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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


“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…


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…


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…


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…


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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Mimi Ito Awarded MacArthur Foundation 
Chair in Digital Media and Learning

October 21, 2010

IRVINE, Calif. – Mizuko “Mimi” Ito, an anthropology and informatics professor at the University of California, Irvine, has been named the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning. Created in 2009 from an endowment fund originally established by the MacArthur Foundation at the University


Learning, Playing, Designing: Video Games in School

Oct 20, 2010

Most education has been fashioned around the reasonable-sounding objective of equipping students with tools to solve problems. This is one facet of what some educators call the “eat your broccoli”…


Social Justice and Diverse Cultures of Participation

Lyndsay Grant
Oct 17, 2010

Many educators are excited by the new opportunities and challenges for learning that digital media brings us. Stories about 11-year-old Kai, a learner at Quest to Learn school in New York, paint a…