Expert Interviews

Using Social Media to Fuel Face-to-Face Interaction in the Classroom

A Few Moments with Antero Garcia

Antero Garcia is known throughout the digital media and learning community for leading the charge for the adoption of social media in the classroom and supporting participatory learning in school settings. So when it came time to decide on his dissertation

Reframing Ethics in a Digital World

A Few Moments with Howard Gardner

As the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Senior Director of Harvard's Project Zero, and author of more than 20 books, Howard Gardner is one of the most respected voices in the

Examining Technology Use, Diversity & Equity at the Digital Edge

A Few Moments with S. Craig Watkins

As a leading ethnographer, lecturer, and author, S. Craig Watkins is working at the forefront of the digital media and learning initiative. At the core of his studies is an interest in how young people navigate social change around them, particularly the

Redesigning Professional Learning Communities at a Network Level

A Few Moments with Christian Greer

Christian Greer serves as program director for the Hive Learning Network, a group of community institutions in the Chicago area dedicated to transforming the learning landscape and creating opportunities for youth to explore their personal interests

Seeing Games as a Vital Part of 21st Century Literacy and Assessment

A Few Moments with Katie Salen

Known as an established game designer and design educator, Katie Salen is a go-to expert in the field of games and learning. Salen was the original lead designer of Gamestar Mechanic, a popular game making tool for youth which focuses primarily on game

Tying Identity, Interests & the Social Web to Youth Learning Structures

A Few Moments with Akili Lee

Akili Lee is lead creator of the iRemix platform, a customizable cloud-based social learning network for primary and secondary education. Currently in private beta, iRemix serves 10,000 users from select schools, libraries, museums, and youth programs

Youth and Participatory Politics in a Digital Age

A Few Moments with Joseph Kahne and Cathy Cohen

On June 26, the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP), under the direction of co-principal investigators Cathy J. Cohen and Joseph Kahne, released the largest nationally representative study of its kind on new media, politics

A Constructionist Lens on Technology Design, Gender and Games

A Few Moments with Yasmin B. Kafai

As professor of learning sciences at the Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania, Yasmin Kafai is a research pioneer in the field of gender and gaming. Kafai explores the ways in which gender stereotypes propagate in game culture through

An Analytical Take on Youth, Social Networking, and Web 2.0

A Few Moments with Amanda Lenhart

As senior research specialist at the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization based in Washington, D.C. that studies the social impact of the internet, Amanda Lenhart is known as one of the

Empowering Youth Through Media Production, Mobile App Creation

A Few Moments with Lissa Soep

Since 1992, Youth Radio has been supporting youth-adult collaboration through joint media production, and as the organization's Senior Producer and Research Director, Lissa Soep works daily with youth in producing credible, poignant broadcast and digital