The Spread and Evolution of Learning Labs

Monday, January 04, 2016 Comment man performing on stage in front of crowd at learning lab

For much of its duration, the Digital Media and Learning (DML) initiative has made a serious investment in not only reimagining learning but also remaking the kinds of institutions and places that support learning. This effort has come in many forms including the design of new kinds of spaces for children and teens to learn and cultivate the skills that are relevant in a knowledge-driven economy. One of the enduring outcomes of the initiative, for example, has been the design of learning labs across a number of cities. What are Learning Labs? The report, Learning Labs in

The Closed Loop of Digital Literacy Debate

Thursday, November 19, 2015 Comment cartoon depicting timeline of how media sources create isolation

Here’s a quiz for you, reader. The following quotes were written about popular books on the effect of technology on our behavior and culture. One was written in the late 1990s and one was written this year. See if you can guess which is which (no Googling, cheaters). Our rapturous submission to digital technology has led to an atrophying of human capacities like empathy and self-­reflection, and the time has come to reassert ourselves, behave like adults and put technology in its place. And …computer-based environments for the practice of literacy are described as contributing to

Revolution: Thank You, Brother Mike

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Comment brother mike holding black power fist in the air

It was more than 10 years ago that I first met Brother Mike, before the launch of our Digital Media and Learning initiative and before the birth of the Digital Youth Network program. The work was in its infancy. We were just developing the initiative and had given out three grants. One to Henry Jenkins, to explore and conceptualize new media literacy. One to Mimi Ito and the late Peter Lyman, to launch the largest ethnographic study of how young people participate with digital media. And, the third to Nichole Pinkard to begin an after-school program on the

An Ecosystem for Mentorship: A New Vision for College Communities

Thursday, April 18, 2013 Comment interconnectedness graphic with colorful shapes representing public community people

On a recent college visit, I was pleased to find a great model for an entire ecosystem of mentorship. Colorado Christian University (CCU) students/faculty had been touting their solid community, and for all I can tell, it appears legit by design. The campus is small, 1200-1500, and somewhat affluent (at least the tuition calls for much money). But I believe their layered, overlapping and differentiated means for everyone being known by someone, begs neither small size nor large expense. A brief description: 1:150; 8-5; 5 days/wk: Their life direction program is a center providing a one-stop