Here’s a recap of some of our favorite moments and must-see links from DML 2013 (in no special order).
- Ethan Zuckerman Keynote on How to Teach Digital Civics- Ethan Zuckerman is an American media scholar, blogger, and Internet activist. He is also the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media. His keynote speech at DML addressed how we measure civic engagement and theories of change. He also introduced a matrix used to map protests/tactics/campaigns along two axes: think to thick, and symbolic to impactful. We think it’s a pretty solid lens through which to review our own efforts, and are always fans of a keynote that engages, questions assumptions, and even makes you laugh. If you’d like to read more about his keynote, this is a great post. We also highly recommend watching it.
- Hive NYC members in the house- From showcasing their great work at the opening Science Fair to participating on panels and posting daily blog reports, we felt the Hive NYC network engagement even amidst the sea of other DML-goers and St. Patrick’s Day revelers at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers.
- The Ignite talks- Five minute presentations featuring 20 slides on topics ranging from badges to maker spaces. We’ll call out three. First up is Barry Joseph, Associate Director For Digital Learning at American Museum of Natural History and one of the founding Hive members. His Ignite was all about badging, but was delivered in a performance-art manner complete with PJs and a teddy!
- Then Mark Surman (Mozilla) and Connie Yowell (MacArthur) shared how their relationship, as colleagues and foundational partners, is a lot like peanut butter and chocolate. Good together (at the overlap of making and learning) and also quite different (in terms of Mozilla vs. MacArthur expertise). Hive NYC sits squarely in the center of this relationship, and agrees on all fronts!
- Also, Kevin Miklasz from Iridescent Learning gave a great talk about persistence and failure in relation to learning. Three steps he’s identified based on his work with you engaged in open-ended design challenges is 1) frustration, 2) focus, then 3) finally, success! He shared some simple ingredients for how to create opportunities for common failure that ultimately leads to epic success.
- The launch of OpenBadges 1.0– Our Mozilla colleagues have worked so hard to deliver this official release of OpenBadges, and we couldn’t be more proud! From this new online standard that recognizes and verifies learning to the new Mozilla backpack, it’s even easier for organizations to issue badges as well as for learners to display them. You can learn more about how Hive NYC members have been approaching badges here, and visit this link to see more news regarding the launch.
- #HiveBuzz FTW– It was such a thrill and honor to be surrounded by Hive members from across our growing global network! Hive NYC, Hive Chicago, Hive Pittsburgh and Hive Toronto were a force at DML, but our highlight was getting everyone together on Friday evening after the conference for a Hive Happy Hour! About 70 of us took over the lobby bar at the Ivy Hotel to meet and mingle with our fellow Hivers, to have fun, socialize and start to forge opportunities to connect ideas and programs across cities. Here’s a great Storify link that captures all of the #HiveBuzz during DML. Thanks to Heather Schneider from the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago for the link!
- Make-to-Learn Symposium– Another highlight came with the DML pre-game event, the Make-to-Learn Symposium, led by Kylie Peppler and the Creativity Labs at Indiana University, Bloomington and the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine. The event gathered educators, researchers, and community members for a one-day celebration of making, creating and designing at the core of educational practice. Another great turnout of Hive NYC members here, leading hands-on activities and participating on panels, including two that included our own Leah Gilliam! Lots of great makes, new relationships and enthusiasm for the work we’re doing at Hive as well as Mozilla Webmaker. Already looking forward to how we might ramp up our involvement for next year!
For more thoughtful recaps, insights and conversation starters regarding DML, please check out the following:
- Hive Pittsburgh dives into the conference theme of civic participation, providing examples of movements that encourage thick participation and inspire change.
- Overview of DML 2013 themes by Lara Schenck, Pittsburgh-based web designer and developer
- On youth leadership at DML by Matthew Williams from KQED
- Some thoughts for DML 2014 by Chad Sansing
- More details from Barry Joseph re: his Franklin Good Badger Badge Ignite Talk