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…


Shelly Terrell: Global Netweaver, Curator, PLN Builder

Oct 14, 2010

When I started using social media in the classroom, I looked for and began to learn from more experienced educators. First, I read and then tried to comment usefully on their blog posts and tweets….


Recommended Reading, Viewing, Clicking

Barry Joseph
Oct 10, 2010

Editor’s note: Global Kids does a stellar job each month pointing us to key resources. We are not Waiting for Superman, We are Empowering Superheroes (Presentation)Social entrepreneur and learning…


Becoming a Master in Knowledge and Networks

Cathy Davidson
Oct 6, 2010

Last December, deans from the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University came to me and asked if I and the team at the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced…


Brazilian Elections and Emerging Webcitizenship

Raquel Recuero
Oct 3, 2010

Diego Casaes and Paula Goes from Global Voices Online have been instrumental in crowdsourcing efforts for the 2010 Brazilian elections. Oct. 3 was Election Day in Brazil. About 135 million Brazilians…


Post-Platonic Writing on the Web

John Jones
Sep 29, 2010

In the Phaedrus, Plato famously objected to writing, noting that it would cause a number of ills: it would lead to the decay of memory, it would deceive people into thinking that they possessed…


Bio-Politics, Video Games, and Kids’ Bodies

Ben Williamson
Sep 26, 2010

Some recent research findings have got me thinking a lot about Franz Kafka’s story about a young clerical worker who wakes up half-transformed into a giant insect. No, it’s not research from the new…


YouMedia: A New Vision for Learning

Akili Lee
Sep 22, 2010

In July 2009, YouMedia launched as an ambitious attempt to re-imagine the library as a more relevant learning resource for today’s teens. Understanding that the landscape has changed how teens learn…


Participation, Technology, and the Power of Sharing

Liz Losh
Sep 19, 2010

This year’s convention of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) attracted more than 20,000 programmers, artists,…

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MacArthur & IMLS Announce Plans to Create 30 New Learning Labs at Libraries and Museums Across the Country

September 17, 2010

(Washington, DC) — In support of President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” call to action, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced plans to create 30 new youth learning labs in libraries and museums across the country. Inspired by


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…