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Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 2 MacArthur Digital Media Learning conference at UCSD

Looking forward to full day of sessions today:

Things I hope to see morning:

Chair: Lori Takeuchi (Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop)

Moderator: Ingrid Erikson (Social Science Research Council)

Participants: Christo Sims (University of California, Berkeley), Robert Torres (New York

University/Quest to Learn), Lori Takeuchi (Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame

Workshop), Becky Herr-Stephenson (University of California, Irvine)

A workshop that investigates some of the assumed values of our emergent field,

particularly as they relate to class, race, gender, and other markers of social difference.

The workshop will be structured around four

empirical presentations, spending 20 minutes on each, focusing on a single piece of

data from the field (e.g., a video clip, story from the field, memo, pages from a

transcript) as a means of eliciting conversation around these issues. The session will

conclude with a final discussion to draw key points together. Christo Sims (UC Berkeley),

Lori Takeuchi (Sesame Workshop), Robert Torres (Quest to Learn), and Becky Herr-

Stephenson (UC Irvine) will share data, and Ingrid Erickson (SSRC) will moderate. A key

outcome of the workshop is to identify a community of researchers with interests in

critical approaches and to motivate future research in this area.

Global Education and Learning

Chairs: Karen Hewitt (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Katherine Walraven

(TakingITGlobal)

Participants: Karen Hewitt (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Katherine Walraven

(TakingITGlobal), Ed Gragert (iEARN USA), Terry Godwaldt (Edmonton Public School

Board)

How can digital media and e-learning contribute to global citizenship amongst youth?

This session answers this question by exploring four organizations specializing in

technology-driven global education: 1. TakingITGlobal (TIG), the world’s largest and most

popular online community for young leaders; 2. The International Education and

Resource Network (iEARN), a global network of teachers and youth utilizing technology

to facilitate project-based learning; 3. The Centre for Global Education (TCGE), an

initiative of the Edmonton Public School Board (Alberta, Canada), which facilitates

education programs for over 10,000 students each year from every corner of the planet;

and 4. The Centre for Global Studies, a national resource centre at the University of Illinois

that enables teachers and students to work with digital media providers, such as those

listed above, which focus on international peer-to-peer learning, facilitate the exchange

of information about global issues, and influence pedagogical approaches applied in

the classroom. Organizations such TIG, iEARN and TCGE enable teachers and students

around the world to experience international collaboration and social networking on

contemporary global problems. This session will provide demonstrations of the tools and

resources available to educators and students and discuss how to facilitate access to

these organizations.

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