October 13th, 2011

Free E-Book: Learning Through Digital Media Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy

Learning through Digital Media Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy is a great resource about the uses of digital media and technology in education.

This publication is the product of a collaboration that started in the fall of 2010 when a total of eighty New School faculty, librarians, students, and staff came together to think about teaching and learning with digital media. These conversations, leading up to the MobilityShifts Summit, inspired this collection of essays, which was rigorously peer-reviewed.

You can download the free e-book here.

There’s also a neat digital learning tool kit with lots of goodies for educators.

October 6th, 2011

Teaching Girls to be Citizen Journalists

GLOBALGIRL MEDIA puts girls at the center of the story, training a future generation of female citizen journalists.

Last summer, GlobalGirl Media trained 22 high-school-aged girls from underserved communities in South Africa to become participant digital video journalists for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Working in Soweto, they produced over 50 blogs and videos.

After the conclusion of GGM’s highly successful trainings in Los Angeles and South Africa, GGM is taking part in the women’s media revolution in Morocco.

GGM has also introduced mobile journalism into its curriculum.

Check out more youth-produced videos from GGM here.


October 3rd, 2011

Teaching Kids to Hack

HackasaurusHow cool is this? But more importantly, how vital is it to teach kids to be active media producers instead of passive consumers?

Hackasaurus spreads skills, attitudes and ethics that help youth thrive in a remixable digital world. By making it easy for youth to tinker and mess around with the building blocks that make up the web, Hackasaurus helps tweens move from digital consumers to active producers, seeing the web as something they can actively shape, remix and make better.

Hackasaurus tools make it easy for kids to remix, create and share on the web. The X-Ray Goggles allow learners to see what the web is made of, remix and change their favorite web pages, and share their creations with friends. WebPad makes it easy to take the next step, creating your own web pages in a matter of seconds. And the Hackbook provides bits of code for easy copying and pasting, making it easy to play with the web like lego.

(Source: Hackasaurus)