After a Department of Education kick-off at the Reimagining Education Conference and initial practitioner learning opportunities by partners Scratch, the Afterschool Alliance, and Mozilla Webmakers, the Summer of Making and Connecting kicks into even higher gear with the launch of Maker Party 2013 and the Making Learning Connected mooc on June 15.
I direct National Programs and Site Development at the National Writing Project in Berkeley, CA. Along with Christina Cantrill, I am a founder of Digital Is and work extensively with the Digital Media and Learning (DML) initiative sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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In May 2013, Howard Rheingold found a blog created by Linda Yollis and her second grade students. He was taken with the work and arranged an interview. Here are his comments, originally posted at DML Central, and a video of their discussion.
Whitney Burke posted a fascinating interview with Amy Stornaiuolo at DML Central, April 26, 2013. Because it deals with teachers and students using a social network for content sharing and discussion, we are reposting here. See below for the interview.
While young people are often adept at navigating networked spaces for social purposes in their everyday lives, it is less clear what role schools and teachers should play in that process. In what ways can educators support, mentor, and scaffold youth’s navigation of online spaces to foster rich learning experiences and ethical communication practices?
In this post Doug Belshaw, who leads Mozilla Foundation's web literacies initiative, explains why Mozilla Foundation is working to develop web literacy standards and how everyone—that's YOU Digital Is folks—can participate in their development. First posted at DML Central, Doug lists a series of spaces for you to give feedback on the emerging framework.
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 understands of civic and political life with an emphasis on young people.