Civic Learning

Anyone who knows me knows about my fascination and commitment to revisit my practice. They know about my desire to understand the affordances of technology and media-making in literacy instruction. They know about my dedication to helping my learners become global citizens. Now, make no mistake, I understand "I turned out completely fine" with a more traditional education, but then again, that's...
Our month-long series, Equity and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom, had the final official webinar yesterday; don't miss an interactive online conference in an unHangout style for our final webinar next week. The series, broadcast in partnership with Educator Innovator and Connectedlearning.tv, focuses specifically on equity in relation to Connected Learning principles. This fourth webinar...
How are educators fostering civic engagement in connected learning environments? How are principles of youth organizing adapting to the new literacies of connected learning? Below is an interactive version of the webinar (thanks to Vialogues), which allows you to add your own comments to the conversation. Feel free to jump in here and/or browse the various related resources below. Note: Play the...
In July 2013, the National Writing Project hosted a series of webinars and twitter chats at Connected Learning TV called Writers at Work. In that series, we tapped into a variety of ways that Connected Learning principles provide a powerful framework for innovating practice in and across a range of learning environments and are being explored and embodied in schools, after-school programs, and...
Caption: Streaming the workshops have opened a new channel for engagment and learning Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City teens by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership opportunities; through free and uncensored writing workshops, college prep and events to perform/share their work. The Digital Divide is a problem that grows daily as the...
Ethan Zuckerman confronts the "narrative of civics in crisis," and poses thoughtful questions on how we can strive for civics education that is both effective and engaging. Excerpts from "Is Civics in Crisis? Or Just Changing its Shape?" If civics is in crisis, it's a long crisis, not a sudden development...If we conclude that civics is in crisis, there's a hard question to answer: what would we...
To promote more conversation around this new idea of connected learning, the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub is hosting a series of webinars at their new website, connectedlearning.tv. The second webinar in the series was held on Thursday, March 22, and featured DML Research Network Chair, Mimi Ito, as facilitator. The webinar was a live-streamed hangout, with a handful of participants...
I decided on today’s topic based on a visit to the “Community” tab of Digital Is and an exploration of “recent tags.”  “Game-based learning” stood out to me, not because I’m a gamer, but because gaming has always interested me as a learning strategy that fosters engagement and critical thinking. Years ago at a Computers and Composition conference, I spent a day in a pre-conference workshop...
The facts: Only one in three Americans can name the three branches of government. (former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, during her appearance on The Daily Show) iCivics is a web-based civics program that former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor helped to develop in hopes to inspire our students to become active participants in a democratic society. This program was...