Check out all the great things happening with the Digital Media andLearning Competition winners at http://www.dmlcompetition.net/blog/
Social networking theorist and practitioner Fred Stutzman, a member of our HASTAC/MacArthur DML Competition team, is working with the winners to create a public blog of the ongoing progress and activity of the winning projects. Check it out!
Recently, Henry Jenkins joined DML Winners Global Kids for an event in Teen Second Life entitled ?The Hogwarts Dance Party of Good and Evil.? He?s blogged about his experience, highlighting the educational aspects of the event.
Jenkins writes: ?Some of you may have seen the virtual documentarythey produced on the Ugandan child soldiers, for example, or may beaware of their excellent advice on the educational use of Second Life.
Well, they invited me back for a return engagement ? what theybilled as the Hogwarts Dance Party of Good and Evil ? this time focusedaround Harry Potter fandom and what it may tell us about the new medialiteracies. There?s an extensive discussion of Harry Potter in Convergence Cultureand ever since, I?ve found myself speaking to Harry Potter fanconventions ? including the Witching Hour in Salem, Phoenix Rising inNew Orleans, and the upcoming Portus in Dallas. I am also featured in the documentary, We Are Wizards, which is currently making its way on the festival circuit.?
?There?s alot of photos that have yet to make the SSBxFab blog, so I created a flickr stream with various pictures from the first few months here.
SSBxFab is still in phase 1. We?re doing fundraising and programdevelopment for Phase 2 (which will be in a permanent space, with moremachines, including ones that will allow us to work with metal), andalso working on projects to prove the viability and demand forcommunity based design and manufacturing that is environmentallyconscious.
Our Design Fellows have gotten the ball rolling on some greatprojects, and we?ve also seen some great excitement and participationfrom youth and adults in the community.
Below are some photo albums from the SSBxFab Flickr stream, showingsome initial work with making furniture from scraps, doing laseretching for printmaking, and teaching basic electronics to kids in theneighborhood. Stay tuned for photo and video updates on other excitingprojects, including concrete mold making for the South Bronx Greenway,urban irrigation pumps for NYC Greenstreets, rapid-protoyped windharnessing devices, and solar powered robotics!?
He includes the following pictures:
Via Amira at the Global Kids Update:
?Over 230 members have participated in the BETA of REZED since itlaunched two weeks ago, creating new discussions and groups for K-8educators, language learning, gender in virtual worlds, and more.
- Language Learning in Virtual Worlds
- K-8 Educators in Virtual Worlds
- Virtual World Librarians
- Gender in Virtual Worlds
Create one for your own interest or community.?
Congrats to DML winner RezEd on the success of their new website!
From DML Winner Perry Cook:
?Once we found out that we had won the MacArthur DML grant, wepretty much immediately set out to design the speaker systems wedescribed in our proposal. As our project title, ?Mobile Music Laboratory,?implies, the main hardware goal is to make a large number of trulyportable multi-channel audio systems, including the audio interface,amplifiers, and speakers all in one portable case.
We worked really hard designing and specifying the cases, buying allthe components, and building them along with a number of thePLOrk-expert graduate students. We were (just barely) able to makeeight new ?DeLoreans? (so named because the cases are made of brushedaluminum) in time for the premiere of Dan?s ?Silicon/Carbon: AnAnti-Concerto Grosso? with the American Composer?s Orchestra inCarnegie Hall on April 27th.
Check out some images of the speakers, and half of our band on stage with the ACO in Carnegie Hall, along with a favorable review from the New York Times. Thanks MacArthur Foundation! Wait until you see what we can do with dozens of these.?
Over at the Global Kids blog, Barry Jacobs has summarized teen reactions to the ?From Myspace to Hip Hop: New Media In the Everyday Lives of Youth? forum. He writes:
?On April 23, 2008, 39 youth in Teen Second Life participated in the 2.5 hour public forum, ?From Myspace to Hip Hop: New Media In the Everyday Lives of Youth.?It addressed how digital technologies and new media are changing theway that young people learn, play, socialize and participate in civiclife, presented by Common Sense Media, the MacArthur Foundation and theStanford University School of Education.?
Event photo from the Global Kids blog