What we call “standard” English is deeply embedded in cultural hierarchies that are often left unspoken. To address those hierarchies draws attention to the larger social context in which our teaching takes place—and to challenge that larger social context may bring chaos into our classrooms. Or so it would seem. In the 1966 film To Sir with Love, Sidney Poitier plays a Black Guyanese engineer who, when he cannot find a position as an engineer, accepts a teaching position in a tough London school. Almost all of his students are white and working class. Racial and class tensions are turned on their ear in this film. White teenagers must confront their own racism as they engage with the social hierarchy through poignant and often unexpected struggles.
It is clear from one look at the institute's agenda that serving such students is a growing prerogative for many of these colleges, particularly as they face decreases in their traditional demographics, increased competition from public institutions, and mounting pressure to tap into new revenue sources.
Mogg hopes that more librarians will attend future Bouchercons, emphasizing that it’s a great way to mingle with authors, and if the event is held in your area you may be able to piggyback onto the event by contacting authors who will be attending for possible events to be held in your library.
"Before the grievance was adjudicated and the facts in the case were established, and without the courtesy of contacting Professor DeSoto, you issued a highly prejudicial and inflammatory press statement," the letter said. "The media response, which unfairly and falsely characterized Professor DeSoto’s actions, was a direct result of your premature and provocative press release. As a consequence of your actions, Professor DeSoto and members of her family received numerous threatening e-mails and phone calls."
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
Hollywood's most successful director turns on a dime and delivers his most restrained, interior film. A celebrated playwright shines an illuminating light on no more than a sliver of a great man's life.
Welcome to the latest update on America’s Star Libraries and the data that earn them that distinction. The LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat, is based on 2010 data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Below are the libraries that received stars from the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012, divided into peer groups by expenditure category.
Now that President Barack Obama’s re-election has secured the survival of his health care law, Georgia’s Republican leaders must decide whether to help shape how the law will work here or cede control to the federal government.
As a discipline, anthropology has at times been divided over ethics, with many in the field feeling shame over early work in the field that was used to promote imperialism and with more recent debate over whether it is appropriate for anthropologists to work with the U.S. military. But debate over the new code (as is reflected in the overwhelming vote to approve it) was not as intense as discussions in recent years over very specific questions, such as whether anthropologists should work to help American efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Even the biggest, most formalized MOOCs, some of which are built on linear talking-head videos and automated grading, change the game a little. Not in the tools. Simply being online doesn’t develop digital literacies terribly quickly or effectively.
But interacting at scale, even in a large network aimed at having the teacher at the traditional centre, does. Because when there are 30 or even 300 students in a course, the teacher can be expected to be the audience for that student’s engagement.
But in a course of 3,000 or 30,000 or 100,000, that expectation fails. Fast. Maybe even fast enough that the students who only dip into a MOOC long enough to get disoriented and confused about the whole process begin to understand that it’s possible to be a student and still be self-directed, not teacher-directed.
To me, is the most important digital literacy there is. And it is the one that will gradually - maybe - bring change to education.
At the Ithaka conference, Deanna Marcum, the managing director of Ithaka S+R and the former associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, explained the shifting educational terrain this way: “Classrooms are not what they were, faculty are doing different things, technology has really allowed us to think in quite different ways about how people learn, how we engage with people and what the expectations are of those who want to learn.” Public library directors need to grasp what those “different ways” and “expectations” are—and to exploit them. Rebecca Edwards has been actively doing so as an education specialist, family audiences, at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. At the directors’ summit she will explain how the Getty has engaged those changing expectations by using new technologies for museum education and services in the midst of institutional disruptions. For example, Edwards recently explained to the New York Times, that the Getty has created an audio tour in which animals in various works of art talk about themselves. It is not seen as a money maker but as a way to increase the number of visitors. “What these do is provide parents a way for their children to focus on art that perhaps they could not have done themselves,” Edwards told the Times.
As a leading ethnographer, lecturer, and author, S. Craig Watkins is working at the forefront of the digital media and learning initiative. At the core of his studies is an interest in how young people navigate social change around them, particularly the innovative ways youth are adapting to new media and mobile media platforms. For more than a year, Craig and his connected learning research team have been working with Texas City High School (TCHS), a public school with an enrollment of 1,650 students, the majority of whom are minorities, in an effort to implement several ‘connected learning’ design pilot projects. He also serves as conference chair for the 2013 Digital Media and Learning Conference, which is themed “Democratic Futures” and will take place March 14-16 in Chicago. Craig spent a few moments with us talking about how his perspectives on civic education and issues of digital equity have evolved as a result of working at the majority-minority school.