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 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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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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Hip-Hop Coding: Exploring the Connections Between Computational Thinking and Hip-Hop Culture

Since its 1970s Bronx origins , hip-hop culture has been driven by youth and the appropriation of technologies and cultural materials for creative expression. Leveraging media technologies, minority youth living in post-industrial New York City developed a range of innovations in fashion, music, dance, and writing. From the creation of new rhythms by playing vinyl […]

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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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