Nichole Pinkard is the founder of the Digital Youth Network, a digital literacy program that works with middle school students both in and out of the classroom. She is also a visiting associate professor at DePaul University in the College of Computing and Digital Media.
Chris Lawrence is senior director of the mentor and learning community at the Mozilla Foundation. He is former director of the Hive Learning Network in New York City.
David Theo Goldberg is the director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and a cofounder of the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC). HASTAC launched the Digital Media and Learning Competition in 2008. It challenges innovators to design new approaches to learning using digital media.
StudyBlue recently surveyed 500 students about what study habits got them through finals. The picture of the modern student that emerged from student responses highlights the importance of digital devices, especially mobile technology.
There’s been a fair amount of buzz about schools going “BYOD” – meaning they are allowing students to bring in their own digital devices to use in the classroom. Some schools believe it to be a less-costly way to provide advanced mobile technology to students, and many teachers, particularly in areas of math and science, have found the BYOD infrastructure useful to their lessons.
S. Craig Watkins implements connected learning principles working on a digital media and design project with high school students; Howard Rheingold talks with Alec Couros about making learning visible; and Caine Monroy turns 10 with a celebration at his DIY cardboard arcade.
There’s a lively discussion going on over at the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC), where educators and scholars are discussing ethics for teaching in a digital age.