New Literacies and the Need for 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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Creating transparency and trust: Best Practices (Digital Literacy Toolkit)

Building a diverse network of collaborators composed by experts across disciplines has been key for creating transparency and trust. It has allowed us to access multiple levels of expertise and diverse viewpoints at different phases of our tool design process. Moreover, it has allowed us to learn from the previous experiences of  our collaborators, and […]

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Evolving Digital Inequalities in the U.S: Working-class Latino Immigrant Families and Networked Computers at Home

The sociocultural activities of immigrant parents have always been an essential part of the American experience. As a country made up of newcomers, the United States has been historically transformed by the incorporation of foreigners and their children. Because this process happens at a large scale, the U.S. population has increasingly become more ethnically and […]

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The World Wide Web as Social Media

The Internet is the most important socio-technological system that exists in the new networked communication environment. As a “network of networks” (Dutton, 1996) the Internet has expanded globally creating the biggest communication system of interconnected personal computers (the PC/Internet grid). Thanks to its open, distributed, and multidirectional architecture (Benkler 2006; Karaganis 2008) and its principle […]

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Parking at Free Wi-Fi Spots : Coffeehouses in a Networked Communication Environment

It is not just about coffee, it is more about the space, and in particular, about the “free” and “open” public/private space. The importance of coffeehouses as social spaces has been well documented in studies across multiple disciplines. Jurgen Habermas (1962) talked about the existence of coffeehouses as one of the crucial spaces for rational […]

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Youth Cultures, Youth-Made Media, and Mainstream Media: A Brief History of Inextricable Relationships (Part 3).

The creation of fanzines has been a prolific youth-made media activity among female and male youth members of, punk, post punk, and club cultures. Fanzines have been very important for the development of youth media entrepreneurial practices, and for the sustainability of youth cultures as well, because they are relatively easy to produce, distribute, and […]

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