Learning Through Digital Media Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy

Edited by Trebor Scholz, Website, Apr 05, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Edited by Trebor Scholz and based on the Mobility Shift conference, this set of publications - presented in an almost magazine-style interface - takes a media-centric approach to digital learning. As Scholz says in his introduction, "the authors ask how both ready-at-hand proprietary platforms and open-source tools can be used to create situations in which all learners actively engage each other and the teacher to become more proficient, think in more complex ways, gain better judgment, become more principled and curious, and lead distinctive and productive lives." It's a set of publications grounded in the reality of Angry Birds, Facebook profiles and YouTube, but also incorporating cultural and social critques as part of the mix. Hence we have Mushon Zer-Aviv on teaching with blogs, Mark Lipton on Facebook as a functional tool and critical resource, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick with an analysis of the unlamented Google Wave as a pedagogical tool.
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