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8/23/10

Filed by
Christine Cupaiuolo

A Story Worth Reading: Learning About Flash Mobs and Digital and Media Literacy

Renee Hobbs, founder of the Media Education Lab at Temple University in Philadelphia, has a fascinating story to tell about the power of media literacy, but she needs your help to tell it.
 
 

7/27/10

Filed by
Christine Cupaiuolo

PLAYBACK: Digital Books Come of Age (Or) The Textbook is Dead; Long Live the Textbook

As digital books become the preferred reading form for a growing segment of the population, their place in education—from pre-school to college—is becoming more deeply integrated. Education-oriented publishers and distributors—and educators themselves—are beginning to explore the endless possibilities digital books offer. As a follow-up to Spotlight’s recent look at how libraries are addressing technological shifts, we look at how e-books are transforming reading and learning.
 
 

7/22/10

Filed by
Nichole Pinkard

Studies on Harmful Effects of Home Computer on School Performance Miss a Key Point - Context Matters

A recent article in The New York Times called into question the notion that giving kids computers at home can help them in school, and in fact suggests they may hurt in some cases. But guest author Nichole Pinkard says there’s more to the story than meets the eye.
 
 

7/19/10

Filed by
Sarah Jackson

What’s Next in Learning and Technology?

If you’re interested in digging deeper into questions about the future of the textbook, augmented reality or whether the mouse and keyboard will eventually be gone for good, read John Jones’ interview with Keen Haywood over at DMLCentral.
 
 

7/14/10

Filed by
Christine Cupaiuolo

An App for Everyone: Google Launches App Inventor

Google has just made it incredibly easy for students—and everyone else—to jump from being digital media consumers to digital media creators. It just launched App Inventor, which creates an extremely user-friendly interface for creating applications for the Android mobile operating system.
 
 

7/08/10

Filed by
Sarah Jackson

Be Curious About Digital Media

Want to do a better job of reaching the Facebook generation? Trying to understand wikis or mobile applications or geo-location functionalities? Never heard of any of these? Never fear. Help is on the way.
 
 

7/07/10

Filed by
Christine Cupaiuolo

You Say We Need a Revolution: The New Digital Literacy Consensus

Achieving a digitally literate populus will take more than cheering on innovative teachers that make the effort to bring emerging technologies into the classroom. A consensus is emerging that we need a systematic “revolution” in the way we deliver information and structure education.
 
 

7/07/10

By Josh Karp

Theft or Tribute? Copyright Butts Heads With Online Habits

Members of today’s “YouTube generation” have been sharing files and downloading media for free since practically the day they were born. How does their view of remix and copyright conflict with today’s intellectual property law? Spotlight talks with attorney Jaime Wolf and with Joi Ito, CEO of Creative Commons, about the movement for greater latitude in reuse and remix, and forging a “third way” for future copyright.
 
 

7/07/10

By Josh Karp

Remixing as a Classroom Strategy

Today’s students are remixing music, video, text, software and other media with their original work to make it their own. Josh Karp visits a classroom in Chicago to understand how educators are using remixing as tool for learning to teach collaboration, systems thinking and media literacy and why remixing is not plagiarism.
 
 

7/02/10

Filed by
Christine Cupaiuolo

PLAYBACK: Jessica Parker on Learning in the 21st Century

Plus: New Pew survey on the future of social media; the latest on ebooks and other tech trends; United Nations releases new apps; 3-D printers and related curriculum make the grade; and, for when you’re feeling restless this summer, dozens of professional development resources and new tools ...
 
 

6/09/10

Filed by
Sarah Jackson

Education Not Scare Tactics Will Help Protect Kids Online

Authors of “Youth Safety on a Living Internet” (PDF), the final report by the federal Online Safety and Technology Working Group, say the best thing educators and parents can do to keep kids safe online is to focus on building media literacy and promoting digital citizenship.
 
 

6/02/10

Filed by
Sarah Jackson

Who Says Young People Don’t Care about Online Privacy?

A new study shows young adults have become quite savvy about managing their online reputations.
 
 

6/01/10

Filed by
Christine Cupaiuolo

Beyond New Literacies: Journal Issue Looks at New Perspectives, Tensions

Digital Culture & Education, an international peer-reviewed journal, has just published a new special themed issue, “Beyond ‘New’ Literacies.”
 
 

5/17/10

Filed by
Christine Cupaiuolo

Happy Birthday to YouTube - And Everyone On It

YouTube turns 5 and celebrates with (what else?) a video overview of the history and highlights and a new channel celebrating its users.
 
 

5/11/10

Filed by
Sarah Jackson

Helping Teachers Teach Tech-Savvy Kids

“Teaching Tech-Savvy Kids: Bringing Digital Media into the Classroom, Grades 5-12” aims to help teachers understand young people’s new digital lives and think about how to integrate new media tools and pedagogies into their classrooms.
 
 

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