Youth Culture

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By S. Craig Watkins March 16, 2015 - 10:55am Comments
Tens of thousands from across the U.S. and around the world will settle in Austin this week to join in the big festival known as South by Southwest (SXSW). For two weeks, it's a chance to see what is happening in the worlds of interactive, film, and music.
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By Constance M. Yowell, Ph.D. December 10, 2014 - 8:16am Comments
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.
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By Elisabeth (Lissa) Soep May 15, 2014 - 11:13am Comments
If you caught Joe Kahne’s recent post, you’ll know something about a concept that’s also central to my latest mini-book. As a member of the MacArthur Foundation-backed research network Joe chairs, I’m also exploring the notion of “participatory politics” as a useful way to understand young people’s engagement with digital-age civics.
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By danah boyd May 22, 2013 - 5:20pm Comments
Yesterday, Pew Internet and American Life Project (in collaboration with Berkman) unveiled a brilliant report about “Teens, Social Media, and Privacy.” As a researcher who’s been in the trenches on these topics for a long time now, none of their finding surprised me but it still gives me absolute delight when our data is so beautifully in synch. I want to quickly discuss two important issues this report raises.
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By Whitney Burke May 4, 2012 - 1:45pm Comments
Christo Sims is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley's School of Information and a graduate researcher for the Connected Learning Research Network’s Leveling Up project. The project team is investigating the learning dynamics of interest-driven online groups that support academically relevant knowledge-seeking and expertise development.
Exploration: Digital Media and Social Inequality
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By Barry Joseph April 5, 2012 - 3:10pm Comments
In a new report from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, "Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality," the authors set out to “map and explore what we know about the ways in which young users of age 18 and under search for information online, how they evaluate information, and how their related practices of content creation, levels of new literacies, general digital media usage, and social patterns affect these activities.” Their
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By Raquel Recuero February 13, 2012 - 9:00am Comments
Last year, Rio de Janeiro saw the birth of a new type of battle in the streets of the favelas: the "Small Step Battle.” In this battle, hundreds of kids and teenagers from the poor parts of Rio are fighting with a major weapon: dance steps. Everyday, kids are posting videos of themselves performing creative and often very difficult 'funk' dance steps on YouTube. These videos are now a fever: some have millions of viewers.
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By Nishant Shah February 3, 2012 - 10:30am Comments
Last year was a turbulent year for freedom of speech and online expression in India.
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By Antero Garcia January 3, 2012 - 10:39am Comments
As I've been lately analyzing my data set related to in-school use of mobile devices at an urban school in South Central Los Angeles, I've been intrigued by some of the general tensions that exist in mobile media use in schools and the way teens tend to utilize mobile devices in ways that oppose traditional school power structures.
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By Nishant Shah December 14, 2011 - 6:02pm Comments
Based on my research on young people in the Global South, I want to explore new ways of thinking about the Digital Native. One of the binaries posited as the Digital ‘Other’ -- ie, a non-Digital Native -- is that of a Digital Immigrant or Settler. I am not comfortable with these terms and they probably need heavy unpacking if not complete abandonment. Standard caricatures of Digital Others show them as awkward in their new digital ecologies, unable to navigate through this brave new world on their own.
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By danah boyd December 12, 2011 - 8:30am Comments
Over the last couple of years, I've laid awake at night asking myself uncomfortable questions about bullying and teen suicide. I don't have answers to most of the questions that I have, but I'm choosing to voice my questions, fears, and doubts because I'm not confident that our war on bullying is taking us down the right path. I'm worried about the unintended consequences of our public discourse and I'm worried about the implications that our decisions have on youth, particularly in this high-stakes arena.
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By Whitney Burke December 9, 2011 - 10:25am Comments
Katie Davis is a Project Manager at Harvard Project Zero, where she works with Dr. Howard Gardner in examining the role that digital media technologies play in the lives of adolescents. Her work expands on her doctoral research, which focused on the psychosocial development of adolescents.
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By Raquel Recuero October 10, 2011 - 12:45pm Comments
Freedom of speech and social mobilization is new for many countries in Latin America. Most have had closed governments and dictatorships for the last 30 years. However, because of the spread of social media, political action, protests and activism have flourished. In Chile, for example, students have been leading protests demanding educational reform. Reports say more than 400,000 people have gathered in several of these marches.
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By danah boyd September 23, 2011 - 6:35am Comments
We all know that teen bullying - both online and offline - has devastating consequences.  Jamey Rodemeyer's suicide is a tragedy.  He was tormented for being gay.  He knew he was being bullied and he regularly talked about the fact that he was being bullied.  Online, he even wrote: "I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens.
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By Barry Joseph August 18, 2011 - 3:55pm Comments
The latest fascinating report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, "Families Matter: Designing Media for a Digital Age," offers one of the first large-scale studies to explore ideas parents have about their young children’s use and access of media. A review on the web site for the New America Foundation, "Parental Worries, Or the Lack Thereof, About Digital Media," does an excellent job covering the key findings and putting them in context. “It’s encouraging to see these robust conversations among early childhood experts about the roles that families and educators are playing as they guide their children to use new technologies,” they write.
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By Barry Joseph July 8, 2011 - 10:40am Comments
Do we need badges, specifically badges for learning? In recent years, the answer has been increasingly, if not exactly “yes” then something more like “we better find out before it’s too late.” The new interest around badges appears to have begun in response to a talk by Eva L. Baker, "The End(s) of Testing," her 2007 Presidential Address for the American Educational Research Association.
Highly Recommended Resources (July)
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By danah boyd April 8, 2011 - 8:00am Comments
One of the hardest parts of doing fieldwork is hearing difficult, nuanced stories that break my heart.  The more complicated the story, the harder it is to tell, but I feel a responsibility to at least try.  Given how many educational reformists read this blog, I want to provide a portrait of some of the teens I've met who are currently being failed by the system.  My goal in doing so is to ask a hard question: how do we help these specific teens?  Let me start with Miguel.
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By Raquel Recuero March 24, 2011 - 12:55pm Comments
A viral video of an Australian boy retaliating against a bully at school has sharply ratcheted up offline and online discussions of cyberbullying. On websites in numerous countries, young and old alike have recounted their own bullying problems and there's a sense that this is an universal phenomena.
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