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Digital Youth – 3yr study releases results

A 3yr study on digital youth, just released its findings (here are links to the two page summary, summary white paper, and full report). The work describes how youth are using online media to extend friendships and interest, and the importance of peer-based self-directed learning. Implications are that:
  • Erecting barriers to media participation is the wrong approach, adults need to facilitate engagement
  • Standard benchmarks used to measure technical and new media literacy are problematic
  • Youth tend to learn from peers, not teachers or adults. Yet adults can have tremdenous influence with the right forms of engagement.
  • Educational institutions need to keep pace – focus on processes that guide participation in public life, not just acting as a job/career farms. Enlist all resources that could bear upon learning opportunities.

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