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Using Web Avatars with Children in New Zealand 

Fallon, G. (2010). Using avatars and virtual environments in learning: What do they have to offer? British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(1), 108-122. Article Review According to Fallon (2010), avatars are "online manfiestations of self in a virtual world, and are designed to enhance interaction in a virtual space" (Peterson, 2005, p. 30) and about …

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Perceptions of E-learning in Secondary Education 

Journell, W. (2010). Perceptions of e-learning in secondary education: a viable alternative to classroom instruction or a way to bypass engaged learning? Educational Media International, 47(1), 69-81. Article Review This study was part of a larger study on secondary students' asynchronous discussion in the subject of history conducted by Journal (2008). In order to address …

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“Requiem for the Media” Remembered 

Jean Baudrillard "Requiem for the Media," from Wardrip-Fruin, Montfort, Noah, Nick. (Ed.). (2003). The New media reader. Cambridge and London: MIT Press. Article Review In the internet, let alone Web 2.0, era, a 1972 work that sets out to destabilize competing theories of the media and of media's political potential may not resonate with the …

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Rethinking Free Learning 

Arora, P. (Forthcoming). Hope-in-the-Wall? A digital promise for free learning. British Journal of Educational Technology. Dr. Arora graduated from TC in 2009 and was a student of Professor Herve Varenne who gave a talk at the Edlab on everyday learning. This article comes from Arora's six-month fieldwork in India investigating how public and informal learning …

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Learning, Identity, and Agency in Youth Participation 

Goldman, S., Booker, A., & McDermott, M. (2007). Mixing the Digital, Social, and Cultural: Learning, Identity, and Agency in Youth Participation. Youth, Identity and Digital Media, 185-206. Article Review How can digital media facilitate young people participation in social and civic activities? In this book chapter, Goldman, Booker and McDermott present two interesting cases of …

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Wave is Here- What’s Next? 

Hane, Johanna. “Google Wave and Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning: Impact on Higher Education” (Research Bulletin 13, 2010). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, 2010, available from Article Review Despite the article's title, Hane's research bulletin does not spell out what exactly Google Wave's impact on higher education could be so much as it makes a …

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Students’ E-learning Take-up Intentions in Higher Education–A Case in China 

Duan, Y., He, Q., Feng, W., Li, D., & Fu, Z. (2010). A study on e-learning take-up intention from an innovation adoption perspective: A case in China. Comupters & Education, 55, 237-246. Article Review Duan et al's (2010) study from an innovation adoption perspective investigates Chinese students' intention of taking up e-learning degrees for higher …

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Use Podcasting with Higher Education Students 

Walls, S. M., Kucsera, J. V., Walker J. D., Taylor, W. A., McVaugh, N. K., & Robinson, D. H. (2010). Podcasting in education: Are students as ready and eager as we think they are? Computers & Education, 54, 371-378. Article Review Walls, et al 's (2010) study explores higher education students' perceptions of podcasting for …

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Life Imitating Games 

Teachers College Record Volume 112 Number 7, 2010, p. - ID Number: 15917 Article Review In “Cracking the Code,” Alexander, Eaton, and Egan synthesize the scholarly literature on electronic gaming in a way that is both inventive and accessible to non-specialists. They identify three primary approaches that characterize researchers’ ways of relating games, …

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Exploring Teens’ “Digital Geographies” 

Vasudevan, L. (2010). Education remix: New media, literacies, and the emerging digital geographies. Digital Culture & Education, 2(1), 62-82. Article Review Vasudevan (2010) explores youths' experiences of "digital geographies" beyond the boundaries of school. The literacy term "digital geographies" is defined as "the broader landscape of multimodal literacies and digital practices involved in composing of …

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Teachers Are Digikids Too! 

Graham, L. (2008). Teachers are digikids too: The digital histories and digital lives of young teachers in English primary schools. Literacy, 42(1), 10-18. Article Review Graham (2008) explores 25 teachers' experiences of using digital technologies in both their personal and professional lives. Informed by the contemporary "digital generation" and the purpose of knowing about young …

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Breaking Down Blogs 

Doris Dippold (2009). Peer Feedback Through Blogs: Student and teacher perceptions in an advanced German class. ReCALL, 21 , pp 18-36 Article Review With the proliferation of virtual learning platforms and the increasing accessibility of Web 2.0 authorship, the standalone blog may no longer be the object of intrigue it once was to educators. Yet …

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Reframing Children’s Text Production in Social Network 

Dowdall, C. (2009). Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions: Reframing Children's Text Production in Social Network. Literacy, 43(2), 91-99. Article Review Dowdall (2009) studied a child's texts creation on her profile pages on a UK social networking site named Bebo. Dowdall argues that while there is a growing body of literature about the disparateness between children's informal …

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Disruptive Innovation–A Virtual School Created for Teacher Education 

Faulkner, J., & Latham, G. (2010). A virtual school for rethinking learning. In David R. Cole and Darren L. Pullen (Ed.). Multiliteracies in motion: Current theory and practice. New York, NY: Routledge. Article Review (book chapter) Drawn on Kress's (1995) multimodal theory and the multiliteracies theory (e.g., New London Group, 1996), Faulkner & Latham presents …

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Teachers are digikids too! 

Graham, L. (2008). Teachers are digikids too: The digital histories and digital lives of young teachers in English primary schools. Literacy, 42(1), 10-18. Article Review Graham (2008) explores 25 teachers' experiences of using digital technologies in both their personal and professional lives. Informed by the contemporary "digital generation" and the purpose of knowing about young …

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Documentaries in the Classrooms 

Stoddard, J. D. (2009). The Ideological Implications of Using "Educational" Film to Teach Controversial Events. Curriculum Inquiry, 39. Article Review Fiction and documentary films have become popular pedagogical media in the classrooms. They engage students in important social and historical events. Echoing this trend, many film websites create accompanied curriculum guides for educators. While the visual power …

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Conceptual Tools for Teacher Community Research 

Article: Levine, T. H. (2010). Tools for the Study and Design of Collaborative Teacher Learning: The Affordances of Different Conceptions of Teacher Community and Activity Theory. Teacher Education Quarterly, 37. Article Review Teacher professional community has been advocated by scholars in the field of education as a vehicle for professional development and growth. Inquiry communities …

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A Three-site Case Study of Cyber Charter Schools 

Ahn, J. (2011). Policy, technology, and practice in cyber charter schools: Framing the issues. Teachers College Record, 113(1). Article Review Ahn presents a three-site exploratory, comparative case study which investigates policies governing cyber charter schools and teaching practices informing potential policy and research issues. Ahn begins with a thorough policy review regarding the role of …

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Barriers to Teachers Using Digital Texts 

Honan, E. (2008). Barriers to teachers using digital texts in literacy classrooms. Literacy, 42(1), 36-43. Article Review Honan (2008) reports findings about teachers’ perceived barriers to having digital texts (e.g., game, software) in the classrom. She draws on New Literacy Studies in her exploratory study of barriers to teachers using digital texts in their literacy …

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