Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media

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"Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives. Read more

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Public Forum on April 23

On April 23, at Stanford, we will be giving our first major public presentation of the outcomes of our research. We are near the end of three years of ethnographic work on 22 different case studies of youth engagement with new media. The MacArthur Foundation and Common Sense Media are organizing the evening event (4:30-8:30pm).

It will include talks and poster presentations from four of our team members: Heather Horst, Dilan Mahendran, danah boyd, and Mimi Ito. There will also be a panel or respondents including Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media, Deborah Stipek, dean of the Stanford School of Education, Linda Burch of Common Sense Media, and Kenny Miller from MTV Networks. There will also be an opportunity to talk to all of the other researchers on the project and learn more about the various case studies. You can prepare for both small talk and big talk by reading some of our stories.

The event is public and you can see program details and register to attend this event (By April 18) at:

Digital Youth at the EPIC Conference

The Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference starts this evening and runs through October 6. DY's Patricia Lange will be presenting a paper titled "Searching for the “You” in “YouTube”: An analysis of online response ability" Thursday, October 4, sharing the time with three presentations from industry researchers (Intel and Avenue A/Razorfish) and another university-based academic from U. Colorado at Boulder (see the program here). Christo Sims, Michael Carter, and I will also be going to present a poster about our collective research efforts over the past 2+ years (Friday morning's "Artifact Session").

The theme of the conference this year is "Being Heard," which has some interesting overlaps with our work on this project. I would say that all of us are committed to our role as making kids'/youths'/teenagers'/young peoples' (pick your terms!) "heard," though how near or far this approaches an adovcate perspective differs from researcher to researcher.

The EPIC site explains: "EPIC is the premier international forum bringing together artists, computer scientists, designers, social scientists, marketers, academics and advertisers to discuss recent developments and future advances around ethnographic praxis in industry."

I am curious to see how our work sits alongside work being done by industry academics, in terms of method, population, and general approach to research.