digital culture

Some folks in the Digital Writing Month circles have been doing a "slow read" of the new book by Henry Jenkins, danah boyd and Mimi Ito called Participatory Culture in a Networked Era. The book is a conversation between these three eminent thinkers of learning and connecting. Chapter Four is centered on learning and literacy, and I decided that I would take a powerful quote from each of three...
As you step through the doorway of a history classroom, the lights are off as the teacher drones on about the importance of certain Revolutionary War battles. A plain PowerPoint slide is plastered across the front of the room. A few students are awake, actively taking notes, but the majority of the class is dead asleep as the teacher drones on, unfazed by  this behavior. This is what many...
  (Song above: Entertainment art featuring 19-year old 5eHERU Biz media mentor High-Top Carter rapping about his experiences as a young media leader during the DML 2013 Conference) HERU- Growing Youth Leadership and Digital Economies: economics- the science of satisfying a lifetime's wants and needs with limited or scarce natural resources. youth leadership-  a young person’s ability to create a...
I am BRYCE, an executive record producer, performing artist, and native Detroiter. Recently, I have re-purposed my career in pop music to serving youth and building sustainable communities through economic justice, expressed through entertainment media arts.  IMG_4580.jpg   My entry into the world of popular education is via my youth media literacy organization-...
  Last weekend, I attended the Digital Media and Learning Conference, themed “Democratic Futures”.  I’ll have to say, I was more then excited to be in this space.  Its pronounced commitment to thinking about the dynamic ways that “young people are redefining expressions of ‘citizenship’, ‘political engagement’, and ‘democracy’”(as the program read) was right in line with my own interests and...
Henry Jenkins is a well-known scholar of new media and participatory culture studies. In Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the English Classroom - a recent book, co-published by the National Writing Project and Teachers College Press - he discusses an experiment to develop a new curriculum for middle and high school English classrooms, one that allows for the integration...
A few weeks ago, Cindy O’Donnell-Allen and Antero Garcia, both professors in the English department at Colorado State University and fellow NWP colleagues, shared with me via e-mail that students in their pre-service teaching courses would be taking a closer look at a resource I developed earlier this year on Digital Is, offering me full warning that my inbox would be full of notification e-mails...
What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century? What does it mean to be a global citizen? And what role might literature play in understanding this world we share?WorldLiterate is a site founded to explore these key questions. WorldLiterate is an open access collection inviting everyone to explore the many worlds of literature. The vast and various journeys captured in world literature have...
Popular culture has changed. No longer just television and movie franchises created by large Hollywood conglomerates, popular culture can be formed by the students in our classrooms. Our students are now both consumers and producers. Sure, they watch the latest blockbuster, but they also spend time making Youtube videos and mashups. This shift is an important one for educators to recognize when...
John Jones, assistant professor of professional writing and editing at West Virginia University, presents some fascinating thoughts about the changing nature of writing in his summer blog posts at DMLcentral. In "The Challenge of Teaching Networked Writing," Jones argues that the daily writing practices of students should have a place in the writing classroom. He refers to this writing as ...

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