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Many Abilities//Many Paths//Many Communities

Reposted from Tammin Sursok’s blog “Bottle and Heels.” If you’ve recently watched television past 10:30pm on a Saturday night, then you’ve probably had to endure a two-minute infomercial of “Who’s the Boss” star Alyssa Milano, pleading for donations. The infomercial, littered with images of frail children from across the Global South in tattered dusty clothing, …

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This was written with my colleague Sarah Giffin from Global Kids for The National STEM Video Game Challenge. REPOST! Games-based learning is fun, effective and powerful, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. At Global Kids we run a few different game design programs which address social and global issues. One obstacle we’ve faced across …

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Most practitioners in the DML field would agree that youth leadership is a critical piece of positive youth development in digital learning contexts. Unfortunately, we’re lacking a robust set of strategies to foster it genuinely and successfully. The annual Mozilla festival at Ravensbourne College in London, a gathering packed with unconventional workshops, inspiring talks and …

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Whoa it’s been a while. Re-posting a recent blogpost I wrote with my lovely colleagues David Moinina Sengeh and Heather Cole-Lewis for Engineering4Change. Today, at Prince of Wales secondary school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, dozens of students are running around in a 12 by 25ft (3.5 to 7.5m) space scribbling on erasable dry paint. They …

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I’ve been working on youth-based badging systems for the last couple of years and while it’s been a lot of fun, the implementation process has been confusing and difficult at times. Some of the tools I’ve used include Badgestack, Credly, BadgeOS, and a custom-made platform (compliments of Parsons). They’ve all met certain needs, but one …

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