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Is Gamification Key to Unlocking The Holy Grail of College Access?

By Nourisha Wells and Fiona Yung For the average high school student, college is the Holy Grail of access to “the good life.” It is where teens mature into adults. It is where dreams formulate into plans. It is where students learn the world is bigger than they ever imagined and the connections they make […]

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The Onerous Process of Technology Acquisition

I proudly and regularly share in my PhD classes that I was a teacher for ten years in inner-city public schools. I draw on my teaching experiences to analyze articles in educational research journals, and I remember my classroom as a fun and inspiring place for me to be. I do not, however, often remember […]

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Getting to College Through Screen

I remember the first time I saw a computer—or at least what I thought was a computer. I was living in El Salvador. My father had gone to work for several days to San Salvador, El Salvador’s capital. This was very unusual. My father was a country man. We lived in the countryside. He never […]

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Calibrating the Mechanics of Games with the Realities of Students

One of the principles of good educational game design is that you want the actions that players take through your game to meaningfully align with the game’s learning goals. A good rule of thumb is that if you could swap out your game’s topic or narrative with something else, then the mechanics likely only superficially […]

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The Mission Admission Launch

Juniors at over 50 high schools will be beginning their Mission Admission challenge. We’ve told you a bit about the grant in our earlier blogs, but what’s going on now? I went to a couple of schools last week and I’ll give you a little insight into how the challenge will look. There are three […]

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A Strong Affinity for Los Angeles

My partner, two children, and our two dogs just moved to Los Angeles from Oakland. Our friends from home often ask how we are adjusting. The family is decidedly split. My kids love our new city and I also have a strong affinity for Los Angeles. My dogs are indifferent (they’re dogs). But my partner, […]

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Back-to-school: Gearing up the FITW grant

September brings the new school year and all that comes with it– back to school sale shopping, new folders, pens, calculators, new schools, friendships, and projects. We’re doing things a little differently this year on Thursdays at 21stcenturyscholar. We’re almost in our second year of the First in the World Grant (FITW)and we’re getting started with the […]

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Digital Identity

We had a desktop in the den of our house. In the year 2000, the Y2k hysteria slowly wearing off, laptops were not as accessible as they are now. We all shared the one desktop—my mother, grandparents, sister, and me. My grandfather bought an extra phone line so we could use the dial-up connection and […]

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When the Skills aren’t Enough – Tech Discrimination

The virtual world is not in a vacuum. Although some tout it as a race and gender-blind space, many people realize that social ills and biases seep into cyber space. The Internet is not immune to racism. Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. referred to this phenomenon as cyber segregation, explaining that, “Today, however, blacks are […]

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A Digital Safe Space

I first heard the phrase “safe space” as a freshman at Brown University during the school’s Third World Transition Program.  This program was an orientation for freshmen from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups. Throughout the three-day orientation, we discussed the “-isms” (e.g. racism, sexism, classism) and I heard variants of the following two phrases […]

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