Thursday, December 05, 2013
New book in our series! Crystle Martin's "Voyage Across a Constellation of Information"
From the back cover:
What do orcs, elves, and information literacy have to do with each others? Find out in Voyage across a Constellation of Information as we take an in-depth look at information literacy practices (how people find, evaluate, and use information) in the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft and its online community. This book teases out real-world information literacy practices by following players as they solve their information needs through collective activity, relying on and building a set of individual and collective practices within the online community. Voyage across a Constellation of Information offers educators, information professionals, and researchers an opportunity to get an inside look at the new practices of digital spaces, and lays the groundwork for inclusion of these practices into 21st-century education.
And the Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: The Affinity Space as an Information Source: The Constellation of Information
Chapter 2: Information Literacy: A Mechanism for Charting the Constellation
Chapter 3: Tools and Methods for Creating the Compass anNavigating the Constellations
Chapter 4: An Individual’s Map to Navigating the Constellation
Chapter 5: Asynchronous Information as a part of the Constellation
Chapter 6: Collective Intelligence Navigating the Constellation
Chapter 7: From a Constellation to a Galaxy
This is a timely book for U.S. educators and the shift towards a stronger focus on information texts in schools. Highly recommended (of course)!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Why (oh why?) is Yahoo Mail *still* so hopeless?
Worse still, for them, Google can.
Blind, irrational loyalty is the ONLY reason I retain my yahoo account and its web-hosting service. And, when I say "blind" and "irrational"" I really mean BLIND and IRRATIONAL.
For sure the internet is awash with complaints about how slow the email retrieval and sending is -- and as a paying client I don't even have to bother with the advertisements. My mind can only boggle here as to what that must be like.
My main hassle has to do with the fact that for some reason best known to its designers and programmers Yahoo mail simply cannot seem to be able to adapt to the fact that on any given two day period one might be in 3 or more different countries and working on several different machines.
Unable, seemingly, to be capable of managing this, Yahoo mail sends one into an infinite regress of "your session has expired, please sign in again". No, that is not right. The regress is not infinite. After several dummy runs with the session expiring one gets a message saying "We are having trouble logging you in".
As if I didn't know that.
To repeat, Gmail gives me no such grief. And, almost unbelievably, neither do any of my university accounts. So I end up having to copy the messages I am trying to send in Yahoo and use another email provider -- but asking people to reply to yahoo, since that is where I manage that stuff.
But maybe not for much longer.
I just don't get it. We have been using yahoo since it first began. How come, with all that experience they can't get basic email provision right? It just confounds me, and I have to wonder how long loyalty and sentiment can prevail in the face of apparent corporate ineptitude.
There is just no place in the world these days for outfits that can't get it right. I want them to, but I dounbt that in the end hope can and does spring eternal.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
New Issue of McGill Journal of Education
You can find the index here
The journal runs a mix of special issues and ordinary issues and, with a long and respected history, it is an admirable place to publish.
Tribute to Lou
It happens to all of us sooner or later, and in the case of Lou Reed I am glad he made it to 71 rather than being as cut short as Joe and Joey were. I mean, it gave him a chance to get to get to Tai Chi as an extra to being the almost perfectly heavy dude he was when I saw him play a concert at the Auckland Town Hall too many years ago -- and, even more so, earlier.
I preferred the perfectly heavy incarnation. And while many folk might find that perfect heaviness in "Heroin" or, maybe, in "Take a Walk on the Wild Side", I found it in "Sweet Jane". And, if anything, even more so in the version of Canada's very best heavy band, the incomparable Cowboy Junkies, than in the version Lou sang.
So, if you've got this far, please join me in my personal tribute to Lou Reed. More than (just) a major rock influence he had to be some consummate artistic genius to inspire something like this.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Car of the decade
The video clip is fantastic. It encapsulates pretty much all I value most as an ideal of technology.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Open rank education and media/tech position at Teachers College, New York City
I've included her contact details at the end of this post, so get in touch directly with Lalitha if you'd like to know more.
Open Rank, Communications, Computing, Technology and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology
Program in Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education
Position: Open rank professor with expertise in one of
two areas related to teaching and learning environments: mobile
technologies and educational games, or media, education, and design.
We seek a colleague to join our interdisciplinary faculty, whose
research program will advance theory about the role of media and
technologies such as video and related media, video games, and other
virtual and immersive digital environments across a variety of
learning contexts, within and beyond schools. Teaching experience at
the College and/or preK-12 levels is preferred. The ability to teach
object-oriented programming is desirable.
Program Information: We prepare students for research and leadership
positions incorporating innovative uses of information and
communication technologies across all content areas within education,
including literacy, science, mathematics, social studies, and
teachereducation. Students explore a variety of socio-cultural
perspectives and cognitive sciences to study how applications of
advanced digital technologies and new media act as powerful forces
that engender, for example, new forms of communication, changes in the
nature of learning, and the construction of new real and virtual sites
of education; they are prepared to pursue creative solutions to
established problems through the engagement and development of various
theoretical, pedagogical, and design paradigms inherent in the broad
social, cultural, and learning sciences perspectives that are embedded
within the program.
Responsibilities: Teach graduate courses in areas related to one or
more of: technology and media, video/educational game design, mobile
technologies, basic object-oriented programming, data visualization.
Maintain an active program of research and scholarship; Advise and
mentor doctoral and master's students; Participate actively and
collegially in departmental activities.
Qualifications: Earned doctorate in a relevant discipline.
Demonstrated or clear potential for ongoing research, scholarship,
teaching, and acquisition of external funding.
Rank: Open Rank Professor, Tenure Track.
Submit Electronically: Letter of application addressing the perceived
fit for this position, research and teaching expertise, and projected
research trajectory; Curriculum vitae; Three recent publications or
other examples of scholarly writing; Three letters of reference to
Professor Lalitha Vasudevan, Search Committee Chair, c/o Chaney Matos
at email@example.com. Please include the subject line: CCTE Faculty Search.
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2013 and continue
until the position is filled. Appointment begins fall semester, 2014.
Teachers College as an institution is committed to a policy of equal
opportunity in employment. In offering education, psychology, and
health studies, the College is committed to providing expanding
employment opportunities to minorities, women, and persons with
disabilities in its own activities and in society.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027 http://www.tc.columbia.edu/
Link to the position description: http://bit.ly/15ithfb
Link to the CCTE Program: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/mst/CCTE/
Lalitha Vasudevan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education Program
Teachers College, Columbia University
web: elemveee.wordpress.com; ymej.org
Friday, September 20, 2013
Another new book in our series: Ola Ertsad's "Digtial Learning Lives"
From the back cover:
Today’s world is in turmoil. Economic crises are bringing countries to the brink of ruin, and old models are being questioned. The same sense of crisis also exists in contemporary education, and there is a need to explore new educational models. Digital Learning Lives: Trajectories, Literacies, and Schooling is a contribution in this direction. This book explores the importance of the adoption of digital technologies by contemporary education systems. Partly a synthesis of findings from projects carried out in Norway by the author over the past 15 years, the data have been extended to raise key questions about the effectiveness of current education strategies for the Facebook and YouTube generation. Along the way, a promising approach for future developments in education is introduced that embraces the engagement of digital media -- what Ola Erstad terms ‘learning lives’. Use of digital media in schools and in everyday culture becomes the catalyst for exploring learning as life-deep (studying identity processes), life-wide (studying learners across contexts), and life-long (studying learning as trajectories and timescales). The book is targeted toward courses on digital learning, educational change, school development, and formal-informal learning.Contents include:
1. Learning lives and technologies
2. "Opportunity knocks": epistemic agency of a digital generation
3. In the mix
4. Digital competencies, media literacies and school practices
5. Learning environments for knowledge creation
6. Learners in motion
7. Blending the boundaries
8. Expending conceptions of school
9. New life to learning
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Our new book: "A New Literacies Reader"
Colin and I have a new book out, as well. It's compilation of research cases from across our "New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies" series with Peter Lang. The collection is titled, "A New Literacies Reader: Educational Perspectives".
From the back cover:
A New Literacies Reader is an introduction to social and cultural studies of new literacies from the perspectives of educators, education researchers and learners. It focuses on how participating in social practices of new literacies can be seen and understood in terms of people becoming insiders to ways of «doing» and «being» that are today considered desirable or worthwhile, and how this can usefully inform how we think about formal schooling and learning. The book’s 18 chapters cover a variety of topics, including:
The diverse topics addressed range from multimodal pedagogies, remix, performance poetry, and digital storytelling to issues associated with wireless environments, assessment, identity, and teachers’ ways of taking up new technologies. Chapters explore how young people participate and collaborate within the spaces of popular cultural interests and the various approaches to researching gaming. The book speaks to teachers and teacher educators, education administrators, curriculum developers, education policy makers, professional development specialists, postgraduate research students, and other literacy and new media researchers. A New Literacies Reader is an essential volume for undergraduates, grad students, and faculty interested in refining their knowledge of the vast new horizons created by the world of new literacies.
New book in our series: "Children's Virtual Play Worlds"
Loads of congratulations to Anne Burke and Jackie Marsh on the publication of their new edited collection, Children's Virtual Play Worlds: Culture, Learning and Participation!
From the back cover:
As children’s digital lives become more relevant to schools and educators, the question of play and learning is being revisited in new and interesting ways. Children’s Virtual Play Worlds: Culture, Learning, and Participation provides a more reasoned account of children’s play engagements in virtual worlds through a number of scholarly perspectives, exploring key concerns and issues which have come to the forefront. The global nature of the research in this edited volume embraces many different areas of study from school based research, sociology, cultural studies, psychology, to contract law showing how children’s play and learning in virtual spaces has great potential and possibilities.
Chapter 1: Anne Burke and Jackie Marsh: Introduction: The changing landscapes of children’s play worlds
Chapter 2: Susan Edwards: Post-industrial play: Understanding the relationship between traditional and converged forms of play in the early years
Chapter 3: Kaveri Subrahmanyam: Developmental implications for children’s virtual worlds
Chapter 4: Anne Burke: Stardolls and the virtual playground: How identity construction works in the new digital frontier
Chapter 5: Jackie Marsh: Breaking the ice: Play, friendships and online identities in young children’s use of virtual worlds
Chapter 6:Karen E. Wohlwend and Tolga Kargin: «Cause I know how to get friends - plus they like my dancing»: (L)earning the Nexus of Practice in Club Penguin
Chapter 7: Jan Connelly: Virtual clay or virtual play: Identity shaping, consumer building and corporate affiliation versus literacies affordance inside barbiegirls.com
Chapter 8: Isabel Pederson and Jennifer Rowsell: May the force be with you: Harnessing the power of brain-computer games
Chapter 9: Stephanie M. Reich, Ksenia A. Korobkova, Rebecca W. Black and Mariya Sumaroka: «Hey! Can you show me how to do this?» Digital games as a mediator of family time
Chapter 12: Eric Meyers and Robert Bittner: Green pixels to green behaviours: Sustainability literacy in virtual worlds for children
Chapter 13: Victoria Carrington: An argument for assemblage theory: Integrated spaces, mobility, and polycentricity.
Afterword: Jackie Marsh and Anne Burke
New book in our series: "Arts, Media and Justice"
Lalitha has just let me know that all author-related proceeds from the book go to support creative work going on at a local alternative to detention program (ATD) in NYC. So buy a copy early early and often! :D
From the back cover:
In Arts, Media, and Justice, the aesthetic contours of literacies and communication are explored through a collection of chapters authored by educators, emerging and established researchers, youth researchers, and teaching artists whose lives intersect with those of young people inside and outside of formal institutional settings. At the heart of the varied research and curricular projects ranging from writing workshops and photography walks to a theater elective at an alternative to incarceration program—represented in this volume is the pursuit of play, imagination, multimodal expression. The authors share their experiences working with court-involved youth to explore issues related to justice, community, identity, and representation through engagement with multiple media and modes—including photography, theater, writing, painting, and video.
Foreword: Glynda Hull