politics

So, I have been having more fun that I have a right to have by making political-themed distorted graphs that have no data correlation whatsoever. I don't even think or consider any numbers when making these. Who cares about data when you have cool graphs in a misinformation campaign! Actually, along a serious line of thinking, the making of Distorted Graphs (which was inspired by a Make Idea...
A pop-up, unofficial, experimental #clmooc make cycle    Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 9.20.35 AM.png   A Google image search on terms like “political memes” or “election memes” provides a reading experience markedly different than opening the morning paper. This instant, biased, collage of pictures is the most complex of digital footprints, still new to even the...
Yesterday, I saw this quote on Twitter posted by @dogtrax from Advice to Writers. sacred work.JPG All rights reserved.   I read this and immediately identified with it. Then throughout the day, it kept coming back into my mind with some nagging wonderings. In particular, I thought of a book I recently read, very passionate and clearly designed to change minds and...
I am suggesting that while the remark "English ain't relevant" may appear, on the surface, to be without substance, or maybe even crude, it actually is a remark which upon investigation raises fundamental questions about American society. To dismiss such a remark as wrongheaded is to ignore the likelihood that the makers of the remark know something about this America that is yet incomprehensible...
20140228_135720.jpg “The irony is the more personal your story is, the more universal it is. And the more you keep that nuance that makes your story personal, the more it will spread,” Nirvan Mullick, the founder of Imagination Foundation noted on January 21, 2014.  Mullick spoke from experience. Caine’s Arcade, a short documentary film he released in 2009,...
In the spirit of melding DIY with do-what-you-can-where-you-are (DWYCWYA?), I ran an mostly impromptu nerd camp for any and all local educators. Call it #popupPD. I scheduled the camp for Wednesday of Spring Break and used my blog and Twitter account to promote it. I made a flier available as a .pdf and set up a sign-up sheet on Google Drive. In less than a week, the event went from inception to...
In 2013 the DML Conference landed squarely on the question of the relation between digital media and politics, calling questions about civic education, new views of social justice, and youth engagement in shaping their world. Much of the substance of these questions came from the work of the MacArthur network on Youth and Participatory Politics, or YPP, which has been looking at evolving...
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...
Against All Odds, is an online serious  game that was developed by UNHCR to teach adolescents about the plight of political refugees. This forty-five minute web-based game is targeted for children in middle and high school. While playing the game, the player takes the role of a refugee who is persecuted, forced to leave his native country, and finally seeks asylum.  There are twelve steps that...
How can we use the connections provided by digital media to help students learn about civic — and civil — dialogue? The video above illustrates how two students from very different communities begin talking in a way that typifies much of political expression today. The exchange started as a discussion post on the blog, and continued in the comments that were often contentious. However by the end...

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