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A Manifesto, of Sort, on the Internet

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This "manifesto" came through Twitter this morning (from the generous Rene Hobbs, who does great work on media literacy for children), and I thought "I could have just handed this out posted this the first night and worked through it with all of you for 10 weeks.

I like the provacative content.  There is so much to discuss.

I am also intrigued by how this is a distinctly digital document.  Each "clue" is its own link and can also be embedded elsewhere.  It's Creative Commons licensed at the most open level, invisting others to do things with this text.


New Clue #12: There has not been a tool with such a general purpose since language.
New Clues

The text is also on Github, which I don't completely understand but know that it allows others to "get under the hood" and remix in different ways.

This is going to be on the required reading list next time.


People objecting on twitter and other social media lead to Scholastic pulling a new children's book

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I'd started seeing comments last week about the depiction of slaves in a new children's book issued by Scholastic about slaves who cooked in George Washington's kitchen.  I just saw the announcement today that Scholastic has pulled the book.  Here's one author and teacher's account  (curating some of the Tweets in that same tool I posted below, Storify).

It's worth a skim to see how people conversed over a few days, learned from each other and disagreed with each other, and how a major publisher then responded.


 Update:  Here's a news story from NPR on the issues. 

 Update #2:  One educator writes about all she learned from Twitter in the multiple posts about this book.



Lou Reed , Creating, and Networked Learning: Doing is Knowing

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I loved the writing in this piece on Lou Reed, media creation, and the internet when I first read it a few months ago.  I  just ran across it again so thought I'd share it here.   It's about identity, learning, art, and the difference it makes that elements of all of these are now networked. I particularly appreciates some of the things that he says about the importance now of *making*, not just consuming media in these media -rich times. Why Doing is Knowing: 

Any experience of authorship gives you a piece of this knowledge — the knowledge of the storyteller, the musician, the crafter of objects, the dreamer of code. In a media-saturated world that will eagerly tell us who we are if we let it, acquiring the confident insight, the authority of media-making, is both a necessity and a gift.


Resources for "children's safe and empowering use of the internet"

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Sonia Livingstone's group in London is doing excellent research on children's use of the internet around the world.   They've just posted this excellent guide to free and accessible resources for parents, teachers, or anyone who want to help children balance the opportunities and risks of connected learning and play.


I know a lot of parents in my networks who would love to get this list, so I'll be posting widely today.




How Do Elementary Classrooms Use Twitter?

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This came through my Twitter feed.

Someone I follow (An ed  professor in Canada) tweeted out a request for examples of teachers using Twitter in their K-8 classrooms.

He got lots of responses.

And he used this cool tool Storify to both curate and archive the reponses -- so that he could neatly Tweet what he'd learned back out to others.

Lots of learning, lots of sharing.  




Collaboratively Annotating the State of the Union

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I tweeted an announcement about this experiment earlier, but here's more on the endeavor to invite students and educators to collaboratively annotate the State of the Union speech tonight.


Things that intrigue me about this:

  • The conversations among planners and visitors are public and seemingly carefully thought out.
  • As someone who grew up in a very small town in the midst of corn fields, the opportunities to connect with other students around ideas is fascintating to me.
  • I like the civic engagement part:  Being a citizen is about so much more than listening.

 What do you think?  Gimmic?  Or opportunity to learn?  Or some of each?

Here is the planners' video:




Learning for Changing Times

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This quote from Seymour Papert, a pioneer in thinking about computers and learning, resonated with me as I think about this course:

Success in the slowly changing worlds of past centuries came from being able to do well what you were taught to do. Success in the rapidly changing world of the future depends on being able to do well what you were not taught to do.

Will Richardson quoted Papert in this essay (which will require a log-in, but this newsletter is good) on the "Low hanging" fruit of ed tech in many schools in which conventional teaching is digitized, but students do little differently than they've always been doing.  




Distinguishing between cultural reactions and actual impact of tech

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The book test:  Would this teacher have been this concerned had students reacted in the exact same way to books as they did to new iPads?





Great overview on managing Twitter Chats

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