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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Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments (part 1)

In the contemporary context of cultural, historical, economical, and societal transformations, the design and practice of learning environments is changing both in formal and informal education institutions. Despite the multiples barriers that a school system rooted in 19th and 20th centuries industrial paradigms offers, innovative educators are designing and implementing responsive learning environments to support […]

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Diversity and Inclusion in Online Platforms: The Case of Wikipedia

Inclusion and diversity are some of the democratic values that Internet developers,  entrepreneurs, researchers, and technologists have tried to foster since its early origins. Allowing anybody to access knowledge and information, and expand her communication capabilities, independent of any gender, racial, or socioeconomic markers, has been embedded in the discourse of Internet tools and platforms. […]

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Digital Badges as Learning Credentials

Digital badging is a new credentialing technology that has the potential of serving diverse youths and promote equity and social inclusion.  Digital badges are designed to make visible and verifiable learning that happens everywhere. From schools to communities, from the workplace to the Internet, youths are gaining skills in a learning ecosystem that expands across […]

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A Conversation with Youth Musicians from Boston’s Boys & Girls Clubs

One of my favorite things about co-hosting a radio show is to have diverse guests and engage in dynamic conversations. Interviews ON AIR have a special feeling of liveliness. Animated by the immediacy of broadcasting and the transmission of electric wave, conversations feel as public performances in front of a wide audience. In America Unificacion, […]

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Clubes de Ciencia Colombia Version 2.0

The second edition of Clubes de Ciencia Colombia succesfully ended yesterday with a simultaneous event in six different cities across the country. During the event more than 1200 Colombian youths participated in science fairs, dialogues, panels, and received diplomas for their successful participation in week-long science workshops. Parents, researchers, international and local scientists, and some […]

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