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virtualpolitik: Can Public Education Co-Exist with Participatory Culture?

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bureaucracy and institutional subversion on the Internet.Sunday, December 04, 2011

Can Public Education Co-Exist with Participatory Culture?

At Mobility Shifts: An International Future of Learning Summit Henry Jenkins (Team Cultural Studies) and Elizabeth Losh (Team Critical Theory) offer a progress report on whether and in what ways the public schools and universities are going to be able to absorb or meaningfully deploy what Jenkins calls “participatory culture.” Rather than an abstract discussion of a theoretical construct drawn from their supposedly opposite positions studying fan culture and institutional rhetoric respectively, the two will discuss concrete experiences of young people acting appropriately or not, inside or outside the classroom. What might a participatory learning culture look like? What policies make it hard for even supportive teachers to achieve in their classrooms? What stakeholders would need to be engaged in order to change the current cultures of our school? How might participatory learning take place beyoond the schoolhouse gates? What is everyone afraid of?

 

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Steve Hargadon: Reimagining Education as Networked, Participatory, Social, Global | DMLcentral

Steve Hargadon: Reimagining Education as Networked, Participatory, Social, Global | DMLcentral | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"Steve Hargadon is the Charlie Rose of technology, learning and teaching. On his website, the Future of Education, he has interviewed everyone: from Clay Shirky to Diane Ravitch to Ken Robinson to Howard Gardner, and nearly all those in between. He’s been at the center of open education resources, Web 2.0, and social networking for as long as anyone I can think of. He is a master of virtual live events..."

 

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project curve, part five: library on wheels.

project curve, part five: library on wheels. | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
It’s been a spell since I wrote for the project curve series, but not for lack of inspiration: my inaugural Fall semester at Claremont was an engaging blur of teaching, trying, making, and doing,...
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Three things you should know about transitions | Plan B Nation

Three things you should know about transitions | Plan B Nation | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"n other words, hard times—if they are too hard—can crush us. When they’re just right, they may be uncom­fort­able, but they also move us forward." 

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Seth's Blog: The difference between a failure and a mistake

A failure is a project that doesn't work, an initiative that teaches you something at the same time the outcome doesn't move you directly closer to your goal. A mistake is either a failure repeated, doing something for the second...
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[January 10] Searching for Context: Modeling the Information-Seeking Process of College Students in the Digital Age | Berkman Center

[January 10] Searching for Context: Modeling the Information-Seeking Process of College Students in the Digital Age | Berkman Center | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"What is it like to be a college student in the digital age? In this talk, I present a working typology of the undergraduate information-seeking process, including students’ reliance on and use of Web sources. Since 2008, as part of our ongoing study at the University of Washington’s Project Information Literacy, we have surveyed more than 10,000 students at 40 colleges and universities (including undergraduates enrolled at Harvard College). We have investigated how college students find information and conduct research—their needs, strategies, and workarounds—for solving information problems that occur during course-related research and in their everyday lives. We have found the large majority of students we have studied across all types of higher-education institutions in the U.S. still attend college to learn, but many are lost in a thicket of information overload. They struggle with managing the IT devices that permeate their lives. Our findings indicate that nearly all students intentionally use a small compass for navigating the ever-widening and complex information landscape they inhabit. These and other findings of Project Information Literacy have profound implications for teaching, learning, work, and play in the 21st century..."

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Emotion, Stories, and Visuals

Emotion, Stories, and Visuals | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"We have to remember that when we share these small visuals and stories, that we can really connect and move those we serve.

People don’t want to be pushed, they want to be inspired."

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Just don’t call it a Commons: building the learning boutique model - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Just don’t call it a Commons: building the learning boutique model - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"What bothers me is the use of the term “commons” and how it caught on like wildfire. Over the last decade every modern library had to have a commons. Toss in the descriptor of your choice: information, learning, research, knowledge, scholarly, group, library, etc.
Now I’ve always appreciated the concept of the commons but never the terminology. To me it dilutes the power and symbolism of the library. You don’t need librarians to run a commons. In fact, you don’t even need a library. I’ve seen commons scattered throughout various places on campuses. From a stakeholder point of view a commons is a computer lab and study/work space, and that doesn’t require a library. Politically I fear the word commons might have long-term damage to our reputation.

I get it though. Libraries like to be able to point to a shinny new area and say “hey look, we’re modern—we have a commons!” But I think the emphasis then becomes on the technology and furniture, (and not the activity) which could be relocated to the student center, dorm areas, or an academic building. A commons is a modular concept that can be copied and pasted elsewhere. I think the distinction of it being a library place is going to wane over time..."

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The Information Palace by James Gleick | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

The Information Palace by James Gleick | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"The word “information” has grown urgent and problematic—a signpost seen everywhere, freighted with new meaning and import. We hardly need the lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary to tell us that, but after all, this is what they live for. It is a word, they tell us, “exhibiting significant linguistic productivity,” a word that “both reflects and embodies major cultural and technological change,” therefore a word crying out for their attention..."

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$1 billion in California budget cuts to kick in soon

$1 billion in California budget cuts to kick in soon | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Reporting from Sacramento and Los Angeles -- Gov.
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TEDxTransmedia 2011 - Andrew Slack - The strength of a story

Andrew Slack is creator, co-founder, and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance which takes a creative approach to activism by mobilizing thousands ...
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Twitter from @GardnerCampbell: Creativity Killers

Creativity killers: "coverage," control, superficial statistical models of "learning," "workforce prep," many more. #scbechat
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Creativity killers: "coverage," control, superficial statistical models of "learning," "workforce prep," many more. #scbechat

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Publishing as the Province of a Participatory Culture | NWP Digital Is

Publishing as the Province of a Participatory Culture | NWP Digital Is | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

I hear it all the time as I spend countless hours watching screen captures of students reading online, “This website is reliable because it has all the information I am looking for.”

Why have all of my efforts to teach students to evaluate websites been so futile? I think it is because I relied on the most common approach to teaching website evaluation: providing a checklist of strategies. I now realize this approach relies on two fallacies when reading online: 1) a stable taxonomy of skills exists for online reading, 2) metacognition is an “inside the head” experience.

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Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Archives: A Few Final Reflections at Year's End...

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"At Mobility Shifts: An International Future of Learning Summit Henry Jenkins (Team Cultural Studies) and Elizabeth Losh (Team Critical Theory) offer a progress report on whether and in what ways the public schools and universities are going to be able to absorb or meaningfully deploy what Jenkins calls "participatory culture." Rather than an abstract discussion of a theoretical construct drawn from their supposedly opposite positions studying fan culture and institutional rhetoric respectively, the two will discuss concrete experiences of young people acting appropriately or not, inside or outside the classroom. What might a participatory learning culture look like? What policies make it hard for even supportive teachers to achieve in their classrooms? What stakeholders would need to be engaged in order to change the current cultures of our school? How might participatory learning take place beyond the schoolhouse gates? What is everyone afraid of?"

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Claremont Colleges Environmental Analysis Curriculum, 2011-12 - Mind Map

Claremont Colleges Environmental Analysis Curriculum, 2011-12 - Mind Map | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Curriculum map created by Sean Stone and Char Booth of the Claremont Colleges Library to support research instruction integration with the Colleges Environmental Analysis program.
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Landscape Picture – National Park Wallpaper - National Geographic Photo of the Day

Landscape Picture – National Park Wallpaper - National Geographic Photo of the Day | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
See a photo of a moonbow at the base of Upper Yosemite Falls and download free wallpaper from National Geographic.
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K-M the Librarian: Our students are not robots (except when they are)

K-M the Librarian: Our students are not robots (except when they are) | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"However, our students—unlike most robots—do remember the programs they’ve been told to run before. Even the bad ones. So even though we’ve created something new and different, many students will fall back into old habits.

This is a challenge I know I’m not alone in facing; I’ve talked about it with colleagues both at my school and in other schools. It is so frustrating. We want to make the shift to inquiry-driven, student-centered work that builds critical thinking ability. But we can’t make that shift all at once. But in order to make the small shifts, it seems like we have to overhaul the entire culture. But we can’t. . . you get the idea.

I don’t know the answer for this, but I am starting to think about the spring research season and how we can help students reprogram their own learning behaviors..."

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etymologie

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A very cool Tumblr blog from Anthropologie...

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2012 NMC Summer Conference | NMC

2012 NMC Summer Conference | NMC | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"The NMC Summer Conference is a one-of-a-kind event, attracting an audience of hundreds of highly skilled professionals interested in the integration of emerging technologies into teaching, learning, and creative inquiry."

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New Etiquette for Using Tech, In and Out of Class | MindShift

New Etiquette for Using Tech, In and Out of Class | MindShift | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"We chide students for texting in class but then encourage them to tweet. We force students to put away their phones when we lead class discussions but then immerse ourselves in our own screens when colleagues speak. At meetings of all sorts, we have accepted a new posture: heads down, fingers tapping out words, eyes awaiting responses. Faculty members have adopted many of the same habits they condemn in their students.

We want students to be engaged because it fosters learning. And yet the rules of engagement are changing — in education, in business, in life.
It seems, then, that everyone, teachers and students alike, need to find new ground rules on how to engage when real and online life collide..."

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Student Study Space: the entrepreneurial model (my visit to TechPad) - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Student Study Space: the entrepreneurial model (my visit to TechPad) - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"Moving forward—I want to develop from this kernel and would love to have a hackerspace that transcends software development, but addresses the full knowledge production work cycle. Many libraries have group commons and multimedia labs, but I want to develop an “entrepreneurial” space — but free of course..."

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Digital Divide and Social Media: Connectivity Doesn’t End the Digital Divide, Skills Do | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Digital Divide and Social Media: Connectivity Doesn’t End the Digital Divide, Skills Do | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Whether we like it or not, we live in a very unequal and stratified world. We live in societies in which inequality is ignored in education, ...
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Reporting from HASTAC 2011 - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Reporting from HASTAC 2011 - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

As happens with many digital conferences today, the digital artifacts produced during and after the conference is stunning. There’s an ever-updating round-up of the different blog posts about the conference. There are videos of the different keynotes. And if you missed the Twitter stream, you can find it all in a Google Docs archive, as well as some stats.

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SCBE 2012 Keynote Speakers -- School & College Building Expo

SCBE 2012 Keynote Speakers -- School & College Building Expo | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Keynote will be presented by: Michael Wesch, Director, Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives, Division of Learning Technologies and Associate Professor of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University & W. and W. Gardner Campbell, Ph. D.: Director, Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives, Division of Learning Technologies and Associate Professor of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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RT @hrheingold schooling is abt compliance, & of course curiosity is the enemy of unthinking compliance

RT @hrheingold: Ilichs argument was that schooling is abt compliance, & of course curiosity is the enemy of unthinking compliance. #scbechat
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via @SCBExpo:  RT @hrheingold: Ilichs argument was that schooling is abt compliance, & of course curiosity is the enemy of unthinking compliance. #scbechat

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