Digital Media, Teaching, Children and Schools – November 2011


November 4-5, 2011
Hard Rock Hotel
Program description:Join us in Chicago as we explore the many ways digital media are changing the ways people learn. What are the stories journalists should be telling? What guidance can parents provide, and what precautions should be taken? What do we know about how children learn using different types of digital and social media? We’ll visit the YouMedia Lab to see firsthand. We’ll also tour the new Quest to Learn school, designed to prepare students for our new digital world.

Top experts will help us examine the disconnect between schools and young people, who spend more time online than ever before. We’ll explore how entrepreneurs are responding to the growth in student use of digital media. What online tools promote learning?

Questions we’ll try to answer:

  • How much learning are kids doing during all of the hours they spend online?
  • How is a good video-game designer like a good teacher?
  • How can video games motivate children to learn and develop critical-thinking skills?
  • What new gaming platforms are being developed to support learning?
  • How can journalists find the best research on the impact that digital media are having on the schools they cover?

To register for this seminar, go to

Deadline is Monday, October 10.

The Hechinger Institute will cover the cost of a roundtrip, economy-class airfare and one night at the seminar hotel.





Julie Bell, National Conference of State Legislatures

Karen Cator, U.S. Department of Education

James Gee, Arizona State University

Sybil Madison-Boyd, Chicago Quest Schools

Greg Toppo, USA Today