploratory study is a first output of an ongoing collaboration between the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and UNICEF. It is intended as a contribution towards building a deeper understanding of children’s safety in a digital context in developing nations. More specifically, the objectives

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Reanimating education: ideas, questions, inspirations

Aaron Knochel
May 27, 2010

Editor’s note: We asked student blogger Chris Sinclair to examine all the discourse, content, and conversation in and around the recent TEDxNYED event on education reform, curate it, and comment on…

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Emergent Networks: Fotologs as Performances of the Self

Raquel Recuero
May 23, 2010

Raquel Recuero, a Brazilian professor, is an Internet culture researcher in South America. Fotolog, a photo-sharing site, grew quickly in South America, becoming one of the most popular social…

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Recommended reads, links from Global Kids

Barry Joseph
May 19, 2010

Editor’s note: Global Kids regularly points us to their current favorite resources. Please tell us what you’re reading or watching and why others should as well! At the top of our list is the best-…

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Wikimedia and the Future of Public Media

Mimi Ito
May 16, 2010

As of this week, I am officially part of Wikimedia’s advisory board. I’m super excited to be part of the Wikimedia team and community, and am feeling rosy about the promise of all I will learn and…

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10 Innovative Digital Media & Learning Projects Win $1.7M


May 12, 2010

The results of the MacArthur Foundation’s 2010 Digital Media and Learning Competition are in, and the 10 winning projects can’t help but to inspire anyone even remotely interested in understanding…

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In Praise of Mo’ Better Grading

Cathy Davidson
May 9, 2010

Meanwhile, back at the pedagogical ranch…You may remember that back in November I reported on my experiment in grading, combining the long tradition of contract grading with what I call “…

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Game Changers Kids Competition 2010


May 5, 2010

Announcing the Digital Media and Learning Game Changers Kids Competition! Please share the news and the link to the competition web site, with any kids or colleagues who work with young people who…

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Librarian 2.0: Buffy J. Hamilton


May 2, 2010

Which of the following two assignments is more likely to engage high school students and inspire them to learn something?1.  Write a paper about contemporary US war veterans.2.  Create a…

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A Digital Native Reflects on the Concept

Aaron Knochel
Apr 28, 2010

There is an assumption that digital natives are naturally predisposed to understanding how to use computers and technology, just because we grew up with the Internet, texting, and emailing. I’m 21…

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Harassment by Q&A: Initial Thoughts on Formspring.me

danah boyd
Apr 25, 2010

Questions-and-answers have played a central role in digital bonding since the early days of Usenet.  Teenagers have consistently co-opted quizzes and surveys and personality tests to talk about…

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The iPad and Generativity

John Jones
Apr 18, 2010

Since the announcement of Apple’s iPad, reactions to the device have been extremely polarized. While some people have been highly critical of the device, others have reacted positively. Still others…

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Recommended Resources from Global Kids

Barry Joseph
Apr 13, 2010

Editor’s note: Global Kids each month points us to their current favorite resources. Please take a moment and share some of yours, too, in the comments section. Also, we always value knowing what the…

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The DML Field: Listening to Critical Voices

Liz Losh
Apr 11, 2010

Often the emphasis in Digital Media and Learning is on K-12 education, and so social computing practices in higher education frequently receive less attention from researchers.  A recently…

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“Scaling John Seely Brown” and the “End of Endism”

Cathy Davidson
Apr 4, 2010

I recently had occasion to talk on the phone with someone whose posts on education and social media I follow with interest on Twitter.  ToughLoveforX (his Twitter name) is a retired printer…

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Diana Rhoten: The Science of Reimagining Learning


Mar 28, 2010

“From the standpoint of the child, the great waste in the school comes from his inability to utilize the experiences he gets outside the school in any complete and free way within the school itself;…

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Facebook’s Games: Emerging Sociality

Raquel Recuero
Mar 21, 2010

Raquel Recuero is a professor of linguistics and communication in Brazil, and a researcher in social media and Internet culture in South America. The content of this post is based on her recent…

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ChatRoulette: Devil Incarnate or Accessible Public?

danah boyd
Mar 14, 2010

It’s easy to see new Internet phenomena and panic, especially when the technology in question opens up a portal to all of the weird parts of the Internet.  This is precisely what is happening…

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Spin: The Digital Media & Learning Conference 2010


Mar 10, 2010

Hidden in the tweetstream from the Digital Media and Learning Conference 2010 are hundreds of provocative insights, comments, and observations, and we couldn’t help but mine the archive for another…

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Reimagining Learning


Mar 7, 2010

Teaching and education in America has been a very hot subject in the news. In recent days, there have been lengthy pieces on “building a better teacher,”  the ripple effects of a Rhode Island…