participation

The last time I joined a learning community, it was the Connected Learning MOOC and I felt welcomed and guided. In fact, one of the organizers pointed me to Digital Is and here I am. In the past several months, I've discovered how important acceptance and encouragement are in fostering participation. For someone new, the key is trust. I'm learning how my students will feel when I send them to...
As my first post, I'm adding slides from a workshop that Ryan Hill from ARTLAB+ at the Hirshhorn and I did at the Digital Media and Learning conference this year. Ryan and I are both working to develop YOUmedia digital teen spaces at our respective institutions thanks to grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The title of the workshop was "HOMAGO for All: Applying HOMAGO...
Two main issues prompted this blog:  1.  My own struggle to blog daily in March about/in conjunction with Digital Is, and 2. the closing conversation in the P2PU.org study group about active versus passive participation in digital spaces. My own experience, on the surface at least, has suggested that my primary issue is time.  I have time to “dip” into DI regularly, but it is difficult for me to...
I never thought I would be a teacher ... I certainly never thought I would use my teaching experience to guide my thinking as I begin to work on a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences, but here I am. I am the only one who is surprised.  It has been evident from the beginning of my teaching career that my teaching style differs from those of my colleagues, and it was no secret that many disagreed with my...
A challenge when teaching Shakespeare is convincing the students that, while they do not need to love Shakespeare, they can develop an appreciation for the writing and apply the themes in his works to their own lives. Many of my students come into Romeo and Juliet quite resistant and skeptical to my announcement that by the end of the play, they will be able to read a Shakespearean text and that...
Sections:The Discussions EvolveThe Daily GrindThe Trial Online Discussions, postings, and Feedback The Formal EssayThe Reflections  The Discussions Evolve In addition to the specific activities outlined in the module, I asked students to read a scene take notes on The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet before class and pose at least three questions about the scenes they...
So often in my teaching career - and as a student, actually - I have seen and heard teachers forbid the use of the powerful computers inside students' pockets, scold a student for having consulted Wikipedia, restricted Internet use to sites they approved, and regard the online writing and social networking the students conduct as a "waste of time." I have also faced opposition from these same...
Project New Media Literacies (NML) is a research initiative that explores how we might best equip young people with the social skills and cultural competencies required to become full participants in an emergent media landscape and raise public understanding about what it means to be literate in a globally interconnected, multicultural world. NML has developed a framework for thinking about...
"The goal of our project has been to document the everyday lives of youth as they engage with new media and to put forth a paradigm for understanding learning and participation in contemporary networked publics. We have worked to understand youth culture, and to bring this youth-centered perspective into the debates about digital media and learning." The Digital Youth Project brought together 28...