participatory 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...
The last year has been a journey of making sense and meaning of what exactly connected learning is and what it means to me. Along the way I've had the privilege of joining conversations with amazing NWP teachers about what it looks like and how it takes shape. I’m constantly comparing this framework to the things that I do as a teacher - wondering which principles already live in my classroom and...
  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...
What do we mean when we say "participatory culture" and what challenges do we face in trying to more fully realize this ideal, especially in regards to youth participation? Digital Is community members have often turned to Henry Jenkins to help make sense of these questions. In the one-hour Connected Learning seminar above, Jenkins discusses these and other questions with colleagues studying...
We’ve been talking about connected learning quite a lot lately, and I think many of us are starting to get a handle on ways to support the principles of this approach in different types of learning settings -- schools, libraries, makerspaces, home, etc. However, until last week’s connectedlearning.tv webinar, I hadn’t considered what connected learning could look like for adults in the workplace...
David Low - Unwholesome and Insipid Fruit_final.pdf In this humourous academic essay, I explore the historical roots of media panics, which are triggered by generational power struggles over the right to define and preserve culture. Within such panics there is often a rift between youth-oriented popular culture and adult-guarded "high" culture. This rift generally plays out as new media vs. old...
I had the pleasure and privilege of being in a Connected Learning Google Hangout today with a bunch of very smart people. Antero Garcia, a Digital Is author, was the featured guest and he framed the hangout by titling it: "A Discussion on Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and the Teaching Profession." The conversation, which you can listen to and watch here, was fascinating. Ellen Middaugh,...
A friend who runs a summer camp recently described to me the way older campers have “free choice” time some afternoons. Counselors decide what they’ll be doing based on what they know and enjoy – playing guitar, building a canoe, crafting something – and then campers have free choice of which counselor and activity they want to do, if any. My vision of Connected Learning is that practitioners in...
The Participatory Culture Suite from CoSN is a set of resources designed to support administrators and other school leaders as they work to transform their schools into Web 2.0-enabled participatory learning environments. The resources provide school leaders with several tools for reflecting on their own and their school's use of Web 2.0. There are role-specific action plans for superintendents,...

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