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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Scott Carter

University of California, Berkeley/FX Palo Alto Laboratory
Scott Carter
Scott is an HCI researcher at FX Palo Alto Laboratory (FXPAL). His work at FXPAL focuses on capture and access applications for mobile devices and smart environments. Before joining FXPAL in early 2007, Scott was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on tool support for needfinding and early-stage experimentation with ubiquitous computing applications. Scott completed his PhD dissertation, "Supporting Early-Stage Ubicomp Experimentation," in 2007.

Jessica Parker

School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Jessica Parker is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. Her areas of interest include literacy theory and media education, and her dissertation analyzes the production processes of student filmmakers within an integrated media literacy curriculum. Before returning to UC Berkeley to earn her doctorate, Jessica taught English and ELL at the middle-school and high-school levels and also lectured on the sociology of sport in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. She holds both a Master’s degree in Education (1998) and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications (1996) from UC Berkeley. Alongside completing her dissertation, Jessica is collaborating with Digital Youth Project researchers to write a book titled Teaching the iGeneration: Bringing Informal Learning to the Classroom, which will provide practical advice on using and designing learning opportunities for students in school settings.

Lisa Tripp

Assistant Professor of School Media and Youth Services, College of Information, Florida State University

Lisa TrippLisa received her PhD in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in 2002 and collaborated with the Digital Youth Project to study youth in Los Angeles-area middle schools and neighborhoods. Her research with the project emphasized classrooms incorporating media arts into instruction and the role of the Internet in the lives of Latino immigrant families. Before coming to FSU, Lisa was Associate Director of the USC Institute for Multimedia Literacy. She has a background in developing media education initiatives and she continues to research new media literacy and digital inclusion.

Jennifer Urban

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, USC Law School
Jennifer UrbanThe United States' transition from its traditional manufacturing base to a digital powerhouse has given rise to a rich information economy and a market for creative goods that is vastly different from previous markets. While consumers are now able to more closely interact with creative goods (such as movies, music, and e-books) than ever before, the same digital technology that allows myriad uses of creative goods can also “lock up” those goods or track consumers' habits at an intimate level. Such dramatic economic changes have radically altered the legal landscape as well, sparking intriguing questions of ownership, fair use, privacy, and national security.

As the director of the Intellectual Property Clinic--recently formed by the USC Law School, the USC Annenberg Center for Communication, and USC Information Services Division--Jennifer Urban is one of the key players at the university seeking answers to these issues and many more.

“Large players with a great deal of resources have a lot of input into the discussion, of course, as they should: Intellectual property law is aimed at incentivizing creation by economic actors,” says Urban. “But the public is meant to benefit the most from intellectual property law and stands to lose if it is not employed well. So I think that extending the debate and thinking through the issues clearly is very important.” [Full interview]

The IP clinic participates in this process by enabling advanced law students to work on cutting-edge public interest issues in intellectual property and technology law. The clinic seeks to give them practical experience through projects such as helping “starving artists” register copyrights and working on open source licenses, as well as encourage the young lawyers how to think through the complex public policy questions surrounding intellectual property in the digital age.