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by Sarah Macie Skipwith & Anthony Miranda Overview: As we mentioned in our overview, we see blogging as an opportunity for students to reflect or explore their personal interests through writing. The blogging that students do stands outside of the academic sphere, which provides them with a space that they are in control of and that they own. This space allows students to take on their own...
by Sarah Macie Skipwith & Anthony Miranda Overview: We ground our thinking of connective writing, as defined by Will Richardson, as the ability to publish in a variety of media with the intention of connecting and sharing it with others who have an interest (or passion) in the topic. Blogging concepts all relate to each other, so to reflect the connective nature of blogging concepts we start...
by Sarah Macie Skipwith & Anthony Miranda Overview: Integrating multimodality into a personal blog is not only a key component to individualizing blogs, but it also introduces students to the diversity of expression. At first glance multimodality might seem simple (just embed a video or cool series of photos, right?). Not quite. The challenge is to support students as they think about how...
For educators and parents, blogs can be tools for providing their students with relevant, purposeful, and connective writing and learning experiences. For students, blogging can offer new ways of participating in the affinity groups they are active in, or they can provide opportunities to discover and experience entirely new ones.
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...
Educators offer instruction, support, guidance, opportunities, challenges, resources, but how do teaching and learning really occur in out-of-school media literacy education programs? This resource takes a deeper look at some key characteristics of pedagogy in two youth media programs in the Philadelphia area. As part of my Stoneleigh Junior Fellowship with Research for Action in 2010-2011, I...
Youth say they want respect, voice, value, safety, support, challenges, and a sense that they are making a contribution to something goodin the world, so what can we learn from young people about what motivates them to engage and learn new skills? Based on interviews with and observations of youth media producers in the Philadelphia area, this resource explores what motivates these youth to...
Youth Roots, currently based at Arise High School, Oakland, California, is an out-of-school program in which "youth earn their rightful place in society by rooting themselves in their community as prominent leaders, culture producers, and change agents." Using new media production and literacy skills, Youth Roots members create artistic expressions that are also cultural critiques. As the Youth...
YOUmedia is a 21st century learning space for teens housed at the Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago. Designed to inspire collaboration and creativity, YOUmedia connects young adults, mentors, books, media, and institutions throughout the city of Chicago. The center is a partnership between the Chicago Public Library and the Digital Youth Network, and provides teens access to...

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