Connected Learning: Critical Participatory Cultures & Informal Learning

This week’s Ito et al. (2013) reading took an in-depth, as well as practical look at the idea of – or rather pedagogy behind – connected learning. The document outlines several case studies that explore what connected learning looks like in various contexts and environments. The authors maintain that connected learning “Is realized when a … More Connected Learning: Critical Participatory Cultures & Informal Learning

Critical Making: Putting the Critical Back into Making

This week’s readings focus on the concept of tech creation, and specifically, maker spaces. Matt Ratto’s (2011) article “provides an overview of a series of experiments in what the author calls critical making, a mode of materially productive engagement that is intended to bridge the gap between creative physical and conceptual exploration” (p. 252), while … More Critical Making: Putting the Critical Back into Making

From the ‘Transparency Gap’ to ‘Gender Gaps’ (and Boundaries)

This week’s readings begin with Francesca Bray’s 2007 article, “Gender and Technology,” which explores feminist technology studies (FTS) through the joint lens of cultural anthropology and the anthropology of technology – positioning technology as a cultural artifact. This stratification of gendered roles, Bray argues, is a result of marketing techniques – for instance, how technologies … More From the ‘Transparency Gap’ to ‘Gender Gaps’ (and Boundaries)

Critical Literacies in the Age of Fake News, Algorithmic Culture & Trump Tweets

This week’s readings present the work of Kellner and Share (2007) which highlights the lack of comprehensive media literacy studies in the K-12 in the curriculum within schools in the United States, stating, “most education in the United States has not kept up with advances in technology or educational research” (p. 3). They subsequently advocate … More Critical Literacies in the Age of Fake News, Algorithmic Culture & Trump Tweets

Coding Literacies: Critical Literacies for an Algorithmic Culture

This week’s Jenson and Droumeva (2016) reading takes a closer look at computational literacies and game making as a way of addressing the apparent absence of such competencies in formal curriculum. The authors begin by observing that “Digital games are increasingly at the forefront of conversations about ways to address student disengagement and ways to … More Coding Literacies: Critical Literacies for an Algorithmic Culture

Situated Learning: Learning through Making, Design and Creative Production

This week’s readings examine situated learning through the exploration of media tools and production pedagogies. Thumlert’s (2015) article begins by juxtaposing Nick Prior’s figure of “the new amateur” with Joseph Jacotot’s notion of “intellectual emancipation” which is based on the “supposition of the equality of intelligence” (p. 115). Consequently, when combined with use of new … More Situated Learning: Learning through Making, Design and Creative Production

How to Create Deeper Learning in the Classroom Using VRs and MUVES

Darvasi, P. Mindshift (2016) – VR and 5 Ethical Considerations  In this article, Paul Darvasi explores an interesting dilemma presented by the use of virtual reality, specifically virtual reality meant to simulate tragic historical events such as 9/11 for the purpose of empathetic social learning. Although revolutionary and transformative learning opportunities are made possible by VR, … More How to Create Deeper Learning in the Classroom Using VRs and MUVES

Pedagogy and Technology: A Review of the Literature

“Paying Attention to Attention: New Economies for Learning” – Suzanne de Castell & Jennifer Jenson In their 2006 article, de Castell and Jenson explore the implications of an increasingly digital and technologically immersed world in the field of education, especially as it pertains to capturing and maintaining the attention of students. Although as the authors … More Pedagogy and Technology: A Review of the Literature