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Kids, You have Another World to Create

Clarissa is a 17-year-old aspiring screenwriter, growing up in a working-class household in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her passion is fantasy fiction. When friends introduced her to an online role-playing site that involved writing fiction interactively, she jumped at the chance to connect with others who shared her interest. Online, she found a community of like-minded peers who… Read More ›

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The Internet, Innovation and Learning (#makesummer)

America’s education reform movement gets out of school this summer with a four-month campaign to help redefine learning in the digital age through dozens of activities for youth, parents, and educators, dubbed the “Summer of Making and Connecting.” Education in America needs to be more powerful if we want to prepare all our children for the… Read More ›

9 Case Studies about Using Open Educational Resources(#OER) to Foster Creativity

Open educational resources can be change agents leading to the release of creativity for organisations, for teachers and for learners. Here are 8 research publications that observed the evidences and best practices - Special Themed Issue on Creativity and Open Educational Resources (OER) from The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning – EURODL. Exploring OER: Internet Information Literacy,… Read More ›

There is Only One Classroom in The World

“MOOC’s story tells us that scale is interesting because it allows us to offer a high quality product at a very low marginal cost per student, which is what allows us to take people who really can’t pay for an education. The move from pre-printing press to post-printing press is an one-time transition in history of… Read More ›

Are You Ready for a Connected Learning Year?

Honor Moorman reviewed resources for global collaboration opportunities for learning. Her best advice is to tap into an existing project. There are lots of them! She is the Associate Director for Professional Development and Curriculum at Asia Society. Passionate about 21c skills, especially global competence and new literacies.

Using The Web as An Open Gaming Platform

Now hacking and remixing are in, they bring the opportunity of learning by making and playing. Scratch 2.0 This week Scratch just released Scratch 2.0 (a public beta stage as of January 28, 2013) with a whole new experience of web-based environment, cloud computing and welcoming remixing and collaboration! Take a look : (from Scratch… Read More ›

Research Report on Why Maker-Driven, Connected Learning is Important

Young learners today have the whole world at their fingertips in ways that were unimaginable just a generation ago. No matter how broad and deep the knowledge they need, everything is just a click away. How will their learning be different ? How should they benefit from that and not the opposite ? A report about… Read More ›

15 Ways Online Educators Can Light Social Engagement Afire

Social engagement may help eliminate the student retention problems that have plagued higher education for many years. Stephen Abram, author of the Stephen’s Lighthouse blog on library trends, pointed out that, “For decades, research has been pointing to social engagement as a key factor in helping improve student retention. While much progress has been made in working toward… Read More ›

Making, Playing, Learning and Working Memory

Working memory measures potential to learn, and can be crucial in supporting classroom achievement, says Tracy Packiam Alloway. She researches working memory at the University of North Florida and has developed the world’s first standardised working memory tests for educators. Her latest book is an edited collection, Working Memory: The Connected Intelligence, published by Psychology Press…. Read More ›

Leveraging Digital Learning to Facilitate Deeper Learning

Getting Smart® today launched “How Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning,” a white paper that examines how key aspects of personal digital learning – common standards, next-generation assessments, blended learning, and affordable devices – can provide deeper learning opportunities for students. Check this article and the infographic to learn more! ***** Co-written by Tom Vander… Read More ›

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What Schools Can Learn From the World of Photography

An article by George Couros on ConnectedPrincipals.com caught my attention, and the idea delivered resonates exactly with my thoughts on digital learning. I have related ”how digital learning (for example digital textbooks) could change how we learn” with “how digital photography have changed the world of photography” in my mind for a long time. George Couros, a principal… Read More ›

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Connected Learning Manifesto

by Justin Marquis Ph.D. Much of the writing on Education Unbound is focused on evaluating existing programs or innovations to explain how best to use them or to examine their efficacy or applicability in larger contexts. The recent open call on Twitter to help develop the Connected Learning Manifesto provides a different focus however. This invitation to help create… Read More ›

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Teaching Authentic Writing in a Socially Mediated World

This is a great reflection from Susan Lucille Davis on why and how traditional form of teaching writing should be changing in the digital age, originally posted on gettingsmart.com. Instead of the narrow definition of writing, digital storytelling and connected learning are what students need! ***** I need to confess. As an English/Language Arts teacher with nearly… Read More ›

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Connected Learning Principles and Resources

The MacArthur Foundation has just launched a new research initiative called Connected Learning, which is focused on building models for connected learning — “learning that is socially connected, interest-driven, and oriented towards educational opportunity.” Here’s Henry Jenkins’ take on the new endeavor. Dr. Eric Mazur’s Peer Instruction has recently started up some similiar resources: Peer Instruction Network(their Blog). And, this post is… Read More ›

Building a Learning Network for Students

As Pew Research Center just published its report on new kinds of learners emerging from ubiquitous mobile connectivity on EDUCAUSE2011 recently. Now learners are self directed, less top down, more reliant on feedback and response, more inclined to collaboration, more open to cross discipline insights, more oriented towards people being their own idividual nodes of… Read More ›