It's been an exciting few weeks at Youth Radio's Mobile Action Lab!
Thanks to the All Day Play app, which the Mobile Action Lab will publish next week, you'll be able to hear internationally-recognized music tastemakers and cultural commentators anytime and anyplace on Android phones. Youth Radio’s high school interns are part of the publishing and promotions staff of All Day Play, a one-of-a-kind online radio station produced at our downtown Oakland street-side studios. A second group of teens co-created the app’s prototype using App Inventor, a tool launched by Google and now housed at the famed MIT Media Labs. Both youth teams have collaborated on the app's design, testing, and user engagement processes. We'll add the link as soon as it's live!
Youth Media Goes Mobile: An Article
Yesterday my contribution to the National Civic Review's 100th anniversary issue was published. The issue is called Beyond the Digital Divide: How New Technologies Can Amplify Civic Engagement. With the Mobile Action Lab as a case study, my essay, Youth Media Goes Mobile, explores how young people's involvement in mobile design and development can foster new literacies and modes of participatory politics.
New Media and Collaborative Learning: An Interview
The National Learning Institute is a great site that promotes and documents "next generation learning experiences" for young people within and beyond schools. They just published a two-part interview with me called, "New Media and Collaborative Learning." The Mobile Action Lab shows up in the end. An excerpt:
We're running an intensive App inventor workshop over the next couple weeks with special guest facilitation from the guy who literally wrote the book about App Inventor, Professor David Wolber, USF. And we've got two other market-bound apps ready to launch, VoxPop (call-and-response, geo-located mobile radio) and Forage City (a new mobile platform to share excess produce with neighbors, non-profits, and people in need).