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Living and Learning with New Media

May 31, 2009

This report summarizes the results of an ambitious three-year ethnographic study, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, into how young people are living and learning with new media in varied settings—at home, in after school programs, and in online spaces. It offers a condensed version of

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Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture

April 30, 2009

Many teens today who use the Internet are actively involved in participatory cultures—joining online communities (Facebook, message boards, game clans), producing creative work in new forms (digital sampling, modding, fan videomaking, fan fiction), working in teams to complete tasks and develop new knowledge (as in Wikipedia), and shaping the flow

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The Civic Potential of Video Games

March 31, 2009

This report focuses on the civic aspects of video game play among youth. According to a 2006 survey, 58 percent of young people aged 15 to 25 were civically “disengaged,” meaning that they participated in fewer than two types of either electoral activities (defined as voting, campaigning, etc.) or civic

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The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

February 28, 2009

In this report, Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg focus on the potential for shared and interactive learning made possible by the Internet. They argue that the single most important characteristic of the Internet is its capacity for world-wide community and the limitless exchange of ideas. The Internet brings

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Welcome to Our Virtual Worlds

February 28, 2009

Source: Educational Leadership March 2009 | Volume 66 | Number 6 Literacy 2.0 Pages 48-52 Abstract: The United States is witnessing a growing student engagement crisis. With dropout rates approaching 50 percent in many urban school districts (Swanson, 2008) and recent education surveys showing that students are overwhelmingly bored in

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Deep Learning Properties of Good Digital Games: How Far Can They Go?

December 31, 2008

Source: Originally published in Theories and Mechanisms: Serious Games for Learning

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Democracy for Some: The Civic Opportunity Gap in High School

January 31, 2008

In our study of high school civic opportunities, we found that a student’s race and academic track, and a school’s average socioeconomic status (SES) determines the availability of the school-based civic learning opportunities that promote voting and broader forms of civic engagement. High school students attending higher SES schools, those