Web Sightings for December 2008

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Here is my last installment of Web Sightings for 2008.

The MacArthur Foundation’s recently released report titled Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project is based on a 3-year study on “kids’ informal learning with digital media.” If you work with teenagers or have one at home, I encourage you to read this report.

To put a face on the MacArthur study, here is a video of Jalen Jackson and his mother talking about his activities and learning in the Digital Youth Network, a youth media program on the South Side of Chicago that works with middle and high school students to teach them to become responsible and fluent media producers.


Jalen & DYN Learning from Digital Youth Network on Vimeo.

Along a similar line, the Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow 2 website is aimed at helping high schools get closer to creating the kind of learning environment today’s generation of students needs, wants, and expects so they will stay in school.

On a lighter note, check out the following Mona Lisa Art Attack video featuring visual arts graduates from Canterbury High School!

Next up, Darren Rowse offers 10 Easy Steps for Twitter Beginners.

I first learned about Ellis Gallagher from David G who posted a link to a NYT article about the artist over at the Carrot Revolution. Gallagher creates chalk drawings of shadows of everyday urban objects on sidewalks and street corners. I immediately saw him as an artist that I could add to my Seeing Shadows page on Art Junction, which I’ve done. So, I poked around the Web and found the following video from Channel Thirteen (as well as one on YouTube and Vimeo).Speaking of street art, here’s a new video of Blu (who I’ve mentioned previously here) at work on a wall in Berlin last month.

Check out Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night, a new interactive companion site for the current Van Gogh exhibition at MoMA.

The Media Education Lab at Temple University has put together a nice collection of curriculum materials and videos for teaching about copyright and fair use in the classroom.

Lastly, if you want to learn more about Second Life, the online 3-D virtual word inhabited by millions, watch this TED talk by Philip Rosedale, who chairs Linden Labs, the company behind Second Life.