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Mandela, Alzheimer’s and the Right to Code

I have been wanting to mark Mandela’s passing with an addition to my digital footprint. I am terrible at maintaining a journal – so Facebook offers a quick way to document major milestones in my life. But I have been stumped as to how a Facebook post could possibly acknowledge the enormous impact Mandela had […]

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Google Glasses and Multitasking

I left my phone on the kitchen counter yesterday as I rushed to a high school for a mock-interview session. Granted I was distracted by ushering the kids out the door with lunches, sweatshirts and homework, giving the dogs snacks and remembering my laptop. It was actually quite glorious. I listened, uninterrupted to NPR on […]

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Transformative Power of Social Media?

I’m keeping my comments short today with the hope that you will dedicate the time you might have spent reading the post to clicking around and exploring a couple of links. First, I’m super happy to share this great article about our CollegeologyGames collaborator, Tracy Fullerton, who won a well-deserved award at IndieCade over the […]

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Minecraft & Missions

If my kids could, they would play Minecraft for hours on end. They are not alone–the virtual Lego-like building and adventure game earned $240 million in revenue last year. I’ve rationalized to myself that time spent playing the game is beyond plain fun, it’s educational. But as a stand-alone game, I’m not really convinced. Last […]

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We Are Title IX

I am not comfortable writing about sexual violence. And because I have been tasked to periodically reflect on technology and education for the 21st Century Scholar, I haven’t felt compelled to. But this week, with USC in the news over its alleged mishandling of sexual assault charges – and a related story I listened to […]

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Don’t Smoke, Go to College & Be Good People

Seven years ago, I embarked on a journey with longtime friends, Matt Albert and Carolyn Yashari-Becher, and a USC colleague, Eugenia Mora-Flores, to launch a charter middle school called New Los Angeles Charter School. The school now serves a diverse group of 300 6th – 8th graders on the corner of Washington Blvd. & Burnside. […]

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Foster Youth and College

Over 400,000 young people live in foster care in the United States. By the time a foster youth reaches high school, his likelihood of experiencing multiple residential placements is extremely high—most high school-aged foster youth have lived in over five placements. With each residential move, children are often required to change in schools as well. […]

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New Media Literacies and Poverty

Several weeks ago I had the honor of hosting a presidential session at AERA. Henry Jenkins, James Paul Gee, and S. Craig Watkins joined me to discuss how the conference theme—education and poverty— intersected with new media literacies. The session was designed around the premise that social media, the Internet, and online games have the […]

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Introducing FutureBound

After many months of brainstorming, working with students, designing, developing, iterating, creating art and music, researching and oh yes, PLAYING … we are ready to share Collegeology Game’s latest game: FutureBound. You’ve read my posts about Application Crunch and Mission:Admission—two games targeted at high schools students and designed to cultivate college application strategies. This latest […]

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Lofty Aspirations, Harsh Realities

A group of four students sit huddled around a lunchtime table at a Los Angeles high school close to USC. It’s the middle of fourth period. I’m zipping through the quad after just finishing a fast-paced playtest session of the new game we’ve been developing with our collaborators from USC’s Game Innovation Lab. The new […]

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