Monday, January 31, 2011

The Nordic Journal of Digial Literacy is calling for papers for general issues of the journal.

From the journal's website:

The Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy is an academic and pedagogical forum for the use of information and communication technology (IT) in teaching and education.

The journal seeks to stimulate academic and pedagogical innovation in the use of IT within primary education and in teacher training. Furthermore, it aims to develop students’ and teachers’ digital knowledge and increase their competence in its utilization.

The Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy is a quarterly journal and accepts contributions in English.

The journal directs itself at researchers, college and university lecturers, school authorities and school leaders in primary and secondary education as well as others interested in education and digital literacy.

Submission details for authors can be found here.

Second International Conference on Popular Culture and Education

This conference is being hosted by  the Centre for Popular Culture and Education, Hong Kong Institute of Education, and will run from 7 to 10 December, 2011

From the organisers:

You are invited to join us at the Second International Conference on Popular Culture and Education, organised by the Centre for Popular Culture and Education, at the Hong Kong Institute of Education!
Following the success of our first conference on Popular Culture and Education in December 2008, we have decided to organize a second conference in December 2011.
This conference will bring together researchers from a variety of areas to focus on the implications of popular culture for educational practices and youth development. Papers on all aspects of popular culture and education are welcomed.
(Call for papers deadline: 30 June 2011)
Please circulate this notice to any of your colleagues who may wish to present a paper! Thank you!
Nikita Chan, Conference Secretary
Centre for Popular Culture and Education
Hong Kong Institute of Education
Conference website:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Getting to the seminar

It was fine and sunny at around 25 or 26 degrees in Mexico City yesterday, but up in Nova Scotia things were a little different.

I took this checking into accommodation ahead of a seminar tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Call for entries for the 2nd Annual Social Issue Media Festival

From Lalitha Vasudevan:
Dear friends and colleagues,

I'm excited to share with you news of our extended call for entries for the 2nd Annual Social Issue Media Festival -- now due February 14th!  Last year, we featured ten films produced by educators, graduate students, and researchers from the Columbia University community (collection can be found here:  This year, we have opened up the festival to the world (!) and we are actively seeking socially conscious media submissions from media makers around the globe -- amateurs to pros, diy-ers to video geeks, and everyone in between.  We hope to curate a festival that once again promotes nuanced and thoughtful dialogue about a range of issues that are of interest to a wide audience.  In particular, we hope to push the conversation about education inside and outside of school, especially at a time when classrooms, schools, and curricula have a starring role in a number of popular documentary films.

Please consider submitting an entry for this year's media festival -- and please share this announcement far and wide with your friends, students, colleagues, communities, and beyond!  (Social media embed options available on our website:

Warm wishes for a happy and healthy 2011!




It's here again~

3 Minute Media presents the Second Annual Teachers College Social Issue Media Festival. The festival is an opportunity for you to voice your opinions on a social issue of your choice.

So what's social issue media? For the purposes of this festival we are referring to digital, multimedia artifacts (e.g., video, audio podcast, digital story) that call raise awareness about a social issue with the intention of evoking social action.

So how do you participate? It's pretty simple:
- Open to anyone (If you are under 18 years old, parent permission is required)
- Entries must be submitted by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 (DEADLINE EXTENDED)
- Entries must be under 3 minutes in length

All entries are eligible for jury awards!

For more information and complete participation guidelines, please visit us at or email us at

Lalitha Vasudevan
Ahram Park
Ronny Bernstein

Monday, January 17, 2011

Downstream industry from school bans on phones

Just when you think how rough it is that many schools ban students from taking their phones to school you find yet another cyber cloud with a cyber silver lining. This one involves renting outside-the-school-gates mobile phone space during drudge time.

Cute the way it's seen as dependence-driven, though ...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Literacies: Got a good book idea?

Colin Lankshear and I (Michele Knobel) edit the book series, “New Literacies” for Peter Lang Publishing in New York.  The series has currently published more than 40 titles on topics related to new literacies, digital literacies, new media, social media, popular cultural practices involving new technologies, social learning, read/write web, video gaming and games studies, participatory culture, etc. within home, online, school, community, workplace and other contexts. 
We’re wanting to contract a bunch of books for the series this coming year, and are inviting proposal submissions right now. Send them to us at c.lankshear at and knobelm at

Proposals should be about 5-6 pages in length, and include the following details:
Books can be single authored, co-authored, multi-authored, and edited collections. You may already have published a bunch of articles that you’d like to publish as a collection—this can work very well, too. Feel free to write and ask us for sample proposals, too, if you’d like to see them.

If you’re finishing something in the nearish future and think you’d need 18 months to wrap it up (e.g., a study, a doctoral thesis or dissertation) and need an 18 month lead time for your book deadline, then that’s fine, too. It’s good for the series to have books in the “pipeline”.

And do feel free to dob likely book authors into us as well—we’re more than happy to reach out to folk who have good ideas!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Birds of a feather

It really wouldn't take much to morph these two would it?

I wonder why.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

A sign of the times? Paying journals to publish your work...

We just received an intersting email from Sage journals, announcing the launch of SAGE Open, "a new open access publication from SAGE. It will publish peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities."

The remainder of the announcement blurb promises that this will be the best journal ever, with fast turn-around times on paper reviews, rolling publication (i.e., no submission deadlines), no limits to what can be published, free access for readers, and so on. And then tucked away at the end of five reasons to publish with Sage Open is the following:
$195 introductory author acceptance fee (discounted from the regular price of $695)
 Sooo, typically, one would pay them $695 dollars to publish an article once it's been through Sage's own review process. Interesting times we're living in.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New Book in our series out! Digital Content Creation: Perception, Practices and Perspectives

Congratulations to Kristen Drotner and Kim Christian Schrøder for their edited collection, Digital Content Creation: Perception, Practices and Perspectives! From the back cover:

The formative role played by digital communication in knowledge-based societies is widely acknowledged. Not least, young peoples rapid adoption of a variety of social software applications serves to challenge existing forms of communication for learning, since these innovations allow and assume users own creation, sharing, and editing of content. This volume presents advanced research on digital content creation, its socio-cultural contexts, and educational consequences. In the midst of ubiquitous commercial hype about digital innovation, as well as policy concerns, the volume offers the sobering perspectives of theory-driven empirical research, in order to examine the complexities, highlight the nuances, and illuminate the pedagogical affordances of creative digital contents. This book brings together the work of an international group of scholars from a range of disciplines including media and ICT studies, education, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies.

Contents inlcude:
The authors describe an engaging and idea-generating array of institutional and community media production project. The book as a whole offers important insights into what's happening in a range of countries, with a particular focus on Scandanavian countries, England and Australia. 

Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy

Just in case you didn't know, the Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, which publishes articles in English and Norwegian (with the bulk in English) is now online and open access. From the journal's description (courtesy of Google Translate):

NJDL is a professional and educational forum that examines the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in learning and education. The journal will contribute to education policy debates through peer-reviewed articles, academic essays, commentaries and reviews.

The journal aims to encourage academic and educational innovation in the use of ICT in basic education and teacher training, and developing students 'and teachers' education and digital expertise.  It is published quarterly and welcomes contributions in English.

NJDL targets researchers, school officials, school leaders in elementary and secondary school teachers at colleges and universities, and others concerned with education and schools.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Year in Coatepec: El Viejo Goes Off

One of the things I most love about everyday life in Mexico is what you can do without anyone blinking an eye. New Year's Eve would be so much less without crazy pyrotechnics of the home grown kind -- not the "official" sanitised, authority-controlled versions that were stifling the lifeworld by the 90s.

So, after midnight, when dinner was over, we went into the street to burn off the old man -- El Viejo. To let the old year go out with a bang. El Viejo is sewn out of old clothes and rags, and stuffed with good flammable fare, including heaps of fireworks. Last year's one had catherine wheels and pretty lights as well as the bangers, but I suspect the lads had more of a say this year, so it was down to maximum sound effects.

The 4 flicks that follow show the old man getting fired up, then going off, and then nearing his end, as well as a brief look at the kids lighting up the evening with giant sparklers.

Across the road is an Elektra store -- home appliances and whitewear and the like. Well secured with alarms. One of the bangers set the alarm off -- twice, actually. But on neither occasion did anyone show to check it out. I guess they just assumed some Viejo had set the alarms off. I liked that.

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