1000 ED: How Can We Support Connected Learners?: Delving Into the Learning Ecologies of Networked Teens
Organizer: Mimi Ito
Teachers (especially middle and high school), educators from youth-serving informal learning contexts, organizational leaders
Today’s interactive, social, and networked media provide teens new ways of pursuing their interests and connecting to like minded peers, mentors, and experts. Whether it is fandom, gaming, or fashion, young people are taking to the online world to dive deep into these interests, share work, get feedback, and recognition. The Leveling Up project of the Connected Learning Research Network has been conducting in-depth case studies of networked and youth-centered affinity groups that can be productively connected to academic subjects, civic engagement, and career-oriented outcomes.