As parents, we’re now beginning to accept this, I think: “We live in a world that is re-creating itself one life and one digital connection at a time … a landscape for which there are no maps,” as Krista Tippett said it in her introduction to a timely radio conversation with Seth Godin on American [...]
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Earlier this year, some 40 digital tablets (the Motorola version of iPads) were packaged into two taped-up boxes with no instructions and dropped into two Ethiopian villages, each about 50 miles from Addis Ababa and each with about 20 “1st-grade-aged” children, MIT Technology Review reported. The goal in this experiment, which OLPC chair Nicholas Negroponte [...]
Amid all the coverage of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s sentence this week, David Finkelhor, who has been doing research about child sexual victimization for more than 30 years, offered some recommendations for what will go much farther toward reducing victimization – and restoring justice – than putting one monstrous offender away [...]
Last spring I had the privilege and fun of spending a whole class period with middle school students talking about their favorite uses of technology. Of course there were about as many preferences as there were students, so I’ll just zoom in on one student whose interest I felt best illustrated how very individual and [...]
Listen. Ask our kids about their in-game experiences, and then listen a lot. It may sound simple and we’ve heard it before, but listening can have powerful effects. This video interview for Kids and Media UK about kids and videogames with University of Bournemouth professor Stephen Heppell, who for more than 30 years has been [...]
I can’t presume to know education’s main job in today’s very different media environment, but I think Prof. Michael Wesch at Kansas State University is on to something. It goes beyond teaching media literacy in information-saturated lives, which itself is well past the 19th-century model of filling students’ heads with information and having them “learn” [...]
I read 5th-grade Washington, D.C., teacher Marti Weston’s blog post because I was curious about “The Digital Citizenship Minute” (the title of her post). But my curiosity quickly gave way to inspiration. I really liked that Marti asked her students to discover for themselves the definition of digital citizenship by collaborating on the writing of [...]
This is interesting. University of Southern California Prof. Henry Jenkins didn’t put it exactly this way, but I don’t think he’d disagree: It’s almost as if, at this particular point in history (the history of education, media, and technology, in any case), educators need the same first principle of practice that doctors in emergency medicine [...]
Today’s students are stuck between traditional college prep and doing what’s meaningful to them – can we thoughtfully support both?
Recipients of federal E-rate funding will get faster connnections, more support for mobile learning, and the opportunity to provide wi-fi access to their neighborhoods after hours, the FCC announced.