Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media

About Digital Youth

"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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Video of MacArthur Forum now online

The video of our forum at Stanford University, "From MySpace to Hip Hop: New Media In the Everyday Lives of Youth," is now online. We thank Global Kids for making the video of the event public on YouTube.

There are three videos in total. The first video features Julie Stasch, the Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, who is introducing the forum.

The second video features researchers for the Digital Youth Project, including Mimi Ito who discussed Participatory Learning in a Networked Society: Lessons From the Digital Youth Project; danah boyd who focused upon Teen Socialization Practices in Networked Publics; Heather Horst who examined family dynamics in Understanding New Media in the Home; and Dilan Mahendran, who discussed Hip Hop Music and Meaning in the Digital Age.

The final video is a panel discussion featuring Dale Dougherty, General Manager, Maker Media Division, O'Reilly Media; Deborah Stipek, Dean, Stanford University School of Education; Kenny Miller, EVP & Creative Director, MTV Networks' Global Digital Media; Linda Burch, Chief Education & Strategy Officer, Common Sense Media and moderator Connie Yowell, Director of Education, The MacArthur Foundation.

The forum was presented by Common Sense Media, the MacArthur Foundation and the Stanford University School of Education.

UC Berkeley Memorial for Peter Lyman to be held on September 11th, 2007

A UC Berkeley campus memorial to honor Peter Lyman, former University Librarian and Professor in the Information School, will take place between 5 and 7 pm on Tuesday, September 11, at the Morrison Room in Doe Library.

Peter Lyman died of brain cancer, peacefully and at home, on July 2. Those wanting to honor his memory are invited to contribute to the newly established Peter Lyman Graduate Fellowship in New Media; checks addressed to the UC Berkeley Foundation can be sent to the UC Center for New Media, 390 Wurster Hall, # 1066, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.

Macarthur Spotlight Blog

We are pleased to announce that the Digital Youth project is currently featured on the Macarthur Spotlight Blog . Project members will be blogging about our research projects and preliminary findings throughout the month of August.

Digital Youth at the International Communication Association Meetings in San Francisco

Members of the Digital Youth project will be presenting their work May 26th, 27th and 28th at the International Communication Association International Communication Association conference in San Francisco. Digital Youth member sessions include:

Kids as Cultural Producers: Ethnographic Investigations of Kids’ Informal Learning Through Engagement With Popular Culture
Kids as Cultural Producers: Ethnographic Investigations of Kids and Digital Media in Urban California Schools
The Rise of Remix Culture: Identity, Power and Imagination

CJ Pascoe at the Commonwealth Club

Postdoctoral Scholar CJ Pascoe will be giving a talk entitled "Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in Adolescence" at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 5:15pm. The event also marks the launch of her new book with University of California Press, Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in School.

Digital Youth at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings

The podcast from the "Dude, That's My Space" session at the SfAA meetings in Tampa Bay, Florida is now online! Speakers include Lisa Tripp, Heather Horst, Sarita Yardi and Patricia Lange. Lisa Tripp and Heather Horst focused on the prevalence and use of media in home environments. Lisa's presentation was entitled "Negotiating ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Media in the Home: Stories from Working-Class, Latino Immigrant Families in Los Angeles" and Heather's paper was entitled "Office Space: Kids and Home-work in Silicon Valley". Sarita Yardi and Patricia Lange's presentations attended to current and future technological practices. Sarita's presentation was entitled "The Evolution of the Turtle: Designing Social Networks for New Learning Communities" and Patricia's paper was "Commenting on Comments: Investigating Responses to Antagonism on YouTube".

To listen to the audio file of the session click here.