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October Updates: Part II. News and announcements for Digital Media & Learning

A few updates and some announcements:

Save the date! The 1st Annual Digital Media & Learning Conference will be held February 18-20, 2010 in California. Please see below for more details. The URL for the Call for Session Proposals is here: http://dmlcentral.net/conference/
View the DML Conference 2010 session organizing wiki here: http://dmlconference2010.wikidot.com/

And check out DMLcentral! University of California's Digital Media & Learning Research Hub: http://dmlcentral.net

Also, on Oct. 27 & 28: 

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age will take place Oct 27 & 28, and is a forum hosted by Google, with cooperation from forum founders: the MacArthur Foundation, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Common Sense Media. Click here for more information: http://www.google.com/events/digitalage/index.html

Google's Breakthrough Learning Blog is here: http://breakthroughlearning.blogspot.com/

Register to view the webcast: http://investor.shareholder.com/googpr/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=72855

Or follow the forum on Twitter: http://twitter.com/brkthrulearning

DML Winners News & Networking

Derek Lomas of Playpower (DML II) was part of "Pop!Tech 2009: America Reimagined" as a Social Innovation Fellow. Read here for more about his presentation: http://ow.ly/we0P 

MILLEE (DML I) has a new internship program for undergrads in India: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~cprose/winterschool/  Matthew Kam writes, " Our goal is to develop local capacity in human-computer interaction and the learning sciences relatively new disciplines in India that complement its strengths in traditional engineering disciplines by involving local undergrads in our research projects. We have obtained a commitment from Microsoft to fly three Indian undergrads to Carnegie Mellon for their summer 2010 internships, and are talking to more sponsors.  As a preparatory and selection step, we will run a winter school at Hyderabad, India this December with 130 local students. We will have one-third of them work on winter school projects related to MILLEE and Playpower. Throughout the winter school, we will mentor students to submit posters on their projects to the India HCI conference: http://indiahci.in/ (whose organizing committee I serve on). This outlet will provide students with an authentic experience of what its like to work on a research deliverable there just arent enough of such opportunities for undergrads in India."  If you have a network in India, please spread the word!

Nice article on MILLEE was also recently published here:  http://www.cmu.edu/news/archive/2009/October/oct21_millee.shtml

More great news from India: Sapna Shahani of Women Aloud Videoblogging for Empowerment (WAVE) (DML II) wrote to say that they "received a whopping 143 applications from all 28 states and 2 union territories in India - it's very exciting to read through about these diverse young women and now we're getting into the challenge of selecting only 30 to participate in our program!" Congratulations, WAVE! 

 

Joseph of Global Kids and Rezed.org (DML I ) recently blogged about "Using Alternative Assessment Models to Empower Youth-directed Learning." Some of the questions Barry raises: "What do youth need to understand and strategically navigate their distributed learning networks? And how can youth-serving institutions support youth to document the associated learning that address 21st Century Skills that so often go unrecorded?" View the full blog post here: http://breakthroughlearning.blogspot.com/2009/10/using-alternative-assessment-models-to.html
Ahrash Bissell of ccLearn and Student Journalism 2.0 (DML II) blogged about OER and the Gender Divide, "One of the core principles for open education and associated materials is the inherent capacity for differentiated instruction, or basically the ability of learners and their mentors to adapt materials and learning processes to suit their individual needs and interests. There is every reason to think that OER will accelerate the trend of eliminating artificial capacity divides among the sexes, much of which is intentionally and unintentionally embedded in the instructional materials and pedagogies in use all over this country and the world.

M-Ubuntu (DML II) has had some unexpected and exciting early success with their pilot. Theo writes, "Attendees at their workshop (Reading Association of South Africa) were "stunned" at the possibility of using mobile phones in the learning process and it appears as if M-Ubuntu could now take a leap into coaching other schools in the use of mobiles - a surprise that came rather early in this pilot." Click here for the full post:"http://www.hastac.org/blogs/m-ubuntu/setting-country-fire-one-mobile-learner-time 

WildLab (DML II) has prepared iPhones for the first day of school, and teacher training was underway the week of October 17. Is this the teacher desk of the future? http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildlab/4029827229/  WildLab writes, "The commercial version of the WildLab assumes users already know what they are looking at. For the educational version, we turn that around, and make a "process of elimination" game to educate users about the species while recording data. This is going to require an entire re-write of our current code!

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