Digital Media, Children’s Learning and Schools


March 18-19, 2011
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York City

Program description:

How are digital media changing the way young people learn, and what are the stories journalists should be telling? Top experts will help us examine the disconnect between schools and young people who spend more time than ever online. We’ll address possibilities for student engagement and assessment, the role of the teacher in a digital world, new rules of the road in cyberspace and how to cover them.Questions we’ll try to answer:

  • How much learning are kids doing during all those 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?
  • Are kids reading and writing less – or maybe more – in the digital age? How is writing different in the digital age?
  • How do minority students use digital media and technology? Is the digital gap evolving into what many educators fear is a growing participation gap?
  • How can journalists find the best research on the impact that digital media are having on the schools they cover?

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Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, National Writing Project (University of California, Berkeley)

James Gee, Arizona State University

Mizuko (Mimi) Ito, Humanities Research Institute (UC, Irvine); author of “Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out

Carrie James, Harvard Project Zero

Amanda Lenhart, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

Susan Neuman, University of Michigan

Anthony Orsini, Benjamin Franklin Middle School (Ridgewood, NJ Public Schools)

Nichole Pinkard, DePaul University

Diana Rhoten, Startl / Social Science Research Council

Donald Roberts, Stanford University

Eric Sheninger, New Milford High School (NJ)

Craig Watkins, University of Texas at Austin; author of The Young and The Digital