Digital Directions in Learning: Motivating Youth Participation
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) hosted "Digital Directions in Learning", an online discussion series with leaders and researchers in public education, after school programming, museum education, and educational technology on the last Wednesday of each month, in February-June 2014. Welcome: Stephanie Norby, Director Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, Smithsonian Institution Moderator: Claudine Brown, Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, Smithsonian Institution Panelists: Dr. Jim Mathews University of Wisconsin, Madison Jim Mathews is a teacher, researcher, and designer whose work explores the intersection of place-based, design-based, and democratic education. Through his work with the Games+Learning+Society research group and the Local Games Lab Jim designs and researches mobile-based games and curriculum aimed at connecting students and teachers with their local communities. Jim also has fifteen+ years’ experience as a teacher. Dr. Gil Noam Founder and Director Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR), Harvard University Gil Noam has a strong interest in translating research and innovation to support resilience in youth in educational settings. He served as the Director of the Risk and Prevention program at Harvard, and is the founder of the RALLY Prevention Program, an intervention that combines early detection of health, mental health and learning problems in middle school youth, and pioneers a new professional role - "prevention practitioner." Kristen Purcell Associate Director for Research Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Kristen Purcell leads the design, implementation, and analysis of nationally representative surveys, special population surveys, focus groups and interviews exploring the impact of the internet on Americans’ social and civic lives. She has authored reports on online news and information consumption, online video, and the burgeoning apps culture. Mimi Ito Professor University of California, Irvine Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, focusing on children and youth's changing relationships to media and communications. She recently completed a research project supported by the MacArthur Foundation a three year ethnographic study of kid-initiated and peer-based forms of engagement with new media.