The Digital Youth Network: Cultivating Digital Media Citizenship In Urban Communities

Hardcover | June 27, 2014

byBrigid Barron, Kimberley Gomez, Nichole Pinkard

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The popular image of the "digital native" -- usually depicted as a technically savvy and digitally empowered teen -- is based on the assumption that all young people are equally equipped to become innovators and entrepreneurs. Yet young people in low-income communities often lack access to the learning opportunities, tools, and collaborators (at school and elsewhere) that help digital natives develop the necessary expertise. This book describes one approach to address this disparity: the Digital Youth Network (DYN), an ambitious project to help economically disadvantaged middle-school students in Chicago develop technical, creative, and analytical skills across a learning ecology that spans school, community, home, and online. The book reports findings from a pioneering mixed-method three-year study of DYN and how it nurtured imaginative production, expertise with digital media tools, and the propensity to share these creative capacities with others. Through DYN, students, despite differing interests and identities -- the gamer, the poet, the activist -- were able to find some aspect of DYN that engaged them individually and connected them to one another. Finally, the authors offer generative suggestions for designers of similar informal learning spaces.

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The popular image of the "digital native" -- usually depicted as a technically savvy and digitally empowered teen -- is based on the assumption that all young people are equally equipped to become innovators and entrepreneurs. Yet young people in low-income communities often lack access to the learning opportunities, tools, and collabo...

Brigid Barron is Associate Professor of the Learning Sciences in Stanford University's School of Education and directs the YouthLAB research group. Kimberley Gomez is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Nichole Pinkard is Associate Professor of Interactive Media, Human Computer Inter...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.75 inPublished:June 27, 2014Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262027038

ISBN - 13:9780262027038

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So rarely are we offered the opportunity to really learn from the development of an innovative educational youth program. Through careful observation and thoughtful analysis, this book reports on an unprecedented collaboration between mixed-method researchers, program designers, and educators, demonstrating research and practice brought together in service of improving the life opportunities of underserved youth. It is a must-read for learning scientists, educators, media artists, technology makers, and anyone who cares about making a difference in today's pressing problems of educational inequity.