Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments (part 3)

A learning environment for the 21st century should mix methods, and practices from the worlds of formal and informal education. It should be participatory, democratic, open, dialogic, multicultural, interactive, networked, dynamic, collaborative, descentralized, student-centered, immersive, and contextual. This learning environment requires an innovative pedagogy that fosters applying constructivism, multimodality, project-, process-, and inquiry-based learning, critical […]

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Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments (part 2)

Across several books and articles, Lankshear and Knobel have conceptualized the new literacies as social practices that have “new technical stuff” and “new ethos stuff.” The “new technical stuff” is related to the new kind of expressive media tools that are available to people such as personal computers, desktop publishing software, and mobile devices. Since […]

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Informal Photo-Booths in the Age of Digital Reproduction

Regardless of the massive adoption of digital cameras and other mobile devices capable of recording images and of the massification of amateur photography, the tradition of informal photo-booths in public spaces is still alive in Latin America. Proof of that is the diversity of informal street photography studios that one can encounter when visiting Chapultepec […]

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LLamas, Sombreros, and Crowns: Latinamerican Bricolage and Informal Photo-booths

Llamas are amusing. Their faces and glance have a gesture that somehow makes them human. They are elegant, serious, and calm. They also have a very formal posture and they movements are sophisticated. They march as marionettes. In Colombia, the country where I grew up, the llamas are not as popular as in Peru, Ecuador, […]

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