How technology, the Internet, and digital media are affecting youth and education will be the topic of an international conference at the Hilton Long Beach Conference and Meeting Center in Long Beach, Calif., Mar. 3-5. Many of the questions to be tackled at the conference, featuring scholars, researchers and students representing every continent, are in the center of heated national debates about education, culture and technology:
- What are the social implications of anonymity on the Internet for the future of ethics, civility and identity?
- What are the key new literacies required by the accelerated, networked world? How do we make sure all children have an opportunity to develop them?
- What does it mean, and what is required, to be an active, engaged citizen in todays world?
- What roles can parents play in their childrens education in the digital age?
- How can we train teachers to thrive in the fast changing media ecology?
- How must physical learning spaces like libraries, museums, schools, and after-school programs evolve?
The conference will spotlight scores of in-depth presentations of original research from nearly 500 researchers and practitioners from across the globe, including:
- The impact in Gaza and the West Bank of the One Laptop Per Child program.
- A large-scale survey of 3,400 girls, aged 8-12, that examined how multitasking impacts social well-being and friendship.
- How youth around the world are using digital media to effect social change with under-represented populations like incarcerated youth, foster children, undocumented immigrants, and adolescent victims of sex trafficking.
- A mobile learning application that is creating a generation of young citizen scientists.
- The accelerated learning that took place on a private social networking experiment that linked youth from five countries.
- The dark side of deviant, niche online communities and what measures can be taken to guard against negative effects.
Hands-on Demonstrations of Emerging Learning Platforms
The Digital Media & Learning Conference on Designing Learning Futures for the 21st century also will include on-site demonstrations of a new generation of learning games that were awarded significant development funds in a national design competition [http://dmlcompetition.net/year_3/winners.php?comp=II]. Projects that were funded up to $200,000 included: a science-based social network for girls to work together to solve mysteries in biomedical science; a web-casting, video blogging, and customized social networking site to connect youth from Chicago and from Fiji to collaborate around issues of environmental conservation; and new mobile phone apps for youth to tackle issues they have identified as pressing needs in their communities such as food equity, youth-police relations, and citizen journalism.
The Conference provides a site where DML Competition winners will demonstrate how their applications contribute to learning practices in innovative and productive ways. Learning platform designers can converse directly with teachers, researchers with practitioners, thought leaders with policy makers, activists with students.
Designing Learning and Teaching Environments for the 21st Century
"This is a critical moment in which both the opportunities and risks afforded by digital media must be carefully considered," said Salen. Designing learning futures requires consideration of multiple, even competing viewpointsthis conference provides a space for just such a conversation.
The annual Digital Media & Learning Conference is designed and produced by the Digital Media & Learning Research Hub. Located at the University of California, Irvine, the DML Research Hub explores how young people are taking up digital media and communications, and to analyze digital medias potential for transforming education, learning, and participatory politics. With an office at UC Irvine and a website highlighting thought leadership and best practices - www.dmlcentral.net - the Research Hub hosts international gatherings, facilitates workshops and working groups, and brings together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and industry leaders.
Countdown to the 2010 DML Competition Showcase features Where Are They Now? updates on the 2008, 2009, and 2010 winners. The 2010 DML Competition winners will showcase their projects at the Designing Learning Futures DML Conference on March 4, 2011 in Long Beach, California.
Visit our DML Countdown page to view more updates from featured projects.